Dr. Katrin Horn
Tel: +49 (0)921/55-3577
Fax: +49 (0)921/55-3565
Building: GW I Room: 1.27
Consultation hours: by appointment (after May 24, 2019)
I am an assistant professor in American Studies/Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bayreuth. My research focuses on queer and gender studies, the history of knowledge, and popular culture from the long nineteenth century until today (esp. novels, magazines, film, and television).
My publications include the monograph Women, Camp, and Popular Culture – Serious Excess (Palgrave, 2017), the co-edited collection Stimme, Kultur, Identität. Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA, 1900-1960 (transcript, 2015), and articles on a diverse range of topics from narrative strategies in Edith Wharton's fiction to queer affect in the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Currently I am working on my second monograph and leading the DFG-funded research project “The Economy and Epistemology of Gossip in 19th- and Early 20th-Century US-American Literature and Culture” (2019–2022).
My teaching reflects my research interests and has focused on US American literature in the 19th and popular culture in the 20th and 21st century. I have laid additional emphasis on core issues of American Studies such as US American history between the colonial and the progressive period as well as literary and cultural theory. Beyond enabling my students to gain knowledge and information and learn about methodologies and concepts in my classroom, I strive to foster their critical thinking skills, b) improve their writing, reading, and research expertise, and c) expand on their competency for productive debate. Hence, I consider active and cooperative learning strategies to be invaluable tools. I also hope to share my enthusiasm for my class topics and the discipline of American studies at large.
If you are one of my (prospective) students, I encourage you to make use of my office hours!
|2018–||Assistant Professor of American Studies and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at University of Bayreuth|
|2018||BAA Fellow at John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress|
|2017/18||Assistant Professor of American Studies and Assistant to the Managing Director of the Institute for English and American Studies, Julius-Maximilian-University of Würzburg|
|2016/17||Assistant Professor of American Studies and Coordinator for the MA program “North American Studies: Literature and Culture,” FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|2015/16||Assistant Professor of American Studies and Assistant to the Managing Director of the Institute for English and American Studies, Julius-Maximilian-University of Würzburg|
|2014||Research Assistant at the government-funded research project Stimme und Gesang in der populären Musik der USA (1900-1960) at the Liszt School of Music, Weimar|
|2010–2015||Lecturer at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and University of Bayreuth|
|2010||Visiting Researcher at Harvard University|
|2010–2016||Participant in the BAA Summer Institute “Race and Ethnicity,“ the Summer School “Queer Temporalities” (Manchester), the Summer School at the Clinton Institute for American Studies “New Media, Power, and Foreign Policy” (Dublin), the Fulbright Summer School “Contested Visions: The United States in 2012 ” (San Francisco), and the Summer School “Inside/Outside: Queer Networks in Transnational Perspective” (Hannover)|
|2009||Member of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program “Cultural Hermeneutics: Reflections of Difference and Transdifference,” FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|2003–2008||M.A. in Theater and Media Studies, English Literature and American Cultural Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg|
Grants and Fellowships
|2018||DFG-Research Grant (Module "Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators," 36 months) for “The Economy and Epistemology of Gossip in late 19th and early 20th-Century US American Literature and Culture”|
|2018||Bavarian Library of Congress Fellowship|
|2016||Dissertation Award of the Bavarian American Academy|
|2015/2017||PostDoc-Fellowship of the “Program for the Advancement of Gifted Female Scholars” awarded by FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (interrupted in 2016)|
|2013||Doctoral Grant for “Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Teaching” awarded by FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|2011||Travel Grant from the Dr. Alfred Vinzl Foundation, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|2010||Harvard University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship from the Bavarian American Academy|
|2010/2012||Grant for Conference Presentations from the German American Exchange Service (Minneapolis/Boston)|
|2009–2012||Graduate Scholarship (Elite Network of Bavaria), distributed by Universität Bayern e.V.|
- PostDoc-Project “The Economy and Epistemology of Gossip in late 19th and early 20th-Century US American Literature and Culture”
- Gender and Queer Studies, Popular Culture (esp. Popular Music) and Media Studies, Postfeminism, Film Theory and History (esp. Early European and American Film), History of Knowledge, Narration, Transnational American Studies
- Member of the DFG Research Networks Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies and Americana
- Member of GeQuInDi Network (Gender, Queer, Intersectionality und Diversity Studies) at the University of Bayreuth
- Women, Camp, and Popular Culture – Serious Excess. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
- With Martin Pfleiderer et al, eds. Stimme, Kultur, Identität. Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA, 1900-1960. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015.
