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 Claudia Müller, MA 

Doctoral Student (TU Dresden / Uni Leipzig)

I currently work on my dissertation on The Image of the Fat Poor in Contemporary American Literature and Culture (project poster), a stereotype emerging at the intersection of the discourses on poorness and on fatness. My supervisors are Prof. Dr. Katja Kanzler (Institute of English and American Studies, TU Dresden) and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez (American Studies Leipzig, Leipzig University). I was granted a scholarship by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung from 2013 - 2016.

I have worked as an editor and webmaster for several university homepages.

I majored in American Studies at Leipzig University in 2008, also studying Journalism and Political Sciences. In my Magister thesis Fistfighting in Film: The Boxing Movie as an Ideological Spectacle and Its Deconstruction of Gender, Ethnicities and Class Identities I looked at US-American boxing movies as an ideological spectacle and especially at more recent boxing movies and their deconstruction of gender, ethnicity and class typical of the genre.


  • "Fat Poor Moms. Die Figur der dicken, armen Mutter in der US-amerikanischen Populärkultur" in Häusl, Maria, et al. Armut. Gender-Perspektiven Ihrer Bewältigung in Geschichte Und Gegenwart. Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2016.

  • "The Welfare Mother and the Fat Poor: Stereotypical Images and the Success Narrative in Sapphire's Push." Essay, May 2013. Publication: COPAS - Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies COPAS 14.1 (2013).

  • "MOBELITE." Poem, March 2009. Publication: aspeers – emerging voices in american studies aspeers 2 (2009): 128-29.


  • "Das stereotype Bild Fat Poor und Dynamiken der Kulturalisierung, Individualisierung und Biologisierung von Armut." May 17, 2015. Presentation at the Promovierendenforum 2015 by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Berlin.

  • "Fat Poor White Trash in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." January 30, 2015. 4th Regional Colloquium (Doc & Post-Doc in American Studies). Erfurt.

  • "The Gaze on the Poor." June 20, 2014. 3rd Regional Colloquium (Doc & Post-Doc in American Studies). Leipzig.

  • "Das stereotype Bild Fat Poor: Armsein und Dicksein im diskursiv hergestellten Zusammenhang." May 18, 2014. Presentation at the Promovierendenforum 2014 by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Berlin.

  • "The Image of the Fat Poor in Contemporary American Literature and Culture." May 17, 2014. Poster presented at the Promovierendenforum 2014 by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Berlin.

  • "Das Stereotyp Fat Poor - Armut und Fettleibigkeit im diskursiv hergestellten Zusammenhang." November 29, 2013. Conference: Armut - Gender-Perspektiven ihrer Bewältigung in Geschichte und Gegenwart at TU Dresden.
  • "Give Me The Food - Dicksein (und Armsein) in der Leistungsgesellschaft." October 24, 2013. Presentation as part of Body Buildings - Verortete Körperpolitik by weiterdenken (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Sachsen). Leipzig.
  • "The Image of the Fat Poor in Push (1996) and in Precious (2009)." October 11, 2013. 2nd Regional Colloquium: Postdoktoranden- und Doktorandenkolloquium. Jena.
  • "The Image of the Fat Poor in Contemporary American Literature and Culture." February 8, 2013. 1st Regional Colloquium: Joint Colloquium American Studies. Dresden.
  • "Intersectionality, Bodies, Push." Response to "Applying Intersectionality Theory to Fiction on Incest: Bastard Out of Carolina and Push" by Christine Vogt-William. July 13, 2012. Conference: Too Big to Ignore: Narratives of Inequality at the Department of English / North American Studies at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.


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