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Dr. Johannes Fehrle
Akademischer Mitarbeiter

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Universität Mannheim
Amerikanistik
Schloß EW 260
68161 Mannheim

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Professional Experience   l   Education   l   Fields of Research and Teaching Interests   l   List of Publications   l   Teaching Experience  

Professional Experience


Assistant Professor (Wiss. Mitarbeiter), English Department / North American Studies, Universität Mannheim, Germany.

   

Since

September

2013

   

Assistant Professor (Wiss. Mitarbeiter), English Department / North American Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.

 

April 2012

September

2013

   

Erasmus Teaching Exchange, Iasi University, Romania. 

 

April 2013

   

Erasmus Teaching Exchange, Helsinki University, Finnland.

 

September

2012

   

Visiting Scholar, English Department, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada.

 

March 2010

- December

2012

   

4 Semesters as Sessional (Lehrbeauftragter) at English, Ethics (EPG) and Gender Studies Department, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany.

 

November 2007

- February

2012

   

Graduate and Postgraduate (Teaching) assistant, English Department, North American Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. 

 

September

2005 - 

July 2008


 

Education


Ph.D. English Department, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany; Thesis: "Postmodern Gunslingers in a Transnational West: Revisions of the Western in Canadian and American Literature." 
Grade: summa cum laude (A). 
Committee: Prof. W. Hochbruck; Prof. B. Korte; Prof. W. Oberkrome. 

 

October 2008 -

March 2012

Magister Artium (M.A.) in English Literature / Linguistics and Modern History; Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
Grade: sehr gut (A). 
Thesis: "The Postmodern Canadian Western."

 

October

2001 - 

June 

2007

Exchange Year at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

 

September 

2003 - 

July 

2004

Abitur (High School Diploma), Wentzinger Gymnasium, Freiburg, Germany. 

 

June

2000


 

Fields of Research and Teaching Interests

  • US and Canadian 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • Postmodernism and Post-Postmodernism
  • Westerns in Literature and Film
  • Popular Culture, particulary Comics, Graphic Novels and Computer Games
  • Adaptation Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Gender / Masculinity Studies
  • Critical Theory (esp. Marxism, Sociology of Literature)

 

Publications

Books and Book-Length Publications:

Rethinking Adaptation in the Age of Media Convergence. Ed. with Werner Schäfke (under review with Amsterdam University Press)

Postmodern Gunslingers in a Transnational West: Revisions of the Western in Canadian and American Literature (under review with University of Nebraska Press).

Herausforderung Biologie: Fragen aus der Biologie – Fragen an die Biologie [Biology as a Challenge: Questions Posed by Biology – Questions Posed to Biology]. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010. Print (with Rüdiger Heinze and Kerstin Müller).

“Responses to the Challenges to the USA after 9/11 and New Orleans: Racial Division, Religion, Civil Rights, and Literature.” Freiburg: Regierungspräsidium Freiburg, Abteilung 7 “Schule und Bildung,” Carl-Schurz-Haus, 2006. Pirnt (material for high school teachers; selected and edited with Rüdiger Heinze).

 

Journal Articles & Book Chapters:

“Of Fan Productions, Franchises, and Story­worlds: Rethinking Adaptation in a Convergence Environment.” Rethinking Adaptation in the Age of Media Convergence. Ed. Johannes Fehrle and Werner Schäfke (under review; Amsterdam University Press).

“Destined to Fail: Cosmetic Surgery, Female Body Images, and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Birth-mark.’” The Failed Individual. Ed. Susanne Hamscha, Katharina Motyl, and Regina Schober. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2017 (forthcoming).

“‘Zombies Don’t Recognize Borders’: Capitalism, Ecology, and Mobility in 21st Century Pop Culture.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 61.4 (2016): 527-44.

“Giocando con il Cuore di tenebra: adattare Conrad/ Coppola.” Trans. Polina Shvanyukova. Ácoma 11 (Autunno-Inverno 2016): 218-235. Web. (Italian translation of “Gaming into the Heart of Darkness”). READ IT HERE

“Gaming into the Heart of Darkness: Adapting Conrad / Coppola.” South Atlantic Review 80.3-4 (2016): 234-53.  [peer reviewed].

