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Dr. phil., Mag. phil. Martina Pfeiler

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Kurzbiographie Vita

Martina Pfeiler is a faculty member at the Englisches Seminar at Ruhr-University Bochum. She was an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at TU Dortmund University until 2014, where she is currently working on a new book dealing with the creative reception of Moby-Dick in popular culture.

In 2008 she completed her doctorate summa cum laude with a thesis titled Poetry Goes Intermedia:U.S.-amerikanische Lyrik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts aus kultur- und medienwissenschaftlicher Perspektive (Tübingen: A. Francke Verlag, 2010. In the fall semester 2009 she taught in the American Studies program at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands as a visiting professor. In the academic year 2005/2006 she was a visiting professor at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, USA. In 2003 she published the book Sounds of Poetry: Contemporary American Performance Poets (Narr Verlag 2003), shortly after graduating with an M.A. in British and American Studies and Geography and Economics (Lehramt) from Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz, Austria.


Auszeichnungen Awards


Forschungsgebiete Research Interests

Martina Pfeiler’s research interests involve the intersections of American Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies. Since 2000 Martina Pfeiler has extensively researched 20th and 21st century U.S. Poetry, specifically, performance poetry and poetry slams, poetry films, concrete poetry, as well as digital poetry.

In her current research Martina Pfeiler is focusing on Herman Melville and the creative reception of Moby-Dick in popular culture. She is interested in how U.S. literary works have been (co-)emerging in all kinds of print and electronic media throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, in particular texts from Romanticism (Hawthorne, Poe, Melville).

For Martina Pfeiler, continuing to learn how to critically engage with literary texts in a digital age is just as crucial as understanding the contrasting or subversive viewpoints of older texts that continue to be made relevant in the present by creatively shedding new light on U.S.-American culture and one's own.


Forschungsprojekte Research Projects

  • In her current book project Martina Pfeiler is dealing with the creative reception of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick in popular culture (Habilitationsprojekt)


Publikationen Publications

Bücher Monographs


Mitherausgeberschaft Co-Editorship


Artikel Articles

  • “Melvilleans and Whitmanians in Washington, DC.” Leviathan. A Journal of Melville Studies. Ed. Sam Otter. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press- Vol. 16. Nr. 1. March, 2014. 157-159.

  • “Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio’s Kumulipoat the White House: Cultural Memory in Slam Poetry.” Recovery and Transgression: Memory in American Poetry.Ed. Kornelia Freitag. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (forthcoming in 2014)

  • “Sonic Revolutionaries: Selfreflexivity, Intermediality and Cultural Specificity Saul Williams’ Poetry.” Essays in Modern British and Irish Poetry.Vol. 6. University of Gdansk Press. Eds. Wolfgang Görtschacher and David Malcolm. (forthcoming in 2014)

  • “Hunting Moby-Dick: Melville in the Global Context of the American Studies Classroom.” Leviathan. A Journal of Melville Studies.Artists and Adaptations.Ed. John Bryant. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Vol. 15. Nr. 3. 81-89.

  • “Teaching and Learning From Slam Poetry.” Modern American Poetry: Points of Access. Eds. Kornelia Freitag and Brian Reed. Berlin: Winter 2013. 195-210.

  • “‘Between Man and Place’: insegnare Moby-Dickne contest della globalizzazione.” Giorgio Mariani e Sonia Di Loreto (a cura di), Glocal Melville, numero monografico di Ácoma. Rivista internazionale di studi nordamericani, Nuova Serie, N. 2, 2012. 25-38.

  •  "Remediating The Making of Americans: A Twenty-first Century U.S.-American Poetry Film in the Context of Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries U.S. Poetry and New Media." State of the Art: Considering Poetry Today.Eds. Klaus Martens und Ramin Djahazi. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009. 102-112.

  • "Riding the Meridian: TRANS(national)ARTS in The Progressive Dinner Party". Another Language - Poetic Experiments in Britain and North America. Eds. Kornelia Freitag and Katharina Vester. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2008. 211-224.

