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Prof. Dr. Ulf Schulenberg


Research Interests

  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Aesthetic Theory
  • American and European Intellectual History
  • American Modernism and Postmodernism
  • American and European Romanticism
  • African-American Literature and Culture
  • French Realism and Modernism
  • Rock Music Studies

Current Research Projects

  • Marxism and American Pragmatism
  • American Dandyism


  • Studied American Studies, English and Romance Studies in Bremen and Los Angeles (UCLA); 1996 – Magister Artium; 1999 – PhD in American Studies
  • 2005: Habilitation in American Studies at Bremen University
  • Research visits to Cornell University and The New School for Social Research
  • Guest professor at John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies at FU Berlin, Vechta University, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and Siegen University



  • Zwischen Realismus und Avantgarde: Drei Paradigmen für die Aporien des Entweder-Oder. William Faulkners The Sound and the Fury, Cormac McCarthys Suttree und Toni Morrisons Beloved. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2000.
  • Lovers and Knowers: Moments of the American Cultural Left. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2007.
  • Romanticism and Pragmatism: Richard Rorty and the Idea of a Poeticized Culture. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Edited Books

  • Americanization – Globalization – Education. Eds. Gerhard Bach, Sabine Broeck, and Ulf Schulenberg. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2003.
  • American Rock Journalism. Eds. Marcel Hartwig and Ulf Schulenberg. Special Issue of Rock Music Studies Vol. 4, No. 1, 2017.

