Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky

Telefon: +49 821 598 - 2480
Raum: 4063 (D)
Adresse: Universitätsstraße 10, 86159 Augsburg

Sprechstunden / Office hours





Sprechstunde im Sommersemester 2024.

  • Dienstag 13:00 bis 14:00 Uhr
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Office hours: Summer term 2024

  • Tuesday 13:00 to 14:00 h

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Curriculum vitae

  • Since October 2018 W3-Professor of American Studies, Augsburg University
  • October 2013 to September 2018 W3-Professor of American Studies, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster
  • September 2008 to September 2013 W1-Professor of New English Literatures and Cultural Studies, Augsburg University
  • January 2008 to August 2008 ‘Akademische Rätin a.Z.’ American Studies, Goethe-University, Frankfurt
  • January 2006 to December 2007Assistant to the Director of the Center for North American Research (‘wiss. Mitarbeiterin’), Goethe-University, Frankfurt
  • November 2003 to December 2004 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research Training Group “Gender Relations and Public Spheres. Dimensions of Experience” (Frankfurt/Kassel)
  • November 2003 PhD in American Studies, Goethe-University, Frankfurt


  • Life Writing
  • Literary Citizenship Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • American and Canadian literatures of the 20th and 21st centuries



  • Narrating Citizenship and Belonging in Anglophone Canadian Literature. New York: Palgrave, 2018.
  • AlterNative Spaces: Constructions of Space in Contemporary Native American and First Nations’ Literatures. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2007.


Edited Volumes und Special Issues

  • With Astrid Franke, Stefanie Mueller (eds.). Reading the Social in American Studies. New York: Palgrave, 2022.
  • With Bettina Bannasch. Nachexil / Post-Exile. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2020.
  • With Ina Batzke. Storied Citizenship. Imagining the Citizen in American Literature. Thematic volume of American Studies/Amerikastudien 65.4 (2020).
  • With Lut Missinne and Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf. Beyond Endings: Past Tenses and Future Imaginaries. European Journal of Life Writing 9 (2020).
  • With Mark Stein. Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts. Leiden: Brill, 2020.
  • Guest ed. “Cranes on the Rise”: Metaphors in Life Writing. Symbolism 18. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018.
  • With Stefanie Müller and Christa Buschendorf (eds.). Violence and Open Spaces: The Subversion of Boundaries and the Transformation of the Western Genre. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017.
  • With Sabine Schwarze and Rainer-Olaf Schultze (eds). Migration, Citizenship, Regionalization. Comparing Canada and Europe. Wiesbaden: VS Springer, 2015.
  • With Christian Lammert (eds.). Travelling Concepts: Negotiating Diversity in Canada and Europe. Foreword by Bhikhu Parekh. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2010.
  • With Susanne Lettow and Ulrike Manz, (eds.). Öffentlichkeiten und Geschlechterverhältnisse. Erfahrungen, Strategien, Subjekte. Königstein/Ts.: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2005.



