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Annalina Benner

About me

Annalina Benner is a PhD candidate at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), International PhD Programme Literary and Cultural Studies (IPP) as well as European PhDnet Literary and Cultural Studies at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. For her dissertation project, she researches the impact of digitization on the musicalization of anglophone fiction and the emergence of new forms of intermediality. Other research interests that she is also teaching about at the University of Gießen include African American literature and culture, graphic memoirs, and life writing. Annalina Benner studied English, Philosophy, and History at Justus-Liebig-University and Eastern Michigan University between 2016 and 2023.

Dissertation Working Title: The Impact of Digitalization on the Musicalization of Anglophone Fiction. From Thematization and Imitation to Musical Incorporation.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ansgar Nünning (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen), Dr. James Hodkinson (University of Warwick)

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7171-915X


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

  • 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.
  • 12/2021: "Akademikerinnen in Oxbridge im 20. Jahrhundert – Femmes universitaires à Oxford et Cambridge au XXe siècle." Genre, Milieux, Savoirs et Écrits AcadémiquesUniversité de Strasbourg, 09 - 10 December 2021.
Other Activities in the Academic Context

Research Interests

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

WiSe 2023/24


Introduction to English Studies.

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 

SoSe 2023


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

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.

WiSe 2022/23


Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies.

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 

SoSe 2022


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

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.