Dr. Simone Knewitz
Lecturer ('Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin')
Institutional mailing address
Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Office phone & email
Office hours during the semester break:
Office hours will take place on Feb. 21, March 14 and 28, from 2-3 pm - please register in advance via email!
Walter-Flex-Str. 3, Room 3.023
Modernism/Modernity, Poetry and Poetics, Literary and Cultural Theory, Early American Novel, Late Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Popular Culture, Television and New Media, Consumption, Intersections of Literature, Culture, and the Economy.
Current research project (postdoc/Habilitation)
"On Private Property: The Rhetoric of Ownership in the United States"
Education and grants
- 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
- 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
Since Dec. 2008 Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University
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 netzwelt.de, 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
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.
- "White Middle-Class Homelessness: Nostalgia from Babbitt to Mad Men." Nostalgie: Imaginierte Zeit-Räume in globalisierten Warenkulturen. Ed. Sabine Sielke. Frankfurt: Lang, 2017 (forthcoming).
"Kelo v. City of New London and the Cultural Work of the Property Rights Movement in the United States." Law and Culture: Methods, Concepts, Approaches. Ed. Peter Schneck and Sabine N. Meyer. Berlin: De Gruyter (forthcoming).
"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.
"9/11 and the Literature Industry." Beyond 9/11: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture. Ed. Christian Klöckner, Simone Knewitz, and Sabine Sielke. Frankfurt: Lang, 2013. 153-68.
"God Hates Fangs? Morality, Ideology, and the Domesticated Vampire in American Culture." Collisions of Reality: Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe. Ed. Lars Schmeink and Astrid Böger. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012. 119-37.
"Poetics of an Enclosed Garden: The Orient in Amy Lowell's Pictures of the Floating World." Orient and Orientalisms in American Poetry and Poetics. Ed. Sabine Sielke and Christian Klöckner. Frankfurt: Lang, 2009. 167-87.
- "Jean Toomer." Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. [online publication; to be launched in 2015]
- Rev. of Unexpected Chords: Musico-Poetic Intermediality in Amy Lowell's Poetry and Poetics, by Regina Schober. Amerikastudien/American Studies 58.2 (2013): 316-18.
- Rev. of American Economies, ed. by Eva Boesenberg, Martin Klepper, and Reinhard Isensee. Anglia 131.2-3 (2013): 463-67.
Rev. of Pursue the Illusion: Problems of Public Poetry in America, by Astrid Franke. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 64.2 (2011): 201-03.