Professor Dr. Silvia Schultermandl

Professorship of American Studies (Prof. Schultermandl)

Johannisstraße 12-20, Room ES 228
48143 Münster
T: +49 251 83-24296

Consultation hours

Tuesday, 10:00-11:30
(please register via e-mail)

    • Information for Students


      In the interest of streamlining our correspondence and avoiding mis-communication, please take note of the following:

      * If you are interested in writing your BA or MA thesis with Prof. Dr. Schultermandl, please reach out beforehand to receive information on the process.

      * If you need a letter of recommendation, please include your CV, your letter of motivation, the full postal address of the agency to which you apply. Please reach out 4-6 weeks before your application deadline.

    • Research Interests

      • American fiction and life writing, from the 18th century to the present
      • Literary theory
      • Transnational American Studies
      • Family and kinship studies
      • Transnational Feminism
      • Social media
    • Current Projects

      • Transoceanic Kinship (special issue for Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, together with Dr. Katharina Fackler, Uni Bonn)

      In the context of the recent “oceanic turn” (DeLoughrey 2016), the world’s oceans have not only been (re-)valued as objects of study, but they have inspired a range of formative new theories and methodologies in literary and cultural studies. On the metaphorical level, the oceans’ watery ways provide models for “nonlinear or nonplanar thought” (Blum 2013: 152), placing notions of circulation, fluidity, mobility, and mingling at the center of attention. Thereby, they also beckon a (re-)consideration of “transoceanic connections” (Burnham 2016: 154) between different bodies of water, their cultures, and histories (e.g. DeLoughrey 2007). Increasingly venturing below the ocean’s surface, scholars immerse themselves in the sea’s material and nonhuman dimensions, inquiring into the realm of the biological, the geophysical, and the ecological (e.g. Steinberg 2013).

      This special issue sets forth from Hester Blum’s argument that we may “find capacious possibilities for new forms of relationality through attention to the sea’s properties, conditions, and shaping or eroding forces” (2013: 152), investigating its particular applicability to questions of kinship. More specifically, it uses the notion of kinship as a critical idiom and conceptual lens to examine the oceanic turn’s potential for rethinking forms of (human and nonhuman) belonging. In other words, it considers kinship a particularly salient concept through which to explore the new concepts and ideas coming from oceanic studies.

      • Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference

      This book series brings together analyses of familial and kin relationships with emerging and new technologies which allow for the creation, maintenance and expansion of family. We use the term “family” as a working truth with a wide range of meanings in an attempt to address the feelings of family belonging across all aspects of social location: ability, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, body size, social class and beyond. This book series aims to explore phenomena located at the intersection of technologies including those which allow for family creation, migration, communication, reunion and the family as a site of difference. The individual volumes in this series will offer insightful analyses of the representations of these phenomena in media, social media, literature, popular culture and corporeal settings.

      • Gender – Affect – Politics:  A Three-Part Radio Series

      In this series, the Intimate Readings Research Group discusses how narratives in different media establish a sense of identity and community through shared emotional experiences, how they mobilize publics and counterpublics, and how they create potential affective worlds that allow readers and audiences to question dominant ideas of gender and sexuality.

      The 3-part series “Gender, Affect, and Politics” is a feature for the monthly queerfeminist magazine “genderfrequenz” (Gender Frequency) at the Graz-based free radio station Radio Helsinki (92,6 MHz). You can stream the episodes on Sundays at 5 p.m. or listen to them later on the website of the Cultural Broadcasting Archive (CBA).

      Episode 1 | Feb. 21st, 2021 | Public Feelings and How to Study Them
      Episode 2 | March 21st, 2021 | Literature, Social Media, and Affective Worldmaking
      Episode 3 | April 18th, 2021 | “Feeling Bad? It Might Be Political!” – Interview with Ann Cvetkovich


    • CV


      Since 2021 Professor and Chair of American Studies
      University of Münster
      2019–2021 Associate Professor of American Studies
      Department of American Studies, University of Graz
      2012–2018 Assistant Professor of American Studies, tenure track;
      Department of American Studies, University of Graz
      Fall 2014 Fulbright Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies
      Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
      2007–2012 Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track;
      Department of American Studies, University of Graz
      2006–2007 Lecturer, English Department
      University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    • Teaching

