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Dr. phil. Elisabeth Reichel

Fachbereich 7: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Neuer Graben 40
49074 Osnabrück

Raum: 41/125
Tel.: +49 541 969-4253
E-Mail: elisabeth.reichel@uni-osnabrueck.de

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CV_Reichel, A. Elisabeth.pdf

A. Elisabeth Reichel is Assistant Professor of American Studies (Akademische Rätin a.Z.) at Osnabrück University. Her research focuses on the economic humanities and economic criticism, literature and anthropology, as well as book studies, sound studies, and (inter)mediality studies.

She is the author of Writing Anthropologists, Sounding Primitives: The Poetry and Scholarship of Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2021), which is also available on Project Muse through open access. She is also co-editor of "Boasian Aesthetics: American Poetry, Visual Culture, and Cultural Anthropology" (spec. issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies, 2018) and is currently editing a special issue on "Posthuman Economies: Literary and Cultural Perspectives" (Interconnections, forthcoming spring 2023). Her forthcoming publications also include an article in Book History that is based on archival work conducted at Vassar College, and titled “Unmaidenly Labor: Helen Wright’s Collection of Autographed Books, Literary Labor in the Modernist Market, and Edith Wharton.”

For her second book, she is currently inquiring into the significance of contemporary speculative fiction to ideas about markets, concepts of individual and economic freedom, and models for collective living. She asks, what speculative work precisely does contemporary fiction accomplish in these areas of knowledge? How do its forms and affordances, rhetorics and discourses, cultural functions, and institutions relate to them? What distinguishes the processes of knowledge and meaning generation of contemporary speculative fiction from those of, for instance, the expository prose of sociologists or the languages used by economists? In the context of the DFG network Model Aesthetics: Between Literary and Economic Knowledge, she tests if such fiction can be conceived of as rivaling social scientists in imagining worlds through models. From a book studies perspective, she is also curious about the relationship between the logics of the literary market for speculative fiction and the ways in which novels and stories treat markets.

Arbeitsschwerpunkte und Forschung

  • North American literature and culture
  • Literary theory; cultural theory
  • Economic criticism; economic humanities
  • Literature and anthropology; the history of anthropology
  • Sound studies; (inter)mediality; visual culture
  • Book studies


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  • Special issue Posthuman Economies: Literary and Cultural Perspectives of Interconnections (2023, approx. 60’000 words)
  • “Unmaidenly Labor: Helen Wright’s Collection of Autographed Books, Literary Labor in the Modernist Market, and Edith Wharton” in Book History 26.1 (2023); 11’390 words
  • “The Jabber of Money: Tinnitus as Metaphor and Martin Amis’s Critique of Neoliberalism” in Literary Fiction and the Hearing Sciences, edited by Edward Allen (Routledge, 2023); 8'443 words