- With Carmen Dexl, "‘Beef Jerky in a Ball Gown’: The Camp Excesses of Titus Andromedon in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Open Cultural Studies 1 (2017): 442–453.
- "Lady Gaga: Pop als Maske, Weiblichkeit als Maskerade." Kjl & m : Forschung, Schule, Bibliothek 12.4 (2012).
- “Camping with the Stars: Queer Perfomativity, Pop Intertextuality, and Camp in the Pop Art of Lady Gaga." COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 11 (2010).
- “‘Period Sex’: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Feminist Politics of Offence.” Media and the Politics of Offence. Ed. Anne Graefer. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming).
- "Right or Obligation? Privacy in Henry James’ The Bostonians." The United States and the Question of Rights. Ed. Peter Schneck and Sabine Meyer. Heidelberg: Winter (forthcoming).
- "30 Rock: Complexity, Metareferentiality and the Contemporary Quality Sitcom." Amerikanische Fernsehserien der Gegenwart. US-American Television Series. Ed. Heike Paul and Christoph Ernst, Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 153-183.
- "USA 1900-1960: Populäre Musik im/als Spiegel ihrer Zeit." Stimme, Kultur, Identität. Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA, 1900-1960. Ed. Martin Pfleiderer, Tilo Hähnel, Katrin Horn, and Christian Bielefeldt. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 23–52.
- "'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels': Geschlechterrollen und Klassenzugehörigkeit in Country Music, 1927–1963." Stimme, Kultur, Identität: Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA, 1900-1960 Pfleiderer M, Hähnel T, Horn K, Bielefeldt C, Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 303-332.
- "'Sometimes I Live in the Country/ Sometimes I Live in Town': Von Folklore zum Urban Folk Revival." Stimme, Kultur, Identität: Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA, 1900-1960. Ed. Martin Pfleiderer et al. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 271–302.
- "Follow the Glitter Way: Lady Gaga and Camp." The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays. Ed. Richard J. Gray. Jefferson: McFarland, 2012. 85-106.
Conferences and Presentations
Workshops and Conferences
- with Stefan Hippler Würzburg), Karsten Fitz (Passau), and Johannes Voelz (Frankfurt). Panel Chair, "“Counter/Publics and the Private Sphere.” Annual Conference of the GAAS 2018, American Counter/Publics, Berlin
- with Tilo Hähnel and Martin Pfleiderer. International Research Workshop “Stimme, Kultur, Identität: Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA (1900-1960).” Franz Liszt School of Music, Weimar (June 2014)
- with Carmen Dexl (Erlangen). Panel chair, “Black Role Models for a New Community,” “Black States of Desire: Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation”, 9th International Conference of the Collegium for African-American Research (CAAR), Paris (April 2011)
Papers and Lectures
- “Gossip and Women at the Margins of Respectability in late 19th-Century America.” John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC (Nov 2018)
- “On Site / Online: Fandom, Performance, and Transnational Queerness.” Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies (June 2018)
- “Zensiert, inszeniert, zelebriert? LGBTQ in filmhistorischer Perspektive.” Lecture Series Zuordnungen in Bewegung: Geschlecht und sexuelle Orientierung quer durch die Disziplinen, Erlangen (June 2018)
- “Creating a Public (from) Scandal: The Gossip Circles of Town Topics: The Journal of Society (1887-1923).” Annual Conference of the GAAS 2018, American Counter/Publics”, Berlin (May 2018)
- “Nasvhille Sound – Pop with Twang?” Americana, Freiburg (April2018)
- “‘What is remembered?’ – Alice B. Toklas, Expatriate Lives, and Queer Knowledge.” Annual Conference of the GAAS 2017, Modernities and Modernization in North America, Hannover (June 2017)
- “Gaps and Gossip and Henry James’ The Bostonians.” Invited Lecture, Göttingen (Feb 2017)
- “Queer Belonging in Transnational Fandom.” Summer School Inside/Outside: Queer Networks in Transnational Perspective, Hannover (Sep 2016)
