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Annalina Benner

Research Assistant, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Nünning 



Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut für Anglistik / English Department
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10 B 304
35394 Giessen

Phone: +49 (0) 641 / 99 30 09 5

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Information for Students
Please reach out via e-mail to schedule an online or in-person office hour during the lecture-free period.
B.A. and teacher training (Lehramt) students interested in thesis supervision or examination for the Erste Staatsprüfung are asked to request an office hour via e-mail to go over the bureaucratic work together.
Note that from April 2024 to December 2024, Annalina Benner is conducting research at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick (England). While still available for online office hours, opportunities for in-person meetings are limited during that period. Please note further, that this absence results in an inability to take on any role as examiner for the Erste Staatsprüfung during that time. This means that candidates for the Fall 2024 State Examination are asked to request another examiner while candidates for the Spring 2025 State Examination may reach out as long as they are aware of restricted online office hours before the examination.

Psychologische Beratungsstelle: The PBS team is available to students as a point of contact for all issues that are troubling them in the context of their studies or also in their private lives.


Research Interests

  • Musico-Literary Intermediality
  • African American Literature and Culture
  • Graphic Memoirs
  • Life Writing




Academic CV

since 04/2022

Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Nünning

Department of English, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

09/2022 - 01/2024

Editorial Team Member

On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture

10/2019 - 04/2020

Teaching Assistant

World Languages Department, Eastern Michigan University (USA)

09/2019 – 12/2019

B.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Study Abroad Semester without Degree)

Eastern Michigan University (USA)

10/2017 - 04/2023

Erste Staatsprüfung für das Lehramt an Hauptschulen und Realschulen (English and History)

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie

10/2016 – 12/2021

Erste Staatsprüfung für das Lehramt an Gymnasien (English and Philosophy)

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie


Papers and Talks (ORCiD: 0000-0001-7171-915X)

06/2024: "'Everything We Need': Changing Perspectives on the Formation of the Good Life in the Music of A Day To Remember." Forms of the Good Life in a Global Context: Hegemonic Cultural Models, Literary Form, and Counter-Narrative. Research Centre for the Study of Culture, 12 - 13 June 2024.


05/2024: "From Great Rock and Roll Pauses to The Bricks that Built the Houses - Musicalization in 21st Century Fiction." Guest session in Specialized Topics in Cultural Studies: The Musicalization of Poetry? Investigating the Intersections of Early Modern Sonnets and Music at the University of Graz, 15 May 2024.


07/2023: "'Own Your UnconsciousTM' - Literary Lessons on the Abandonment of Privacy and the Future of Autonomy." FUTURE/FUTURES. The Lisbon Consortium, 03 - 08 July 2023.


06/2023: "'When I Wake Up I have Music in My Head' – Repetition and Variation in John Darnielle's Master of Reality (2008)." Repetition/Variation in Literature and MusicInternational Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA), 28 June - 01 July 2023.


12/2022: "Editorial: Codes: Power and Subversion." In: On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture 14 (2022).


05/2022: "You're Not Hardcore Unless You Live Hardcore [Review of: Winkler, Robert A.: Generation Reagan Youth: Representing and Resisting White Neoliberal Forms of Life in the U.S. Hardcore Punk Scene (1979-1999). Trier: WVT, 2021.]." In: KULT_online 65 (2022).


12/2021: "Akademikerinnen in Oxbridge im 20. Jahrhundert – Femmes universitaires à Oxford et Cambridge au XXe siècle." Genre, Milieux, Savoirs et Écrits Académiques. Université de Strasbourg, 09 - 10 December 2021.




Summer 2024

All is Fair in Love and War - Narrating War, Love, and Friendship in American Lyrical and Musical Tradition.

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 

Winter 2023/24

Introduction to English Studies

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 

Summer 2023

A Tramp Abroad - Exploring National Literature, Humor, and Tragedy in Mark Twain's Work.

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 

Winter 2022/23

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies.

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 
Summer 2022

All Men are Created Equal – Narrating Racial (In)Equality Through Contemporary African American Music, Literature, and TV Series.

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.


Supervised Theses

  • Poetry as Means of Socio-Political Participation. African American Rhetoric in the Poetry of Langston Hughes (1921-1936). (BA, Summer 2023)
  • "The Hill We Climb": The Representation of African American Feminism in the Poetry of Maya Angelou and Amanda Gorman. (BA, Winter 2023/2024)