Priv.-Doz. Dr. Michaela Keck



  • Forthcoming: Representations of Health, Illness, and Repair in the Works of Louisa May Alcott. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2024.
  • Deliberately Out of Bounds: Women's Work on Classical Myth in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2017.
  • Walking in the Wilderness. The Peripatetic Tradition in Nineteenth-Century American Painting and Literature. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters & Essays

  • "Black Time Travel, Chronotopicity, and the Reparative Desire for Beauty in Pauline E. Hopkins's Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self.” In: Time Travel in World Literature and Cinema. Ed. Bernard Montoneri. Palgrave Macmillan, 2024. 171-201.
  • "With Second Sight and Afro-pessimism: The Im/Possibility of Black Utopia in Martin R. Delany's Blake; or, The Huts of America." Science Fiction and Anticipation: Utopias, Dystopias and Time Travel. Ed. Bernard Montoneri. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2022. 67-89.
  • "Of Birds and Men: Lessons from Mark Cocker’s Crow Country.” Multispecies Futures: New Approaches to Teaching Human-Animal Studies. Eds. Maria Moss, Micha Gerrit Philipp Edlich, and Andreas Hübner. Neofelis, 2022. 115-30.
  • "Aquatic Insights from Roger Deakin's Waterlog." Signs of Water: Community Perspectives on Water, Responsibility, and Hope. Eds. Robert Boschman and Sonya L. Jakubec. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary Press, 2022. 37-58. (University of Calgary Open Access Books)
  • "Paradoxien von Authentizität: Kunstauthentizität und Unmittelbarkeit in der Bildwahrnehmung bei Edward Hopper und seiner Kunst." Authentizität transversal: Multiperspektivische Betrachtungen von 'Echtheit'. Ed. Berit Callsen. Frank und Timme, 2021. 55-73.
  • "Prophesy and Racial Trauma in the Black Freedom Struggle: Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi." Life Mapping as Cultural Legacy. Eds. I-Chun Wang and Mary Theis. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021. 90-105.
  • "Uncanny New Worlds in Harriet Prescott Spofford's 'D'Outre Mort' and 'The Black Bess.'" Spaces and Fictions of the Weird and the Fantastic: Ecologies, Geographies, Oddities. Eds. Julius Greve and Florian Zappe. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 25-40.
  • "Lydia Maria Child: Hobomok (1824)." Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth-Century. Ed. Christine Gerhardt. De Gruyter Series Handbooks of English and American Studies, vol. 7. Eds. Martin Middeke, Gabriele Rippl, Hubert Zapf. De Gruyter, 2018. 183-200.
  • "Teacher Bye Bye: Memories of Teaching Literature in Taiwan." Education and EFL in Taiwan: Policy and Practice. Ed. Paul W. Mathews. Warrior Publishers, Australia, 2017. 188-97.
  • "Of Marble Women and Sleeping Nymphs: Louisa May Alcott's A Modern Mephistopheles." Translating Myth. Eds. Ben Pestell, Pietra Palazzolo, and Leon Burnett. Oxford: Legenda, 2016. 120-36.
  • "'Maenad-in-Motion': Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Reconfiguration of the Dionysius Cult in A New-England Tale (1822)." Proceedings of the 2nd International Aksit Gögtürk Conference: Myths Revisited. Istanbul: Diltra, 2014. 53-66.
  • “Notions of Love in Louisa May Alcott’s A Modern Mephistopheles.” Emotions in Literature. Eds. An, Sonjae and Francis So. Seoul: National Korean University Press, 2010. 191-215.
  • "Discourses in Antebellum American Art: Frederic Edwin Church’s Natural Bridge, Virginia in Dialogue with Robert Scott Duncanson’s Uncle Tom and Little Eva.” An Interpretive Turn: Art, Literature, and Culture in the 19th and 20th Century. Eds. Yuan, Heh-hsiang and Shu-fang Lai. Taipei: Bookman, 2010. 41-68.
  • “Changing Iconologies in Twentieth-Century Cinema: Three Versions of Alcott’s Little Women.” Reading Films: Proceedings of the 2009 Providence University English Festival. Ed. Haseltine, Patricia. Taipei: Providence University, 2009. 12-31.
  • “Thoreau’s Walden and the American Dream: Challenge or Myth?” Bloom’s Literary Themes: The American Dream. Eds. Bloom, Harold and Blake Hobby. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2009. 213-23.
  • “Der Spaziergang in der Neuen Welt: Henry David Thoreaus ‘Art of Walking.’” Kopflandschaften–Landschaftsgänge. Kulturgeschichte und Poetik des Spaziergangs. Eds. Gellhaus, Axel, Christian Moser and Helmut J. Schneider. Cologne: Böhlau, 2007. 201-17.
  • “‘The Abbot’s Ghost’–Alcott’s Struggle for Virtuous Womanhood.” Ghosts, Stories, Histories: Ghost Stories and Alternative Histories. Ed. Sladja Blazan. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 21-31.


Internet Contributions

Current Research

I am presently working on a book project with Lexington Books (Lanham, MD) with the working title Illness in the Works of Louisa May Alcott. This book project offers a novel perspective on Alcott’s writings by exploring the much-neglected experience of illness. I argue that Alcott’s writings represent and make meaning of a large spectrum of illness for the author and her readers. The experiences of disease presented in her works range from such extremes as incurable epidemic fever and the trauma of the battlefields of the Civil War to depression and far less severe afflictions, which are more easily absorbed into everyday life. In her works, Alcott shows illness as always affecting the body of the diseased individual as well as the social body of the family and the collective, all of whom seek to counter human suffering through restorative practices to provide – at least temporary – solace, comfort, and repair. In what ways do Alcott’s novels, short stories, and other fictionalized accounts make meaning of illness, and what cultural work do they perform? What do her writings suggest about the role that literature plays in the face of disease and suffering? How do her works engage with these issues aesthetically and affectively, and what does this engagement suggest about restorative practices, repair, and healing? These are the central questions that I seek to answer.

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