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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




CV_Reichel, A. Elisabeth.pdf

A. Elisabeth Reichel is Assistant Professor of American Studies (Akademische Rätin a.Z.) at Osnabrück University. She has held research and teaching positions at the universities of Basel, Bern, and Mannheim, and has been Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University. She is a member of the research network Model Aesthetics: Between Literary and Economic Knowledge, funded by the German Research Foundation. She has successfully applied for third party funding and large single researcher grants, such as a Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (USD 50’700). Her PhD thesis was awarded the Faculty Award 2019 of Basel's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the 2021 EARS Prize of the European Confederation of Upper-Rhine Universities (Head of Committee: Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik).

She is the author of Writing Anthropologists, Sounding Primitives: The Poetry and Scholarship of Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict (U of Nebraska P, 2021), which is also available on Project Muse through open access (https://muse.jhu.edu/book/84467). Her recent publications also include an article in Book History titled "Unmaidenly Labor: Literary Labor in the Modernist Market, Helen Wright's Collection of Autographed Books, and Edith Wharton," which was selected for the 2024 "Women's History Month Reading List" of Johns Hopkins UP. The article is based on archival work conducted at Vassar College and seeks to advance the discussion of how literary scholars can do justice to an understanding of literary production as integrally involving historically undervalued forms of labor. She is the editor of Posthuman Economies: Literary and Cultural Perspectives (Interconnections / Interconnexions 2.1 [2023]) and co-editor of Boasian Aesthetics: American Poetry, Visual Culture, and Cultural Anthropology (Amerikastudien / American Studies 63.4 [2018]). Since spring 2023, she has been co-editing Utopian Studies: The Journal of the Society for Utopian Studies (Penn State UP) together with Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (Penn State U), Kirsten Harris (U of Bristol), and Stephanie Peebles Tavera (Texas A&M U).

In her second book, she examines the formation of the professional SF writer as a new subjectivity in the mid-twentieth century--and the formation of a community of professional SF writers, which became manifest in the founding of such institutions as the Milford and Clarion workshops, the SFWA, and the Hugo and Nebula awards. The book's approach combines new sociologies of literature with close and slow reading techniques. Central figures include Judith Merril, Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Kurt Vonnegut, and Samuel R. Delany.

Arbeitsschwerpunkte und Forschung

  • North American literature and culture
  • Science fiction studies; utopian studies
  • Book studies; sociology of literature
  • Economic humanities; economic criticism
  • History of anthropology; literature and anthropology
  • Sound studies; visual culture; (inter)mediality


Pubs_Reichel, A. Elisabeth.pdf


  • “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, 2024); 8'443 words
  • “Poet-Anthropologists and Boasian ‘Culture’: Edward Sapir, Ruth Benedict, Margaret Mead” in Handbook of American Poetry, edited by Sabine Sielke (De Gruyter, 2024); 8’997 words.