Dr. Tim Lanzendörferwiss. 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; my current research project (Habilitation) is a study of history and the speculative in the contemporary American novel, and my second monograph, unrelated to this, is forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi: 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.
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.
Other research interests include biography and periodicals in general, life-writing, contemporary American literature and theories of the novel, theories of American Studies and literature, graphic literature and the literary fantastic.
Dr. Tim Lanzendörfer
Wednesdays, 10-12 and by appointment