About the Author

Birgit Däwes

E-Mail: birgit.daewes@uni-flensburg.de

Website: https://www.uni-flensburg.de/?id=18651

Birgit Däwes is Professor of American Studies at Europa-Universität Flensburg and currently serves, together with Carmen Birkle, as General Editor of the journal Amerikastudien / American Studies. She held previous positions as Professor of American Studies at the Obama Institute of Transnational American Studies (Mainz) and the University of Vienna, Austria, and as Visiting Professor at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Her interests include Indigenous North American Studies, cultural memory, and the contemporary American novel. Among her publications are Native North American Theater in a Global Age (2007), Ground Zero Fiction (2011), and New Technologies in American Studies (co-ed., 2020).

Contributions by Author: Birgit Däwes

“Untenanted by any Tangible Form”

Illness, Minorities, and Narrative Masquerades in Contemporary Pandemic Fiction

In the spring of 2020, when in many countries stores were closed, schools and universities moved their classrooms online, and international traffic had come to a near-complete halt because of Covid-19, journalists and academics were quick to turn to literary narratives of pandemics in order to facilitate making sense of the contemporary situation. Orhan Pamuk, for instance, re-reads Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year (1664) and Alessandro Manzoni’s […]