Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez

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Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez
Professor for American Studies and Minority Studies
Room GWZ 3 5.08 | Phone: (0341) 973 7343
Office Hours: In the Winter term: Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 pm (beginning on Oct. 21); until further notice office hours via zoom. Please contact me by email to arrange for an appoinment.

http://americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de/faculty/pisarz
pisarz@uni-leipzig.de
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Bio

My way into American Studies started with a translator’s degree in English and Spanish before I got interested in literary translation studies and literary studies. Since my graduation, I have worked at the universities of Göttingen, Bielefeld, Bayreuth, Groningen (Netherlands), and Leipzig. In 2009 I was a guest professor at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. I also spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar and 6 months at the State University of New York, Binghamton as a Fulbright grantee. I am married and have a daughter.

Teaching

I teach American literature and culture from the 17th through the 20th century with a wide range of topics on both introductory and specialist levels. As the first professor of Minority Studies appointed in Germany, my special focus in Leipzig is on the role of race and ethnicity in the U.S. as well as on migration and inter-American sstudies. I am particularly interested in Latino/a cultures, border studies, ethnic literatures, and changing concepts of ethnicity.

Research

My research focuses on the cultural processes which link American culture to other cultures or which are situated in between cultures. My doctoral dissertation investigated literary translations of Stephen Crane texts as cultural products at the intersection of literary studies, cultural studies and translation studies. For my Habilitation project, I researched the border zone between the United States and Mexico as a culturally productive space which plays an important role in redefining concepts of nation and national culture. My current research interests are in the fields of 19th century inter-American relations, transnational studies and critical regionalism, Latino/a studies, migration studies, and 21st century concepts of race and ethnicity.

Current Research Project

Imperialist Geographies: The Transpacific and Circum-Caribbean Space in US Literature in the Period from 1880 to 1940

Research unit C02 of Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”

http://research.uni-leipzig.de/~sfb1199/welcome/

Project description:

The project investigates the imagination of space in US literature in the period of imperialist expansion to the Pacific and the Caribbean in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It explores discursive literary spatialization processes and the role literature has played in the emergence, distribution, performance, and (de)stabilization of spatial imaginations and spatial formats. It also focuses on literature’s function as a tool of ideological critique and as a producer of alternative spatial imaginations.

Pricipal Investigator: Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez

Researcher:

Dr. Steffen Wöll       http://research.uni-leipzig.de/~sfb1199/staff-item/swoell/

Publications

Books

  • with Maren Möring and Ute Wardenga. Imaginationen. (Dialektik des Globalen. Kernbegriffe 5). Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019

  • with Steffen Wöll. Periphere Räume in der Amerikanistik. (Dialektik des Globalen. Kernbegriffe 3). Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019.

  • Processes of Spatialization in the Americas. Configurations and Narratives. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Hannes Warnecke-Berger. (Interamericana vol. 13) Frankfurt/Main/New York: Peter Lang, 2018.

  • Hemispheric Encounters. The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Markus Heide. Interamericana Series. Frankfurt u. New York: Peter Lang, 2016.

  • Selling Ethnicity and Race. Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Frank Usbeck, Anne Grob and Maria Lippold. Trier: WVT, 2015.

  • Of Fatherlands and Motherlands. Gender and Nation in the Americas / De Patrias y Matrias. Género y nación en las Américas. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Sebastian Thies and Luzelena Gutiérrez de Velasco. Trier: WVT, 2015 (Interamerican Studies Series).

  • Transmediality and Transculturality. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Nadja Gernalzick. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013 (American Studies Monograph Series). 

  • The Americas in the 19th Century – Inter-American Perspectives. American Studies/ Amerikastudien 53.1 (2008) (Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez and Markus Heide. Heidelberg: Winter)

  • MexAmerica: Genealogien und Analysen postnationaler Diskurse in der kulturellen Produktion von Chicanos/as.  Heidelberg: Winter 2005. American Studies Monograph Series.

