Prof. Dr. Sylvia Mayer



E-Mail: sylvia.mayer@uni-bayreuth.de
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Academic CV

2008-2007   Chair American Studies/ Anglophone Literatures
                    and Cultures, University of Bayreuth
2007/2008   Professor of American Literature, University of Bamberg
2002-2007   Associate Professor, University of Muenster
1995-2002   Assistant Professor, University of Muenster
1994/1995   Lecturer, English Department, University of Heidelberg
1991/1992   Lecturer, English Department, University of Heidelberg
         

Education

2002            Dr. habil., University of Muenster
1995            Dr. phil., University of Heidelberg
1990            Staatsexamen / Teacher’s Degree, University of Heidelberg

Studies at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Stuttgart, and at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

 

Academic Service / Affiliations

2016-           Dean, Faculty of Languages and Literatures

2011-2010   Director, Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS)
2010-2010   Associate, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and
                    Society, Munich
2010-2010   Reader, Ecozon@ European Journal of
                    Literature,Culture and Environment
2010-2010   Reader, Green Letters
2009-2016   Advisory Board, German Association for American
                    Studies (GAAS)

2009-2016   Reader, American Studies/ Amerikastudien
2008-2012   Advisory Board, EASLCE
2006-2008   President, European Association for the Study of

                    Literature Culture and Environment (EASLCE)

 

Grants

Fulbright American Studies Fellowship, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1999/2000

Doctoral Fellow, Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg (GRAFÖG BW), 1992-94

 

Publications

Monographs

Naturethik und Neuengland-Regionalliteratur: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rose Terry Cooke, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2004.

‘The Name of the Sound’: Das Motiv des Klanges in den Romanen Toni Morrisons. Heidelberg: Mattes, 1995.

 

Editions / Collections of Essays

The Anticipation of Catastrophe. Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2014 (with Alexa Weik von Mossner).

American Environments. Climate -- Culture -- Catastrophe. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012 (with Christof Mauch).

Beyond Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 2011 (with Monika Müller).

“9/11 as Catalyst: American and British Cultural Responses.” Special Issue. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA). 2010 (with Dunja M. Mohr).

Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies: Transatlantic Conversations on Ecocriticism. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006 (with Catrin Gersdorf).

Ecodidactic Perspectives on English Language, Literatures and Cultures. Trier: wvt, 2006 (with Graham Wilson).

T.C. Boyle: After the Plague and Other Stories. Stuttgart: Reclam, 2006 (with Graham Wilson).

Natur, Kultur, Text: Beiträge zu Ökologie und Literaturwissenschaft. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2005 (with Catrin Gersdorf).

Restoring the Connection to the Natural World: Essays on the African American Environmental Imagination. FORECAAST Vol. 10. Münster: LIT, 2003.

Zwischen Schrift und Bild: Entwürfe des Weiblichen in literarischer Verfahrensweise. Heidelberg: Mattes, 1994 (with Christine Krause, Margret Schuchard, Agnes Speck).

 

Essays and Articles (Selection)

“Literarische Umwelt-Risikonarrative.“ Ökologische Genres: Naturästehtik – Umweltethik – Wissenspoetik. Ed. Evi Zemanek.Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018. 211-27.

“From an Ethics of Proximity to an Ethics of Connectivity : Risk, Mobility, and Deterritorialization in Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior.” Amerikastudien 61.4 (2016): 489-505.

“Risk Narratives: Climate Change, the American Novel, and the World Risk Society.” America After Nature. Democracy, Culture, Environment. Eds. Catrin Gersdorf & Juliane Braun. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016. 97-118.

“Science in the World Risk Society: Risk, the Novel, and Global Climate Change.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 64.2 (2016): 207-21.

"World Risk Society and Ecoglobalism: Risk, Literature. and the Anthropocene." Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology. Ed. Hubert Zapf. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2016. 494-509. 

"Klimawandelroman." Ecocriticism. Eine Einführung. Eds. Gabriele Dürbeck & Urte Stobbe. Köln: Böhlau, 2015. 233-44.

