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PD Dr. Ina Bergmann, M.A.

Akademische Rätin

Curriculum Vitae

Ina Bergmann is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany, where she has been teaching since 1998. She studied German, English, and American Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany and the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, USA (SUCO). She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Würzburg and has additionally passed the first state exam for teachers for secondary schools (LA Gym) in English and German. She further holds a postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) in English and American Studies (Venia Legendi: Englische Philologie). As a Visiting Professor she taught American Literature and Women's Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, USA; American Studies (Literature and Culture) at the University of Vienna, Austria; and English for Technical Purposes at the University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, Germany.

She is the author of And Then the Child Becomes a Woman (2003), a book-length study focusing on female initiation in the American short story between 1865 and 1970, and of several articles on American women's writing, with an emphasis on the 19th century. She has also published articles on various aspects of 21st-century American fiction, for example on canon appropriation and serialization, the renaissance of the historical novel, and on serial killer fiction. Additionally, she is co-editor of a collection of essays on drama, Global Challenges and Regional Responses in Contemporary Drama in English (2003), and of a book on cultural representations of evil, Representations of Evil in Fiction and Film (2009). Her Habilitationsschrift, completed in 2009 and entitled The 19th Century Revis(it)ed: The New Historical Fiction, is focusing on turn of the 21st-century historical novels that revisit 19th-century America and revise cultural memory.

Her current projects in progress focus on new forms of adaptation, appropriation and serialization in the American novel at the turn of the 21st century, transnational and transatlantic aspects of Neo-Victorian Studies, contemporary American youth culture, cultural icons, the American "Literature of Becoming," 19th-century American historical romance and its links to Pan-American magic realism, intersections of women's and children's literature, and innovative methods of teaching American Literature.


Publications

 Monographs



  • And Then the Child Becomes a Woman: Weibliche Initiation in der amerikanischen Kurzgeschichte 1865-1970. American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume 110. Heidelberg: Winter, 2003.

  • The 19th Century Revis(it)ed: The New Historical Fiction [Habilitationsschrift, forthcoming 2011].

Editions

  • Global Challenges and Regional Responses in Contemporary Drama in English. Contemporary Drama in English, Volume 10. Ed. Jochen Achilles, Ina Bergmann, and Birgit Däwes. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003.

  • Representations of Evil in Fiction and Film. Ed. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009.

Articles

  • "Stories of Female Initiation: Two 19th-Century Examples of Female Professional Success." COPAS (Current Objectives in Postgraduate American Studies). 2 (Juni 2001) (<http://www-copas.uni-regensburg.de/index.htm?light_logo.html&1>).

  • "And Then the Child Becomes a Woman: Weibliche Initiation in der amerikanischen Kurzgeschichte 1865-1970. [And Then the Child Becomes a Woman: Female Initiation in the American Short Story 1865-1970]." English and American Studies in German 2003: Summaries of Theses and Monographs – A Supplement to Anglia. Ed. Horst Weinstock. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2004, 142-44.
  • "American Eves: The Story of Female Initiation in the EFL-Classroom." Cultural Interactions: Fifty Years of American Studies in Germany. American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume 118. Ed. Ulla Haselstein and Berndt Ostendorf. Heidelberg: Winter, 2005, 197-207.


  • "Tomboyism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Identity Formation, Gender Ambiguity, and Cultural Work." Cultural Memory and Multiple Identities. Transnational and Transatlantic American Studies, Vol. 5. Ed. Rüdiger Kunow and Wilfried Raussert. Berlin: LITVerlag, 2008, 43-56.

  • "'To You, Perceptive Reader, I Bequeath my History': Die Renaissance des historischen Romans im 21. Jahrhundert." Amerikanisches Erzählen nach 2000. Ed. Sebastian Domsch. München: Text & Kritik, 2008, 56-77.

  • "Introduction." with Jochen Achilles. Representations of Evil in Fiction and Film. Ed. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009, 1-7.

