Dr. Leopold Lippert

Chair of American Studies
Room ES 326
Leopold.Lippert@uni-muenster.de
Consultation hours: Thursdays 10-11, starting October 21 (please email me in advance to check whether the office hour is in-person or via zoom)
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Leopold Lippert teaches American Studies at the University of Münster. He holds a PhD in American Studies (University of Vienna, 2015) and received the 2016 Fulbright Prize in American Studies for his dissertation, and was runner-up for the 2017 Obama Dissertation Prize. He is the author of Performing America Abroad: Transnational Cultural Politics in the Age of Neoliberal Capitalism (2018). His second book project “Revolutionary Laughter” is concerned with the relationship of humor and the public sphere in late-eighteenth-century America. He has co-edited several volumes and journal special issues: Theater of Crisis, a special issue of JCDE: Journal of Contemporary Drama in English (2020, with Nassim W. Balestrini and Maria Löschnigg); The Politics of Gender in Early American Theater (transcript 2021, with Ralph J. Poole); American Cultures as Transnational Performance: Commons, Skills, Traces (Routledge 2021, with Katrin Horn, Ilka Saal, and Pia Wiegmink); and American Im/Mobilities, a special issue of JAAAS: Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies (2021, with Alexandra Ganser, Helena Oberzaucher, and Eva Schörgenhuber).

  • Information for Students

    • If you are interested in writing your BA or MA thesis with me, I’m happy to guide you through the process. Before you reach out to me, please make sure that

    a) your planned project roughly overlaps with my research interests, and

    b) you have one or two paragraphs ready, outlining what you want to achieve and how.

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  • Research Interests

    • Theater and Performance Studies
    • Transnationalism and Cultural Exchange
    • Early American Literature
    • Queer and Sexuality Studies
    • Affect and Public Feeling
  • Current Project

    “Revolutionary Laughter: Humor and the Public Sphere in Late-Eighteenth-Century America” (monograph)

  • Teaching

  • Publications

    • Bauridl Birgit, Horn Katrin, Lippert Leopold, Saal Ilka, Wiegmink Pia. . ‘American Cultures as Transnational Performance: An Introduction.’ In American Cultures as Transnational Performance: Commons, Skills, Traces, edited by Horn Katrin, Lippert Leopold, Saal Ilka, Wiegmink Pia, 1-19. New York: Routledge.
    • Horn Katrin, Lippert Leopold, Saal Ilka, Wiegmink Pia (Eds.): . American Cultures as Transnational Performance: Commons, Skills, Traces. New York: Routledge.
    • Lippert Leopold. . ‘Productive/Performative: The Skills of Transnational Capitalism in Annie Proulx's Barkskins.’ In American Cultures as Transnational Performance: Commons, Skills, Traces, edited by Horn Katrin, Lippert Leopold, Saal Ilka, Wiegmink Pia, 100-112.
    • Balestrini NW, Lippert L, Löschnigg M (Eds.): . Special Issue of JCDE: Journal of Contemporary Drama in English: Theater of Crisis: Contemporary Aesthetic Responses to a Cross-Sectional Condition. Berlin: DeGruyter-Verlag.
    • Lippert L. . ‘The Gendered Soundscapes of Revolutionary American Theater.’ JAAAS: Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies 1, No. 2: 247-264.
    • Lippert L, Balestrini NW, Löschnigg M. . ‘Theater of Crisis: Contemporary Aesthetic Responses to a Cross-Sectional Condition.’ Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 8, No. 1: 2-15.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Rev. of Juntunen, Jacob. Mainstream AIDS Theatre, the Media, and Gay Civil Rights: Making the Radical Palatable.Kritikon Litterarum 46, No. 3-4: 303-306.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Introduction to Performing America Abroad.’ Journal of Transnational American Studies 10, No. 2.
    • Lippert L. . Performing America Abroad: Transnational Cultural Politics in the Age of Neoliberal Capitalism. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Fantasies of the Wild West in the Austrian 1990s: Harald Sicheritz' Wanted.’ In German-American Encounters in Bavaria and Beyond, 1945-2015, edited by Bauridl BM, Gessner I, Hebel UJ, 267-286. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Theatrical Aesthetics and Transnational Representation in Robert Hunter's Androboros.’ XVII-XVIII: Revue de la Société d'études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles 74.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Performance Labor, Im/Mobility, and Exhaustion in Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Life and Times.’ Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 5, No. 1: 140-155. doi: 10.1515/jcde-2017-0011.
    • Lippert L. . ‘The Virtuosic Labor of Femininity in Mad Men.’ In Rethinking Gender in Popular Culture in the 21st Century, edited by Fellner AM, Fernández-Morales M, Martausová M, 73-88. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Rev. of Carpenter, Faedra Chatard. Coloring Whiteness: Acts of Critique in Black Performance, and DeFrantz, Thomas F., and Anita Gonzalez, eds. Black Performance Theory.JCDE: Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 4, No. 1: 413-419.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Virtual Theatricality, Transatlantic Representation, and Mercy Otis Warren's Revolutionary Plays.’ In Approaching Transnational America in Performance, edited by Bauridl BM, Wiegmink P, 57-74. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Rev. of O’Connor, Jacqueline. Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater.’ Comparative Drama 49, No. 1: 98-101.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Emotional Capitalism, Transnationalism, and the Survival of a Salesman.’ In Is It ‘Cause It’s Cool? Affective Encounters with American Culture, edited by Fellner AM, Hamscha S, Heissenberger K, Moos JJ, 255-272. Wien: LIT Verlag.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Queering Cowboys, Queering Futurity: The Re/Construction of American Cowboy Masculinity.’ In ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity, edited by Rieser K, Fuchs M, Phillips M, 133-148. Bristol: Intellect Books.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Performing America Abroad:No Name City and the Haunted Spaces of Transnational America.’ In Placing America: American Culture and its Spaces, edited by Fuchs M, Holub M, 19-37. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Rev. of Berlant, Lauren. Cruel Optimism.Kritikon Litterarum 40, No. 1-2: 141-144.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Transnational Imagined Communities?: Retelling the Stonewall Myth in Vienna.’ In Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres: The Cultural Work of Contemporary American(ized) Narratives., edited by Herrmann SM, Hofmann CA, Kanzler K, Usbeck F, 115-130. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Writing Transnational Queer Histories, or Stonewall in Wien.’ In Import-Export-Transport: Queer Theory, Queer Critique and Activism in Motion, edited by Mesquita S, Wiedlack MK, Lasthofer K, 247-260. Wien: Zaglossus.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Playing Indian in Austria: Waterloo and the Transnational Performance of America.’ In Contact Spaces of American Culture: Globalizing Local Phenomena, edited by Eckhard P, Rieser K, Schultermandl S, 245-265. Wien: LIT Verlag.
    • Lippert L. . ‘"How Do You Think We Get to Pottery Barn?": Mainstream Gay Drama, Homonormativity, and the Culture of Neoliberalism.’ South Atlantic Review 75, No. 3: 41-59.
    • Lippert L. . ‘"Life in the Memory of One Who No Longer Lives": The Laramie Project and the Politics of Performance.’ ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 23, No. 2: 86-95.
    • Lippert L. . ‘Negotiating Postmodernity and Queer Utopianism in Shortbus.’ In Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory, edited by Eckhard P, Fuchs M, Hölbling W, 195-206. Wien: LIT Verlag.