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Present position

Lecturer at LMU Munich, American Literary History


University education

2009 PhD completed; title of the dissertation: "James Ellroy and the Novel of Obsession"

2006/2007: Faculty exchange with Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

1999/2000 DAAD scholarship for American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

MA 2002, thesis: “Towards a New Definition: Selected Initiation Stories in American Fiction Since 1920”

1996-2002: Studies in English Philology and German Literature at the University of Freiburg



The Postmodern American Novel
Novels of American Realism
Modern American Novel
Crime and the City: California and the American Crime Novel
The Novels of William Faulkner
Novel/Film Adaptation
American Crime Novel
California in 20th Century Fiction
Introduction to Academic Writing
The 19th Century American Short Story
The 20th Century American Short Story
Modern and Contemporary American Poetry
Fitzgerald and Hemingway
Suburbia and Exurbia in American Fiction

Class in the American Novel
The Financial Crisis in American Fiction



Conference papers

After Nature: Fitzgerald’s New World. Hannover, June 2017.

Reading Crisis: Caitlin Horrocks’s "The Sleep.” Venice, May 2017.

Living in the Waste Land: The Financial Crisis and the “Nature” of Capitalism. Regensburg, Sept. 2016.

Dudley Smith's Role in Ellroy's L. A. Quartets. Liverpool, July 2015.

Ryan Bingham and Capitalism in Jason Reitman's Up in the Air. Lorient, June 2011.

Modernism and the Creation of Anti-Landscapes: The Valley of Ashes in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Odense, May 2011.

The Death of the Writer: Ernest Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." Lausanne, July 2010.

"You Ever Think about the Term Homeland Security?" Todd Field's 2006 Adaptation of Tom Perrotta's Little Children. Bayreuth, November 2009.

Raymond Chandler: Zwischen Populärliteratur und Film. Stuttgart, March 2009.



“’Capable of Anything’: Dudley Smith’s Role in Ellroy’s LA Quartets.” The Big Somewhere: Essays on James Ellroy’s Noir World, edited by Steven Powell, Bloomsbury, 2018, pp. 53-70.

"’You Ever Think about the Term Homeland Security?' Todd Field's 2006 Adaptation of Tom Perrotta's Little Children." Radical Planes? 9/11 and Patterns of Continuity, edited by Dunja M. Mohr and Birgit Däwes, Brill/Rodopi, 2016, pp. 189-99.

Review of Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black, eds. Daniel Sullivan and Jeff Greenberg. Kritikon Litterarum, vol. 42, no. 3/4, 2015, pp. 314-17.

"Modernism and the Creation of Anti-Landscapes: The Valley of Ashes in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Los Angeles in Chandler's The Big Sleep." The Anti-Landscape, edited by David E. Nye and Sarah Elkind, Rodopi, 2014, pp. 79-91.

"Problematic Mothers, Problematic Adaptations: The Descendants and The Help." Weber: The Contemporary West, vol. 32, no. 1, 2014, pp. 2-20.

"Ryan Bingham and Capitalism in Jason Reitman's Up in the Air." Interfaces (Expanding Adaptations), vol. 34, 2012-2013, pp. 131-7.

Review of Post-Classical Hollywood: Film Industry, Style and Ideology since 1945, by Barry Langford. H-Soz-u-Kult, 04 Oct. 2012.

Review of When the Lights Went Out: A History of Blackouts in America, by David E. Nye. Amerikastudien/American Studies: A Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 3, 2011, pp. 477-79.

James Ellroy and the Novel of Obsession. WVT, 2010.

"James Ellroy." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold, 3rd ed., vol. 5, Metzler, 2009, pp. 198-199.

Review of Origins of the American Short Story, edited by Wolfgang Hochbruck, Aynur Erdogan, and Philipp Fidler. Kritikon Litterarum, vol. 36, no. 3/4, 2009, pp. 209-210.