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Univ.-Ass. Privatdoz. Mag. Dr. Astrid FELLNER, Univ.-Prof. an der Univ. des Saarlandes

Dr Astrid Fellner was appointed as Chair in North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University (Department of British, North American, and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures) with effect from 1 October 2009.
Please check the contact information on the right-hand side for her availability in Vienna. 


  • Recipient of an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Research Funds (FWF); spent at the Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst and the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA.
  • Theodor Körner Fonds Research prize for the project 'Bodily Sensations' (2005)
  • Siemens Prize for Best Dissertation in American Studies in Austria in 1999
  • Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin (1990)

Research Interests

  • North American Literatures and Cultures (in particular: early American literature, 20th-century American literature, U.S. Latino/a literature, Canadian literature)
  • Body Studies
  • American Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies and Queer Theory

Teaching Focus

  • North American Literatures and Cultures
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies

Selected Publications

  • Articulating Selves: Contemporary Chicana Self-Representation. Wien: Braumüller 2002.
  • Bodily Sensations: The Female Body in Late-Eighteenth-Century American Culture (under review).
  • (Anti)-Americanisms. Ed. Astrid M. Fellner, Michael Draxlbauer and Thomas Fröschl. Münster, LIT Verlag: 2005.
  • Body Signs: The Body in Latino/a Cultural Production. Ed. Astrid M. Fellner. Wien: LIT Verlag, (forthcoming 2008).
  • 'Crossing Borders, Shifting Paradigms: New Perspectives on American Studies.' Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 2008 (33:1).
  • 'The Gendered Nature of Liberty in the Early United States.' Freiheit und Geschlecht - Offene Beziehungen, Prekäre Verhältnisse.Hg. Marlen Bidwell-Steiner und Ursula Wagner. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag. 2008. 123-137.
  • 'Talking Home': Transnational Ethnicity in Writings by U.S. American and German Women of Color. Voices: San Antonio College Multicultural Journal (2006), 51-62.
  • 'Body for Body: The Repulsive and Eroticized Bodies of Djuna Barnes.' The EmBodyment of American Culture. Ed. Maureen Devine, Michael Draxlbauer, and Heinz Tschachler. Münster: LIT Verlag. 141-154.


  • 'Habilitation' -  Venia Docendi for 'American Studies' (2006)
  • Assistant at the Dept. of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna since 1993
  • Mag. Phil., Dr. Phil. from the University of Vienna, Austria (1992/1999)
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA (2003-2005)
  • Guest Docent at the University of Freiburg/Breisgau (SS 2001)
  • Visiting Fellow at the University of California at Irvine (1997)
  • Fulbright Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, TX (1990-91)
  • Current Position and Responsibilities:
  • Since 2006 'Privatdozentin' at the University of Vienna
  • Since 2007 'Gleichbehandlungsbeauftrage der Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät'
  • Member of the 'Ausschuss für Frauenforschung und Gender Studies der kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultäten'
  • October 2009: Chair in North American Literary and Cultural Studies, Saarland University, Germany

Further Information
Webseite der Universität des Saarlandes


Please arrange appointments by email!

Email: fellner@mx.uni-saarland.de 

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