Dr. Linda Heß

Akademische Rätin
Telefon: +49 821 598 - 5767
Raum: 4065 (D)
Adresse: Universitätsstraße 10, 86159 Augsburg

Sprechstunden / Office hours




Sprechstundenzeiten während der vorlesungsfreien Zeit werden über Digicampus bekannt gegeben. Die Anmeldug erfolgt ebenfalls über Digicampus.

For office hours during the term breaks please consult Digicampus. Sign-up for office hours likeweise takes place via Digicampus.


Verwaltung der Termine - Digicampus (uni-augsburg.de)



Supervision: BA Theses/ MA Theses/ Zulassungsarbeiten


I am happy to supervise theses at both BA and MA level & Zulassungsarbeiten, but please note that I cannot agree on any supervision without knowing what you would like to work on.


For this purpose you should sign up for an office hour so we can talk about your ideas.


Before you do please

  • make sure that the suggested topic falls within the area of American Studies
  • plese send me a short abstract of your proposed project (ca 250 words) that describes the text(s) you would like to work with, sketches a rough theorietical framwork, and articulates a tentative reserch question.

We can then discuss your ideas in more detail and make adjustments where necessary.

Curriculum vitae


  • 09/2022-11/2022 | Green Transitions Research Fellow with the Environmental Humanities Research Group at Stavanger University, Norway
  • Since 04/2020 | Senior Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Researcher, Chair of American Studies, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • 04/2019 – 07/2019 Visting Scholar at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany
  • 10/2016 – 04/ 2020 | Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of English and American Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 07/2016 – Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Münster, Germany
  • 10/2013 – 09/2016 | Lecturer and Ph.D. Candidate, Chair of American Studies, University of Münster, Germany
  • 11/2010 – 09/2013 | Lecturer and Ph.D. Candidate, Chair of American Studies, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • 07/2010  Master of Arts (Magistra Artium), Major: American Studies, Minors: British Studies & French Literature, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 05/2007 Bachelor of Arts, University of Jamestown, ND, USA


  • Environmental Studies / Ecocriticism
  • Queer Studies  & Gender Studies
  • Age Studies
  • Popular Culture & Comedy
  • Modernism


  • Hess, Linda M. "'What I would have done to have heard a story like mine": Reading Tig Notaro's and Hannah Gadsby's Stand-up as Autobiographical Narrative" in U.S. American Culture as Popular Culture. American Studies: A Monograph Series,  Winter, 2022, pp.79-98.

  • Hess Linda, M. “Queer Aging and the Significance of (Narrative) Representation” in Critical Humanities and Ageing: Forging Interdisciplinary Dialogues, edited by Marlene Goldman, Kate de Medeiros, and Tom Cole, Routledge, 2022, pp.161-173  

  • Hess, Linda M. “Playing the Petrocene: Toxicity and Intoxication in Leigh Fondakowski’s Spill and Ella Hickson’s Oil.Journal of Contemporary Drama in English. 10.1 (2022), pp. 199-214.

  • Batzke, Ina, Lea Espinoza Garrido, and Linda M. Hess (eds). Life Writing in the Posthuman Anthropocene. Palgrave, Palgrave Studies in Life Writing, 2022.

  • Batzke, Ina, and Linda M. Hess. “Gender and Violence in Pandemic Futures in Larissa Lai’s The Tiger Flu" Gender Forum Special Issue: Gender, Violence, and the State in Contemporary Speculative Fiction (I), edited by Judith Rauscher and Marta Usiekniewicz, 80.1 (2022), pp. 54-75.

  • Hess, Linda. “Filmic Gold: The Elemental Aesthetics of the Klondike Gold Rush in Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time (2018)” ZAA Special Issue: Elemental Agency: American Culture and the Politics of Matter, edited by Timo Müller and Moritz Ingwersen, 70.1 (2022), 89-105.

  • Hess, Linda M. “Cringe and Sympathy: The Comedy of Mental Illness in Flowers.Media and Politics in the Age of Cringe special issue of Humanities 10.4 (2021), doi.org/10.3390/h10040121

  • Hess, Linda M. “Queering Ageism” Special Issue on Ageism: A Health Humanities Approach, University of Toronto Quarterly, 90.2 (2021): 207-224.

  • Hess, Linda M.  “The Aesthetics of Wonder: Networks of the Grievable in Richard Powers’ The Overstory” REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature. 35 (2019): 189-206.

  • Hess, Linda M. Queer Aging in North American Fiction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

  • Batzke, Ina, Eric C. Erbacher, Linda M. Hess, and Corinna Lenhardt (eds). Exploring the Fantastic: Genre, Ideology, and Popular Culture. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018.

  • Hess, Linda. “‘We’re sick and tired of being dismissed by people like you’ Talking Back to Ageism in Grace and Frankie.” Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing, and Media. 4 (2018): 46-63.

  • Hess. Linda. “Mapping the Ephemeral Community in Larry Kramer’s Faggots and Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance.” In: Space Oddities: Difference and Identity in the American City. Wien: LIT, 2018.

  • Hess, Linda M. “‘My whole life I’ve been dressing up like a man’: Negotiations of Queer Aging and Queer Temporality in the TV Series Transparent.” European Journal of American Studies. 11.3 (2017). Document 2. Online since 24 January 2017.

  • Hess, Linda M. “Portrait of the Father as a Gay Man: A New Story About Gay Aging in Mike Mills’s Beginners.” JMMLA. 47.2 (2014): 163-183.