  •  “Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker: Illuminated Poems as a Site of Visual, Literary and Cultural Contestation”. Literatura, Artes, Saberes.Eds. Sandra Nitrini, et al. São Paulo: ABRALIC, 2007. E-Book.

  •  “The Page Versus the Stage”. In: Sibila. An International Journal of Poetry. Ed. Charles Bernstein et al., 2007.


Rezensionen/Interviews/Übersetzungen Reviews/Interviews/Translations

  • Interview with Johannes Auer. In: Concrete Poetry: An International Perspective, Amsterdam: Rodopi. Ed. Claus Clüver. (forth-coming in 2014).  A German and English version of this interview can be accessed on Johannes Auer’s website.

  • Engl. Translation: “Friedrich Block im Interview mit Franz Mon.” Ed. Claus Clüver. Concrete Poetry: An International Perspective, Amsterdam: Rodopi. (forthcoming in 2014) 

  • Engl. Translation: “Friedrich Block im Interview mit Gerhard Rühm." Ed.  Claus Clüver. Concrete Poetry: An International Perspective,Amsterdam: Rodopi. (forthcoming in 2014)

  • Review. "Ansgar Nünning, Vera Nünning and Birgit Neumann (ed.) Cultural Ways of Worldmaking: Media and Narratives. New York: De Gruyter, 2010." Anglia129, 3-4 (2011), 570-576.

  • Review. Simanowski, Roberto, Jörgen Schäfer, and Peter Gendolla (ed.) Re-Reading Moving Letters. Digital Literature in Research and Teaching.A Handbook.Bielefeld: Transcript, 2010. Dichtung Digital. Journal of Art and Culture in Digital Media.

  • Review. Ginsberg, Allen. Illuminated Poems. Art by Eric Drooker. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1996. Published on Eric Drooker’s website: "A Cricital Analysis of Illuminated Poems." 15 January, 2009.

  • Review. Web Project Zeitgenossen by Ursula Hentschläger and Zelko Wiener. “Im Phantasma der Geschichte”. artmagazine.Das Kunstmagazin. 4 May, 2004.


Vorträge Presentations

  • “The Creative Reception of Moby-Dick in Popular Culture.” OASIS – Orientale International American Studies Summer School. Präsentation des Habilitationsprojektes. Procida, Italien. 4 May–11 May, 2014.

  • "Pott Meets Poetry. Die erste illustrierte Slam-Anthologie des Ruhrgebiets." Buchpräsentation im Rekorder zusammen mit Minu Hedayati-Aliabadi. REKORDER, Dortmund. 15. Januar, 2014.

  • “Experimentelle Poesiefilme.” Gastvortrag im Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur, TU Dortmund. 12. Dezember, 2013.

  • “Lyrik und Postmoderne: Mediale Ausdifferenzierung.” Gastvortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung: Literaturgeschichte. Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur, TU Dortmund. 10 July, 2013.

  • “‘A bugle wails the long recall’: Warren M. Swenson’s and Luigi Nono’s Artistic (Re-) Interpretations of Herman Melville’s Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War.” 9th International Melville Society Conference. The George Washington University, U.S.A., 5 June, 2013.

  • “Let Ahab beware of Ahab.“ Conflicting Cultures/Cultures in Conflict and the Creative Reception of Moby-Dick in Film. Joint Austrian Association for American Studies and Swiss Association for North American Studies Conference. University of Zürich, 9-10 November, 2012.

  • Moderation des Kolloquiums “Was macht den Poesiefilm zum Poesiefilm?“ With Antje Quast, Tom Konyves, Reynold Reynolds and Michael Roes. (By invitation of Thomas Zandegiacomo del Bel and the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin.) 6th International ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Babylon Kino, Berlin, 20 October, 2012.

  • “Appropriating the Whale: The Creative Reception of Moby-Dick in Popular Culture.” Guest Lecture. (By invitation of Prof. Dr. Daniel Göske.) Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. University of Kassel, 4 July, 2012.