  • With Astrid Franke, Stefanie Mueller. “Reading the Social: An Introduction.” Reading the Social in American Studies, eds. Astrid Franke et al. New York: Palgrave, 2022. 1-9.
  • “‘On the Margins of One Group and Three Countries’: Exile, Belonging, and the Sociological Imagination in Reinhard Bendix’s From Berlin to Berkeley.” Reading the Social in American Studies, eds. Astrid Franke et al. New York: Palgrave, 2022. 133-152.
  • “The Other Side of Citizenship? Narrating Flight and Refugeeism in Sharon Bala’s The Boat People.” Migrant States of Emergency I, eds. Sylvia Mieszkowski, Birgit Spengler, Mekonnen Tesfahuney with Julia Wewior, special issue of Parallax 27.2 (2021): 159-175.
  • “Expatriation, Belonging, and the Politics of Burial: The Urgency of Citizenship in Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire.” Citizenship, Law, and Literature, eds. Caroline Koegler, Jesper Reddig, Klaus Stierstorfer. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021. 29-44.
  • “Relationality, Autobiographical Voice, and the Posthuman Paradox: Decentering the Human in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Life Writing.” Life Writing in the Posthuman Anthropocene, eds. Ina Batzke, Lea Espinoza Garrido, Linda Hess. New York: Palgrave, 2021. 23-53.
  • “The national, the transnational, and the diasporic: Black Canadian Writing and the Logic of Literary History.” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 8.1 (2021): 109-113.
  • “‘Citizens of the World’: Writing the Citizen in Contemporary Indigenous Life Writing.” American Studies/Amerikastudien 65.4 (2020): 511-534.
  • With Bettina Bannasch. “Nachexil/Post-Exile: Eine Einleitung.” Bettina Bannasch, Katja Sarkowsky (eds.): Nachexil/Post-Exile. Exilforschung 38. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2020. 1-12.
  • With Mark Stein. “Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts – An Introduction.” Katja Sarkowsky, Mark Stein (eds.): Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts. Cross/Cultures 213. Leiden: Brill, 2020. 1-12.
  • With Lut Missine, Martina-Wagner-Egelhaaf. “Introduction: Beyond Endings – Past Tenses and Future Imaginaries.“ European Journal of Life Writing 9 (2020): 1-8.
  • With Ina Batzke. “Storied Citizenship: Imagining the Citizen in American Literature.“ American Studies/Amerikastudien 65.4 (2020): 367-382.
  • “Storied Nationhood: Literature, Constitutionalism, and Citizenship in Indigenous North America.” Ganesh Devy, Geoffrey Davis (eds.): Indigeneity and Nation. New Delhi: Routledge, 2020. 45-67.
  • “‘Cartographies of the Self’: Indigenous Territoriality and Literary Sovereignty in Contemporary Native American Life Writing.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 11.1 (2020): 103-125.
  • “The citizenry of all things within one world”: Mary Oliver’s Poetic Explorations of Kinship.” Eclectic Bestiary: Encounters in a More-Than-Human World. Eds. Birgit Spengler, Babette Tischleder. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2019. 109-122.
  • “‘Landscape-of-the-Heart’: Transgenerational Memory and Relationality in Roy Kiyooka’s Mothertalk. Life Stories of May Kiyoshi Kiyooka.” Gained Ground. Perspectives on Canadian and Comparative North American Studies. Eds. Eva Gruber and Caroline Rosenthal. Rochester: Camden House, 2018. 93-107.
  • “‘Cranes on the Rise’: Metaphors in Life Writing. An Introduction.” “Cranes on the Rise”: Metaphors in Life Writing. Symbolism 18. Guest ed. Katja Sarkowsky. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018. 3-11.
  • “‘Writing is Not Homecoming’: André Aciman’s Autobiographical Essays.” Cranes on the Rise”: Metaphors in Life Writing. Symbolism 18. Guest ed. Katja Sarkowsky. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018. 139-154.
  •  “This is why I’m remembering”: Narrative Agency and Autobiographical Knowledge in Maria Campbell’s Halfbreed (1973) and Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave (2012).” Indigenous Knowledges. Ed. Kerstin Knopf. ZKS 68.1 (2018): 176-196.