- “The Obligation to Privacy” – (Not) Knowing in Henry James’ The Bostonians.” Annual Conference of the GAAS 2016, The United States and the Question of Rights, Osnabrück (May 2016)
- “‘Naturally Fancy’ – 30 Rock’s Jenna as Postfeminist Camp.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference 2016, Atlanta (March 2016)
- “Queer Performance in Transnational Spaces: Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball.” Lecture Series Making America, Bamberg (January 2016)
- “A Queer History of Film (Studies).” Lecture Series English Speaking Cultures, Würzburg (December 2015)
- “‘In the Privacy of Their Homes’: Women and Gossip in Edith Wharton’s Fiction.” Polish Association for American Studies Annual Conference Homeliness, Domesticity and Security in American Culture, Warsaw (Sep 2015)
- “Global Stars’ Local Performances – The Pop Concert as Commodity, Community and Contact Zone.” Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies, Regensburg (July 2015)
- vLonging for a Future Past? Nostalgia and Queer Women in Media.” Console-Ing Passions, Dublin (JunE 2015)
- “Pop Art to ARTPOP – Lady Gaga’s Music Videos in Context.” Lecture Series Popular Culture and the Canon, University of Leipzig (May 2015)
- “Who Made Honky Tonk Angels? Negotiations of Gender in 1950s Country Music.” Stimme, Kultur, Identität: Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA (1900-1960). Franz Liszt School of Music, Weimar (June 2014)
- “Pop Scores in Queer Romantic Comedies”. Play it again, Sam!” – The History, Theory and Practice of Songs in Film, University of Kiel (Feb 2014)
- “‘And sometimes it seems like I get the dirty side of both’ – The Erratic (Un)Popularity of Pulp Novels.” Unpopular Culture, Munich (Nov 2013)
- “Queer as Country-Folk: LGBT Representation in Rural US.” Rural America – Annual Conference of the German Association of American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (June 2013)
- “The Return of the B-Movie: Bitch Slap! and Lesploitation.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Boston (March 2012)
- “Can (Post)Feminism be Fun? Women and Humor in 30 Rock.” Who’s laughing now? – Humor as Resistance and Oppression in US-American Culture, Humboldt University Berlin (Nov 2011)
- “‘Precious’ Role Models – The Representational Politics of Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.” Black States of Desire: Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation, 9th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) at Université Diderot-Paris 7 (April 2011)
- “Queer Performativity and Camp in the Pop Art of Lady Gaga.” Midwest Popular and American Culture Association (MPCA/ACA) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN (Oct 2010)
- “Queer Life in America.” German-American Institute, Nuremberg (July 2010)
- “Phenomenon of Meta-Pop.” Critical Perspectives: Turns, Trends, and Theories, 9th International and Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Nov 2009)
- “Postfeministischer Camp.” Gender, Queer and Medien: Gegenwärtige Ansätze und Perspektiven, Hamburg University (Nov 2009)
- “Deconstructing Gender Hegemony Queering the Cultural Mainstream: Camp as a Subversive Strategy in the Reception and Production of Contemporary American Popular Culture.” Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies, Munich (Oct 2009)
- Peer reviewer for the European Journal of American Studies, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Lesbian Studies and Open Gender Journal
- Intro into Gender and Queer Studies (Undergraduate Seminar)
- Gender and Genre in Hollywood Cinema (Undergraduate Seminar)
- Early Cinema in the US, the US in Early Cinema – 1895-1929 (Undergraduate Seminar)
- From Gay Sensibility to Pop Aesthetics: The History and Theory of Camp (Undergraduate Seminar)
- Burlesque: Performing Feminism without Clothes? (Undergraduate Seminar)
- Contemporary Media and the Politics of Camp (Undergraduate Seminar)
- Introduction: Linguistic Varieties and Cultural Differences
- Introduction to Literary Studies
- Introduction to Literary Theory