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Dr. Simone Knewitz

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Lecturer ('Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin')

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

Tuesdays, 11-12 am
Genscherallee 3, Room 3.023

Please note: My last regular office hour during the semester is on July 18!

Office hours during the term break:

Aug. 3: 11-12 am; Aug. 15: 2-3 pm; Sep 5: 3-4 pm; Sep 26: 11-12 am.

Please register in advance by email!


Research interests

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


Professional experience

  • 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, 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.


Encyclopedia Article

  • "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.