  • “Joy Kogawa, Obasan. Von der Notwendigkeit Geschichte(n) zu erzählen,” in: Große Werke der Literatur XV. Eds. Günter Butzer, Hubert Zapf. Tübingen: Narr, 2017. 211-223.
  •  “Haunting Conflicts: Memory, Forgetting, and the Struggle for Community in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant,” in: Contested Communities - Communication, Narration, Imagination. Ed. Susanne Mühleisen. Leiden: Brill, 2017. 149-170.
  • (with Stefanie Müller and Christa Buschendorf). “Violence and Open Spaces: The Subversion of Boundaries and the Transformation of the Western Genre,” in: Violence and Open Spaces: The Subversion of Boundaries and the Transformation of the Western Genre. Eds. Stefanie Müller et al. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017. 7-30.
  • “‘The wounded psyche is not a broken leg’: Illness, Injury, and the Ambiguity of Self in Siri Hustvedt’s Work”. Zones of Focused Ambiguity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Siri Hustvedt's Works. Eds. Johanna Hartmann, Christine Marks, and Hubert Zapf. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2016. 357-371.
  • “Out of the Belly of Christopher’s Ship”: Mapping the Red Atlantic and Indigenous Modernity,” in: Comparative Indigenous Studies. Ed Mita Banerjee. Heidelberg: Winter-Verlag, 2016. 353-381.
  •  ““Out of Egypt, Out of Place: Memory, Exile and Diaspora in André Aciman’s and Edward Said’s Memoirs,” in: Censorship & Exile. Ed. Johanna Hartmann, Hubert Zapf. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015. 49-64.
  • “John Ford, The Searchers (1956),“ in: Große Werke des Films. Eds. Günter Butzer, Hubert Zapf. Tübingen: Francke, 2015. 83-103.
  • “Eine Gesellschaft im Umbruch und die Notwendigkeit des Geschichtenerzählens: Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart/Alles Zerfällt,” in: Große Werke der Literatur. Hg. Günter Butzer, Hubert Zapf. Tübingen/Basel: Francke, 2015. 243-259.
  • “The Spatial Politics of Urban Modernity: Henry James's Washington Square,” in: Amerikastudien/American Studies 59.1 (2014): 7-25.
  • “Des champs de tension producitfs – Cosmopolitisme, théories postcoloniales et Cultural Citizenship.” Transl. Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn. Théories Intercontinentales. Voyages Du Comparatisme Postcolonial. Ed. Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn. Paris: Demopolis, 2014. 131-146.
  • “Comparing Indigenous Literatures in Canada and the United States,” in: The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature. Ed. Reingard Nischik. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 114-139.
  • “Transcultural Autobiography and the Staging of (Mis)Recognition: Edward Said’s Out of Place and Gerald Vizenor’s Interior Landscapes: Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors,” in: Amerikastudien/American Studies 57.4 (2012): 627-642.
  • “Urbane Modernen: New Yorks Immigrantenviertel in Jacob Riis’ How the Other Half Lives (1890) und Anzia Yezierskas Salome of the Tenements (1923)” in: Stadt der Moderne. Hg. Christoph Fassbender, Cecile Sandten. Trier: WVT, 2013. 93-106.
  • “‘Is this my own?’ – Zugehörigkeit, Citizenship und Literatur” in: Theorien der Literatur VI. Grundlagen und Perspektiven. Hg. Günter Butzer, Hubert Zapf. Tübingen/Basel: Francke, 2013. 217-231.
  • “Gaps, Immediacy, and the Deconstruction of Epistemological Categories: The Impact of Gerald Vizenor’s Poetry on his Prose” in: The Poetry and Poetics of Gerald Vizenor. Ed. Deborah Madsen. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2012. 98-112.
  • “Cartographic Subversions: Thomas King’s Transcultural Mapping Strategies” in: Thomas King: Works and Impact. Ed. Eva Gruber. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. 210-223.
  • “Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony,” in: Große Werke der Literatur. Hg. Günter Butzer, Hubert Zapf. Tübingen/Basel: Francke, 2012. 169-185.
  • “Ambivalente Einschreibungen: ‘Citizenship’, ‘Kultur’ und ‘Nation’ in japanisch-kanadischer Literatur,” in: Politik in Nordamerika und Europa. Analysen, Theorien und literarische Rezeption. Hg. Grasnick, Jan/Walter, Katja. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2012. 109-129.
