The Chair of American Literary and Cultural Studies focuses on literature, culture, and media of the United States. The thematic range in teaching and research includes the entire US American history of literature and culture. Cultural texts and processes are put into perspective with regard to changes and continuities in US American cultural and literary history. More specifically, the department focuses on the relationship between literature, subjectivity, and the sciences, while engaging in cultural perspectives on globalization, economics, the digital revolution, and ecology. One major research project currently investigates the concept of self in the digital age.
Our teaching strives to be interdisciplinary. Our department offers a solid foundation in American Studies but also encourages students to become actively engaged in our research activities.