“‘And I would call it “A Southern.”’: Renewing / Obscuring the Blaxploitation Western.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 16.3 (2015): 291-306. [peer reviewed]. ACCESS A COPY HERE

“Leading into the Franchise: Remediation as (Simulated) Transmedia World - The Case of Scott Pilgrim.” IMAGE Special Issue Media Convergence and Transmedial Worlds (Part 2) 21 (2015): 4-16. Web. [peer reviewed]. READ THE PAPER

“(Re)Making Men in the 1950s and 2000s: Delmer Daves’s and James Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma.” Remakes and Remaking: Concepts - Media - Practices. Ed. Rüdiger Heinze and Lucia Krämer. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. 57-78. Print.

“‘What’s happened to the American Dream?’ Transnationalism and Intertexts in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen.” International Journal of Comic Art 15.2 (Fall 2013): 495 – 527. Print (with Philipp Fidler).

“Django Unchained and the Neo-Blaxploitation Western.” Iperstoria. Testi Letterature Linguaggi 2 (October 2013). Web [invited paper; peer reviewed]. READ THE PAPER

“‘We Have No Leaders Holy Men or Gurus’: The Carnivalesque as an Egalitarian Alternative in Ishmael Reed’s Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down.” On the Aesthetic Legacy of Ishmael Reed: Contemporary Reassessments. Ed. Sämi Ludwig. Huntington Beach, CA: World Parade Books, 2013. 26 – 55. Print.

“Unnatural Worlds and Unnatural Narration in Graphic Novels? A Critical Examination.” Unnatural Narratives – Unnatural Narratology. Ed. Jan Alber and Rüdiger Heinze. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2011. 210 – 245. Print. [peer reviewed series]

“Wissenschaftliche Möglichkeiten und ethische Grenzen: Die Biologie in der gesellschaftlichen Diskussion.” [Scientific Possibilities and Ethical Limits: Biology in Public Discourse.] Introduction. Herausforderung Biologie: Fragen aus der Biologie / Fragen an die Biologie. Ed. Johannes Fehrle, Rüdiger Heinze, and Kerstin Müller. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010. xi – xviii. Print. (with Rüdiger Heinze and Kerstin Müller).

“‘Waiting for that Other Shoe to Drop’: Der 11. September in Comicbüchern.” [‘Waiting for that Other Shoe to Drop’: September 11 in Comic Books.] Nine Eleven: Ästhetische
Verarbeitungen des 11. September 2001
[Nine Eleven: Artistic Responses to September 11 2001]. Ed. Ingo Irsigler and Christoph Jürgensen. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2008. 219 – 249. Print. (with Rüdiger Heinze).

 

Editorial Work:
Krieg und Literatur / War and Literature XIV (2008). Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2009. Print (with Claudia Glunz et. al.).

Krieg und Literatur / War and Literature XIII (2007). Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2008. Print (with Claudia Glunz et. al.).

Krieg und Literatur / War and Literature XI (2005). Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2006. Print (with Claudia Glunz and Jan Kolja Paulus).

 

Book Reviews

Rev. of Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies. Ed. Winfried Fluck, Donald E. Pease, and John Carlos Rowe. Amerikastudien / American Studies (forthcoming).

Rev. of In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, The Peoples of Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery, by Annette Kolodny. Amerikastudien / American Studies 59.3 (2014). READ THE REVIEW

Rev. of Wie Comics erzählen: Grundriss einer intermedialen Erzähltheorie der grafischen Literatur, [How Comics Narrate: A Basis for an Intermedial Narratology of Graphic Literature] by Martin Schüwer. Kritikon Litterarum 37:3/4 (2010): 290 – 298. Print.

Rev. of Literaturgeschichte der USA: Ein sozialgeschichtlicher Überblick [Literary History of the USA: A Socio-Historic Overview] by Wolfgang Karrer. ZAA 58.1 (2010): 80 – 81. Print.

Rev. of Camera Doesn’t Lie: Spielarten erzählerischer Unzuverlässigkeit im Film [Camera Doesn’t Lie: Varieties of Narrative Unreliability in Film]. Ed. Jörg Helbig. Kritikon Litterarum 36:3/4 (2009): 222 – 229. Print.

 

Encyclopedia Entries

“John Williams – Stoner;” “John Williams: Biogramm” [John Williams: Short Biography]. Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (updated online edition). Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Web.

“Richard McGuire – Here;” “Richard McGuire: Biogramm” [Richard McGuire: Short Biography]. Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (updated online edition). Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Web.

