Amerikanistik (American Studies)

Dr. Florian Freitag

Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

Research Interests

Comparative North American Studies, Regionalism in North American Studies; Literatures and Cultures of Louisiana; Francophone North American literatures



1. The Farm Novel in North America. (in preparation)


2. (co-ed., with Julia Breitbach, Anja Krüger, and Emily Petermann) Crossroads: Canadian Cultural Intersections. Spec. issue of Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 59.2 (2011): 105-208. Print.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

3. “New World Demeters: Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and Louis Hémon’s Maria Chapdelaine.” Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 29.2 (2009): 68-85. Print.

4. “Naturalism in Its Natural Environment? American Naturalism and the Farm Novel.” American Literary Naturalism 4.2 (2009): 97-118. Print.

5. (with Julia Breitbach, Anja Krüger, and Emily Petermann) “Crossroads – Canadian Cultural Intersections.” Introduction. Crossroads: Canadian Cultural Intersections. Spec. issue of Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 59.2 (2011). Ed. Breitbach, Freitag, Krüger, Petermann: 105-08. Print.

6. “Weltgeschichte as Heilsgeschichte: Typology in Mary Rowlandson’s and Jérôme Lalemant’s Captivity Narratives.” Canadian Literature 213 (2012): 100-115. Print.

7. “Rencontres américaines: English-French Relations in Kate Chopin’s Short Stories and the Cultural Work of Local Color Fiction.” (accepted for publication by Amerikastudien/American Studies)

8. (with Inga Untiks) “Uncle Sam’s Failed Export Institutions to Europe: Guggenheim Vilnius and Disneyland Paris.” (submitted)

9. “‘Like Being inside, Not at the Movies’: Immersion and Cinematographic Techniques in Disney Theme Parks.” (in preparation)

Invited Book Contributions

10. “Ladies in the Bush and Paternal Soils: Gender and Space in Early Canadian Farm Novels.” Space and Gender: Spaces of Difference in Canadian Women’s Writing/Espaces de différence dans l'écriture canadienne au féminin. Ed. Doris G. Eibl and Caroline Rosenthal. Innsbruck: Innsbruck UP, 2009. 23-39. Print.

11. “Siedlerbericht.” Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Ed. F. Jaeger. Vol. 11. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2010. Print.

12. (with Georg A. Kaiser) “Antonine Maillets La Sagouine: Interdisziplinäre Begegnungen in der Akadie.” America Romana in Colloquio Berolinensi. Ed. Christine Felbeck, Claudia Hammerschmidt, Andre Klump, and Johannes Kramer. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012. 43-57. Print.

13. “Regionalism in American and Canadian Literature.” (submitted)


14. “Review: The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature.” Archiv für das Studium der Neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 248.2 (2011): 452-53. Print.

Upcoming Conference Talks and Panels

February 2013 (with Filippo Carlà) "Strategien der Geschichtstransformation in Themenparks: Zwei Fallbeispiele aus jüngerer und älterer Geschichte." To be presented at "Geschichtstransformationen - Transformations of History" (JGU Mainz, Germany)

25 April 2013 "The Treachery of (Local) Color: Representations of Skin in Louisiana Local Color Stories and Their Illustrations." To be presented at "Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of Our Contact Zone" (Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany)

May/June 2013 (with Mark Buechsel) "Rural Self-Reliance." Panel at "Rural America: 60th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies" (Erlangen, May 30-June 2, 2013). Please send abstracts and a bionote to and The deadline is Feb. 15, 2013.

August 2013 "Transmediality and the Role of America in Cultural Translation." Panel at "Translation Studies: Centres and Peripheries. 7th Congress of the European Society for Translation Studies" (JGU Mainz, Germany). For more information on the panel, visit


11/2006 – 01/2011 Doctoral Student in the Department of Literature at the University of Konstanz, Germany

01/2009 – 04/2009 Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

10/2000 – 11/2005 Student of English and French at the University of Konstanz, Germany

09/2002 – 06/2003 Exchange student in the Department of American Studies at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

10/1998 – 10/2000 Student of English and French at the University of Konstanz Konstanz, Germany