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Prof. Dr. Jan Rupp

Background and Research

Jan Rupp is currently coordinator of the Research Centre for the Study of Culture (RCSC), Giessen, having served as an interim professor at the universities of Frankfurt, Giessen, Heidelberg and Wuppertal. He is the author of Genre and Cultural Memory in Black British Literature (2010) and a second monograph on representations of ritual in modernist Pageant Fictions (2016). His research interests include the contemporary novel, cultural memory studies, narrative theory, intermediality, ritual in literature, and (neo-)Victorian studies. He has published widely on diasporic British as well as postcolonial Anglophone writing and theory, including on didactic perspectives of the literature classroom. Among his current work is a project on figurations of world writing and environmental memory in literatures of the Global South.


International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Room 103
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 12
35394 Gießen

Phone: +49 641- 99-30 052


Select Publications
  • "Heterodox Maps of World Literature and South-to-South Dialogue in Caribbean Writing." Ed. Andrea Gremels, Maren Scheurer, Frank Schulze-Engler & Jarula Wegner. Entanglements: Envisioning World Literature from the Global South. Hannover: ibidem, 2022 (in press).
  • "Between Auto- und Heterobiography: World Refugee Writing in (New) Anglophone Literatures." Special Issue "Between Macro and Micro History – Scales in Migration Studies", Yearbook of Transnational History (in preparation).
  • "Plantation and Planet: Environmental Precarity in Anglophone Caribbean World Writing." Ed. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp, Marion Gymnich, and Klaus Peter Schneider. Representing Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World. Amsterdam/New York: Brill, 2021. 194-210.
  • "Imperial Hauntings in the Durbar Room: Spurious Materiality in Neo-Victorian Biopics." Ed. Sibylle Baumbach and Ulla Ratheiser. Victorian Surfaces in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 177-195.
  • "Writing Back to Brexit: Refugees, Transcultural Intertextuality, and the Colonial Archive." Journal of Postcolonial Writing
  •  56.5 (2020): 689-702."Plumbing Distant Spatiotemporal Scales: Towards an Econarratology of Planetary Memory in Narratives of the Global South." Ed. Astrid Erll and Roy Sommer. Narrative in Culture. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2019. 75-90.
  • "Caribbean Spaces and Anglophone World Literatures." Anglia 135.1 (2017): 140-158
Conferences and Talks
  • "Nomadworld: Global Mobility and the New Anglophones." Anglistentag Mainz, 2-5 September 2022, Section Organizer (with Carolin Gebauer and Pavan Malreddy)
  • "Telling Y(our) Story: Precarity of Trust in Contemporary Refugee Life Narratives." Workshop "Vertrauen - Krise/Katastrophe - Erzählen", Centre for Narrative Research, Wuppertal University, 30 June - 1 July 2022.
  • "Figurations of World Writing and Environmental Memory in Literatures of the Global South." International PhD Programme "Literary and Cultural Studies", Giessen University, 25 May 2022.
  • "Planetary Precarity and Ecopoetry: Poems to Solve the Climate Crisis?" International Conference "Planetary Precarity and Future Habitability", Challenging Precarity: A Global Network, 18-19 February 2022.
  • "Remembering the Anthropocene from the Tropics: Planetary Memory in Caribbean Literary History." International Conference "Planetary Memory in Contemporary Anglophone Literatures", Düsseldorf University, 7-8 May 2021.
  • "Ruptures of 'Global Britain': Asylum Narratives and the Internationalization of English Literature Now." 1st Anglo-German Frontiers of Humanities Symposium (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation / British Academy), Lübeck, 2-5 Mai 2019.


Challenging Precarity: A Global Network


GAPS - Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies


Deutscher Anglistenverband


Deutscher Hochschulverband