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Dr. habil. Tim Lanzendörfer

wiss. Mitarbeiter, Abteilung Scheiding

I studied English and Geography at the University of Mainz and obtained a teacher’s state exam degree in 2009. My exam thesis, “‘So Glorious a Cause’: The Naval Biographies in the Analectic Magazine under the Editorship of Washington Irving” received the Hans Galinsky Memorial Prize. Afterwards, I was wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in the department (lecturer) from October 2009 to October 2010. In October 2010, I became a researcher (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in the DFG Research Project “Life Writing in Early American Periodicals” until September 2012. I handed in my dissertation, entitled “The Professionalization of the American Magazine: Periodicals, Biography, and Nationalism in the Early Republic” in April 2012 and defended it in September. The book which grew out of the dissertation was published in May 2013, and won the Research Society for American Periodicals Book Prize in 2015.

Since November 2012, I have been a wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (lecturer/assistant professor) in American Studies again; I obtained my habilitation in January 2019 with a study on the contemporary novel, entitled “Speculative Historism: Utopian Pasts and Futures in the Contemporary Novel.”

My second monograph, unrelated to this, appeared from the University Press of Mississippi in 2018: a study of zombie fictions entitled Books of the Dead: Reading the Zombie in Contemporary Literature. From August 2016 to January 2017, I was a visiting assistant professor at the Department of English at the University of California, Davis, and visiting associate professor at the John F. Kennedy Center of Freie Universität Berlin in the winter of 2018..

I am also one of the speakers for the Junior-Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftler an der Universität Mainz (JuGUM), a network for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers at the university.

My other current research projects involve thinking about the theory of the contemporary novel in a collected edition entitled Novel-Seeming-Goods, currently in the works, and a return to periodical studies with a preliminary research project on periodicals and populism in the 19th century. I’ve also begun to think through the aesthetics of contemporary media forms such as the podcast.


Dr. habil. Tim Lanzendörfer
Philosophicum II
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
Room 02.230

Phone: +49-6131-39-20255

Office hours:
We, 10-12
No office hours 2/7

During term break:
We, Aug 7; Fr, Aug 22;; Fr. Sep 6; We, Sep 18