Articles

  • “Being Black in the Archipelagic Americas: Racialized
    (im)Mobilities in the Autobiographies of James Weldon
    Johnson and Evelio Grillo”. Atlantic Studies, published online on July 13, 2021, https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/596YA4TBEUZWTC7GPRA3/full?target=10.1080/14788810.2021.1952052)

  • „The politics of remembering in Carmen Aguirre’s The Refugee HotelInter-American Perspectives in the 21st Century. Eds. Olaf Kaltmeier/Wilfried Raussert: Trier, WVT, Tempe: Bilingual Press/University of New Orleans Press, 2021.

  • “Foundational Narratives in the United States and Latin America“. In W. Raussert, G. Anatol und J. Michael (Hg.) Rethinking the Americas Vol. IV: Key Topics in Literature and Music. Farnham. 2020.

  • “American Studies and Global Studies in the U.S.”. The Many Facets of Global Studies Perspectives from the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Programme. Ed. Konstanze Klemm u. Matthias Middell. Leipzig: Universitätsverlag 2019.

  • with Steffen Wöll and Deniz Bozkurt. “Spatial Fictions: Imagining (Trans)National Space in the Southern and Western Peripheries of the Nineteenth Century United States”. Leipzig (SFB 1199 Working Paper 10) 2018.

  • “Florida as a Hemispheric Region”.  Processes of Spatialization in the Americas. Configurations and Narratives. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Hannes Warnecke-Berger. Frankfurt/New York: Peter Lang, 2018, 151-175.

  • “A Backcountry out of Control”: Tropical Spaces of Radical Resistance in Joshua Giddings’ The Exiles of Florida. Amerikastudien/American Studies 63:3 (2018), 351-366.

  • “Chicano Studies and Inter-American Studies in Germany”. Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies (Routledge International Handbooks) Eds. Denise Segura, Francisco Lomelí, Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe. Routledge, 2017.

  • “Border Studies and Hemispheric Studies: Rethinking America”. Approaches to American Cultural Studies. Eds. Antje Dallmann, Eva Boesenberg and Martin Klepper. London and New York: Routledge, 2016, 242-251.

  • “Introduction: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective” (with Markus Heide). Hemispheric Encounters. The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Markus Heide. Interamericana Series. Frankfurt u. New York: Peter Lang, 2016, 9-33.

  • “From ‘Southern Brethren’ to ‘Treacherous Cowards’: Temporal Narratives of Latin America in Early Nineteenth-Century U.S. America. Hemispheric Encounters. The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Markus Heide. Interamericana Series. Frankfurt u. New York: Peter Lang, 2016, 97-115.

  • “Racial Ambiguity and Racial Capital: Marketing the Postracial Melting Pot”. Selling Ethnicity and Race. Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Frank Usbeck, Anne Grob and Maria Lippold. Trier: WVT, 2015.

  • “Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts”. The International Turn in American Studies. Eds. Marietta Messmer and Armin Paul Frank. Interamericana vol. 7. Frankfurt u. New York: Lang, 2015.

  • “Defamiliarizar el lugar privado en el arte de Patssi Valdez”. Of Fatherlands and Motherlands. Gender and Nation in the Americas / De Patrias y Matrias. Género y nación en las Américas. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Sebastian Thies and Luzelena Gutiérrez de Velasco. Trier: WVT, 2015.

  • “Of Fatherlands and Motherlands. Gender and Nation in the Americas” (with Sebastian Thies). Introduction to Of Fatherlands and Motherlands. Gender and Nation in the Americas / De Patrias y Matrias. Género y nación en las Américas. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Sebastian Thies and Luzelena Gutiérrez de Velasco. Trier: WVT, 2015.

  • “Preface and Comparative Conceptual History.” with Nadja Gernalzick. Transmediality and Transculturality. Ed. Nadja Gernalzick and Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2013.
  • “Documenting Horror: The American Nightmare and the narration of nation”. In: Daniela Noll-Opitz, Sebastian Thies, and Josef Raab (eds.),   Screening the Americas: Narration of Nation in Documentary Film / Proyectando las Américas: Narración de la nación en el cine documental. Trier: WTV, 2011

  • „Geschichte der ‘spanischen’ USA (vom spanischen Kolonialbesitz bis zur hispanoamerikanischen Immigration)“ in: Joachim Born, Robert Folger, Christopher F. Laferl und Bernhard Pöll (Hrsg.), Handbuch Spanisch. Spanien und Hispanoamerika. Sprache – Literatur – Kultur. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2011.

