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Ellen Barth

Englisches Seminar / Book Studies
ES 121, Johannisstr. 12-20, 48143 Münster
Telephone: (0)251-83-24883

Email: e_bart10@uni-muenster.de

Office Hours

Winter Term 2022/23

Mondays, 16:30-17:30

Semester break 

Feb 6, 13:00-14:00
Feb 13, 13:00-14:00
March 13, 13:00-14:00

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  • Research Interests

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

    MA/MEd seminars:

    Second Wave Feminist Print Culture (University of Augsburg, teaching assignment)

    Publishing Online Fanfiction: Practices, Problems, and Possibilities

    Community Cookbooks in the American Melting Pot

    Books with Bite: Over 200 Years of American Cookbooks

    Print Culture and Second-Wave Feminism Across Anglophone Cultures

    What Makes a Book a Book?: Forms, Materials, Contexts

    Women in Print Culture: 1960s to 1990

  • 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.

  • CV

    Ellen Barth is a doctoral candidate in Book Studies, researching cookbooks and the role of American women in non-traditional publishing in the twentieth century. Originally from the United States, Ellen holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In 2018, she completed the M.A. National and Transnational Studies program at the University of Münster.

  • Publications

    Book Chapters

    “Online Learning, Library Access and Bookcase Insecurity: A German Case Study”, co-authored with Chandni Ananth, Laura Ntoumanis and Natalia Tolstopyat, pp 237-257. In: Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Eds. Corinna Norrick-Rühl and Shafquat Towheed. Cham: Palgrave.


    “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/