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PD Dr. Simone Knewitz

Senior Lecturer (Akademische Oberrätin)

Institutional mailing address

Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 5
53113 Bonn

Office phone & email

Phone: 0228-73-4964
Fax: 0228-73-9676


Office hours during the term

Tuesdays, 2-3 pm
IAAK, Regina-Pacis-Weg 5, Room 2.013

Please note: I currently do not offer in-person office hours, but you may contact me via email to set up a Zoom or phone appointment.



Research interests

Cultural Rhetoric and Aesthetics, Private Property, Populism, Television and Digital Culture, Economic Criticism, Literature and Consumption, Critical White Studies; Modernism/Modernity, Poetry and Poetics.

Current projects

  • “‘For the People’? The Populist Moment in Contemporary American Political Discourse” (essay project).
  • “War of Memes: The Alt-Right, Donald Trump, and Online Populism in the U.S.” (essay project).
  • “Reimaging the Cold War: Anticommunism and the Mode of Nostalgia in Contemporary Television and Streaming Series” (essay project)

Education and grants

  • July 2018, Habilitation, Bonn University, venia legendi: Anglistik/Amerikanistik: Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft

  • Sep 2013 - June 2014, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, DAAD
  • June 2011, Fulbright American Studies Fellowship 2011-12, awarded by the German-American Fulbright Commission and the German Association for American Studies

  • 2010, Ph.D., American Studies, Bonn University, Dissertation: "'A poet is flesh and blood as well as brain': Amy Lowell, William Carlos Williams, and the Modernist Poetics of the Material Body"

  • 2006 - 2008 Dissertation Grant, State of North Rhine-Westphalia

  • July - Oct. 2007 Research Stay at Harvard University, funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German Academic Exchange Service

  • May 2005 M.A. degree from Bonn University. M.A. Thesis: "Making Progress: Pragmatism and Utopia in the Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and John Dewey"

  • 2002 - 2003 Studies at University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA, direct exchange program with Bonn University

  • 1999 - 2005 Studies at Bonn University. Major: North American Studies, Minors: Philosophy, Political Science


Professional experience

  • as of Oct 2018: Senior Lecturer (Akademische Oberrätin auf Zeit) at the North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University
  • Dec 2008 - Sep 2018 Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University
  • Sep 2013 - June 2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Feb-Apr and Aug-Sep 2012 Fulbright American Studies Fellow at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

  • Fall 2008/09 and 2006/07, Spring 2006 Lecturer, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University

  • June - Sept. 2006 Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University

  • 2005-2010 Lector for, German online magazine for IT and Consumer Electronics

  • Sept. 2002 - May 2003 Assistant, German Culture Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA


Monographs and Editions

  • The Politics of Private Property: Contested Claims to Ownership in U.S. Cultural Discourse. Lexington Books, forthcoming 2021.
  • Knowledge Landscapes North America. Ed. Christian Kloeckner, Simone Knewitz, and Sabine Sielke. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016.
  • Modernist Authenticities: The Material Body and the Poetics of Amy Lowell and William Carlos Williams. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014.
  • Beyond 9/11: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture. Ed. Christian Kloeckner, Simone Knewitz, and Sabine Sielke. Frankfurt: Lang, 2013.

  • Making Progress: Pragmatism and Utopia in the Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and John Dewey. London: Turnshare, 2006.


  • “Life on the Collar Line: Discontent, Nostalgia, and the Professional-Managerial Class in 1950s Fiction.” Fictions of Management: Efficiency and Control in American Literature and Culture. Hg. v. James Dorson and Jasper Verlinden. Heidelberg: Winter, 2019. 189-212.

  •  “Creating an Ownership Society? Social Security Reform and the Temporalities of Libertarian Rhetoric.” Finance and Society 4.1 (2018): 60-75.

  • “White Middle-Class Homelessness: Nostalgia from Babbitt to Mad Men.” Nostalgie/Nostalgia: Imaginierte Zeit-Räume in globalen Medienkulturen/Imagined Time-Spaces in Global Media Cultures. Hg. v. Sabine Sielke. Frankfurt: Lang, 2017. 85-104.

  • mit Sabine Sielke und Christian Kloeckner. “Knowledge Landscapes North America: Introduction.” Knowledge Landscapes North America. Hg. v. Christian Kloeckner, Simone Knewitz und Sabine Sielke. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016. 7-19.
  • "American Modernist Poetry: Wallace Stevens's 'High-Toned Old Christian Woman' and William Carlos Williams's 'The Red Wheelbarrow." A History of American Poetry: Contexts - Developments - Readings. Ed. Oliver Scheiding, Clemens Spahr, and René Dietrich. Trier, WVT, 2015.

  • "'The fading memory of those flowers': Metaphorical Lineages and Poetic Selves in William Carlos Williams’s Later Poetry." Recovery and Transgression: Memory in American Poetry. Ed. Kornelia Freitag. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2014.

  • "The Aesthetics and Economics of Television Series in the Age of Digital Media" Media Economies: A Reader. Ed. Marcel Hartwig and Gunter Süß. Trier: WVT, 2014. 27-42.

  • "'Try My Tivoli': Conspicuous Consumption in William Dean Howells's A Modern Instance." Literature and Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America. Ed. Nicole Maruo-Schröder and Christoph Ribbat. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014. 133-52.


Encyclopedia Article

  • "Jean Toomer." Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. [online publication; to be launched in 2015]



  • Rez. v. A Poetics of Global Solidarity: Modern American Poetry and Social Movements, von Clemens Spahr. Anglia 135.3 (2017): 608-11.

  • Rez. v. Future-Founding Poetry: Topographies of Beginnings from Whitman to the Twenty-First Century, von Sascha Pöhlmann. Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.2 (2017).
  • Rez. v. Unexpected Chords: Musico-Poetic Intermediality in Amy Lowell's Poetry and Poetics, von Regina Schober. Amerikastudien/American Studies 58.2 (2013): 316-18.
  • Rez. v. American Economies, hg. v. Eva Boesenberg, Martin Klepper und Reinhard Isensee. Anglia 131.2-3 (2013): 463-67.
  • Rez. v. Pursue the Illusion: Problems of Public Poetry in America, von Astrid Franke. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 64.2 (2011): 201-03.