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PD Dr. Michaela Keck

American literature and (visual) culture
  • transcendentalism and the American Renaissance
  • ecocritical studies in literature, culture, and the arts  
  • myth and its (feminist) reception
  • 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:
  • Forthcoming: "Psyche and Pygmalion: The Heart's Desires Revised in Louisa May Alcott's A Marble Woman." Special issue of European Journal of American Studies (2020).
  • "Paradise Retold: Revisionist Mythmaking in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy." Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment  9.2 (Autumn 2018): 23-40.
  • "Marginocentricity and cosmopolitan interconnections of black radical thought in Arna Bontemps's Black Thunder." Atlantic Studies 14.1 (2017): 37-50.
  • "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:
  • Forthcoming: "Prophesy and Racial Trauma in the Black Freedom Struggle: Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi." Remembering Cultural Legacies in Personal Mapping. Eds. I-Chun Wang and Mary Theis. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020. 85-100.
  • Forthcoming: "Aquatic Insights from Roger Deakin's Waterlog." Signs of Water: Multidisciplinary Community Perspectives on Water and Cultures. Eds. Robert Boschman, Connie Van Der Byl, Michael Quinn and Sonya Jakubec. University of Calgary Press, 2020.
  • "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.

4. Reviews:

5. Internet Contributions:
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