Department of English

Additional Information

PD Dr. Julia Straub

Senior Lecturer

North American Literature and Culture

Phone
+41 31 631 84 17
E-Mail
julia.straub@ens.unibe.ch
Office
D 209
Postal Address
Department of English
Unitobler
Länggassstr. 49
CH – 3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
By appointment

Julia Straub has been teaching American literature at the University of Bern since 2006. She studied English, French, and Philosophy at the University of Constance from 1997-2003. She taught at the University of Göttingen in 2004 and spent two years as a visiting PhD-student at the University of York, UK. Her first book, entitled A Victorian Muse. The Afterlife of Dante’s Beatrice in Nineteenth-Century Literature (London: Continuum, 2009), looks at the reception of Dante’s works in Victorian literature. Her second book, The Rise of New Media, 1750-1850: Transatlantic Discourse and American Memory (New York: Palgrave, 2017) examines print culture, cultural memory, and canon formation in early America. Julia Straub is also the editor of the Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studies (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016).

AS = Autumn Semester

SS = Spring Semester

 

University of Bern

MA/BA Lectures

AS18    BA Lecture: Introduction to Literature

SS17     BA/MA Lecture: Popular Culture: Theories, Media, Cases Studies

AS17    BA Lecture: Introduction to Literature

AS15    BA/MA Lecture: Transatlantic Literary Encounters, 1620-1900

AS14    BA Lecture: Introduction to Literature

AS10    BA Lecture: Theoretical Approaches to Literary History

SS10     BA Lecture: Theoretical Approaches to Literary History

AS09    BA Lecture: Theoretical Approaches to Literary History

SS09    BA/MA Lecture: Autobiography

SS09    BA Lecture: Theoretical Approaches to Literary History

SS08    BA Lecture: Theoretical Approaches to Literary History

 

MA Courses and Seminars

SS19     MA Seminar: Rewriting the Black Atlantic

AS18    MA Seminar: American Travelers in Rome (incl. excursion)

AS18    MA Seminar: Canadian Literature: Key Texts and Issues

AS17    MA Workshop: Literary Reviewing

AS17    MA Seminar: American Gothic

SS17     MA Workshop: Exploring Microfiction

SS16     MA Seminar (together with Gabriele Rippl): American Modernisms

Including MA Excursion: Americans in Paris

SS15     MA Seminar: Literary Naturalism

AS14    MA Seminar: Approaches to Canadian Literature

SS14     MA Seminar: Afropolitan Diasporic Writers

SS14     MA Workshop: The Art of Reviewing Books

SS13     MA Workshop: Working with Periodicals

SS12     MA Seminar: American Literature and the Idea of Mobility

AS09   MA Seminar (with Gabriele Rippl): New York-New York: Visions of a City in American Literature

 

BA Courses and Seminars

SS19     BA Seminar: Literature, Photography, and the Real

SS19     BA Seminar: Reading American Realist Fiction

AS17    BA Seminar: The Early American Novel and the Nation

SS17     BA Seminar: Writing Skills

AS16    BA Seminar: Literature and Digital Media

SS16     BA Seminar: Literature, Culture, Ideology

AS15    BA Seminar: Introduction to Literature

SS15     BA Seminar: A Survey of American Drama

AS13    BA Seminar: British and American Literature, 1620-1800

AS13    BA Seminar: Introduction to Literature

SS13     BA Seminar: Dante and the Victorians

AS12    BA Seminar: Introduction to Literature

AS12    BA Seminar: American Autobiographies

SS12     BA Seminar: Drama, Baby! The Staging of Emotions in Literature and Film

AS11    BA Seminar: Introduction to Literature

SS11     BA Seminar: The Early American Novel and the Nation

AS10    BA Seminar: Introduction to Literature

AS09    BA Seminar: Introduction to Literatures in English

AS08    BA Seminar: Introduction to Literatures in English

AS08   BA Seminar: Transatlantic Negotiations: American and British Literature of the Seventeenth Century

