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Lena Schneider

Lena Schneider
Address Universität des Saarlandes
North American Literary and Cultural Studies
Gebäude C5 3, Zimmer E36
66123 Saarbrücken
Phone +49 681-302-2214
E-Mail lena.schneider@uni-saarland.de


The Transcultural Feminist Grotesque: Embodiment in Contemporary Anglophone Literatures

(Supervisor: Astrid Fellner, Saarbrücken)

My research project examines grotesque representations of female characters and their functions in a selection of feminist literary texts from diverse Anglophone backgrounds. It explores how depictions of bodies in texts by female and feminist writers mediate sexual, gendered and racial difference. I argue that these narratives constitute examples of feminist transcultural diversity. Through the use of the grotesque, these novels shed light on a new, transnational conception of the body. Thus, these texts go beyond traditional, national boundaries and classifications into national literatures. In fact, they create global, transnational imaginary spaces in which a new conception of the body is developed. This new conception of the body incorporates both a critique of philosophical ideas on a mind/body dualism and of gender as a fixed category. Instead, gender is put forward as one dimension of diversity, inherently connected to other dimensions such as race, ethnicity, age, class, etc.

Drawing on Bakhtin’s grotesque body and feminist phenomenology, I analyse the ways in which the texts represent the embodiment and inscription of gender, and examine how depictions of grotesque characters challenge inscriptions and imagine (gender) identities differently.


2011 - 2012
MSc Comparative and General Literature, University of Edinburgh
2009 - 2010
Hispanic and English Philology, Universitat de les Illes Balears
2007 - 2011
B.A. English and American Literature and Culture and Romance Studies (Spanish), University of Paderborn

Work Experience

Research assistant in Transcultural Anglophone Studies, Saarland University
2016 - 2017
Research assistant in American Studies, University of Paderborn
2013 - 2016
Research assistant in English Studies, University of Hildesheim

Conference Presentations

A Voice for the Voiceless: Intergenerational and Insidious Trauma in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory
5th Postgraduate Forum ‘Postcolonial Narrations’, University of Erfurt
It was her own body she remembered: Female ‘Lived Bodily Experience’ in Sunset Song
Conference on ‘Transient Bodies in Anglophone Literature and Culture’, University of Koblenz-Landau
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