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Astrid Erll

Astrid Erll is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. She has worked on memories of the First World War, the Spanish Civil War, British colonialism in India and the Vietnam war. She is general editor of the book series Media and Cultural Memory (de Gruyter, since 2004), co-editor of A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies (with A. Nünning, 2010), Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory (with A. Rigney, 2009), and author of Memory in Culture (Palgrave 2011)/ Kollektives Gedächtnis und Erinnerungskulturen (2005, 2nd ed. 2011), an introduction to memory studies. She is part of the editorial board of the journal Memory Studies (SAGE) and the book series Memory Studies (Palgrave).


Migration and Transcultural Memory: Literature, Film, and the Social Life of Media

AFRASO – The Indian Ocean as Memory Space

Transcultural Memory Narratives in Europe (COST/NITMES)

Key Publications:

Erll, Astrid. “Generation in Literary History: Three Constellations of Generationality, Genealogy, and Memory.New Literary History, 2014, 45: 385–409.

Erll, Astrid. “From ‘District Six’ to District 9 and Back: The Plurimedial Production of Travelling Schemata.” Chiara de Cesari & Ann Rigney (eds.): Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, Scales. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2014. 29-50.

Erll, Astrid. Memory in Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2011.

Erll, Astrid. “Travelling Memory.Parallax. Special Issue Transcultural Memory. Ed. Rick Crownshaw 17.4 (2011): 4-18.

Erll, Astrid. “‘The social life of texts’ – Erinnerungsliteratur als Gegenstand der Sozialgeschichte.” IASL 36.1 (2011): 255-259.


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