Ellen Barth

Englisches Seminar
Research Associate
Book Studies/American Studies
Room ES 121
Johannisstr. 12-20
48143 Münster
T: +49 (0)251-83 24883
Consultation hours: Mondays, 16:30-17:30 (Please sign up in advance via Learnweb)
© Ellen Barth

Ellen Barth is a doctoral candidate with research interests in American book history, digital and non-traditional publishing, and feminist print culture. Originally from the United States, Ellen holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and spent a year studying at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. In 2018, she completed the M.A. National and Transnational Studies program at the University of Münster with a focus in Book Studies. She began teaching at the University of Münster in 2020, and since 2019, she has been the executive assistant for The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).

Her current doctoral research examines self-published American community cookbooks to consider women's participation in alternative and amateur book production in the second half of the twentieth century. This research has been supported in part by a 2019 Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Visiting Fellowship and the 2021 BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Culinary Bibliography.

  • Research Interests

    • amateur and non-traditional publishing
    • the book in transnational contexts
    • book illustrations
    • the digital book
    • women in book history
  • Doctoral Thesis

    Ellen Barth's doctoral research examines women’s involvement in the production of American community cookbooks in the second half of the 20th century. Focusing particularly on the books’ material aspects and the mechanisms of their creation, this project aims to shed light on the way women have participated in publishing outside of mainstream channels, using their own methods and print culture practices.

  • Publications

    • “Indignization through Illustration in the Shimbun Shôsetsu of Meiji Japan.” Journale Lesen / Reading Journals: Lektüreabbruch – Anschlusslektüren / Coherence and Interruption. Eds. Volker Mergenthaler, Nora Ramtke, and Monika Schmitz-Emans. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2022, pp. 273–286.
    • “Minding the Gap: Online Quaranzine Distribution and/as Pandemic Participation.” TXT, 8 (2021), pp. 13–18.
    • “Reading the Changes: Variance and Digital Tools.” Satura, 2 (2020), pp. 22- 31. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17879/satura-2019-3064
    • “Update Soon!: How Readers Shape Online Fanfiction.” TXT (2019), pp. 119–129.
    • “A Brief History of Book Studies in Münster.” Satura, 1 (2018), pp. 85–90. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17879/satura-2018-3141
    • “Bookswapper.de and the Easily Shared Paper Book.” TXT (2018), pp. 153–158. https://hdl.handle.net/1887/123158
    Book Reviews
    • “Kennan Ferguson. ‘Cookbook Politics’.” In: Amerikastudien/American Studies, 67. 3 (2022) pp. 379 – 381. https://doi.org/10.33675/AMST/2022
    • “Tessa Jordan. Feminist Acts: Branching Out Magazine and the Making of Canadian Feminism,” SHARP News, 21 June 2022. https://www.sharpweb.org/sharpnews/2022/06/21/tessa-jordan-feminist-acts-branching-out-magazine-and-the-making-of-canadian-feminism/
    • “A Poetics of Editing, by Susan L. Greenberg” SHARP News, 25 February 2021. https://www.sharpweb.org/sharpnews/2021/02/25/susan-l-greenberg-a-poetics-of-editing/


  • Teaching