Dr. Florian Freitag

Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

 

Research Interests

Comparative North American Studies; Transnational American Studies; Popular Culture; Regionalism; Intermediality; Periodical Studies (see http://portal.volkswagenstiftung.de/search/projectDetails.do?ref=89563); Theme Park Studies (see http://www.aesthetische-eigenzeiten.de/blog/themenparks/); Performance Studies

 

Current Teaching (SS 2017)

Introduction to North American Studies (Ü)

Performing North America: From the 'Théâtre de Neptune' (1606) to 'Wading Home' (2015) (HS)

 

Selected Publications

(see the full list of publications here)

Monographs

The Frenchness of New Orleans: Explorations in Popular Culture, 1875-2015. (in preparation)

The Farm Novel in North America: Genre and Nation in the United States, English Canada, and French Canada, 1845-1945. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2013. Print. [Reviews: Polish Journal of American Studies 8 (2014); Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 35 (2015); British Journal of Canadian Studies 28 (2015); Dalhousie Review 59.1 (2015); Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée 43.2 (2016); Steinbeck Review 13.1 (2016)]

Editions

(co-ed., with Filippo Carlà, Sabrina Mittermeier, and Ariane Schwarz) Time and Temporality in Theme Parks. Hanover: Wehrhahn, 2017. Print.

(co-ed., with Jutta Ernst) Transkulturelle Dynamiken: Aktanten - Prozesse - Theorien. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. Print. [Reviews: New German Review 27.1 (2016)]

(co-ed., with Kirsten Sandrock) Transnational Approaches to North American Regionalism. Spec. issue of European Journal of American Studies 9.3 (2014). http://ejas.revues.org/10368. Web.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Critical Theme Parks: Dismaland, Disney, and the Politics of Theming.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (2017) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10304312.2017.1310180. Web.

“‘Like Walking into a Movie’: Intermedial Relations between Disney Theme Parks and Movies.” (accepted for publication by The Journal of Popular Culture)

“Rencontres américaines: English-French Relations in Kate Chopin’s Short Stories and the Cultural Work of Local Color Fiction.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 58.3 (2013): 409-26. Print.

“Weltgeschichte as Heilsgeschichte: Typology in Mary Rowlandson’s and Jérôme Lalemant’s Captivity Narratives.” Canadian Literature 213 (2012): 100-115. Print.

Invited Book Contributions

“Autotheming: Themed and Immersive Spaces in Self-Dialogue.” A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. Ed. Scott A. Lukas. Pittsburgh, PA: ETC, 2016. 141-49. Print.

“Displacement and Dispossession: The Plantation Regime as a Disaster Discourse in Rosalyn Story's Wading Home (2010).” Ten Years after Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm's Effect on American Culture and Identity. Ed. Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik. Lanham: Lexington, 2015. 129-51. Print.

“Regionalism in American and Canadian Literature.” The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature. Ed. Reingard M. Nischik. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 199-218. Print.

Reviews

“Review: Jason Arthur, Violet America.” Journal of American Studies 50.1 (2016): 270-72. Print.

 

Upcoming Conference Talks and Panels

05/2017 “Mapping Transnational Periodical Studies.” (ALA Roundtable)

06/2017 “The Future That Never Was Is Finally Here: Revisiting Modern Futures in Disney’s Tomorrowlands.” (DGfA)

06/2017 (with Filippo Carlà-Uhink) “The Contingencies of Affects: Comparative Approaches to Themed Commercial Spaces.” (ISCH)

07/2017 (with Filippo Carlà-Uhink) “Feedback Loops of Disneyfication: From Theme Parks to Urban Spaces and Back.” (Architecture et Tourisme)

09/2017 “Dead Men Tell No Tales: New Orleans Square und das Dark Heritage von New Orleans.” (Villa Vigoni)

 

Education

11/2006 – 01/2011 Doctoral Student in the Department of Literature at the University of Konstanz, Germany

01/2009 – 04/2009 Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

10/2000 – 11/2005 Student of English and French at the University of Konstanz, Germany

09/2002 – 06/2003 Exchange student in the Department of American Studies at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

10/1998 – 10/2000 Student of English and French at the University of Konstanz, Germany