"Explorations of the Controversially Real: Risk, the Climate Change Novel, and the Narrative of Anticipation.“ The Anticipation of Catastrophe. Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture. Eds. S. Mayer and A. Weik von Mossner. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2014. 21-37.

"'Dwelling in Crisis': Terrorist and Environmental Risk Scenarios in the Post 9/11 Novel." Beyond 9/11. Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture. Eds. Ch. Kloeckner, S. Knewitz & S. Sielke. Frankfurt: Lang, 2013. 77-92.

“Mapping the Environmental Ethical Dimension in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s New England Novels.” Beyond Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Eds. Sylvia Mayer and Monika Müller. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 2011. 189-208.

“The Rhetoric of Toxic Discourse: Uses of Irony in John Cheever's Oh What A Paradise It Seems”. Representing the Unimaginable. Narratives of Disaster. Eds. Angela Stock and Cornelia Kühle. Frankfurt: Lang, 2007. 163-72.

“Environmentalism and Encounters with the Abject: T. Coraghessan Boyle’s A Friend of the Earth”. Gender and the Aestheticization of the ‘Unaesthetic’ in Contemporary Literature and Art. Eds. Monika Müller and Konstanze Kutzbach. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. 221-34.

“Orientalism in the Melodrama of the Early American Republic: William Munford, Almoran and Hamet”. America and the Orient. Ed. Heike Schäfer. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006. 21-36.

“Literature and Environmental Ethical Criticism: Sarah Orne Jewett's New England Texts”. Anglia 124.1 (2006): 101-21.

“Literary Studies, Ecofeminism, and the Relevance of Environmentalist Knowledge Production in the Humanities”. Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies: Transatlantic Perspectives on Ecocriticism. Eds. Catrin Gersdorf and Sylvia Mayer. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. 111-28.

“Teaching Hollywood Environmentalist Movies: The Example of The Day after Tomorrow.” Ecodidactic Perspectives on English Language, Literatures and Cultures. Eds. Sylvia Mayer and Graham Wilson. Trier: wvt, 2006. 105-20.

“Ökologie und Literaturwissenschaft: Eine Einleitung”. (mit Catrin Gersdorf) Natur, Kultur, Text: Beiträge zu Ökologie und Literaturwissenschaft. Eds. Catrin Gersdorf and Sylvia Mayer. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2005. 7-28.

“Genre and Environmentalism: Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, Speculative Fiction, and the African American Slave Narrative”. Restoring the Connection to the Natural World: Essays on the African American Environmental Imagination. Ed. Sylvia Mayer. Münster: LIT, 2003. 175-96.

“The Traveller as Topographer: Jonathan Raban's Bad Land. An American Romance”. Spatial Change in English Literature. Ed. Joachim Frenk. Trier: wvt, 2000. 173-83.

“Assessments of the Urban Experience: Toni Morrison's Jazz and T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land”. Connotations. A Journal for Critical Debate 8.3 (1998/99): 343-56. [reprinted in: Twentieth Century American Fiction: T.S. Eliot’s Children. Ed. Sukhbir Singh & Vanashree. Delhi: B.R. Publ., 2006. 217-29]

“‘You Like Huckleberries?’ Toni Morrison's Beloved and Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Defining Moments in African American Literature and Culture. Eds. Werner Sollors and Maria Diedrich. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994. 337-346.

 

Buch / Monografie

The Anticipation of Catastrophe : Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Cult ...
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Weik von Mossner, Alexa
Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag Winter, 2014. - 227 S. . - (American Studies; 247)

American Environments : Climate - Cultures - Catastrophe
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Mauch, Christof
Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012 . - (Publikationen der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie; 12)

Beyond Uncle Tom's Cabin : Essays on the Writing of Harriet Beecher Stowe
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Müller, Monika
Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 2011. - VI, 247 S.

Boyle, T. C.: After the Plague and other stories
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Wilson, Graham
Stuttgart : Reclam, 2006. - 237 S. . - (Reclams Universal-Bibliothek; 9149)

Ecodidactic Perspectives on English Language, Literatures and Cultures
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Wilson, Graham
Trier : WVT Wiss. Verl. Trier, 2006. - 238 S.

Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies : Transatlantic Conversations on Ecocriticism
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Gersdorf, Catrin
Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2006. - 490 S. . - (Nature, Culture and Literature; 3)

Natur - Kultur - Text : Beiträge zu Ökologie und Literaturwissenschaft.
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Gersdorf, Catrin
Heidelberg : Winter, 2005. - 329 S. . - (Beiträge zur neueren Literaturgeschichte; 219)

Mayer, Sylvia
Naturethik und Neuengland-Regionalliteratur : Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rose Terry Cooke, Sar ...
Heidelberg : Winter, 2004. - 275 S. . - (American Studies; 116)

Restoring the Connection to the Natural World: Essays on the African American Environmenta ...
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia
Münster : LIT Verlag, 2003 . - (Forecaast; 10)

Mayer, Sylvia
"The Name of the Sound" : das Motiv des Klanges in den Romanen Toni Morrisons
Heidelberg : Mattes, 1996. - VIII, 169 S. . - (Heidelberger Frauenstudien; 2)

Zwischen Schrift und Bild : Entwürfe des Weiblichen in literarischer Verfahrensweise
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Krause, Christine; Schuchard, Margret; Speck, Agnes
Heidelberg : Mattes, 1994. - VIII, 260 S. . - (Heidelberger Frauenstudien; 1)

Vollständiges Zeitschriftenheft

9/11 as Catalyst : American and British Cultural Responses
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia; Mohr, Dunja M.
Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik Bd. 58 (2010) Heft 1
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/zaa.2010.58.issue- ...

Referierte Beiträge in Zeitschriften (begutachtet)

Mayer, Sylvia
Science in the World Risk Society : Risk, the Novel, and Global Climate Change
In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik Bd. 64 (2016) Heft 2. - S. 207-221
doi:10.1515/zaa-2016-0019 ...

Mayer, Sylvia
From an Ethics of Proximity to an Ethics of Connectivity : Risk, Mobility, and Deterritori ...
In: Amerikastudien Bd. 61 (2016) Heft 4. - S. 489-505

Mayer, Sylvia
Literature and Environmental Ethical Criticism : Sarah Orne Jewett's New England Texts
In: Anglia : Zeitschrift für englische Philologie Bd. 124 (2006) Heft 1. - S. 101-121
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/angl.2006.124.issu ...

Mayer, Sylvia
Assessments of the Urban Experience : Toni Morrison's Jazz and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Lan ...
In: Connotations : A Journal for Critical Debate Bd. 8 (1999) Heft 3. - S. 343-356
http://www.connotations.de/pdf/articles/mayer00803 ...

Beiträge in Sammelbänden (begutachtet)

Mayer, Sylvia
Risk Narratives : Climate Change, the American Novel, and the World Risk Society
In: Gersdorf, Catrin ; Braun, Juliane (Hrsg.): America after nature : democracy, culture, environment - Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016. - S. 97-118 . - (American Studies; 270)

Mayer, Sylvia
World Risk Society and Ecoglobalism : Risk, Literature, and the Anthropocene
In: Zapf, Hubert (Hrsg.): Handbook of ecocriticism and cultural ecology - Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016. - S. 494-510 . - (Handbooks of English and American studies; 2)

Mayer, Sylvia
Klimawandelroman
In: Dürbeck, Gabriele ; Stobbe, Urte (Hrsg.): Ecocriticism: eine Einführung - Köln: Böhlau, 2015. - S. 233-244 . - (Böhlau Studienbücher)

Mayer, Sylvia; Weik von Mossner, Alexa
The Anticipation of Catastrophe : Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Cult ...
Mayer, Sylvia ; Weik von Mossner, Alexa (Hrsg.): The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture - Heidelberg: Universtitätsverlag Winter, 2014. - S. 7-18 . - (American Studies; 247)