  • “Priests in Drag: Anti-Catholicism, gender and the (trans)national in Rosamond: or, a Narrative of the captivity and Sufferings of an American Female under the Popish Priests, in the Island of Cuba”. Religion in the United States.  Eds. Christine Gerhardt, Jeanne Cortiel, Kornelia Freitag, Michael Wala. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.

  • “Visions of Columbus: Revolutionary poets and the creation of a (trans)national history”. Making National Bodies: (Non-)Conformism and the Early Republic. Eds. Astrid Fellner and Stefan Brandt. WvT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2010.

  • “Transculturation in Colonial North America: William Byrd’s History of the Dividing Line”. Passagen. Hybridity, Transmediealité, Transculturalidad. Eds. René Ceballos et al. Hildesheim, Zurich, New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2010.

  • “Reimagining America: Postnational Perspectives in Chicano Border Discourses”. E Pluribus Unum? National and Transnational Identities in the Americas. Eds. Sebastian Thies and Josef Raab. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2009.

  • “Precursors of Hemispheric Writing: Latin America, the Caribbean, and Early U.S. American Identity”. Transnationalism and the New Local. Eds. Francisco Lomelí and Marc Priewe. New York: Palgrave/McMillan 2009.

  • “African-Canadian Literature and the Americas”. Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange. Ed. Michael Steppat. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009.

  • “Nineteenth Century Literature and Inter-American Studies”. Introduction to Spec. issue of The Americas in the 19th Century – Inter-American Perspectives. Amerikastudien/American Studies 53.1 (2008) (with Markus Heide)

  • “Blurring the boundaries of gender: The strong “Spanish” woman as a motif in 19th century U.S. American female popular fiction”. American Studies/ Amerikastudien 53.1 (2008).

  • “Haiti and the Formation of Early African American Identities”. Transcultural Visions of Identities in Images and Texts. Eds. Wilfried Raussert and Reinhard Isensee. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008.

  • “‘The Darkest is Before the Break of Day’: Rhetorical Uses of Haiti in the Works of Early African-American Writers”. Atlantic Studies 4.1. (2007).

  • “From Nepantla to Amerindia: Transnationality in Mexican American Literature and Art”. Iberoamericana VII.27 (2007).

  • “Übersetzungskultur in der DDR – eine Fallstudie.” Übersetzung – Translation -Traduction. Ein internationales Handbuch zur Übersetzungsforschung, Bd.II. Eds. H. Kittel, A.P. Frank, N. Greiner, Th. Hermans, W. Koller, J. Lambert, F. Paul. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2007.

  • “Faulkner and the Color Line: Transnational Perspectives.” Transatlantic Cultural Contexts. Essays in Honor of Eberhard Brüning. Ed. Hartmut Keil. Tübingen: Narr, 2005.

  • “With Spit, Grit and Movidas”: The Politics of Humor at the US-Mexican Border.” Americanization - Globalization - Education. Eds. Gerhard Bach, Sabine Broeck and Ulf Schulenberg. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2003.

  • “Black Feminist Literary Criticism.” “Chicana-Feminismus/ Chicana Theory.” “Multikulturalismus”. Metzler Lexikon Gender Studies - Geschlechterforschung. Ansätze, Personen, Grundbegriffe. Ed. Renate Kroll. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2002.

  • “Borderizing America: Cultural frames in Mexican-American interlingual texts.” Not English Only: Redefining “American” in American Studies. Ed. Orm Overland. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2001.

  • “Bilingual, interlingual - language and identity construction in Mexican American literary discourse.” Holding Their Own: Perspectives on the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Eds. Dorothea Fischer-Hornung and Heike Rafael-Hernandez. Tübingen: Stauffenburg-Verlag 2000.

  • “Homeland und Borderlands - kulturnationalistische Konzepte des Chicano Movement und ihre Revision in der Literatur von Chicanas.” Geschlechterdifferenz und Amerikastudien in Deutschland. Analysen und Interpretationen. Eds. Anne Koenen and Catrin Gersdorf. Leipzig: Universitätsverlag, 1999.

