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Dr. Stefanie Schäfer

Stefanie Schäfer
Dr. Stefanie Schäfer
Bau 98
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8, Raum 623
07743 Jena
Telefon: +49 3641-9-44523
Fax: +49 3641-9-44502


Dr. Stefanie Schäfer is assistant professor (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) of American Studies at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena. She studied English and French in Trier and Minneapolis and received her M.A. and state teacher’s degrees from the University of Trier in 2005 with a thesis on Beat literature.

In 2009, she completed her PhD thesis (Heidelberg) ’Just the Two of Us’: Self-Narration and Recognition in the Contemporary American Novel, which examines the workings of narrative identity formation as a scenario of address in autodiegetic novels (published with WVT 2011). She has co-edited books on contemporary subjectivity, teaching 9/11 literature, and, most recently, the volume Fake Identities? Impostors, Con Men, Wannabes in North American Culture (Campus 2014, with Caroline Rosenthal).

From September 2012 to March 2013, Stefanie Schäfer was a research fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Listen to her fellowship lecture “Jonathan Going South: The Yankee and the Making of American National Character” HERE.

In December 2016, Stefanie Schäfer completed her second monograph/habilitation entitled Yankee Yarns. Storytelling and the Invention of the National Body in 19th-Century American Culture about the performance of white American masculinity in the Yankee figure in drama, mock epics, novels, and in visual, and popular culture. She recently completed her Habilitationskolloquium and, in the fall of 2017, will receive the venia legendi for North American Literature and Culture.


Most Recent Publications


(Re-Publication:) “‘Recognition Is a Form of Agreement:’ The Workings of Self-Narration in The Catcher in the Rye and Invisible Man.” (American Studies/Amerikastudien 57.4, ed. Winfried Fluck (2012). 603-636) will be republished in Harold Bloom (ed.), The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger. Modern Critical Interpretations, Chelsea House, 2017.

“Phenomenal Woman: Michelle Obama’s Embodied Rhetoric and the Cultural Work of Fashion Biographies.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 60.2/3 (2015): 235-254, peer-reviewed.

“The Calgary Stampede through a Cultural Studies Perspective: A Teaching Project.” In: Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies 16.1 (2016): 48-57. Special issue on the Calgary Stampede, ed. Brian Rusted (with Caroline Rosenthal), peer-reviewed.

“Plantation Spaces and the Black Body: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as Maroon Narrative.” Black Studies Papers 1.1 (2014): 167-187, peer-reviewed.


Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications (PDF)
English | German


Research Interests

  • Transnational and Comparative North American Studies
  • Gender in popular culture and film
  • Storytelling, self-narration, autobiography theory and narrative theory
  • 19th century literature and the writings of John Neal
  • Black femininities
  • North American Western myths
  • → Student Excursion to the Calagary Stampede (Canada), July 2013
  • Teaching literature in the university classroom

Upcoming Talks

„Uncle Sam und der Bald Eagle: Die USA als nationale Figur bei Thomas Nast“. öffentlicher Vortrag auf Einladung des Thomas Nast Vereins Landau, Stadtbibliothek Landau (Pfalz), September 7, 2017 (in German). | Invitation Flyer (PDF)

“Reading First Nations Literatures: Thomas King’s Short Story 'Borders'. Lecture at the English Teacher Training "Literature in the English language classroom“ (Thüringer Landesinstitut für Lehrerfortbildung), Jena, September 16, 2017.

“Present ‘Like a Bomb’: Black Sheroes as Cultural Maroonage“. Conference Presentation in the panel „Women in Men’s Shoes: Sheroes in Literatures and Culture of the British Isles, the Commonwealth and Beyond“ ; Anglistentag 2017, September 20-23, 2017 Regensburg.

Coaching for graduate students. Young Scholars Forum "Memory and Media: The Making of Postcolonial Histories", Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien (GAPS), Erfurt, Oktober 6, 2017.