Forthcoming: Essay Collection "Poetics of Politics"


During this winter, we completed final touches on a larger project that started with a conference at Leipzig University in June 2013: Titled Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture, the meeting engaged international scholars from the fields of literary theory, cultural studies, performance studies, (new) media studies, and cultural history to discuss the concurrence of a 'political turn' in American literature and cultural productions and a 'poetic turn' in politics in recent years.

The intriguing reflections and debates during this conference informed our respective research projects but also resulted in an essay collection featuring many of our conference participants and some additional contributions to the topic. Its sixteen essays cover a wide range of text types and media such as film and television, non-fiction (including government documents), classic 'literature,' and new media. We gladly announce that this essay collection will be released in late April 2015.

For more information, including a table of contents, see our Poetics of Politics book page, the publisher's website, or find the book listed at