  • “A Century of Strangers: Postkolonialismus und Transkulturalität,” in: Theorien der Literatur V. Hg. Günther Butzer, Hubert Zapf. Tübingen/Basel: Francke, 2011. 75-92.
  • “Questions of Recognition? Critical Investigations of Citizenship and Culture in Multicultural Canadian Writing,” in: Zeitschrift für Kanadastudien 30.1 (2010), 47-63.
  • “Democratic Iterations: Articulations of ‘Citizenship’ in Contemporary Canadian and American Literatures,” in: Virtually American? Denationalizing North American Studies. Ed. Mita Banerjee. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009. 97-110.
  • “Beyond the Contact Zone? Mapping Transcultural Spaces in Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen and Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach,” in: Transcultural English Studies. Ed. Frank Schulze-Engler and Sissy Helff. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 2009. 323-338.
  • “Nisei Negotiations: Citizenship and the Nation in Japanese Canadian Writing,” in: West Coast Line 59 (2008), 28-41.
  • “Manga, Zen, and Samurai: Negotiating Exoticism and Orientalist Images in Sujata Massey’s Rei Shimura Novels (including an interview with Sujata Massey),” in: Postcolonial Postmortems. Crime Fiction from a Transcultural Perspective. Ed. Christine Matzke and Susanne Mühleisen. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 2006. 109-137.
  • “Churches, Museums, and the Return of the Buffalo: Spatial Art in Thomas King’s Truth & Bright Water (1999),” in: First and Other Nations. Symbolic Representations. Ed. Mark Shackleton and Veera Supinen. Helsinki 2005. 53-69.
  • “AlterNative Transitions: Öffentlichkeit und Privatheit in zeitgenössischen indigenen Texten Kanadas,” in: Öffentlichkeiten und Geschlechterverhältnisse. Erfahrungen, Strategien, Subjekte. Hg. Susanne Lettow, Ulrike Manz, Katja Sarkowsky. Königstein/Ts.: Helmer, 2005. 23-38.
  • “Mapping the Nineties,” in: Postcolonial Theory. The Emergence of a Critical Discourse. A Selected and Annotated Bibliography. Ed. Dieter Riemenschneider. Preface by Homi K. Bhabha. Tübingen: Narr, 2004. 156-177.
  • “Writing (and) Art: Native American/First Nations’ Art and Literature Beyond Resistance and Reconciliation,” in: Resistance and Reconciliation. Writing in the Commonwealth. Eds. Bruce Bennett et al. Canberra 2003. 90-101.
  • “Beyond Margins and Centres: First Nations Literature and the Challenge to Postcolonial Theory,” in: Crab Tracks: Progress and Process in Teaching the New Literatures in English. Ed. Frank Schulze-Engler and Gordon Collier. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 2002. 85-109.
  • “A Decolonial (Rite of) Passage: Decolonization, Migration and Gender Construction in Jeannette Armstrong’s Slash,” in: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 49.3 (2001), 233-243.


Handbook Contributions

  • “22 Canada.” Stefan Helgesson, Birgit Neumann und Gabriele Rippl (eds.): Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020. 355-374.
  • “54. J.M.Coetzee: Boyhood (1997) and Youth (2002).” Handbook Autobiography/Autofiction. Vol. III. Ed. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2019. 2049-2063.
  • “Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony,” in: The American Novel Since 1900. Ed. Timo Müller. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2017. 337-351.
  • “6.3.3 Kanada, in: Kanon und Wertung.” Hg. Gabriele Rippl, Simone Winko. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2013. 301-304.
  • With Frank Schulze-Engler. “New English Literatures” in: English and American Studies. Theory and Practice. Eds. Martin Middeke, Timo Müller, Christina Wald, Hubert Zapf. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2012. 163-177.
  • With Frank Schulze-Engler. “Postcolonial Studies” in: English and American Studies. Theory and Practice. Eds. Martin Middeke, Timo Müller, Christina Wald, Hubert Zapf. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2012. 301-313.