Sina Schuhmaier is an Academic Staff Member and doctoral student at the chair of English Literary and Cultural Studies (A II). She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English studies from the University of Heidelberg and studied one semester at the University of Nottingham. At the University of Mannheim, she completed the Master programme “Modern Literature, Media, and Culture” in 2017. Her PhD project examines how 21st century song lyrics negotiate the English nation and conceptions of national and cultural identity. The thesis combines approaches from Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies with a reading of the lyrics in terms of their aesthetic specifics, which it considers as vital in the functioning of these texts within the cultural system. In her research, Sina Schuhmaier focuses on questions of collective identity construction and representation. She is interested in contemporary British and Irish literature, in particular ‘Condition of England’-texts and black British literature, as well as in the TV-series in this ‘golden age of TV.’ Her teaching comprises British and postcolonial literature with a focus on the genres of the novel, poetry, the song lyric, and the TV-series as well as on themes and aesthetics of culturally contested belonging.
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