  • "Jack the Ripper's American Cousins: Representations of Good and Evil in Historical Crime Fiction." Representations of Evil in Fiction and Film. Ed. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009, 137-56.

  • "Working Girls: The New Woman in Juvenile and Adult Fiction by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman." LWU (Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht) XLII.4 (2009): 259-66.

  • "Reanimated Classics: Canon Appropriation and Serialization in Contemporary Fiction." Proceedings: Anglistentag 2009 Klagenfurt. Ed. Jörg Helbig and René Schallegger. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2010, 135-51.
  • "Stories of Female Initiation: Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People' and Joyce Carol Oates' 'How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again,'" A History of the American Short Story: Genres – Developments – Model Interpretations. Ed. Michael Basseler and Ansgar Nünning. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011, 307-22.


  • "The New Historical Fiction – Between Tradition and Innovation," Narrative is the Essence of History: Essays on the Historical Novel. Ed. John Cameron. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2011.

Contributions to Reference Works

  • "Biogramm Lorrie Moore," Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Online-Datenbank, J. B. Metzler, , 2011.

  • "Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs," Online-Datenbank, J. B. Metzler, , 2011.

  • "Biogramm David Ebershoff," Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Online-Datenbank, J. B. Metzler, , forthcoming 2011.

  • "David Ebershoff, The Nineteenth Wife," Online-Datenbank, J. B. Metzler, , forthcoming 2011.

  • "Michael Chabon, Maps & Legends: Reading And Writing Along the Borderlands," Online-Datenbank, J. B. Metzler, , forthcoming 2011.

Reviews

  • "Annette Simonis. Grenzüberschreitungen in der phantastischen Literatur: Einführung in die Theorie und Geschichte eines narrativen Genres." Anglia: Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie 124:3 (2006): 522-28.
  • "Ralph J. Poole. Kannibalische (P)Akte: Autoethnographische und satirische Schreibweisen als interkulturelle Verhandlungen von Herman Melville bis Marianne Wiggins." Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 18:1 (2007): 211-13.


  • "Christoph Ribbat, ed. Twenty-First Century Fiction: Readings, Essays, Conversations. Anglistik und Englischunterricht, Volume 66." Amerikastudien/American Studies: A Quarterly 52:3 (2007): 453-55.

  • "Gordon Bölling. History in the Making: Metafiktion im neueren anglokanadischen historischen Roman." Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 19:1 (2008): 206-09.

  • "Sylvia Lange. Die Figurenzeichnung bei William Faulkner." Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies, forthcoming 2011.

  • "Susan Staves. A Literary History of Women's Writing in Britain, 1660-1789." Anglia: Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie, forthcoming 2011.

Past and Upcoming Contributions to Conferences

  • "Stories of Female Initiation: Two 19th-Century Examples of Female Professional Success," Postgraduate Forum (PGF), German Association for American Studies (GAAS), Mainz, Germany, November 10-12, 2000.

  • Co-organizer, with Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles and Dr. Birgit Däwes (Würzburg University, Germany): 11th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), "Global Challenges and Regional Responses in Contemporary Drama in English," Burg Rothenfels, Germany, 9-12 May 2002.
  • "American Eves: The Story of Female Initiation in the EFL-Classroom," Cultural Interactions: 50 Years of American Studies in Germany, 50th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS), München, Germany, June 10-13, 2003.


  • "Tomboyism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Identity Formation, Gender Ambiguity, and Cultural Work," Cultural Memory and Multiple Identity: A Symposium for Doctoral Students, Berlin/Potsdam, Germany, June 18-19, 2004.

  • "'The Body and Soul of a Woman, the Mind and Power of a Man:' Julia Ward Howe's The Hermaphrodite as a Self-Portrait of the Writer," Conformism, Non-Conformism and Anti-Conformism in the Culture of the United States, European Association for American Studies (EAAS) Biennial Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus, April 7-10, 2006.

