Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Ernst

Full Professor and Chair


Research Interests

Transnational Periodical Cultures; North American Modernisms; U.S. American and Canadian Poetry; Life Writing; Literary Journalism; Literary and Cultural Translation; Cultural Theories


Selected Publications



Amerikanische Modernismen: Schreibweisen, Konzepte und zeitgenössische Periodika als Vermittlungsinstanzen. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2018. Print.

Edgar Allan Poe und die Poetik des Arabesken. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1996. Print.



(co-ed., with Brigitte Johanna Glaser) Shifting Grounds: Cultural Tectonics along the Pacific Rim. Winter: Heidelberg, 2018. Print. (forthcoming)

(co-ed., with Sabina Matter-Seibel and Klaus H. Schmidt) Revisionist Approaches to American Realism and Naturalism. Winter: Heidelberg, 2018. Print.

(co-ed., with Florian Freitag) Transkulturelle Dynamiken: Aktanten – Prozesse – Theorien. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. Print.

(co-ed., with Brigitte Joahnna Glaser). The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010. Print.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Washington Crossing the Media: American Presidential Rhetoric and Cultural Iconography.” European Journal of American Studies (April 2012). Web.

“‘Attachments, Links, Dependencies’: Intercultural Places in the Poetry of Amy Clampitt.” Comparative American Studies 1.2 (June 2003): 191-203. Print.


Invited Book Contributions

“‘Poetics of the Potent’: Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, and Modes of Transcreation.” Gained Ground: Perspectives on Canadian and Comparative North American Studies. Ed. Eva Gruber and Caroline Rosenthal. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018. Print. (forthcoming)

“‘What Is Africa to Me?’: Blackness and Transgression in Contemporary African Canadian Poetry.” Transgressions/Transformations: Literature and Beyond. Ed. Brigitte Johanna Glaser and Wolfgang Zach. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2018. 71-81. Print.

“Lives in Transition: Eugene Jolas’s Man from Babel, the Obama Presidency, and Transnational American Studies.” Obama and Transnational American Studies. Ed. Alfred Hornung. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016. 471-91. Print.

“‘The Art of Losing’: Elegiac Quest in Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude.” Narrating Loss: Representations of Mourning, Nostalgia and Melancholia in Contemporary Anglophone Fictions. Ed. Brigitte Johanna Glaser and Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz. Trier: WVT, 2014. 271-91. Print.

“Modernism in the United States and Canada.” The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature. Ed. Reingard M. Nischik. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 257-76. Print.

“‘Beyond the Bayou’: Sociocultural Spaces in Kate Chopin’s Louisiana Short Stories.” Cultural Circulation: Dialogues between Canada and the American South. Ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz and Christoph Irmscher. Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2013. 51-66. Print.

Slouching towards Bethlehem: Joan Didion’s Cultural Narratives.” The Sixties Revisited: Culture – Society – Politics. Ed. Jürgen Heideking, Jörg Helbig and Anke Ortlepp. Heidelberg: Winter, 2001. 303-16. Print.

“Zwischen Kunst und Justiz: Die übersetzerische Vermittlung von Weltliteratur und ihre rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen.” Literaturvermittler um die Jahrhundertwende: J.C.C. Bruns’ Verlag, seine Autoren und Übersetzer. Ed. Klaus Martens. St. Ingbert: Röhrig, 1996. 29-38. Print.



Rev. of Translating Canada – Charting the Institutions and Influences of Cultural Transfer: Canadian Writing in German/y, ed. Luise von Flotow and Reingard M. Nischik. Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 56.1 (2010): 149-51. Print.


Employment and Education

2010– Full Professor and Chair of American Studies at JGU Mainz, Germany

2010 Visiting Professor of American Studies at the University of Konstanz, Germany

2009–2010 Visiting Professor of American Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria

2008–2010 Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Coordinator of the Doctoral Network “Interculturality in Education, Aesthetics, and Communication” at Hildesheim University, Germany

2006–2008 Visiting Professor of English Philology at the University of Göttingen, Germany

2005–2006 Visiting Professor of English Philology and Literary Studies at Saarland University, Germany

1998–1999 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Department of English, Stanford University, USA

1997–2005 Assistant Professor of American Studies at Saarland University, Germany

1991–1997 Doctoral Student and Research Assistant in American Studies at Saarland University, Germany

1987–1991 Doctoral Student in American Studies and Research Assistant of the Collaborative Research Center “Literary Translation” at the University of Göttingen, Germany

1983–1984 DAAD Fellow at the University of Nantes, France

1981–1987 Student of English, French, Political Science, and Pedagogy at the University of Göttingen, Germany