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Jan Rupp

Jan Rupp received his PhD (2009) from the University of Giessen and completed his postdoctoral qualification (‘Habilitation’, 2014) at Heidelberg University. He is the author of Genre and Cultural Memory in Black British Literature and a second monograph on representations of ritual in 20th-century ‘pageant fictions’. His research interests include cultural memory studies, narrative, ritual theory, and (neo-)Victorian studies. He has published widely on black and Asian British as well as postcolonial writing, including on didactic perspectives of the literature classroom, and has recently been interested in the intersection of world literature and environmental memory. He is currently stand-in professor at the Department of English and American Studies of Goethe-University Frankfurt and on leave from his position as researcher at the Heidelberg School of Education.


Genre and Cultural Memory in Black British Literature. Trier: WVT, 2010.

Ritual and Narrative: Theoretical Explorations and Historical Case Studies. Bielefeld: transcript, 2013. (co-edited with Vera Nünning & Gregor Ahn)

Pageant fictions: (De-)Konstruktion von Englishness und Britishness durch literarisch repräsentierte Rituale von der Edwardianischen Zeit bis zu den Zwischenkriegsjahren in Großbritannien. Trier: WVT, 2016.


Sea Passages: Cultural Flows in Caribbean Poetry.” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 13.4 (2016): 472-490. (with Birgit Neumann)

Caribbean Spaces and Anglophone World Literatures.” Anglia 135.1 (2017): 140-158.

“Geopoetics of Matter and Memory in M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!anglistik & englischunterricht (special issue “Environments, Ecocriticism, Ethics in Anglophone Literatures”). (forthcoming)

“Plantation and Planet: Environmental Precarity in Anglophone Caribbean World Writing.” Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World. Ed. Marion Gymnich, Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp & Klaus Peter Schneider. Amsterdam/New York: Brill. (in preparation)

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