SS08    BA Seminar: Literature and Memory

AS07    BA Seminar: Introduction to Literatures in English

AS07    BA Seminar: Gothic Fictions

SS07    BA Seminar: Literariness, Ideology and the Politics of Form

SS07    BA Seminar: Henry James

AS07    BA Seminar: American Modernisms

 

Research Modules

SS19     MA/BA Colloquium (with Prof. Dr. Th. Claviez)

AS18    BA Colloquium (with Prof. Dr. Th. Claviez)

AS17    BA/MA Colloquium (with Prof. Dr. G. Rippl)

SS17     BA/MA Colloquium (with Prof. Dr. Th. Claviez)

 

University of Basel

SS15     MA Seminar: Dante and the Victorians

 

University of Zurich

AS13    BA/MA Lecture: Transatlantic Negotiations: British and American Literature. 1620-1800.

 

University of Lausanne

AS14    MA Seminar: American Autobiographies

SS14     Explication de texte: Henry James

AS11    BA/MA Seminar: The Early American Novel and the Nation

SS12     BA/MA Seminar: The Staging of Emotions in Literature and Film

 

University of York

SS06    BA Seminar and Tutorials: Historical Approaches to Literature: Victorian Literature, 1837, 1901

 

University of Göttingen

SS04    BA Seminar: British Literature and Culture 1800-2000

SS04    BA Seminar: The Pre-Raphaelites

 

University of Constance

AS 2001 and 2002        Tutorial “Introduction to English and American Literary Studies”

Monographs

The Rise of New Media, 1750-1850: Transatlantic Discourse and American Memory. The New Urban Atlantic Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

A Victorian Muse: The Afterlife of Dante’s Beatrice in Nineteenth-Century Literature. London: Continuum, 2009 (Hardback edition); A Victorian Muse: The Afterlife of Dante’s Beatrice in Nineteenth-Century Literature. London: Continuum, 2011 (Paperback).

 

Edited volumes

with Lukas Etter. American Communities: Between the Popular and the Political. SPELL Series. Tübingen: Narr, 2017.

Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studies. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016.

with Gabriele Rippl. Melodrama: Staging Emotions in the Anglophone World. Anglia special edition 132.2 (2014).

Paradoxes of Authenticity: Studies on a Critical Concept. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012.

 

Articles (Newspapers/Anthologies)

“Surveillance in Jennifer Egan’s Novels of the Information Age.” Surveillance, Society, and Narrative. Ed. Betiel Wasihun. Würzburg: Ergon, in preparation.

with Lukas Etter. “Introduction.” American Communities: Between the Popular and the Political. SPELL Series. Tübingen: Narr, 2017. 11-17.

“The Magazine as Museum in the Eighteenth Century: Transatlantic Perspectives.” Transatlantic Cultures and Literary Forms, 1780-1850. Eds. Annika Bautz and Kathryn Gray. London: Routledge, 2017. 149-70.

“The Transatlantic Dante in the Nineteenth Century: Cultural Authority and Reception Histories.” Traveling Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Cultural Contexts. Ed. Erik Redling. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016. 79-93.

“Introduction”. (together with Gabriele Rippl). Melodrama: Staging Emotions in the Anglophone World. Anglia special edition 132.2 (2014): 217-24.

“Melodrama and Narrative Fiction: Towards a Typology.” Anglia 132.2 (2014): 225-41.

“Transmediality and Myths: Dante’s Beatrice in Victorian Britain.” Transmediality and Transculturality. Eds. Nadja Gernalzick and Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 93-106.

“Bad Timing and Bad Tidings: Discontinuities in Melodrama.” Melodrama – zwischen Populärkultur und ‘Moralisch-Okkultem’? Ed. Marion Schmaus. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 227-42.

“The Stigma of the Autobiographical: Response to Aija Sakova’s ‘Fighting Fear with Writing: Christa Wolf’s Kindheitsmuster and Ene Mihkelson’s The Sleep of Ahasuerus.’” Haunted Narratives: The Politics and Poetics of Identity Formation and Twentieth-Century Life-Writing. Eds. Gabriele Rippl, Philipp Schweighauser, Margit Sutrop, Therese Steffen and Tiina Kirss. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2013. 225-29.

