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Dr. Alexander Scherr



Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10 B

35394 Gießen

Room: B 334

Phone: +49 641 - 99 30120

Fax: +49 641 99 30189







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Alexander Scherr is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of English and an associated postdoc at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC). 


Most of his research is related, in one way or another, to the study of narrative in all its shapes. He is the author of a monograph on Narrating Evolution (WVT 2017) and has published some 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and handbooks. Further research interests include literature and science, sociological approaches to literature, postcolonial studies, and Gothic studies.

As a lecturer at the Department of English, Alexander has taught 40 seminars on Anglophone literatures and cultures, and he has supervised about 50 final theses. Unfortunately, he is no longer able to accept new thesis proposals and exam candidates.

As of October 2022, Alexander’s research on his current book project on “Essayistic Forms of Life in the Anglophone Novel” is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). A German abstract of the project is available here .


 Academic CV


10/2022 -

DFG-funded project (Eigene Stelle) on “Essayistic Forms of Life in the Anglophone Novel”: Justus Liebig University, Giessen


Interim Junior Professor of Anglophone Literary, Cultural and Media Studies: Department of English, JLU Giessen

on parental leave from July to September 2021


Assistant Professor (Postdoctoral Researcher): Department of English, JLU Giessen (Chair: Ansgar Nünning)


Visiting Assistant Professor: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)


PhD in English and American Literature and Culture: JLU Giessen


Assistant Professor (Doctoral Researcher): Department of English, JLU Giessen (Chair: Ansgar Nünning)


Visiting Researcher at the Department of American Literature and Culture, University of Łódź, Poland


Member of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), JLU Giessen


Coordinator/Manager of the Language Programme: Language Center, University of Bonn


MA in English Literature, Philosophy and Musicology, University of Bonn, Germany


Publications (as of August 2022)


For a list of publications, academic talks and other research output, please click here.




Summer 2022


An Introduction to Postcolonial Studies

Literature and Psychoanalysis: Key Ideas and Current Debates

Winter 2021/22

Make it New: Literary Manifestos from the 18th to the 21st Century

Canonization and Decanonization in Anglophone Literature


For a complete overview of Alexander Scherr’s teaching activities, including an anonymous list of final theses supervised by him, please click here.