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20178Sep

Next Picador Professor Daniel Pena

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Daniel Peña as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. He will hold the professorship in the winter term of 2017/18.

20177Sep

ASL Offers New BA Professional Skills Modules for Creative Writing

Starting with the winter term of 2017/18, ASL will offer two new professional skills modules (Schlüsselqualifikationsmodule) for creative writing, taught by the Picador Guest Professor for Literature. The new modules, "Creative Writing: Imagining America" (in the winter) and "Creative Writing: Envisioning America" (in the summer), will allow students to gain insights into the practices and deeper intricacies of creative writing as part of their regular curriculum.

20175Sep

Course Catalog Winter 2017/18

The course catalog for the upcoming semester (winter 2017/18) is available now.

Please be aware that these pages will be updated throughout the break and the semester.

20175Sep

SHK/WHK Stellen für das SHRIMP Projekt zu vergeben

Das Lehr-Lernprojekt SHRIMP (Social Hypertext Reader & Interactive Mapping Platform) sucht zum Wintersemester 2017/18 Verstärkung für sein Team.

 

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The Unpopular Profession

This paper discusses a genre of essay writing that advises students not to pursue a career in academia and that has recently enjoyed increased popularity. Focusing on one such “Thesis Hatement,” it argues that these texts are marked by inner contradictions and that these contradictions are indicative of the cultural work they do. Emphatically rejecting academia, these texts typically fail to convince their audience and, in a curious split between denotation and pragmatics, open up a position from which to embrace a graduate career.

Herrmann, Sebastian M. “The Unpopular Profession? Graduate Studies in the Humanities and the Genre of the ‘Thesis Hatement.’” Unpopular Culture. Eds. Martin Lüthe and Sascha Pöhlmann. Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 2016. 313-36. Print.

To Tell a Story to the American People

Throughout the 2012 presidential election, ‘narrative’ stood out as a dominant paradigm in discussions of contemporary politics: Countless commentators asserted the importance of competing narratives, pointing out the extent to which electoral success depended on the president’s (and the contenders’) ability to tell compelling stories of themselves and of the nation. Put differently, then, one of the most dominant narratives of the 2012 election cycle was that of the importance of ‘narrative’ in politics.

Herrmann, Sebastian M. “‘To Tell a Story to the American People:’ Elections, Postmodernism, and Popular Narratology.” Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice. Ed. Georgiana Banita and Sascha Pöhlmann. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 323-39. Print.

Wrestling With the Real

Herrmann, Sebastian M. “Wrestling with the Real: Politics, Journalism, History in Frost/Nixon, and the Complex Realism of Kayfabe.” Amerikastudien – American Studies 61.1 (2016): 11-31. Print.

Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres

Herrmann, Sebastian M., Carolin Alice Hofmann, Katja Kanzler, and Frank Usbeck: Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres: The Cultural Work of Contemporary American(ized) Narratives. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2012. Print.

Presidential Unrealities

Herrmann, Sebastian M. Presidential Unrealities: Epistemic Panic, Cultural Work, and the US Presidency. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014. Print. American Studies - A Monograph Series.

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