  • "Little Pilgrim vs. New Woman: Socio-religious Conformism and Female Emancipation in Alcott's Little Women and Freeman's 'Louisa'", Religion in the USA,  54th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS), Bochum/Dortmund, Germany, May 31-June3, 2007.

  • Panelist: "From Adams to McKinley: Fiction About 19th-Century America," Historical Novel Society (HNS) Biennial North American Conference, Albany, NY, USA, June 8-10, 2007.

  • Co-organizer and co-chair, with Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles (Würzburg University, Germany): "Representations of Evil in Anglophone Cultures", Anglistentag 2007: Annual Conference of the German Association of English and American Studies (Anglistenverband), Münster, Germany, September 23-26, 2007.

  • "The New Historical Fiction: The 19th Century Revisited," invited lecture, English Department, State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, NY, USA, April 8, 2008.
  • "Sheri Holman's The Dress Lodger," workshop with graduate students, with Prof. Martha Rozett, graduate seminar "ENG 580: Models of History: The New Historical Fiction," English Department, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, NY, USA, April 8, 2008.


  • "Working Girls: The New Woman in Juvenile and Adult Fiction by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman," 39th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Buffalo, NY, USA, April 10-13, 2008.

  • Co-organizer and co-chair, with Gregory Tomso, Ph.D. (University of West Florida, USA): "19th Century American Literature and Art – Between Nation Building and Individuation," "E Pluribus Unum" or "E Pluribus Plura"?, European Association for American Studies (EAAS) Biennial Conference, Oslo, Norway, May 9-12, 2008.

  • "'A Peep at the Pilgrims:' 19th-Century Historical Romance as National Literature?" "E Pluribus Unum" or "E Pluribus Plura"?, European Association for American Studies (EAAS) Biennial Conference, Oslo, Norway, May 9-12, 2008.

  • "Reanimated Classics," Anglistentag 2009: Annual Conference of the German Association of English and American Studies (Anglistenverband), Klagenfurt, Austria, September 20-23, 2009.

  • "Revisiting the New Nation – Revising Cultural Memory: Images of 19th-Century America in the New Historical Fiction," "Forever Young?" European Association for American Studies (EAAS) Biennial Conference, Dublin, Ireland, March 26-29, 2010.

  • "Primary Secondary Literature: Christopher Bigsby's Hester as a Reanimated Classic," 42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), New Brunswick, NJ, USA, April 7-10, 2011.
  • Panelist: "The New Historical Fiction – Between Tradition and Innovation," 42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), New Brunswick, NJ, USA, April 7-10, 2011.


  • "The Return of the Author: Historical Biofiction," Backward Glances: History, Imagination, and Memory, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, August 31-September 1, 2011.

  • Co-organizer and co-chair, with Prof. Dr. Norbert Lennartz (University of Vechta,

Germany): "Dickens and His Legacy," Anglistentag 2011: Annual Conference of the German Association of English and American Studies (Anglistenverband), Freiburg, Germany, September 20-23, 2011.


  • "'From Hell': Dante, Tod und Teufel in amerikanischen Serienmörderromanen," invited lecture, Ringvorlesung Höllenfahrten, Philosophische Fakultät I, University of Würzburg, Germany, January 17, 2012.

 

Teaching  

at the University of Würzburg, Germany


  • Introductory courses (Einführungskurse):
    Einführung in die englische Literaturwissenschaft; Introduction to American Studies (taught frequently).




  • Introductory seminars (Proseminare):      

    "The Power of Blackness": Hawthorne, Poe, Melville; "The Tenth Muse": American Women's Poetry; Literary Spinoffs: Canon Serialization in Contemporary Fiction; The Literature of "Becoming" in the 21st Century; The Literature of "Becoming"; American Women's Writitng: A Survey; Murder Past Tense; Jack the Ripper's American Cousins; A Nation at War (Coursework of the International Graduate School for the Humanities); Reanimated Classics; Literature by Women: The 19th Century; Magic(al) Realism; Fiction of the American Renaissance; "A Peep at the Pilgrims": Victorian Views on the Puritans; History in the American Novel; Modernism; Prize-winning Novels; The Invention of the Short Story; American History: A Culture Studies Course; Growing Up Female; American Gothic; Southern Fiction and Culture; American Crime Fiction; The American Short Story: An Introduction; Literature by Women; Eugene O’Neill; Hemingway & Faulkner; Initiation; American History I – From the Beginnings to the Civil War: A Culture Studies Course (taught frequently).