Journal Articles & Articles in Edited Volumes

  • “From Finding to Making: Jacques Rancière, Richard Rorty, and the Antifoundationalist Story of Progress.” Culture, Theory and Critique Vol. 58, No. 3 (2017): 275-293.
  • “‘Where the people can sing, the poet can live’: James Baldwin, Pragmatism, and Cosmopolitan Humanism.” Susan McWilliams (ed.). A Political Companion to James Baldwin. Louisville: Kentucky UP, 2017. (Forthcoming).
  • With Marcel Hartwig: “Introduction.” Eds. Marcel Hartwig and Ulf Schulenberg. American Rock Journalism. Special Issue of Rock Music Studies Vol. 4, No. 1 (2017):1-4.
  • “’Visions and Versions of America’: Greil Marcus’s Rock Journalism as Cultural Criticism.” Marcel Hartwig and Ulf Schulenberg (eds.). American Rock Journalism. Special Issue of Rock Music Studies Vol. 4, No. 1 (2017): 11-22.
  • “Marxism, Pragmatism, and Narrative.” New Literary History Vol. 48, No. 1 (2017): 149-70.
  • “Resuscitating Georg Lukács: Form, Metaphysics, and the Idea of a New Realism.” Culture, Theory and Critique (2016 Electronic Version). Printed version: Culture, Theory and Critique Vol. 58, No. 1 (2017): 1-16.
  • “Formalism and Structuralism.” English and American Studies: Theory and Practice. Ed. Martin Middeke, Timo Müller, Christina Wald, and Hubert Zapf. Stuttgart and Weimar: Metzler, 2012. 180–84.
  • “Hermeneutics and Critical Theory.” English and American Studies: Theory and Practice. Ed. Martin Middeke, Timo Müller, Christina Wald, and Hubert Zapf. Stuttgart und Weimar: Metzler, 2012. 185–89.
  • “Strong Poets, Partial Stories, and the Earth of Things: William James and the Worldliness of Pragmatism.“ Revisiting Pragmatism: William James in the New Millennium. Ed. Susanne Rohr and Miriam Strube. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 103–22.
  • “Empire, Theoretical Practice, and Postnational American Studies.” Transatlantic Encounters: Philosophy, Media, Politics. Ed. Elzbieta H. Oleksy and Wieslaw Oleksy. Frankfurt am Main, New York: Peter Lang, 2011. 211–32.
  • “Pragmatismus und Romantik: Zu Richard Rortys antifundamen-talistischer Geschichte des Fortschritts.“ Pragmatismus und Hermeneutik: Beiträge zu Richard Rortys Kulturpolitik. Ed. Matthias Buschmeier and Espen Hammer. Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 2011 (Themenheft der Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Kunstwissenschaft).173–96.
  • “New Frontiers: Richard Wright’s Journey from Communism to Cosmopolitanism.“ Aufbrüche. Ed. Heiner Böttger, Gabriele Gien, and Thomas Pittrof. Eichstätt: Eichstätt Academic Press, 2011. 246–60.
  • “‘This morning I read as angels read’: Self-Creation, Aesthetics, and the Crisis of Black Politics in W.E.B. Du Bois’s Dark Princess.”  States of Emergency – States of Crisis. Ed. Winfried Fluck, Katharina Motyl, Donald Pease, and Christoph Raetzsch. Tübingen: Narr, 2011. 167–90.
  • “‘Soucie-toi de toi-même’: Zur Idee der Selbsterschaffung im amerikanisch-französischen Theoriedialog.“ Moving (Con)Texts: Produktion und Verbreitung von Ideen in der globalen Wissensökonomie. Ed. Johannes Angermüller, Jens Maeße, and Jan Standke. Berlin: Logos, 2011. 159–74.
  • “Bridging the Gap?: Postmodernism, Science, and the Two Cultures.” Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 21.1 (2010). 193–208.
  • “’Becoming the Poets of Our Own Lives’: Pragmatism and Romanticism.” Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 34.2 (2009). 293–14.
  • “Sentimental Education, Morality, and All the Little Things.” American Studies as Media Studies. Ed. Frank Kelleter and Daniel Stein. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008. 239–48.
  • “From Redescription to Writing: Rorty, Barthes, and the Idea of a Literary Culture.” New Literary History 38.2 (Spring 2007). 371–87.
  • Transcultural Humanities: Between Globalization and Postcolonial Re-Readings of History. A Conference Report.” Conference took place in Bremen: June 17-19, 2006; Conference report published on June 10, 2007.
  • “Reading the Transitory Signs and Disappearing Traces: Rorty, Adorno, and the Idea of a Literary Culture.” Transatlantic Negotiations. Ed. Christa Buschendorf and Astrid Franke. Heidelberg: Winter, 2007. 201–23.
  • “From Conceptual Revolutions to the Privacy of Mourning: Barthes, Proust, and the désir d’écrire.” Revolutions: Reframed-Revisited-Revised. Ed. Agata Stopinska, Anke Bartels, and Raj Kollmorgen. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2007. 253–65.
  • “’Speaking Out of the Most Passionate Love’: James Baldwin and  Pragmatism.” European Journal of American Studies, EJAS 2007-2.
  • “’Strangle the singers who will not sing you loud and strong’: Emerson, Whitman, and the Idea of a Literary Culture.” Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 31.1 (2006). 39–61.
  • “Democratic Space and Poetic Agency: Emerson, Whitman, and the (Im)Possibility of Dissent.” Re/defining the Matrix: Reflections on Time – Space – Agency. Ed. Anke Bartels, Michael Schulze, and Agata Stopinska. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2006. 187–99.
  • “Books, Rocks, and Sentimental Education: Self-Culture and the Desire for the Really Real in Henry David Thoreau.” Amerika-studien/American Studies 51.2 (2006). 167–91.
  • “Theorizing the Dialectic of Race and Class: Cornel West’s Prophetic Pragmatism as Radical Cultural Criticism.” Discourses of Violence – Violence of Discourses: Critical Interventions, Transgressive Readings, and Post-National Negotiations. Ed. Dirk Wiemann, Agata Stopinska, Anke Bartels, and Johannes Angermüller. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2005. 177–89.
  • “’Against Theory?’ Stanley Fishs Version des Neopragmatismus.”  Von der Wirklichkeit zur Wissenschaft: Aktuelle Forschungsmethoden in den Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften. Ed. Christiane Solte-Gresser, Karen Struve, and Natascha Ueckmann (Hrsg.). Münster: LIT, 2005. 307–25.
  • “Theorizing the Red Decade: Theodor W. Adorno, the American Cultural Left, and the Semi-Autonomy of the Aesthetic.” Cultural Interactions: Fifty Years of American Studies in Germany. Ed. Ulla Haselstein and Berndt Ostendorf. Heidelberg: Winter, 2005. 71–90.
  • “Rhetoric and Worldly Criticism.” Anglia – Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie 123.3 (2005). 454–64.
  • “From Liberal Consensus to Postmodern Alliance Politics: Mediation, the Openness of the Promesse, and the Return of Universalism.” PostModerne De/Konstruktionen. Ed. Susanne Kollmann and Kathrin Schödel. Münster: LIT, 2004. 95–109.
  • “Humanistic Criticism, Prophetic Pragmatism, and the Question of Antifoundationalism: Remarks on Edward Said and Cornel West.” “Between Worlds”: The Legacy of Edward Said. Ed. Günter H. Lenz, Gesa Mackenthun, and Holger Rossow. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 52.4 (2004). 379–93.
  • “Gestures of Despair and Gestures of Hope: Remarks on Globalization, Neoliberalism, and the Specters of Theory.” Americanization – Globalization – Education. Ed. Gerhard Bach, Sabine Broeck, and Ulf Schulenberg. Heidelberg: Winter, 2003. 1–33.
  • “Wanting Lovers Rather than Knowers: Richard Rorty’s Neopragmatism.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 48.4 (2003). 577–608.
  • “Narrating the Disappearance of Reality: From Textualized Spatiality to Glamorous Panfictionality in Postmodern American Fiction.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 50.1 (2002). 32-54.
  • “Back to Class Politics?: Richard Rorty’s Remapping of the American Cultural Left.” Postmodern Practices. Ed. Thomas Doerfler and Claudia Globisch. Münster: LIT, 2002. 101–14.
  • “Fredric Jameson’s American Neo-Marxism and the Dialectics of Totality and Difference.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 46.2 (2001). 281–99.
  • “Auf der Suche nach den finsteren und fensterlosen Hauptquartieren: Adorno in der Postmoderne.” Diskursanalyse: Theorien, Methoden, Anwendungen. Ed. Johannes Angermüller, Katharina Bunzmann, and Martin Nonhoff. Hamburg: Argument, 2001. 209–21.


