Oliver Scheiding has been awarded the Gutenberg Research College fellowship “Zielgerade” to finish his book project Print Technologies and the Emergence of American Literary Culture, which is under contract with Wiley-Blackwell. The fellowship includes funding for a one-year substitute position for the 2022–2023 academic year.

The book offers an original and new study of the ways changing print/media businesses, technologies and audiences shaped the emergence of writing in North America. The book sheds new light on reading the literatures of the early Americas as a multilayered network of co-agencies, attachments, and afterlives. In doing so, it provides a new model of literary agency and offers an altered analytical attitude recognizing different cross-temporal comparisons of transnational connections in spaces of colonial encounters.

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