Dr. Eleonora Ravizza

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Dr. Eleonora Ravizza
Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben (Lecturer for American Studies)
Room 3 5.04 | Phone: (0341) 973 7332
Office Hours: By appointment

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

I received my BA in Communication Studies from the University of Bergamo (Italy) and my MA from American Studies Leipzig. I wrote my dissertation on contemporary popular representations of the fifties, particularly investigating how self-reflexivity, melodrama, and nostalgia affect these portrayals. I defended my dissertation in October 2019.

Teaching

I have previously taught a variety of classes to BA students of American studies. Since 2016, I have been working as an assistant lecturer at ASL, teaching exclusively to students of the teaching training program. 
 
In my classes, I focus on instilling an interest towards American culture into students. In regards to history and politics, I approach the subjects from a cultural studies point of view, encouraging students to learn about American politics through the lens of its cultural impact.

When it comes to literature and culture, I highlight the cultural work of texts, encouraging critical thinking and a broad understanding of ‘text.’ With my choices of both primary and secondary materials, I hope to push students to discover more American literary and popular texts they may have previously never considered worthy of investigation and discussion.

Research

In my dissertation, I focused on how the portrayal of the fifties in popular culture has been developed over the decades to include only a specific set of images. I have argued that contemporary popular culture, due to the visual nature of the fifties construct, fails to deconstruct and criticize the ideologies embedded in the fifties, despite its attempts.

My overall research interests mainly lie in popular culture, particularly in questions of gender, queerness, genre, and psychoanalysis. I am particularly interested in the cultural work of film and television, specifically in regard to their gender politics. 

Publications and Presentations

  • Revisiting and Revising the Fifties in Contemporary US Popular Culture Self-Reflexivity, Melodrama, and Nostalgia in Film and Television. J.B. Metzler, 2020.
  • Masters of Sex.” Erfolg in Serie - Staffel III. Saarbrücken. 1 Dec. 2015. Presentation.
  • “The Politics of Melodrama: Nostalgia, Performance, and Gender Roles in Revolutionary Road“ Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture. Ed. Sebastian M. Herrmann et al. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 63-80. Print.
  • “The Fifties, Intertextuality, and Self-Reflexive Nostalgia in Mad Men.” Guest Lecture in the Seminar “Ways of Seeing — Visual Cultures” by Prof. Anne Koenen. Leipzig. 6 June 2014. Presentation.
  • “ ‘The Pain from an Old Wound’: Reconsidering Nostalgia and Melodrama in Mad Men.” Auteur TV. Salzburg. 13 Dec. 2013. Presentation.
  • “The Politics of Nostalgia: Gender Representation in Mad Men.” Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture. Leipzig. 21 June 2013. Presentation.
  • “ ‘We Don’t Want Life to Look Difficult, Do We?’: Representations of the Fifties and Self-Reflexive Nostalgia in Mad Men.” COPAS 14.1 (2013): 1-14. Web.
  • “ ‘Who Could Not Be Happy With All This?’: The Fifties, Nostalgia, and Artificiality in Mad Men.” PostGraduate Forum of the DGfA/GAAS 2012. Philipps U, Marburg. 3 Nov. 2012. Presentation.
  • With Herrmann, Sebastian M., Ines Krug, Andreas Mooser, Julia Neugebauer, Bailing Qin, Stefan Schubert, Franziska Wenk, and Maria Zywietz, eds. aspeers: emerging voices in american studies 3 (2010). Print.
  • With Herrmann, Sebastian M., Ines Krug, Andreas Mooser, Julia Neugebauer, Bailing Qin, Stefan Schubert, Franziska Wenk, and Maria Zywietz. “Crime and America.” Introduction. aspeers: emerging voices in american studies 3 (2010): vii-xxviii. Print.