Annika M. Schadewaldt

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Annika M. Schadewaldt, MA
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies
Room 3502 | Phone: (0341) 973 7334
Office Hours: Tue, 2-3 p.m.


After having received both my BA (2016) and MA (2019) at American Studies Leipzig, I now work at the institute as an assistant lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) since 2020. During my BA I also spent a year abroad at Mount Holyoke College (MA, USA). I am currently working on a dissertation in the field of American literary and cultural studies supervised by Prof. Katja Kanzler.


Broadly speaking, my research interests revolve around the intersections of questions of form, affect, and politics in twentieth-century US-American literature. While I am interested in a variety of genres and aesthetic forms, my doctoral project focuses on the aesthetics of excess in novels of the first two decades after WWII. Previously I have also worked on Modernist literature and more contemporary popular culture. Generally, I am very much interested in the relationship between literary texts and their wider cultural contexts, i.e, the politics of their aesthetics.

Selected Publications

  • with Patrick Durdel et al. Literaturtheorie nach 2001. Matthes & Seitz. Forthcoming.
  • ““I’m Not a Real Person Yet”: Queering Coming of Age in Frances Ha.” aspeers, no. 12, 2019, pp. 97-116.
  • with Brendan Day et al.: “Of Monsters, Frontiers, and Apocalypses: Ten Years of American Studies Graduate Scholarship.” Introduction. aspeers, no. 10, 2017, pp. ix-xx.
  • with Brendan Day et al., eds. aspeers: emerging voices in american studies, no. 10, 2017.

Selected Conference Activity

  • “The Habitus of Citizenship in Vladmir Nabokov’s Pnin.” 20/20 Vision. European American Studies Conference. Forthcoming.
  • “Letters, Words, and Silence in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.” XXXI Annual Conference of Polish Association for American Studies. Opole. October 24, 2019.
  • Co-organized “American Cultures of Dissent.” American Studies Leipzig Grad Conference. April 28-29, 2018.