  • “Reinventing Mexico: Chicano/a travelers and the construction of Mexicanness.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture. 47.4 (1999).

  • “I toast to nuestra América”: postcoloniality and pan-American concepts in Chicano/a literature.” El Debate de la postcolonialidad en Latinoamérica. Una postmodernidad periférica o cambio de paradigma en el pensamiento latinoamericano. Eds. Alfonso de Toro and Fernando de Toro. Frankfurt: Vervuert, 1999.

  • “Intercultural, Multivoiced: Chicano/a Anthologies of the 1980’s and 1990’s. With a Bibliography of Chicano/a Anthologies”. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture.  46:2 (1998). 125-141.

  • “Internationale Kurzprosa in Anthologien der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik – die Reihe ‘Erkundungen’”. International Anthologies of Literature in Translation (=Göttinger Beiträge zur Internationalen Übersetzungsforschung Bd. 9) Ed. Harald Kittel. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 1995.

  • “Intercultural, Multivoiced: Chicano/a Anthologies of the 1980s and 1990s. With a Bibliography of Chicano/a Anthologies”. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture 46.2 (1998).

  • “Avancierte Erzählformen im Licht von Übersetzungsstrategien - zwei Romane Stephen Cranes und fünf deutsche Übersetzungen.” Erlebte Rede und impressionistischer Stil. Europäische Erzählprosa im Vergleich mit ihren deutschen Übersetzungen. Ed. Dorothea Kullmann. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 1995.

  • “Die Rolle von Kommunikationsgemeinschaften in Übersetzungen von Washington Irving’s ‘Rip van Winkle’”. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture 37.4 (1989).

    Recent Lectures and Talks
  •  “Literary counterdiscourses of mobility in the Panama canal zone” American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Juan Puerto Rico, 10-14 October, 2021 (online conference)

  • “Counter-geographies of possibility: African American discourses about the U.S. ‘new territories’ after 1898”. ENIUGH (European Network in Universal and Global History) Congress, Turku 15-19 June 2021 (online conference)

  • “Framing and Re-framing”. Workshop “Translation and Archipelagic Thought”, Modern Language Association Annual Conference, 7-10 January, 2021(online)

  • „More of the Pioneer Spirit“: Black Spatialization Processes in the Age of US Imperialism”. Annual Conference, Collaborative Research Center 1199: The Making and Unmaking of Spatial Orders - Mobilities under the Global Condition from the 19th Century to the Present, Oct 7-10, 2020.

  • „A nation divided: Race, Identity and Polarization in Today’s Culture Wars“. Transatlantic Alumni Dialogue 2020 Online, „Polarization in the U.S.“ Parlamentarisches Patenschaftsprogramm des Deutschen Bundestages und des Kongresses der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika e.V., Oct 14, 2020.

  • “An Archipelagic Contact Zone: Racialized (Im)Mobilities in the Florida of James Weldon Johnson and Evelio Grillo”. American Studies Association Conference 2019, Honolulu, November 7-10, 2019.

  • “At the Frontiers of Empire: US Hemispheric Interventions in Nicaragua and Haiti in James Weldon Johnson’s Along this Way”. Latin American Studies Association Conference, Nuestra America-Justice and Inclusion. Boston, May 24-27, 2019.

  • “Following the Path of Stanley”. Mobilities and Immobilities in Gulf Coast Tourism”. 45th Austrian Association for American Studies Conference 2018. Vienna, Nov. 16-18, 2018.

  • “ ‘A Taste of Africa’. Florida and the ‘Dark Continent’ ”. Joint 32nd European Association for American Studies & 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference, London, 4-7 April, 2018.

  • “ ‘We have conquered already more territory than we want’. Cooper, the U.S.-Mexican War and the Pacific”. Reinventing the Social: Movements and Narratives of Resistance,Dissension, and Reconciliation in the Americas. Biennial Conference of the International Association for Inter-American Studies, Coimbra, March 21-24, 2018.