Dr. Antonia Purk




  • Recipient of the Christoph Daniel Ebeling-Fellowship (2022) for a 6-week research stay at the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA) to pursue archival work for the postdoctoral project "Cooking up Significations. Foodways and Racialization in 19th-Century American Literature."
  • Talk: "The Repertoire of Textual Foodways." Fellow’s Talk at American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA. November 8, 2022.
  • Talk: “The Cat, the Monkey, and Societal Outsiders. Mary Wilkins Freeman’s Animal Stories.” Workshop on Mary Wilkins Freeman. European Study Group of NineteenthCentury American Literature at Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2022.
  • Talk: “Shipwrecking Frontier Romanticism: Anagnorisis in Constance Fenimore Woolson’s ‘Castle Nowhere’ (1875)." ACLA Annual Conference, National Taiwan University, Taipei, June 15 to June 18, 2022.
  • Talk: “Realismus wider Ritual. Das Aussetzen der Szene in Constance Fenimore Woolsons ‘Peter the Parson’ (1874).” Conference "Szenen des Politischen," University of Erfurt, May, 19-20, 2022.
  • Talk: "Eating Signs. Whiteness and Racialization in American Foodways." University of Erfurt, December 15th, 2021.

Research Projects

Research Interests

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



  • Enacting Presences. Jamaica Kincaid's Writings of History. Under contract with De Gruyter (American Frictions series), to be published in 2023.


  • „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 Collective.” COPAS – Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 15.1 (2014).

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: Academic Coordinator of the Research Group "Praxeologies of Truth"