Dr. Markus Nehl

Transnational Black Dialogues: Re-Imagining Slavery in the Twenty-First Century

M Nehl
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Published 07/2016 at transcript Verlag (Find more information here).

Markus Nehl focuses on black authors who, from a 21st-century perspective, revisit slavery in the U.S., Ghana, South Africa, Canada and Jamaica. Nehl’s provocative readings of Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your Mother, Yvette Christiansë’s Unconfessed, Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes and Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women delineate how these texts engage in a fruitful dialogue with African diaspora theory about the complex relation between the local and transnational and the enduring effects of slavery. Reflecting on the ethics of narration, this study is particularly attentive to the risks of representing anti-black violence and to the intricacies involved in (re-)appropriating slavery’s archive.

Fach: Englische Philologie / American Studies

Erstbetreuerin: Prof. Dr. Maria Diedrich

  • Lebenslauf

    2016 Promotion, Graduate School Practices of Literature, WWU Münster
    2013 – 2016 Stipendiat des Cusanuswerkes
    2013 Lehrbeauftragter (Englisches Seminar, Lehrstuhl Amerikanistik, WWU Münster)
    2011 - 2013 Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft bei Hans-Joachim von Olberg (Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, WWU Münster)
    2010 Erstes Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien und Gesamtschulen, Deutsch und Englisch, WWU Münster
    2010 - 2011 Studentische/ wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft bei Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer (Englisches Seminar, WWU Münster)
    2007 - 2008 Studienaufenthalt am Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY, USA) und Tätigkeit als German Studies Language Fellow
    2005 - 2010 Studium der Germanistik und Anglistik/ Amerikanistik, WWU Münster

    Akademische Mitgliedschaften

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA)
    The Collegium for African American Research (CAAR)
    Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien (GAPS) 

    Sonstige Tätigkeiten

    Mitarbeit am Antrag für das Marie Curie Initial Training Network „Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging“, 7. Forschungsprogramm der EU (Koordinator: Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer)

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    Publikationen

    “Richard Wright, Native Son (1940).” Handbook of the American Novel of the Twentieth
    and Twenty-First Centuries.
     Ed. Timo Müller. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. 250-263.
    Transnational Black Dialogues: Re-Imagining Slavery in the Twenty-First Century.
    Bielefeld: transcript, 2016.

    Vorträge

    06/2015 “‘Hertseer:’ (Re-)Appropriating the Archive of Slavery in Yvette Christiansë’s Unconfessed.”
    Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities. 11th International Conference of
    CAAR. Liverpool Hope University, England.
    01/2015 “Rethinking the African Diaspora: Lawrence Hill’s Neo-Slave Narrative The Book of Negroes.”
    Gastvortrag im Rahmen der Vorlesung “20th-Century Canadian Literature“
    (Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky). WWU Münster.
    04/2014 “The Afterlife of Slavery and the Future of Black Diaspora Studies.” The Futures of Black
    Studies – Historicity, Objectives and Methodologies, Ethics. Internationale Konferenz.
    Bremen Black Studies. Universität Bremen.
    09/2013 “I have no kicking heart no home no tomorrow”: Diaspora Space in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy."
    International Conference ITN CoHaB: “Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging.”
    WWU Münster.
    03/2013 “Violent Struggles for Black Freedom: Re-Imagining Slavery in Marlon James’s The Book of
    Night Women
    .” Dreams Deferred, Promises and Struggles: Perceptions and Interrogations of
    Empire, Nation, and Society by Peoples of African Descent. 10th International Conference of
    CAAR. Agnes Scott College, Decatur/Atlanta, USA
    07/2012 “‘Every negro walk in a circle. Take that and make of it what you will.’ -- Revisiting Slavery in
    Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women (2009).” Forum INPUTS. Institut für postkoloniale
    und transkulturelle Studien. Universität Bremen.
    03/2012 “A Stranger at Home: The African Experience in Lawrence Hill’s Neo-Slave Narrative.” Writing
    Slavery after Beloved. Internationales Symposium. Université de Nantes, Frankreich.
    12/2011 “‘Every negro walk in a circle. Take that and make of it what you will.’ -- Revisiting Slavery in
    Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women (2009).” Hotspots in Literary/ Cultural Studies and
    Linguistics. Vortragsreihe. WWU Münster.
    12/2010

    “A Stranger at Home: The African Experience in Contemporary Neo-Slave Narratives.“ Hotspots
    in Literary/ Cultural Studies and Linguistics. Vortragsreihe. WWU Münster.