  • “Jamaica Osorio’s ‘Kumulipo’ at the White House: Performing Cultural Memory in Slam Poetry.” International Poetry Conference : Memory, the United States and Transnational Poetics.Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 30 June, 2012. 

  • “Zwischen Bildern und Büchern: Alex Katz & American Poetry”. Vortrag im Rahmen der Ausstellung  Alex Katz: Der perfekte Augenblick. By invitation of Dr. Nicole Grothe. Museum Ostwall im Dortmunder U Dortmund, 17 February, 2012.

  • “Poetry Slams und Poetry Clips als Mittel zur Schulung des Hör-Seh-Verstehens”. Guest Lecture. Zertifikatskurs Englisch. By invitation of StR Karsten Witsch. TU Dortmund, 2 December, 2011

  • “Melville Studies in a Global Context as Exemplified by the Teaching of Moby-Dick in the University Classroom”. 8th International Melville Conference.University of Rome, 22-26 June, 2011.

  • “Poetry Goes Intermedia”. A Book Presentation in the American Studies Department  with an introduction by Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie. TU Dortmund, 7 June, 2011.

  • "‘Sonic Revolutionaries’: Self-Reflexivity, Intermediality and Cultural Specificity in Saul Williams’ Poetry”. European Society for the Study of English Conference (ESSE), University of Turin, Italy, 24-28 August, 2010.

  • “A Whale of a Book: Moby-Dick und Populärkultur”.  Guest lecture as part of the lecture series Theorie und Geschichte des Theaters. By invitation of Prof. Marion Hirte. Universität der Künste Berlin. Berlin, Germany. 25 November, 2009.

  • Einführung zu SEHEN.fünf kinematographischesprechtexte. Ein Film von Hubert Sielecki. Gerhard Rühm Symposium, TU Dortmund. 22 November 2009.

  • "Manhatta: New York the Magnificent: Intermedial Blending Phenomena in 20th and 21st Centuries Poetry Films". Blending Media: Defining Film in the Modernist Period. Innsbruck, Austria. 9-10 June, 2009.

  •  “Remediating The Making of Americans: a 21st-Century U.S.-American Poetry Film in the Context of 20th and 21st Centuries U.S. Poetries and New Media.”  States of the Art: Considering Poetry Today. University of Saarbrücken, Saarlande, Germany, 23-25 October, 2008.

  • “3 Poesiefilme aus  85 Jahren”. Gastvortrag. By invitation of Dr. Friedrich Block. Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur, TU Dortmund, 21 June, 2008.

  • "Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker: Illuminated Poems as a Site of Visual, Literary and Cultural Contestation" presented in two symposia at the XI Encontro Regional da Abralic – Associciaco Brasileira de Literatura Comparada.São Paulo, Brazil, 23-25 July 2007. 24  July, 2007: Literatura e Mídias- Diálogos Possíveis. 25 July, 2007: A Imagem e o Verbo.

  • “Poetry and New Media: from U.S.-American Performance Poetry to Cin(E-) Poetry to Poetry on the Internet”. (By invitation of Prof. Maria Clara Bonetti Paro). UNESP, Campus of Araraquara, São Paulo, Brazil, 20 July, 2007.

  • "Riding the Meridian: TRANS(national)ARTS in the Progressive Dinner Party”. Another Language: U.S. Contemporary American Poetry in a Changing World. Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, 7–9 July, 2005.

  • “'Ear-lull’d by electric mantra rock': Allen Ginsberg and New Media Poetry since the 1950s”. Swiss Conference for North American Studies. Zurich, Switzerland, 14 November, 2004.

  • “Encoding the Vortex: Poetic Texts, Their Relationship to Mass Media Technologies and the Posthuman Condition”. Guest Lecture Master Class. Instructor: Prof. N. Katherine Hayles. Utrecht, Netherlands, 11 November, 2003.