      Sonstige Lehrveranstaltung
    • Latest Publications


      Books (Monographs)
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . Ambivalent Transnational Belonging in American Literature.: Routledge. [Accepted]
      Edited Books
      • Schultermandl Silvia, Rieser Klaus 2021 (Eds.): . Ethnicity and Kinship in Contemporary European and North American Literature. : Routledge.
      • Friedman May, Schultermandl Silvia (Eds.): . Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
      • Eckhard Petra, Rieser Klaus, Schultermandl Silvia (Eds.): . Localizing Global Phenomena: The Contact Spaces of American Culture. Vienna: LIT.


      Articles in Edited Books
      • Schultermandl Silvia, Rieser Klaus. . ‘Introduction: Ethnicity and Kinship in Contemporary European and North American Literature.’ In Ethnicity and Kinship in Contemporary European and Northamerican Literature, edited by Schultermandl Silvia, Rieser Klaus, 1-21. Routledge.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Palimpsestuous Historiographies in Lisa Lowe’s "The Intimacies of Four Continents" and Karen Tei Yamashita’s "I-Hotel”.’ In Palimpsests in Ethnic and Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Surfacing Histories, edited by Kalogeras Yiorgos,, 21-39. Palgrave Macmillan.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Auto Assemblages in SNSs: Intermediality and Transnational Kinship in Online Academic Life Writing.’ In Intermediality, Life Writing, and American Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches, edited by Balestrini Nassim Winnie, Bergman Ina, 191-210. Berlin: De Gruyter.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Stuplimity and Quick Media Epistolarity in Lauren Myracle’s "Internet Girls Series”.’ In The Epistolary Renaissance: A Critical Approach to Contemporary Letter Narratives in Anglophone Fiction, edited by Loeschnigg Maria, Schuh Rebekka, 225-240. Berlin: De Gruyter.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Out of Line: Shifting Border Paradigms in Cooper, Morrison and Yamashita.’ In Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society in Honor of Amritjit Singh, edited by Basu Tapan K., Shahnaaz Tasneem, 3-16. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Nature and the Oppressed Female Body in Nora Okja Keller’s "Ecofeminist Aesthetics”.’ In Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies, edited by Battista Christine M., Tally Jr. Robert J., 171-188. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
      • Friedman May, Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Introduction.’ In Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media, edited by Friedman May, Schultermandl Silvia, 3-24. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Of Literary Letters and IMs: American Epistolary Fiction as Regulative Fictions.’ In Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media, edited by Friedman May, Schultermandl Silvia, 118-136. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . „Transnationale Familien als Ort fluider Identitäten.“ In Spannungsfeld “Gesellschaftliche Vielfalt“: Begegnungen zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis, herausgegeben von Scherke Katharina, 155-170. Bielefeld, Germany: transcript.
      Articles in Journals
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Online Life Writing.’ JAAAS 1.1: 143-150.
      • Schultermandl Silvia, Gerund Katharina, Mrak Anja. . ‘The Affective Aesthetics of Transnational Feminism.’ WiN EAAS Women’s Network Journal 1: 1-23.
      • Friedman May, Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Introduction: Autobiography 2.0 and Quick Media Life Writing.’ Autobiography 2.0 and Quick Media Life Writing, special issue: Interactions: Studies in Communications and Culture 9.2: 143-154.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Reading for Connectivity: Aesthetics and Affect in Intermedial Autobiographies 2.0.’ Autobiography 2.0 and Quick Media Life Writing, special issue: Interactions: Studies in Communications and Culture 9.2: 251-263.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Aestheticizing Absence: Representations of the Twin Towers’ Shadow in 9/11 Literature and Film.’ Interactions 23.1-2, No. spring-fall 2014: 231-242.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘'Imagination is a tricky power’: Transnationalism and Aesthetic Education in Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Work.’ Asiatic 8.1, No. June 2014: 40-54.
      • Schultermandl Silvia. . ‘Writing the Self Beyond the Nation-State: The Transnationalism of Olaudah Equiano’s "Interesting Narrative".’ Transnational Dimensions of Literature and the Arts. Special Issue of University of Bucharest Review 4.1: 32-45.