“Richard Wollheim’s Germs: Life-Writing as Therapy, Despite Theory.” Haunted Narratives: The Politics and Poetics of Identity Formation and Twentieth-Century Life-Writing. Eds. Gabriele Rippl, Philipp Schweighauser, Margit Sutrop, Therese Steffen and Tiina Kirss. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2013. 85-100.

“Mobility and the Canon: Discussing Literary Value in Early American Writing.” Mobility in Literature and Culture, 1500-1900. REAL 28. Eds. Ingo Berensmeyer, Christoph Ehland and Herbert Grabes. Tübingen: Narr, 2012. 177-95.

“Dante’s Beatrice and Victorian Gender Ideology.” Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century: Nationality Identity and Appropriation. Eds. Aida Audeh and Nick Havely. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 204-22.

“Coming Home: Bret Easton Ellis’s Lunar Park, Authorship, and Heidegger’s Concept of Authenticity.” Authenticity: Studies on a Critical Concept. Ed. Julia Straub. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012. 263-79.

“Introduction: Authenticity in Literary and Cultural Studies.” Authenticity: Studies on a Critical Concept. Ed. Julia Straub. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012. 9-29.

“Transatlantic Mobility and British-American Periodical Literature of the Eighteenth Century.” Proceedings: Anglistentag 2010 Saarbrücken. Eds. Joachim Frenk and Lena Steveker. Trier: wvt, 2011. 309-17.

“Early American Literature: Canon Theory in a Transatlantic Context.” Comparative American Studies 9.2 (2011): 104-16.

“Pathetic Copycats: Female Victimhood and Visuality in Melodramatic Films.” The Visual Culture of Modernism. Eds. Mario Klarer and Deborah Madsen. SPELL 26. Tübingen: Narr, 2011. 226-37.

“Morphing and Mourning Beatrice. Mythopoesis in Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Julia Margaret Cameron.” The Irreducibility of Images. Intermediality in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Studies. Eds. Christian Emden and Gabriele Rippl, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011. 147-66.

“Diaphaneitè” and Dante: A New Perspective on Pater’s Early Essay.” Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens 67 (2008): 105-22.

“George Eliot’s Romola and Its Shattered Ideals.” Spring Issue 2008 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, http://www.ncgsjournal.com/.

“Diaphanous Angels: Julia Margaret Cameron’s and Walter Pater’s Go-Betweens.” Textus 21 (2008): 65-282.

 

Reviews

Carsten Junker. Patterns of Positioning: On the Poetics of Early Abolition. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016 in Anglia 136.4 (2018): 760-763.

Reingard Nischik, ed. The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 in Anglia 135.2 (2017): 407-09.

Paul Giles. Antipodean America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 in Amerikastudien/American Studies 60.2+3 (2016) (online).

Jennifer Clark. The American Idea of England, 1776-1840: Transatlantic Writing. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013 in Amerikastudien/American Studies 60.2+3 (2016) (online).

Tim Lanzendörfer. The Professionalization of the American Magazine. Paderborn: Schöningh, 2013, in Anglia 132.4 (2014): 849-52.

Jared Gardner. The Rise and Fall of the American Magazine. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2012, in Anglia 131.2-3 (2013): 392-95.

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature. Hrsg. Garry L. Hagberg & Walter Jost. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy 44. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, in Anglia 129.3-4 (2011): 514-16.

(together with Gabriele Rippl) Rhodes, Kimberly. Ophelia and Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008 and Smith, Graham. ‘Light That Dances in the Mind’, Photographs and Memory in the Writings of E. M. Forster and His Contemporaries. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007. [CISRA 2], in ZAA 4 (2009): 414-17.

Birch, Dinah. Our Victorian Education. Malden, MA & London: 2007, in European English Messenger 19.2 (2010): 76-78.

