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Dr. Dustin Breitenwischer

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
American Studies
Junior Fellow
April 2017 - January 2018

Room 02 012
Phone +49 (0)761 203 97713
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Dustin Breitenwischer is Assistant Professor for North American Studies at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He studied North American Studies and German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Minnesota, and he was a Visiting PhD Scholar at Columbia University in New York. In February 2015 he defended his dissertation on aesthetic in-betweenness at FU Berlin, dealing with the self-representation of aesthetic experience in 20th-century American art and poetry. His project was funded by the German National Scholarship Foundation. His monograph Dazwischen: Über Wesen und Wirken ästhetischer Erfahrung in der amerikanischen Kunst und Literatur von Hopper bis Hustvedt will be published with Fink Verlag in fall 2016.

Selected Publications

  • Dazwischen: Über Wesen und Wirken ästhetischer Erfahrung in der amerikanischen Kunst und Literatur von Hopper bis Hustvedt. Paderborn: Fink. [forthcoming]

  • With Jörn Glasenapp, Claudia Lillge, Elisabeth K. Paefgen (ed.), Die neue amerikanische Fernsehserie: Von Twin Peaks bis Mad Men. Paderborn: Fink, 2014.
  • "Reading In-Between: Interpretation as Experience (and the Case of Sylvia Plath’s 'Soliloquy of the Solipsist')". Reading Practices. REAL Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, Vol. 31. Ed. Winfried Fluck, Günter Leypoldt, Philipp Löffler. Tübingen: Narr, 2015. 219-37.

  • "'Look at this tangle of thorns': Vladimir Nabokovs Lolita und die Appellstruktur des Geständnisses". Kriminalliteratur und Wissensgeschichte: Genres – Medien – Techniken. Ed. Clemens Peck, Florian Sedlmeier. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 197-213.
  • "Life and Times of...: Promethean (Counter-)Narratives and the Poetic Function of Aesthetic Experience in Rap". American Lives. Hg. Alfred Hornung. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 381-98.


The Creative Self in 19th-Century American Culture

In his current research project he engages in the transnational history of creativity and the creative self in American culture. Focusing on mid-19th century American literature, culture and philosophy -- from Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendental reflections to Harriet Jacob's slave narrative -- he argues that factual and fictional narratives about the creative self were established and used as a means to strengthen, criticize, negotiate and resist dominant Romantic notions of individuality and selfhood. His project revolves around the sociocultural appeal and the aesthetic function of these self-narratives against the backdrop of transatlantic conceptualizations of creativity and creative self-determination.