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Dr. Arlette Warken

Dr. Arlette Warken
Phone +49 681 302 3223
E-Mail a.warken@mx.uni-saarland.de
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.

Academic Career


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

Current Position(s)

Since 2004
Senior Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben), Saarland University

Position(s) Held

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

Since 2015
German-American Institute Saarbrücken (DAI): Member
Since 2011
German Irish Society Saarbrücken (GISS): Member
Since 2000
German Association for American Studies (DGfA): Member
Since 1993
Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS): Member

List of Publications

a) Publications in refereed journals and book 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.", in: Klaus Martens (Ed.): The Canadian Alternative (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.", in: Klaus Martens (Ed.): Pioneering North America: Mediators of European Literature and Culture (Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann), 31-42.
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