Corresponding Members

Claudia Breger

Claudia Breger is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Having received her PhD and Habilitation from Humboldt University, Berlin, she previously taught at the University of Paderborn, Germany, and Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research and teaching span the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, with a focus on modern and contemporary culture, and emphases on film, performance, literature, and literary and cultural theory, as well as the intersections of gender, sexuality and race. More recent book publications include An Aesthetics of Narrative Performance: Transnational Theater, Literature and Film in Contemporary Germany. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2012 and the short volume Nach dem Sex? Sexualwissenschaft und Affect Studies. Hirschfeld-Lectures. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2014. Her new book, Making Worlds: Affect and Collectivity in Contemporary European Cinema, is forthcoming with Columbia University Press (2020).

Elisabeth Bronfen

Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zürich and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. She is an authority on 19th and 20th century literature and visual culture and has published on a diverse array of topics. Hollywood, especially its role in war and military conflict, has been a recurring focus of Professor Bronfen’s work. Her current research projects include a book entitled Serial Shakespeare: The Survival and Return of the Bard in American Film and TV.




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Donald E. Pease

Donald E. Pease is Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. He is an authority on 19th and 20th century American literature and literary theory and is the founding director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College. Among his most recent book publications are the biography Theodor Seuss Geisel (2010) and The New American Exceptionalism (2009). In 2012 he was awarded the American Studies Association’s Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for life-long service to American Studies. Currently Donald E. Pease is working on a book project entitled American Studies after the New Americanists and research projects concerned with transnational American Studies and the Korean War.



Martin Puchner

Martin Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien Chair of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. His prize-winning books cover subjects from philosophy to the arts, and his six-volume Norton Anthology of World Literature and his HarvardX MOOC (massive open online course) have brought four thousand years of literature to students across the globe. His best-selling book The Written World: The Power of Stories of Shape People, History, and Civilization (Random House), which tells the story of literature from the invention of writing to the Internet, is being translated into eighteen languages. He is a member of the European Academy and has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Cullman Fellowship, and the Berlin Prize. He is currently at work on a book about Rotwelsch, a secret language based on Yiddish, Hebrew, and German that has haunted his family for three generations.





Simon Strick

Simon Strick is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation project brought together cultural studies, affect studies, and medicine and was published as American Dolorologies: Pain, Sentimentality, Biopolitics with SUNY Press in 2014. Among his research interests are medical history, media and film studies, disability theory, and popular culture.









Rebecca Wanzo

Rebecca Wanzo is Associate Professor for women, gender, and sexuality studies and Associate Director of the Center for Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the author of The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling (2009) and is currently working on a new project focused on African American citizenship and graphic storytelling. Moreover, Professor Wanzo’s work also focuses on civil rights sentimental fiction, theories of affect, and feminist and critical race theory.