“Teju Cole – Open City;” “Teju Cole: Biogramm;” [Teju Cole: Short Biography]. Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (updated online edition). Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Web.

“Denis Johnson: Das erzählerische Werk;” [Denis Johnson: Prose Work] (with Bernadette Kalkert). Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (updated online edition). Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Web.

“Paul Auster: Das Romanwerk” [Paul Auster: The Novels] (with Christian Berkemeier). Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (updated online edition). Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Web.

“David Foster Wallace – The Pale King.” Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (updated online edition). Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Web.

“David Foster Wallace: Das essayistische Werk” [David Foster Wallace: Essays]. Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (updated online edition). Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Web.

“Nicholson Baker The Anthologist.“ Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (updated online edition). Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Web.

“Electronic Developments and Entertainment;” “Virtual Worlds.” World History Encyclopedia: Era 9 Promises and Paradoxes, 1945-Present, Part I & II. Ed. Andrew J. Waskey and Fred Nadis. Vol. 19 & 20. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. Print.

“Nicholson Baker: Das erzählerische Werk;” [Nicholson Baker: Fiction] “Nicholson Baker: Biogramm” [Nicholson Baker: Short Biography]. Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. 3. Ed. Vol. 1. Gen. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009. 812 – 813. Print.

“McFarlane Toys;” “Common Adventure Concept.” Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society. Gen. Ed. Rodney P. Carlisle. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2009. 145 – 146; 381 – 382. Print.

 

Invited Talks, Conference Papers, and Workshops:

"Feministische Fankritik und kulturelle Macht in HBOs Game of Thrones.” Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft. September 28-October 1, 2016. Berlin, Germany.

 

“The Tire Iron of Homophobia: Doxic Beliefs and Habitual Limitations in Annie Proulx’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’” 51st Conference of the Western Literature Association. September 21-24, 2016. Big Sky, MT, USA.

 

“Satirizing the Neo-Liberal Individualization of Uncertainty in The Adventures of Unemployed Man.” Blood in the Gutter: Uncertainty and Speculation in Contemporary American Comics. 15 July, 2016. Bayreuth, Germany.

 

"Destined to Fail: Female Body Images as Masculine Domination." The Failed Individual. International Conference. November 12-14, 2015. Mannheim, Germany.

"The Virginian: On Paper, Stage, and Screen." 50th Conference of the Western Literature Association. October 14-17, 2015. Reno, NV, USA.

"Hawthorne and Cosmetic Surgery: 'The Birth-mark' and Female Self-Objectification." International American Studies Association / American Studies Association of Korea Conference. August 17-19, 2015. Seoul, Korea

"Transmedia Adaptation: Between Storytelling and Brand Managment." Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception: Economies and Politics of Participation. February 25-27, 2015. Hannover, Germany.

“New Hollywood.” Guest Lecture. 26 November 2014. Tübingen, Germany.

“‘You Win or You Die’: Game of Thrones als Transmedia Franchise.” Mediale Zeitenwende: Interdisziplinäre Forschungsansätze zu Formierung und Wirkung des narrative turn in den visuellen Narrationen. November 14 & 15, 2014. Köln, Germany.

“Adapting The Virginian / Inventing the Western” 49th Conference of the Western Literature Association” November 5-8, 2014. Victoria, BC, Canada.

“‘Zombies Don’t Recognize Borders’: Framing Ecological Disaster through Popular Culture.” 61st Annual Convenion of the DGfA / GAAS. June 12-June 15, 2014. Würzburg, Germany.

“Paratexts and Transmedia Marketing in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series.” 2014 International Conference on Narrative. March 27-29, 2014. Cambridge, MA, USA.

“Defending Philip K. Dick’s Posthumanism.” Response to Joseph Tabbi. “The Posthuman Imagination: Contemporary Fiction Against Narrativity. ” International Workshop Posthumanist Perspectives. March 7-8, 2014. Mannheim, Germany.

“Remediation as (Simulated) Transmedia World: The Case of Scott Pilgrim.” Winter School Transmedia Storyworlds. February 24-28, 2014. Tübingen, Germany.

"Adapting Storyworlds?: Rethinking Adaptation in a Convergence Environment” Rethinking Adaptation in the Age of Media Convergence. FRIAS Junior Research Conference. November 7-9, 2013. Freiburg, Germany.

