Katharina Donn

researching the literature of the present

CV

Education

2011-2014          

PhD       “Post-9/11 U.S. – American Trauma Literature”

Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (National Academic Foundation, Germany) /Universität Augsburg

2004-2010          

State Examinations     (equivalent to a UK Masters of Education; double degree)

History | English Literature & Language | Extension Subject: Sociology & Politics

Universität Augsburg

2006-2007

European Exchange at Zurich University and London Metropolitan University

 

Teaching Appointments in Higher Education

07/2016 – 08/2016 and 07/2018-08/2018

University of Texas at Austin, Department of English: Visiting Professor

“Postmodern Literature” (BA)

09/2011 – present

Universität Augsburg, Department of American Studies: Associate Lecturer

Module Leader (BA American Studies, BA English Literature, MA American Studies)

  • “Modernist Poetry and Poetics” (MA)
  • “Poetry and Postmodernism” (MA)
  • “American Literature and the City” (BA)
  • “Literatures of the Early Republic” (BA)
  • “Narratives of Trauma” (BA and MA)
  • “Embodiment in American Literature” (BA)

 

Research Grants

2015-2017

Universität Augsburg: Post-Doctoral Research Grant (€ 57.600)

“Risking thought. Transatlantic Practices of Transgressive Prose Writing in Modernism.”

2011-2014

Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes: PhD fellowship (€ 45.000)

“Post-9/11 Trauma Literature.” Full funding and membership in a nation-wide, interdisciplinary research network.

2014

Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes: Co-investigator (€ 1.500)

“Loops – an Interdisciplinary Experiment”

 

Prizes and Fellowships

03/2016-07/2016

University College London, Institute of Advanced Studies:  Visiting Research Fellow

03/2015 – 07/2015

University of Westminster,  Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture: Visiting Research Fellow

09/2015

Universität Augsburg: Dissertation Prize

12/2013

Universität Augsburg: Prize for the Internationalization of the Humanities

09/2012

BAAS / Eccles Centre for American Studies: European Postgraduate Award

04/2012

Transitions Center for International Research, NYU: Research Fellow

 

Teaching Appointments in Secondary Education

09/2017-present

Northbridge House Secondary and Sixth Form, Canonbury, London: Teacher of English

08/2015-07/2017

The Brilliant Club, London: Post-Doctoral Tutor

05/2014-08/2015

Hockerill Anglo-European College, Bishop’s Stortford: Teacher for the IB Diploma

 

Positions of Responsibility

H-Net American studies: Review Editor

Litro: Literary Magazine – Stories to Transport you: Associate Editor (“Why the Humanities Matter”)

U.S. Studies Online (the British Association for American Studies): Editor for European Relations

‘New Books in German’: Reader and Reviewer

 

Peer-reviewed Publications

Monographs

A Poetics of Trauma after 9/11: Representing Vulnerability in a Digitized Present. London and New York: Routledge (2016).

Currently Under Review: Across the Line. Why Fiction Matters in a Divided World (Routledge)

Articles and Chapters

In preparation:

“Energizing Thought: Eros, Movement and Dance in the Prose Fragments of Mina Loy, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Angela Rohr”

“Response: Re-Thinking Borderlines Ecologies:  A Literary Ethics of Exposure.” Ecocriticism, Ecology, and the Cultures of Antiquity: The Environmental Humanities and the Ancient World. Edited by Christopher Schliephake. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2017.

“Crisis of Knowledge: Trauma in Sorrows of an American.” Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt’s Works: Interdisciplinary Essays. Edited by J.Hartmann, C. Marks, et.al. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2016.

“Beyond the Wasteland: An Ecocritical Reading of Modernist Trauma Literature.” Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology. Edited by Hubert Zapf. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2016.

“’Icons of a more Innocent Age’?  Graphic Narratives after 9/11.” Frightful Witnessing: The Rhetoric and (Re)Presentation of Fear, Horror and Terror. Edited by B. Kattelman and M. Hodalska. Interdisicplinary Press: 2014.

“The Multidirectionality of Memory: Networks of Trauma in Post – 9/11 Literature.” Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies. Dec. 2014: 15-34.

