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sylvia_mayer_170x170 Sylvia Mayer
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Faculty of Languages and Literature
American Studies / Anglophone Literatures and Cultures


Academic CV

  • Since 2008: 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

  • since 2016: Dean, Faculty of Languages and Literatures
  • 2011: Director, Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS)
  • 2010: Associate, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich
  • 2010: Reader, Ecozon@ European Journal of Literature,Culture and Environment
  • 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
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Faculty of Languages and Literature
American Studies / Anglophone Literatures and Cultures


Publications

Book/Monograph

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

American Environments : Climate - Cultures - Catastrophe
publ: 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
publ: Mayer, Sylvia; Müller, Monika
Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 2011. - VI, 247 pp.

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

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

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

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

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

Restoring the Connection to the Natural World: Essays on the African American Environmenta ...
publ: 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 pp. . - (Heidelberger Frauenstudien; 2)

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

Complete issue of a journal

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

Article in a journal (peer-reviewed)

Mayer, Sylvia
Oil fiction as risk fiction : inhabiting risk in Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit
in Green Letters vol. 23 (2019) issue 2. - pp. 168-178
doi:10.1080/14688417.2019.1650660 ...

Mayer, Sylvia
Science in the World Risk Society : Risk, the Novel, and Global Climate Change
in Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik vol. 64 (2016) issue 2. - pp. 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 vol. 61 (2016) issue 4. - pp. 489-505

Mayer, Sylvia
Literature and Environmental Ethical Criticism : Sarah Orne Jewett's New England Texts
in Anglia : Zeitschrift für englische Philologie vol. 124 (2006) issue 1. - pp. 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 vol. 8 (1999) issue 3. - pp. 343-356
http://www.connotations.de/pdf/articles/mayer00803 ...

Article in a book (peer-reviewed)

Mayer, Sylvia
Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behaviour (2012) : Class and Religion in Cli-Fi
In: Goodbody, Axel ; Johns-Putra, Adeline (ed.): CLi-Fi : A Companion - Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019. - pp. 111-117 . - (Genre fiction and film companions)
doi:10.3726/b12457 ...

Mayer, Sylvia
Literarische Umwelt-Risikonarrative
In: Zemanek, Evi (ed.): Ökologische Genres : Naturästhetik – Umweltethik – Wissenspoetik - Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018. - pp. 211-227 . - (Umwelt und Gesellschaft; 16)

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

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

Mayer, Sylvia
Klimawandelroman
In: Dürbeck, Gabriele ; Stobbe, Urte (ed.): Ecocriticism: eine Einführung - Köln: Böhlau, 2015. - pp. 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. - pp. 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. - pp. 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. - pp. 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. - pp. 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. - pp. 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. - pp. 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. - pp. 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. - pp. 21-36 . - (American Studies; 130)

Mayer, Sylvia; Gersdorf, Catrin
Ökologie und Literaturwissenschaft : Eine Einleitung
publ: Mayer, Sylvia
Gersdorf, Catrin (Hrsg.): Natur - Kultur - Text : Beiträge zu Ökologie und Literaturwissenschaft - Heidelberg: Winter, 2005. - pp. 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. - pp. 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. - pp. 337-346 . - (Harvard English Studies; 19)

Article in a book (not peer-reviewed)

Mayer, Sylvia
Nachwort
publ: Mayer, Sylvia
Boyle, T. C.: After the Plague and Other Stories - Stuttgart: Reclam, 2006. - pp. 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. - pp. 105-120

Mayer, Sylvia
Genre and Environmentalism : Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, Speculative Fiction, a ...
publ: Mayer, Sylvia
Restoring the Connection to the Natural World: Essays on the African American Environmental Imagination - Münster: LIT, 2003. - pp. 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. - pp. 1-9 . - (Forecaast; 10)

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Faculty of Languages and Literature
American Studies / Anglophone Literatures and Cultures


Sylvia Mayer
Chair

Universität Bayreuth
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