“Adaptation 2.0: The Digital Turn as a Game Changer?” Adaptation Unbounded: New Directions, New Agendas. October 31 – November 2, 2013. Iaşi University, Romania.

Django Unchained and the Neo-Blaxploitation Western.” 48th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association. October 9–12, 2013, Berkeley, CA, USA.

“Convergence and/as Adaptation.” Adaptation, Intermediality, Participatory Culture: International One-Day Symposium. September 24, 2013. Braunschweig, Germany.

“Negotiating Rural Spaces and Identities in Smoke Signals.” 60th Annual Convenion of the DGfA / GAAS. May 30 – June 2, 2013. Erlangen, Germany.

“‘A long way from home…’”: Der Western zwischen amerikanischem Original und (inter)nationaler Revision.” [The Western Between American Original and (inter)national Revision] Workshop Leader. Carl-Schurz Haus / Centre Culturel Français. January 28, 2013. Freiburg, Germany. (with Alexander Sancho-Rauschel).

“‘If the Indians Won it Probably Wouldn’t be a Western’: Writing against images of ‘the Indian’ in Contemporary Native American and First Nations Texts.” 47th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association. November 7-10, 2012, Lubbock, TX, USA.

“(Re)Making Men in the ‘50s and 2000s: Daves’ and Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma.” Play It Again Sam: Remakes in Film, Literature and Art. International Conference.  September 28-30, 2012. Braunschweig, Germany.

“Representing Poverty in Comic Books” Too Big to Ignore: Narratives of Inequality, International Conference. July 12-13, 2012. Freiburg, Germany.

“Ode an die Öde: The Pale King.” [Ode to Bleakness: The Pale King] Panel Discussion with Ulrich Blumenbach. Carl-Schurz-Haus. May 5, 2012. Freiburg, Germany.

“Remembering David Foster Wallace.” Workshop Leader. Carl-Schurz-Haus. May  5, 2012. Freiburg, Germany.

“Looking at ‘The Erosion of the Older Distinction between High Culture and so-called Mass or Popular Culture’: Postmodernism’s Use of Popular Genres.” Guest Lecture. Basel University. March 27, 2012. Basel, Switzerland.

“American Studies und dann?” [American Studies then what?] Panel Discussion with Angeley Eckhardt and Steve Przybilla. Carl-Schurz-Haus. February 7, 2012. Freiburg, Germany.

“Manliness, Heroism and the Quick-Draw Duel in the Revisionist Western” 46th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association. October 5-8, 2011, Missoula, MT, USA.

“‘Bring Me the Black Wild Bill’: Using the Western to Reintroduce African Americans into the 19th Century West.” National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference (PCA/ACA) April 20-23, 2011, San Antonio, TX, USA (panel chair).

“When the Legend Becomes Fact Deconstruct the Legend: Shooting at the Western in Contemporary Canadian and U.S. Novels.” University of British Columbia, Department of English. Departmental Research Seminar. February 4, 2011, Vancouver, Canada.

“‘What’s Happened to the American Dream?’ Alan Moore’s Transnational Vision of the ’80s.” Bi-Annual Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies. November 11–13, 2010, Essen, Germany (with Philip Fiedler).

“Performing Western Masculinity in Three Versions of 3:10 to Yuma.” 45th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association. October 20-23, 2010, Prescott, AZ, USA.

“Revisionist Western Novels from Canada and the U.S.” EUCOR Ph.D. Conference. December 11, 2009, Freiburg, Germany.

“‘Only Thing We Ever Use Guns on is Snakes and Germans’: Westernrevisionen aus den USA und Kanada.” [‘Only Thing We Ever Use Guns on is Snakes and Germans’: US and Canadian Western Revisions] Doktorandenforum der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes [Ph.D. Forum of the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung)]. November 13-16, 2009, Koppelsberg, Germany.

“Questioning National Myths and National Identity in Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Englishman’s Boy.” Milestones 2009 Conference “Transgression of Boundaries,” 1August 1, 2009, Freiburg, Germany.

“Alaska – Das andere Amerika. [Alaska – The other America]” February 5, 2009, Carl-Schurz-Haus, Freiburg, Germany.

“Unnatural Worlds and Unnatural Narration in Comics.” FRIAS Conference: Unnatürliches Erzählen – Unnatural Narration, November 13-15, 2008, Freiburg, Germany.