“Migration and the Grotesque in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.Anglia – Journal of English Philology. Vol. 131/1 (2013): 100–120.

Reviews

“Jennifer Good: Photography and September 11th. Spectacle, Memory, Trauma.” Journal of American Studies, 2017.

Ruth Mackay: Waiting for the Sky to Fall. The Age of Verticality in American Narrative. (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2016) and Catherine Morley, ed: 9/11. Topics in American Literature. (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016). Journal of American Studies. 2017.

“Birgit Däwes: Ground Zero Fiction. History, Memory, and Representation in the American 9/11 Novel.” Anglia – Journal of English Philology. Vol. 130/4 (2012): 583–585.

Media Publications

“Resistant Writings. Reading the Politics of the Modernist Fragment after 2016.” Modernist Review, 2017.

“A Forgotten Gem: Herbert Heckmann. Benjamin und seine Väter.” New Books in German 41, 2017.

“A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance – 100 Years of Writing against Complicity.” U.S. Studies Online: Forum for New Writing, British Association for American Studies. 2017.

“Why the Humanities Matter.” Series in Litro: Literary Magazine – Stories Transport You. 2016-2017. Titles Include:

  • “The Great American Non-Novel?  In Search of The Genre of Crisis” (August 2017)
  • “Housing that kills. A Writer’s History.” (July 2017)
  • “When in Doubt Choose Doubt. The Poetry of Dictator Parodies.” (June 2017)
  • “Rescuing the Democratic Self. The Case against Thoughtlessness” (August 2016)
  • “Decoding the Demagogues: Reading as Disobedience” (March 2016)

“Von der Kunst des Tagträumens.“ Am Erker. Zeitschrift für Literatur. July 2016.

“Trauma and Code: Reading Vulnerability in a Digitized Present.” U.S. Studies Online: Forum for New Writing, British Association for American Studies. October 2015.

Invited Talks (selected)

11/2016

“Research Practices in American Studies: Early Career Blogs as Research Across Borders.” Roundtable Panel.  British Association for American Studies 2016 Postgraduate Conference. Leeds University. November 19, 2016.

06/2016

“A Poetics of Trauma after 9/11 – Representing Vulnerability in a Digitized Present.”  Talking Point. Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. June 8, 2016.

06/2016

“Risking thought through Art. Transatlantic Practices of experimental prose writing in modernism.” University of Augsburg, American Studies Research Group. June 2, 1016.

Conference Presentations

“Reading Disruption: Jenny Holzer’s Emplaced Textualities.” European Association for American Studies and British Association for American Studies 2018, London. 4-7 April, 2018.

“Hybrid Prose as Politics of Form. Historical Materialism in the ‘Denkbild’ Tradition and in Richard Wright’s Twelve Million Black Voices.” Historical Modernisms Symposium. Institute of English Studies, University of London. December 12-13, 2016.

“Trauma Literature Re-visited: Digitization and Knowledge in Pynchon’s The Bleeding Edge.” Eccles Centre Panel. European Association for American Studies Biennial Conference 2016. Constanta, Romania. 22-25 April, 2016.

“Poetic Transgressions in Postmodern Language Poetry.” Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre. International Conference, University of Augsburg. October 1-3, 2015.

“Unsettled Places and Cultural Ecology: Modernist Trauma Literature.” Modernism NOW! British Association for Modernist Studies. London. 26–28 June 2014.

“Lost in Space: Flânerie as Urban Epistemology in Times of Terror.” Arts of the City. Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present ASAP/5. Wayne State University, Detroit. 3-5 October, 2013.

“Witnessing Terror: Graphic Responses to 9/11.” Fear, Horror and Terror. 6th Global Conference, Inter-Disciplinary.Net. Mansfield College, Oxford. 7-9 September, 2012.

“Migration and the Grotesque in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.Crossing Borders: Ways of Constructing Identities. University of Augsburg. 10-12 May, 2012.

“’Where Personal History and World History collide’: Networks of Trauma.” Beyond Trauma: Narratives of (Im)Possibility. University of Zaragoza. 31 March – 2 April, 2011.

 
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