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 (WS 2016/17)

Modernist Fiction and Poetry in the U.S. and Canada (PS)

Translating The Octopus for the New Yorker Volkszeitung (HS)


Selected Publications

(see the full list of publications here)


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)]  


(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.

(co-ed., with Jutta Ernst) Transkulturelle Dynamiken: Aktanten – Prozesse – Theorien. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. Print.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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

“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. 

(with Filippo Carlà) “Ancient Greek Culture and Myth in the Terra Mítica Theme Park.” Classical Receptions Journal (2014). http://crj.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/08/13/crj.clu013.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=m4zx12PWmzHmUi4. Web.

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

Invited Book Contributions

“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. 

“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.  

“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.


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


Upcoming Conference Talks and Panels

11/2016 “Scribner's Illustrated New Orleans.” (JGU Mainz)

11/2016 “Banksy's Dismaland and the Politics of Theming.” (TU Dortmund)



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


Mailing Address:

American Studies

An der Hochschule 2

D-76726 Germersheim



+49 7274-508-35539


+49 7274-508-35531

Office Hours:

Mondays, 4 pm-5 pm, Room 239

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