Dr. Verena Laschinger

Assistant Professor of American Literature

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  • On October 9, 2023 Verena Laschinger is going to present “I knew a dog once—": Laura Richards' Literary Animals and the Poetics of Animacy” at Oranim College Tiv'on, Israel
  • On October 1, 2022 Verena Laschinger gave a talk entitled “’mosquito against the solar system’: The (In-)Significance of Mary Wilkins Freeman’s Understudies” at Université Paris Cité.
  • On November 11, 2021, Verena Laschinger responded to Esther Wetzel “Women and Colonial Knowledge Production: Mabel Bent as Collector, Travel Writer, and Photographer,” at the Crosscurrents Conversation Series “Transatlantic Women at Work: Service in the Long Nineteenth Century”.
  • On October 22, 2021, Verena Laschinger gave a lecture entitled “Callousness Kills the Queer: How Paradise was Lost in Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, or Ostracizing Turkish Angels from America” at the University of Eastern Finland.
  • On October 1, 2021, Verena Laschinger conducted the online workshop “Children’s Poetry by Laura E. Richards” of The European Study Group of Nineteenth-Century American Literature. 
  • “Kulturen bilden Stadt.” Interview mit Sylwia Mierzynska und Verena Laschinger zum Studium Fundamentale Fotoseminar auf Instagram “erfurtkultur”. May 28, 2021. zum Interview

Research Interests

  • American Studies
  • American Literature
  • Photography/Visual Studies
  • City in Literature/Urban Studies
  • Nineteenth Century American Women Writers  Study Group


Select Publications


  • Fictitious Politics – Factual Prose. Amerikanische Literatur, politische Praxis und der neorealistische Roman. Frankfurt/M u.a.: Peter Lang, 2000.

Edited Volumes

  • Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century: Progressive Pioneers. Eds. Verena Laschinger and Sirpa Salenius. New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • Turkish-American Literature. Ed. Verena Laschinger. Thematic Issue Amerikastudien/ American Studies 61.2, 2016. 

Selection of Recent Articles

  • ““A Woman’s Work is Never (Un-)Done: A Response to ‘Contemplating Women’s Imperial Service: Mabel Bent as Photographer, Travel Writer, and Collector’ by Esther Wetzel.” Women and Service in the Long Nineteenth Century. Eds. Sandra H. Petrulionis et. al. Special Issue New American Studies Journal (NASJ) 74 (2023): 1-6. Article.
  • “It will be a thing of Joy and Beauty”: Angel Symbolism in The Brownies’ Book (1920-1921)." Amerikastudien/American Studies 67.2 (2022): 181-98. Article
  • “On Photography in the Anthropocene: Surface Views and Imagetexts by J. Henry Fair and Tom McCarthy.” Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene. Eds. Gina Comos and Caroline Rosenthal. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. 214-30.
  • “Save the Child: Sentimental Politics and Matters of (De-)Composition in Metta Fuller Victor’s The Dead Letter.” Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century: Progressive Pioneers. Eds. Verena Laschinger and Sirpa Salenius. New York: Routledge, 2019. 29-43.
  • “’Per si muove - it was a mass of moonstone’: Fluid Space, Dynamic Relations, and the Commodification of Storytelling in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s Arctic Writings.” Special Issue. Harriet Prescott Spofford: The Home, the Nation, and the Wilderness. Ed. Stéphanie Durrans. The European Journal of American Studies 14.3 (29 Oct 2019). Article
  •  “Whirls of Faith and Fancy: House Symbolism and Sufism in Elif Shafak’s The Flea Palace.Journal of World Literature 5 (advance 11 Jul 2019 / Feb 2020): 1-24.  Article



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