  • Advanced seminars (Hauptseminare):

"Whose Lives Are They Anyway?": Biofiction and Biopics;"It's All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating": Multi-Time-Level Historical Fiction; "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman": The Female Künstlerroman (Coursework of the International Graduate School for the Humanities); "This River of Romance": The Hudson Valley and Upstate New York in History, Literature, and Art; Beyond Adaptation? Innovative Forms of Appropriation in Contemporary Literature and Film; Representations of Evil (with Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles).


  • Advanced seminars (Oberseminare):
    The Moral Turn in American Literature (with Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles, coursework of the International Graduate School for the Humanities); Ethics in Literature (with Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles, coursework of the International Graduate School for the Humanities).




  • Exercises (Wissenschaftliche Übungen):
    Kolloquium zu laufenden Magister- und Examensarbeiten; Major American Writers: Ernest Hemingway; Reading American Women Writers from Elizabeth Stuart Phelps to Annie Proulx; Kolloquium und Prüfungsvorbereitung für Magister- und Examenskandidaten; Major American Writers: William Faulkner; The Significant Seven: Growing Up in the New Millennium; Reading American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Elizabeth Stuart Phelps; The Significant Seven: The Return of the Author; Major American Writers: Nathaniel Hawthorne; The Significant Seven: Poe Evermore; The Significant Seven: Herstory (coursework of the International Graduate School for the Humanities); The Significant Seven: New Historical Fiction; Kolloquium zu laufenden Examens-, Magister- und Forschungsarbeiten in der Amerikanistik (with Dr. Birgit Däwes, coursework of the International Graduate School for the Humanities).


  • Lecture Courses (Vorlesungen):
    American Women Writers - From Anne Bradstreet to Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (Coursework of the International Graduate School for the Humanities); American Women Writers - From Elizabeth Stuart Phelps to Annie Proulx (Coursework of the International Graduate School for the Humanities).

at the State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, NY, USA

  • AENG368L/AWSS 368L Women Writers:
    "And Then the Child Becomes a Woman:" Female Initiation in the American Short Story.

  • AENG434 American Literature 1865-1920:
    Concepts of Realism, Naturalism, and Local Color.

at the University of Vienna, Austria


  • Introductory Seminar (Proseminar):

Tracing the Female Tradition: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Alice Sebold


  • Advanced Seminars (Arbeitsgemeinschaften):

The Nineteenth Century Revis(it)ed: The New American Historical Fiction; "And Then the Child Becomes a Women": Female Initiation in American Fiction, 1865-2010


  • Exercise (Dissertantinnen- und Dissertantenseminar):

Specialized Seminar for PhD Candidates in English and American Studies
 at the University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, Germany

  • Lecture Course (Vorlesung Englisch II):
    English for Technical Purposes/Englisch für Wirtschaftsingenieure (taught twice).

 Grants and Stipends

  • 04/2011

Grantee of the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD); Grant for participation in the NeMLA Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

  • 09/2009

    Grantee of the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD); Grant for participation in the Anglistentag 2009, Klagenfurt, Austria.


  • 04/2008
    Grantee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG); Grant for a guest lecture and a workshop with graduate students at the English Department, State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, NY, USA, and for participation in the NeMLA Conference, Buffalo, NY, USA.

  • 06/2007
    Grantee of the Jubiläumsstiftung, Würzburg University; Grant for research at Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA () and for participation in the HNS Conference, Albany, NY, USA (<http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org/albany/conference.htm>).

