Carrie Khou, MA
Akademische Mitarbeiterin


Universität Mannheim
Schloß EW 263
68131 Mannheim 







by appointment



Research l Ph D Project l Education l Scholarships and Grants l Teaching Experience  l Conferences l Academic and Administrative Experience l Publications l Professional Memberships l Professional Education l


2010 - 2015: Doctoral Candidate, University of Mannheim

My thesis dissects and juxtaposes the portrayal of the New Woman in turn-of-the-century literature by women writers of the USA and Japan.
The pivotal objective is to reveal the New Woman as representing the subversion of gender dichotomies and intercultural exchange in modern literature.



New Woman, New Paradigms: The New Woman as a Hybrid Figure in American and East Asian Fiction


2010 - 2015


University of Mannheim, Department of American Literature and Culture

Ph.D. 'Re-Writing Femininity: New Woman Hybridity in Short Fiction of the U.S. and Japan.' (working title)

advisor: Prof. Ulfried Reichardt




2009 - 2010



Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), MA American Studies (A)

Majors: Religion in the USA, U.S. Constitutional Law, American Literature




2006 - 2007



University of Massachusetts Boston, academic year abroad

Majors: Popular Culture, Women's Studies, Media Studies




2003 - 2006


University of Mannheim, BA American and British Studies (A)

Majors: Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, British and American Literature

Scholarships and Grants

June - August 2012


JSPS Summer Programm

research grant awarded by the Japanese Society for the promotion of science for research conducted at Doshisha University, Kyoto


March 2011


Columbia College Chicago

travel grant awarded by the University of Mannheim (conference talk)




2006 - 2007



University of Massachusetts Boston

state program for academic exchange subsidized by the state of

Baden-Württemberg and the University of Mannheim

Teaching Experience 

Spring Semester 2010:
PS I Introduction into American Short Fiction
PS II The New Woman in American Short Fiction

Fall Semester 2010:
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to American Short Fiction

Spring Semester 2011:
Gender in Translation
Introduction to Film Studies

Fall Semester 2011:
Analyzing Mad Men: Narrative, Style and Identity Concepts in a TV Format
Introduction to American Short Fiction

Spring Semester 2012:
Introduction to Film
Fictionalizing the Financial Crisis

Fall Semester 2012:
Introduction to Film Studies
Analyzing TV: Mad Men and the American Sixties

Spring Semester 2013:
Fin de Siècle Literature
American Short Fiction

Fall Semester 2013:
Analyzing Film
Constructions of Womanhood


August 2013 



6th World Congress of the International American Studies Association (IASA), Szcecin, Poland

June 2013 



Maverick Voices and Modernity 1890 - 1939, Durham University, England, "Gender Unbound: Conceptions of Womanhood in American and German Literature at the Turn of the Century"


June 2012



Transatlantic Woman II, sponsored by the Margaret Fuller Society, the Catharine, the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society, Florence, Italy.

"The End of 'Happily Ever After:' The New Woman and Marriage in Charlotte Perkin Gilman's 'Turned' (USA) and Higuchi Ichyio's 'Troubled Waters' (Japan)"

Nov 2011



Postgraduate Forum 2011 of the German Association for American Studies
"Re-writing Woman: New Woman Hybridity in Short Fiction of Japan and the USA"


March 2011



9th Conference of the Cultural Studies Association, Columbia College Chicago
"Re-Writing Femininity: The New Woman as the Agent of Cultural Hybridity in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'Turned' "

Academic and Administrative Experience

March 2011



Networks in American Culture / America as a Network, University of Mannheim

panel chair session I: Network as Metaphor





Admissions selection of students applying for a teaching degree in education in American and British Studies


Sept 2010


chair of panel 3: (B)orders and Subjectivity: Hybridity, Liminality and Experiences of Contingency

(B)ORDERS. Re-Imagining Cultural, Political, and Media Spaces in a Globalizing World, Bronnbach






June 2012


COPAS online journal of the Postgraduate Conference of the German Association of American Studies

Re-Writing Woman: New Woman Hybridity in Japanese

and American Short Fiction




June 2013



Journal of World History 24:2
Review of Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations by Michael R. Auslin. 

Professional Memberships

2012 - present: JSPS Alumni e.V.
2011 - present: Cultural Studies Assocation USA
2010 - present: German Assocation for American Studies (DGFA)
2013 - present: Intercontinental Cross-Currents: Women's (Net-) Works across Europe 
                         and the Americas (University of Halle)

Professional Education

2010 - 2012


Hochschuldidaktik Zentrum Mannheim (center of university pedagogy) 
Baden-Württemberg certificate in university pedagogy





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