Dr. des. Antonia Purk




  • Talk: "Eating Signs. Whiteness and Racialization in American Foodways." University of Erfurt, December 15th, 2021.
  • Talk: Parts of the dissertation project “Enacting Presences: Jamaica Kincaid’s Writings of History.” Research colloquy of the History of Science, University of Erfurt, June 1st, 2021.
  • Conference Paper: "Battling History with Aesthetics: The Writing of Self and History in Jamaica Kincaid’s Novels" at "'With Harp and Sword': Navigating and Resisting the Second Nadir," 13th biennial conference of the Collegium for African American Research (Jan. 30th - Feb. 2nd, 2019), University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
  • Review: "The Drawing Body" - Review of Simon Grennan, A Theory of Narrative Drawing. Closure 5 (2018). Full Text

Research Interests

  • Literary Foodways
  • 19th-Century American Literature
  • Literature and History
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Anglophone Caribbean Literature
  • Visual Studies
  • Graphic Novels


  • „A Photo Album of History: Ekphrasis in Jamaica Kincaid’s My Garden (Book):” America after Nature: Democracy, Culture, Environment. Eds. Catrin Gersdorf, Juliane Braun. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016. 349-367.
  • “Writing Possibilities of the Past: Jamaica Kincaid’s Mr. Potter.” Discourse. Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 36.1 (2014): 71-86. Special Issue “After Glissant: Caribbean Aesthetics and the Poetics of Relation.”
  • “Multiplying Perspectives through Text and Time: Jamaica Kincaid’s Writing of the Collec-tive.” COPAS – Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 15.1 (2014). Full Text

Download: Full List of Publications and Conference Papers



  • Nature in American Poetry
  • Regionalism and Realism
  • Caribbean Migrations
  • Transatlantic Identities
  • Writing the Self
  • American Gothic
  • Literature in Images: Graphic Novels
  • Introduction to Literatures in English



Current Position: Coordinator of the Research Group "Praxeologies of Truth"