  • 07-08/1999
    Grantee of the Fulbright Commission; American Studies Summer Institute 1999, New York University, New York City, NY, USA.

 

Departmental Responsibilities

  • since 2010
    Supervisor, MA- and exam theses in American Studies.

  • since 2010
    Examiner, final exams for students of English at the University of Würzburg: oral and written exams, LA GHR and LA Gym.

  • since 2010
    Examiner, academic exams for students of English at the University of Würzburg: oral and written exams, BA and MA.

  • since 2010
    Member of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

  • 06-08/2010

    Co-coordinator, Summer Course: Studies in Canadian Autobiography and Multicultural Fiction, UBC (University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada), BAA (Bayerische Amerika-Akademie) and LMU (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Amerika Haus, München.


  • since 2003
    Examiner, oral intermediate exams for students of English at the University of Würzburg: exam matters are English Linguistics, British and New English Literatures and Cultures, and American Studies.

  • since 2000
    Member of the SUNY-Commission: Co-organizer, with Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles, of the academic aspects of the student exchange between the University of Würzburg and its partner universities in the USA (State University of New York; University of Texas, Austin; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) and co-selection of eligible students.

  • since 2000
    Organizer and supervisor of the Tutorial Program to the Introduction of American Studies (before: Einführung in die englische Literaturwissenschaft): Selection, guidance, and instruction of the tutors.

  • 2002-2003
    Co-organizer, with Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles and the publishing houses Suhrkamp, Insel, and Schöffling, Frankfurt/Main, of a series of American and British authors's readings at Schöningh Bookstore, Würzburg: Judy Budnitz, James Wilson, Tristan Egolf, and an evening on Elizabeth Bowen.

Professional Memberships

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien/German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS)

  • European Association for American Studies (EAAS)

  • Bayerische Amerika-Akademie/Bavarian American Academy (BAA)

  • Deutscher Anglistenverband

  • The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

  • Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

  • Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)

Supervised MA-Theses

 


  • WS 2010/11

Ann-Kathrin Rebhan, "The Literary and Journalistic Documentation of the Great Depression: F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" (1931), Clifford Odets's Waiting for Lefty (1935), and Carl Sandburg's "The People, Yes" (1936) vs. The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post".


  • SS 2011

Julia Götze, "Expatriates in American Literature: Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises (1926) and Arthur Phillips's Prague (2002)."
Stefan Hippler, "Female Coming of Age in the American Novel: Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (1868), Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding (1946), and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones (2002)."
Mira-Viola Kröber, "Character Depiction in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)."


  • WS 2011/12

Isabell Bamberger, "American Patriotism in David E. Kelley's TV Series Boston Legal (2004-2008)."

Kristina Baudemann, "Metafiction in Contemporary North American Indigenous Literature."


Lisa Dertmann, "Upper-Class Youths in Roger Kumble's Movie Cruel Intensions (1999), Nick McDonell's Novel Twelve (2002), and the TV Series Gossip Girl (2007-today)."

Ann-Kristin Fröhlich, "National/Cultural Identity: TV Commercials in the US and Germany."

Katharina Köster, "The Changing Images of Women in the TV Series Star Trek (1966-2005)."
Eva Weiretter, "German-American InterRelationships: W.G. Smith's Novel The Last of the Conquerors (1948) and Billy Wilder's Movie A Foreign Affair (1948).

Supervised Exam Theses


  • SS 2011

Viktoria Kröner, "The Appeal of Evil – A Cultural Phenomenon in American Literature and Media at the Turn of the 21st Century: David Fincher's Movie Seven (1995), Erik Larson's Non-fiction Novel The Devil in the White City (2003), Dan Wells' Novel I am Not a Serial Killer (2009), and the TV Series Dexter (2006-today)."
Rebecca Kreßmann, "Cultural Identity in T.C. Boyle's Tortilla Curtain (1995) and Sandra Cisneros's Caramelo (2002)."

Ina Bergmann 07/2011


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