“Stephen Crane’s Westerns: ‘The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky’ und ‘The Blue Hotel’,” Talk on receiving the Stephen-Crane-Award for North American Literary and Cultural Studies. November 4, 2007, Badenweiler, Germany.

“The Postmodern Canadian Western,” 2nd “EUCOR English Trinational Masters Conference,” December 9, 2006, Mulhouse, France.

 

Artistic Work:

Exhibition of Photographs "The Bear Essentials." Café Vogelfrei. Mannheim. April 3 - June 20 2016.

Exhibition of Photographs "Bear with Me: North-Western Encounters." Carl-Schurz-Haus: German-American Institute, Freiburg, January 28 – March 18, 2016.

Exhibition of Photographs “Alaska – The Last Frontier” German American Center / James-F.-Byrnes Institut e.V., Stuttgart. 15 June – 21 September 2012.

Exhibition of Photographs “Alaska – Von den Grenzen der Zivilisation gesehen. [Alaska – Seen from the Edges of Civilization]” Carl-Schurz-Haus: German-American Institute, Freiburg, January 16 – April 1, 2009.

Exhibition of Photographs “National Park Service: The People behind the Great Vistas,” Carl-Schurz-Haus: German-American Institute, Freiburg, February 1 – 25, 2008.

 

Translations:

Setzer, Heinz, Wolfgang Schwarzhaupt, and Hanna Hauck, ed. Visions of Water Colours Today – Aquarellvisionen heute. Landau: Kunstverein Villa Streccius, 2009 (translation into English).

Setzer, Heinz, ed. Transfer: Anatomy of Artist’s Prints from London and the Palatinate. Landau: Kunstverein Villa Streccius, 2007 (translation into English).

 

Teaching Experience

Guest Teaching at Basel and Tübingen Universities

Erasmus Teaching Exchange to Iasi University, Romania (April 2013 and October 2013) and Helsinki University, Finland (September 2012).

List of Courses Taught:

Spring 2017 (University of Mannheim):

            Proseminar Film
            Hauptseminar Science Fiction

Fall/Winter 2016 (University of Mannheim):

            Lecture Introduction to Literary Studies
            Proseminar II A Critical Media History of the US (co-taught with Sevda Arslan, Department of Media & Communication Studies)

Spring 2016 (University of Mannheim):

            Proseminar Film
            Proseminar II Race and Slavery in the 19th Century US

Fall Winter 2015 (University of Mannheim):

Master Seminar Theoretische Grundlagen für Masterstudierende
Hauptseminar Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Life and Afterlife of a Classic

Spring 2015 (University of Mannheim):

        Master Hauptseminar Adaptation and Cultural History in America
        Bachelor Hauptseminar Inventing the Nation: The American Revolution & Early Republic

Fall/Winter 2014 (University of Mannheim):

Hauptseminar Science Fiction (Dick, Atwood, LeGuin)
Proseminar II 20th Century American Short Stories

Spring 2014 (University of Mannheim):

Proseminar Introduction to Poetry
Proseminar II Canadian Short Fiction

Fall/Winter 2013:

Preparation Course for State Board Exam Candidates: Contemporary American Fiction (University of Freiburg).
Haupseminar Contemporary American Fiction (University of Mannheim)
Proseminar II Philip K. Dick in Fiction and Film (University of Mannheim)

Summer 2013 (University of Freiburg):

           Proseminar Literary Studies 19th Century American Short Fiction
           Cultural Studies Transnational Hollywood

Winter 2012-13 (University of Freiburg):

           Cultural Studies The Culture of Adaptation– Fiction, Comics, Film, Video Games
           Proseminar Literary Studies The English Canadian Novel of the 20th Century
           Proseminar II Literary Studies [3rd and 4th year] Contemporary American Fiction

Summer 2012 (University of Freiburg):

Proseminar II Literary Studies [3rd and 4th year] American Cinema: New Hollywood and Beyond

Winter 2011/12 (University of Freiburg):

Proseminar Literary / Cultural Studies The Crisis of Masculinity in American Culture

Winter 2009/10 (University of Freiburg):

Proseminar II Literary Studies [3rd and 4th year] Graphic Novels

Winter 2008/09 (University of Freiburg):

Proseminar Literary Studies Westerns: Fiction and Films

Summer 2008 (University of Freiburg):

Proseminar / EPG (Ethics) II Censorship: The (Im)Moral Text as a Challenge to Society


 
 
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