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Michaela Keck

PD Dr. Michaela Keck

American literature and culture: 
  • American women's writing and aesthetics
  • visual culture and art history
  • transcendentalism and the American Renaissance
  • ecocritical studies and the environmental humanities
  • (classical) myth and its (feminist) reception
  • race/ethnicity and captivity narratives



1. Monographs:
  • 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.

2. Journal Articles:
  • "Psyche and Pygmalion: The Heart's Desires Revised in Louisa May Alcott's A Marble Woman." European Journal of American Studies 17.3 (2022). Web. https://doi.org/10.4000/ejas.18739.
  • "Women's Complicity, Resistance, and Moral Agency: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments." Gender Forum 82 (2022): 12-33. Web. http://genderforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/03_Issue_Keck_Womens-Complicity-Resistance-and-Moral-Agency_Proof.pdf.
  • "Plastic (in) Paradise: Karen Tei Yamashita's Through the Arc of the Rain Forest." IAFOR Journal for Literature & Librarianship 10.1 (2021): 26-40. Web. https://iafor.org/journal/iafor-journal-of-literature-and-librarianship/volume-10-issue-1/article-1/.
  • "Indian Education for All on Montana's Flathead Reservation." Academia Letters (March 2021). Web. https://www.academia.edu/45610431/Indian_Education_for_All_on_Montanas_Flathead_Reservation
  • "Paradise Retold: Revisionist Mythmaking in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy." Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment  9.2 (Autumn 2018): 23-40. http://ecozona.eu/issue/view/152/showToc
  • "Marginocentricity and cosmopolitan interconnections of black radical thought in Arna Bontemps's Black Thunder." Atlantic Studies 14.1 (2017): 37-50. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FUabP9Aw38T5sA8CMT2Q/full
  • "Culture-Crossing in Madison Smartt Bell's Haitian Trilogy and Neo-Captivity Narrative." Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology 12.1 (2015): 115-28.
  • "Complicating the Reading of Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting: Albert Bierstadt’s Western Visions, Aesthetics, and Sociology." Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 39.2 (September 2013): 139-161.
  • "Female Self-Possession and Material Feminism in Elizabeth Stoddard's 'A Study for a Heroine' (1885)." Sun Yat-sen Journal of the Humanities 33 (July 2012): 133-150.
  • "Mythology and Mythography in Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard’s Two Men." Sun Yat-sen Journal of the Humanities 30 (January 2011): 185-216.
  • “‘Murder in the Dark’: Lying Games, or Margaret Atwood’s Ioci.” Margaret Atwood Studies 2.2 (May 2009): 3-14.
  • “‘Kindred Spirits’ in Romantic Walks: Durand’s Kindred Spirits Compared to Friedrich’s Wanderer Above the Sea of Mist.” Amerikastudien 52.1 (June 2007): 35-46.

3. Book Chapters & Essays:
  • "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. https://neofelis-verlag.de/verlagsprogramm/wissenschaft/animal-studies/1045/multispecies-futures?c=358.
  • "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, February 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. https://books.google.de/books?id=V5QYEAAAQBAJ&pg=PA90&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  • "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 und Florian Zappe. 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.

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6. 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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