  • Christian Maul. From Self-Culture to Militancy, From Conscience to Intervention: Henry David Thoreau Between Liberalism and Communitarianism. Trier: WVT, 2011. Anglistik 23.1 (2012). 215–17.
  • Friedrich Balke and Marc Rölli, eds. Gilles Deleuze: Philosophie und Nicht-Philosophie. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2011. Anglistik 23.2 (2012). 211–13.
  • Sonja Altnöder, Ansgar Nünning and Wolfgang Hallet, eds. Schlüsselthemen der Anglistik und Amerikanistik: Key Topics in English and American Studies. Trier: WVT, 2010. Archiv für das Studium der Neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 249.2 (2012). 386–88.
  • Monica L. Miller. Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diaspora. Durham: Duke UP, 2009. Amerikastudien/ American Studies 56.2 (2011). 166–69.
  • Francois Cusset. French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2008. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 34.1 (2009). 182–86.
  • Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2007. Amerikastudien/American Studies 54.1 (2009). 151–52.
  • Terry Eagleton. After Theory. New York: Penguin, 2004. Amerikastudien/American Studies 54.2 (2009). 249–52.
  • Catherine Morley. The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction: John Updike, Philip Roth, and Don DeLillo. New York und London: Routledge, 2009. Anglia – Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie 128.3 (2011). 547–50.
  • Richard Rorty. Philosophy as Cultural Politics: Philosophical Papers, Volume 4. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 33.1 (2008). 144–49.
  • Eric Lott. The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual. New York: Basic Books, 2006. Amerikastudien/American Studies 53.1 (2008). 120–23.
  • Robert B. Westbrook. Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2005. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 32.1 (2007). 116–20.
  • Gary A. Olson. Justifying Belief: Stanley Fish and the Work of Rhetoric. New York: SUNY Press, 2002. Amerikastudien/American Studies 49.1 (2004). 130–34.
  • Matthew Festenstein and Simon Thompson, eds. Richard Rorty: Critical Dialogues. Cambridge und Malden: Polity Press, 2001.  Amerikastudien/American Studies 48.2 (2003). 277–80.
  • Fredric Jameson. A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present. New York and London: Verso, 2002. Amerikastudien/ American Studies 48.4 (2003). 627–30.
  • Richard Rorty. Philosophy and Social Hope. London and New York: Penguin, 1999. Amerikastudien/American Studies 47.2 (2002). 311–13.
  • Steven Best and Douglas Kellner. The Postmodern Adventure: Science, Technology, and Cultural Studies at the Third Millennium. New York: Guilford Press, 2001. Amerikastudien/American Studies 47.3 (2002). 432–34.
  • Michael A. Peters. Poststructuralism, Marxism, and Neoliberalism: Between Theory and Politics. Lanham und Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. Amerikastudien/American Studies 47.3 (2002). 430–32.
  • Alan W. Brownlie. Thomas Pynchon’s Narratives: Subjectivity and Problems of Knowing. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 50.2 (2002). 214–15.
  • Steven Helmling. The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson: Writing, the Sublime, and the Dialectic of Critique. New York: SUNY Press, 2001. Amerikastudien/American Studies 47.1 (2002). 180–83.
  • “Unzeitgemäße Betrachtungen“ – Thomas Metscher et al. Mimesis und Ausdruck. Z. Zeitschrift Marxistische Erneuerung 12.47 (2001). 218–21.
  • Wolfgang Fritz Haug, ed. Historisch-kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus, Band 4: Fabel bis Gegenmacht. Z. Zeitschrift Marxistische Erneuerung 11.44 (2000). 187–93.