Mayer, Sylvia
Explorations of the Controversially Real: Risk, the Climate Change Novel, and the Narrativ ...
Mayer, Sylvia ; Weik von Mossner, Alexa (Hrsg.): The Anticipation of Catastrophe. - Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2014. - S. 21-38

Mayer, Sylvia
"Dwelling in Crisis": Terrorist and Environmental Risk Scenarios in the Post 9/11 Novel
Kloeckner, Christian ; Knewitz, Simone ; Sielke, Sabine (Hrsg.): Beyond 9/11: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture - Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2013. - S. 77-92 . - (Transcription, Cultures, Concepts, Controversies; 6)

Mayer, Sylvia
Mapping the Environmental Ethical Dimension in Harriet Beecher Stowe's New England Novels
Mayer, Sylvia ; Müller, Monika (Hrsg.): Beyond Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe - Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011. - S. 189-208

Mayer, Sylvia
Environmentalism and Encounters with the Abject: T. Coraghessan Boyle's A Friend of the Ea ...
Kutzbach, Konstanze ; Müller, Monika (Hrsg.): The Abject of Desire: The Aestheticization of the Unaesthetic in Contemporary Literature and Culture - Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. - S. 221-234

Mayer, Sylvia
The Rhetoric of Toxic Discourse: Uses of Irony in John Cheever's Oh What A Paradise It See ...
Stock, Angela ; Kühle, Cornelia (Hrsg.): Representing the Unimaginable: Narratives of Disaster - Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2007. - S. 163-172

Mayer, Sylvia
Literary Studies, Ecofeminism, and the Relevance of Environmentalist Knowledge Production ...
Mayer, Sylvia ; Gersdorf, Catrin (Hrsg.): Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies: Transatlantic Conversations on Ecocriticism - Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. - S. 111-128 . - (Nature, Culture and Literature; 3)

Mayer, Sylvia
Orientalism in the Melodrama of the Early American Republic: William Munford, Almoran and ...
Schäfer, Heike (Hrsg.): America and the Orient - Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006. - S. 21-36 . - (American Studies; 130)

Mayer, Sylvia; Gersdorf, Catrin
Ökologie und Literaturwissenschaft : Eine Einleitung
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia
Gersdorf, Catrin (Hrsg.): Natur - Kultur - Text : Beiträge zu Ökologie und Literaturwissenschaft - Heidelberg: Winter, 2005. - S. 7-28 . - (Beiträge zur neueren Literaturgeschichte; 219)

Mayer, Sylvia
The Traveller as Topographer: Jonathan Raban's Bad Land : An American Romance
Frenk, Joachim (Hrsg.): Spatial Change in English Literature - Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2000. - S. 173-183

Mayer, Sylvia
You Like Huckleberries? : Toni Morrison's Beloved and Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleber ...
Sollors, Werner ; Diedrich, Maria (Hrsg.): The Black Columbiad : Defining Moments in African American Literature and Culture - Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994. - S. 337-346 . - (Harvard English Studies; 19)

Beiträge in Sammelbänden (nicht begutachtet)

Mayer, Sylvia
Nachwort
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia
Boyle, T. C.: After the Plague and Other Stories - Stuttgart: Reclam, 2006. - S. 213-237 . - (Reclams Universal-Bibliothek; 9149)

Mayer, Sylvia
Teaching Hollywood Environmentalist Movies : The Example of "The Day after Tomorrow"
Mayer, Sylvia (Hrsg.): Ecodidactic Perspectives on English Language, Literatures and Cultures - Trier: WVT Wiss. Verl. Trier, 2006. - S. 105-120

Mayer, Sylvia
Genre and Environmentalism : Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, Speculative Fiction, a ...
Hrsg.: Mayer, Sylvia
Restoring the Connection to the Natural World: Essays on the African American Environmental Imagination - Münster: LIT, 2003. - S. 175-196 . - (Forecaast; 10)

Mayer, Sylvia
Introduction
Mayer, Sylvia (Hrsg.): Restoring the Connection to the Natural World : Essays on the African American Environmental Imagination - Münster: LIT, 2003. - S. 1-9 . - (Forecaast; 10)

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