 

Encyclopedia and Handbook Contributions

“Canon Formation and the American Short Story.” Handbook of the North American Short Story. Ed. Erik Redling and Oliver Scheiding. Berlin: de Gruyter, in preparation.

“John Stuart Mill: The Subjection of Women.” Kindlers Literaturlexikon Online. Ed. Heinz-Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, in preparation.

“Walter Pater: Marius the Epicurean.” Handbook of the English Novel, 1830-1900. Eds. Martin Middeke and Monika Pietrzak-Franger. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter (in the press).

“Introduction: Transatlantic Literary Studies.” Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studies. Ed. Julia Straub. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016. 1-17.

“Nineteenth-Century Literature and Photography.” Intermediality: Literature – Image – Sound –Music. Ed. Gabriele Rippl. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015. 156-72.

“The Poetry of the New Nation: Philip Freneau’s ‘The Wild Honey Suckle’ and Joel Barlow’s ‘The Hasty-Pudding’.” A History of American Poetry. Eds. Oliver Scheiding, René Dietrich and Clemens Spahr. Trier: wvt, 2015. 37-48.

Together with Gabriele Rippl. “Kanon und Macht (Gender, Race, Postcolonialism).” Handbuch Kanon und Wertung. Eds. Gabriele Rippl and Simone Winko. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2013. 110-19.

“Englischsprachiges Rezensionswesen: Geschichte und Gegenwart.” Handbuch Kanon und Wertung. Eds. Gabriele Rippl and Simone Winko. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2013. 153-59.

“Walter Pater: Marius the Epicurean.” Kindlers Literaturlexikon. Ed. Heinz-Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009.

Research Interests

  • North American Literature and Culture
  • English Literature (18th – 21st century)
  • Anglophone Contemporary Literature
  • Old/new media Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Transatlantic Literary Studies
  • Canon Theory and Cultural Memory
  • Intermediality and Intertextuality
  • Book Reviewing
  • Periodicals
  • Autobiography
  • Melodrama
  • Literary Historiography

Professional Career

01/2017 : Senior lecturer (“Dozentin”) North American Literature and Culture, University of Bern, English Department

10/2011 12/2016: Senior Lecturer ("Oberassistenz") "Literatures in English", University of Bern, English Department

02/2015 07/2015: Visiting Lecturer "English Literature", University of Basel, English Department

02/2014 01/2015: Visiting Lecturer "American Literature", University of Lausanne, Section d'anglais

08/2013 01/2014: Visiting Lecturer "Transatlantic Literary Studies", University of Zurich, English Department

08/2011 07/2012: Visiting Lecturer "American Literature", University of Lausanne, Section d'anglais

10/2006 09/2011: Lecturer ("Assistenz") "Literatures in English", University of Bern, English Department

01/2006 03/2006: Part-time Lecturer "Victorian Literature and Culture", University of York, UK, Department of English and Related Literatures

01/2004 06/2004: Lecturer "British Literature and Culture", University of Göttingen, DE, English Department

2001 – 2003: Student assistant/tutor "English Literary and Cultural Studies", University of Constance, DE

Education and Academic Qualifications

01/2014: Habilitation. University of Bern. Venia Legendi for English Literature and American Literature.

03/2007: PhD. University of Bern. Discipline: English Literature. Grade: summa cum laude. Title of thesis: The New Life of Beatrice. Work on a Feminine Myth in Victorian Literature.

10/2003: Magister Artium. University of Constance. English and American Literature (major), French Literature (minor) and Philosophy (minor).

Academic Experience Abroad

01/2011 – 02/2011: Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford, Lincoln College, UK

01/2010 – 03/2010: Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), UK

10/2004 – 09/2006: Visiting PhD-Student, University of York, Department of English and Related Literatures, funded by the German National Scholarship Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), UK

10/2000 – 06/2001: Studies Abroad, University of York, Department of English and Related Literatures, funded by the German National Scholarship Foundation, UK