Anne Bull, M.A.wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Scheiding
Currently, I am working as a PhD candidate and lecturer (“wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin”) in the team of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Scheiding at the Johannes Gutenberg University. I obtained both of my degrees at JGU (B.A. in British Studies and Political Sciences; M.A. in American Studies), including several academic residencies abroad, such as at the Bread Loaf School of English/ Middlebury College. While my B.A. thesis focused on the classical oeuvre of William Shakespeare in contemporary film productions, I found my calling in African American and Southern Studies when working on my M.A. thesis on African American agency in white Southern literature, most notably the fiction of William Faulkner.
For my dissertation project, I pursue further research on the literatures of the American South since the Civil War in terms of racial relations, gender and sexuality studies, and conflicting aspects of literary modernism and de facto modernity through the specific vantage point of New Southern Studies. In this context, I have spent an academic year at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, where I taught and researched at the very heart of Southern literature. I am drawing on this experience in my current teaching position at JGU, exploring the unfolding of a literary tradition of the American South.