Dr. phil. Elisabeth Reichel
Fachbereich 7: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
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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 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).
Her research focuses on the economic humanities, science and speculative fictions, the history of anthropology, sound studies, and book studies. 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). She is editor of "Posthuman Economies: Literary and Cultural Perspectives" (spec. issue of Interconnections/Interconnexions, 2023) and co-editor of "Boasian Aesthetics: American Poetry, Visual Culture, and Cultural Anthropology" (spec. issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies, 2018). Her forthcoming publications include an article in Book History titled "Unmaidenly Labor: Helen Wright's Collection of Autographed Books, Literary Labor in the Modernist Market, and Edith Wharton," which is based on archival work conducted at Vassar College and seeks to advance the discussion of how literary studies and book studies scholars can do justice to an understanding of literary production as integrally involving forms of labor that have historically been undervalued. Together with Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (Penn State U) and Stephanie Peebles Tavera (Texas A&M U), she co-edits the journal Utopian Studies (Penn State UP).
For her second book, she is currently inquiring into the significance of contemporary science and speculative fictions to ideas about individual and economic freedom and concepts of collective living. What work precisely do these fictions accomplish in these areas of knowledge? How do their forms and affordances, rhetorics and discourses, cultural functions, and institutions relate to them? What distinguishes their processes of knowledge and meaning generation 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 science and speculative fictions and the ways in which these fictions treat markets.
Arbeitsschwerpunkte und Forschung
- North American literature and culture
- Economic humanities; economic criticism
- Science fiction studies; utopian studies
- History of anthropology; literature and anthropology
- Sound studies; visual culture; (inter)mediality
- Book studies
- Literary theory; cultural theory
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- “Unmaidenly Labor: Literary Labor in the Modernist Market, Helen Wright’s Collection of Autographed Books, and Edith Wharton” in Book History 26.2 (2023); 11’387 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