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Zeno Ackermann

Zeno Ackermann is researcher and lecturer in English Studies at Frankfurt’s Goethe University. He received a PhD from the University of Regensburg for his work on the collocations of poetics and ideology in 19th-century American literature. He has published extensively on the remembrance of the National Socialist past and the Holocaust in Germany, a field in which he has also worked as an educator outside academia. At the Freie Universität Berlin he has been involved in a research project on the German reception of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice since 1945. Currently, he works and publishes on the interrelationships between the novel and mass media within the realm of ‘memory culture’ and on the discursive history of popular music.

Project: Mediated Figures of Memory and the British Post-War Novel

Key Publications:

Ackermann, Zeno. “Rocking the Culture Industry / Performing Breakdown: Pink Floyd’s The Wall and the Termination of the Post-War Era”, Popular Music and Society 35.1 (2012): 1–23.

Ackermann, Zeno. “Performing Oblivion / Enacting Remembrance: The Merchant of Venice in West Germany, 1945 to 1961”, Shakespeare Quarterly 62.3 (2011): 364–395.

Ackermann, Zeno. “Struggling with the Rhetoric of Exemption: Figurations of the Holocaust in Contemporary British Novels”; Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History 14.3 (2008): 85–118.

email: z.ackermann[at]