Dr. Arlette Warken
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North American Literary and Cultural Studies, British Literary and Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature
Undergraduate exchange student, University of Missouri
PhD North American Literary and Cultural Studies
Visiting graduate student, University of Alberta
Graduation / Academic Degrees
Dr. phil. in North American Literatures and Cultures, Saarland University, Germany (dissertation title: “Nahe Zukunft, Utopie und Dystopie in Margaret Atwoods The Handmaid’s Tale und Kim Stanley Robinsons Orange County Trilogie”)
Mag. Artium, Saarland University, Germany
Senior Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben), Saarland University
Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Saarland University
Teaching Assistant in German, University of Alberta
Relevant (International) Research Experience
Research on Margaret Atwood and Canadian Science Fiction in Toronto
Research for PhD thesis in Toronto and Orange County, California
Major Research Grants, Scholarships and Awards
Faculty Enrichment Program Grant (ICCS): Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (University of Toronto), Public Library Toronto
Grant for Research trip to Canada and the USA (German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD))
Doctoral Scholarship (Saarländische Landesgraduiertenförderung)
Memberships and other relevant Activities
German-American Institute Saarbrücken (DAI): Member
German Irish Society Saarbrücken (GISS): Member
German Association for American Studies (DGfA): Member
Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS): Member
List of Publications
a) Publications in refereed journals and book publications
b) Other publications:
"Searching through Waste: The Scavenger in (Post-)Apocalyptic Texts", in: Claudia Schmitt/Christiane Solte-Gresser (eds.), Literatur und Ökologie: Neue literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (Bielefeld: Aisthesis), 311-22.
b) Other publications:
"Nahe Zukunft, Utopie und Dystopie in Margaret Atwoods The Handmaid’s Tale und Kim Stanley Robinsons Orange County Trilogie." Saarbrücken: Saarländische Universitäts-und Landesbibliothek.
"Frederick Philip Grove and Knut Hamsun: Northern European Perceptions of the New World." American and Canadian Literature and Culture across a Latitudinal Line. Saarbrücken: Amarant Presse, 24-34.
"'Other Canadas:' Alternative Futures in Contemporary Canadian Science Fiction Stories." The Canadian Alternative. Ed. Klaus Martens. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 121-132.
(edited with Martens, Klaus, Paul Morris) "A World of Local Voices: Poetry in English Today." Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann.
"How the Ants Pioneered America: FP Grove’s Consider Her Ways and the Utopian Tradition of H.G. Wells and Jonathan Swift." Pioneering North America: Mediators of European Literature and Culture. Ed. Klaus Martens. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 31-42.
Specific Qualification as Participant of the IRTG
Arlette Warken is Senior Lecturer at the Department of English at Saarland University. Her research interests include Canadian literature, utopian, dystopian, and (post-)apocalyptic writing, near-future fiction, narratology, short fiction, and environmental studies. Her dissertation is a study of the near future setting in texts by Margaret Atwood and Kim Stanley Robinson, and the consequences of this threshold between the present and the far future for the utopian and dystopian genre, the representation of (North American) space and narratological representation of time. She previously engaged in research activities for numerous publications, especially on mediating European literature in Canada, on European immigrant writing and on literary translations and publication of international writers in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. She helped organize a number of events and programs (e.g. conferences, lecture series, readings, exhibitions, exchange programs). She has built a large teaching experience, offering a variety of courses on US-American, Canadian and British Literary and Cultural Studies. She is currently responsible for all literature modules in the BA and teacher training programs of the department and is the departmental student adviser for the Bachelor program. She has gained experience as examiner of intermediate and final exams and has served on a number of dissertation committees.