  • “Poetry Slams.” Dortmund Research Days. Harenberg City Center, Dortmund, Germany, 4 February, 2003.

  • “Lyrik zum Erleben: Amerikanische Performance-Dichtung.” Buchpräsentation. Mit einer Einführung von Prof. Chip Rhodes. Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany, 24 July, 2003.

  • "Sounds of Poetry: Contemporary American Performance Poets." Austrian Association for American Studies Conference. Klagenfurt, Austria, 26-28 October, 2001.


Lehrveranstaltungen at TU Dortmund Courses at TU Dortmund

Hauptseminare Graduate-Level Courses

  • Summer 2014: From Typee to Billy Budd, Sailor: Melville’s Poetry and Prose

  • Winter 2013/14: The Space of the Mind: Adaptations and American Studies

  • Summer 2013: Dark Romanticism and its Creative Reception in U.S. Popular Culture

  • Winter 2012/13: “If you want to be free, be free:” The 1970s in U.S. Music, Literature, Film, Arts, Fashion and Politics

  • Winter 2012/13: "Moby Dog:" Moby-Dick in Children and Youth Literature and Film

  • Summer 2012: Herman Melville’s Oceanic and Continental Prose

  • Summer 2012: Critical Approaches to American Popular Culture (in online collaboration with Dr. Monique Laney at the American University at Washington)

  • Winter 2011/2012: Herman Melville: Hunting Moby-Dick in a Global Context

  • Winter 2011/20212: Project Seminar: Slam Poetry

  • Summer 2011: Crossing Boundaries: Theoretical, Practical and Transnational Perspectives on U.S. American Culture - in online collaboration with Dr. Monique Laney at the American University at Washington

  • Summer 2011: Poetry Goes Intermedia: 20th and 21 centuries U.S. American Poetry from a Cultural Studies and Media Studies perspective

  • Winter 2010/11: "The Universe is Finished". Dark Romanticism in Popular Culture

  • Winter 2010/11: Queer Identities: From the Mid 19th Century to the Present

  • Summer 2010: American Studies: Theories and Practice  

  • Summer 2010: Romanticism in 20th  and 21st Century Popular Culture

  • Winter 2009/2010: From Starbucks to Star Trek: American Popular Culture  

  • Summer 2009: A Whale of a Book: Moby-Dick and Popular Culture 

  • Fall 2008/2009: A Whale of a Book: Moby-Dick and Popular Culture

  • Summer 2008:  Poetry & Technology: from Cut-Ups to Cin(E-)Poems to Mash-Ups

  • Fall 2007/2008: Allen Ginsberg: from Poet of Resistance to Poet in Residence


Proseminare Undergraduate-Level Courses

  • Summer 2007: Introduction to American Literary and Cultural History 

  • Fall 2006/2007: Myla Goldberg: A New American Voice

  • Summer 2005: Introduction to American Literary and Cultural History 

  • Fall 2004/2005: “Ear-lull’d by electric mantra rock”: Contemporary Literature, Popular Culture  and Technology

  • Summer 2004: Introduction to American Literary and Cultural History

  • Fall 2003/2004: Cyberhypes and Interfictions: Digital Literature or the Technologizing of the Arts?(PS).

  • Summer 2003: Introduction to American Literary and Cultural History

  • Fall 2002/2003: “Plug it in! Poetry is on". The E-merging of Poetry and Technology in the 20th Century

  • Summer 2002: Sounds of Poetry: Contemporary American Performance Poets


Mitgliedschaften Affiliations

  • The Melville Society

  • Selected Member of Global Young Faculty

  • Fellow SASSAA American Studies Symposium: Globalization and American Popular Culture  (25-28 September 2009)

  • Fellow Salzburg Global Seminar: Contemporary American Literature (2-9 April, 2003)

  • German Association for American Studies (DGfA)

  • Austrian Association of American Studies (AAAS)

  • International American Studies Association (IASA)

  • Research Associate for the Electronic Literature Organization Directory and Archive-IT Collection (ELO) 2009-2011