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FWF project "ESCAPE"

European Slaves: Christians in African Pirate Encounters (ESCAPE):
Barbary Coast Captivity Narratives (1550-1780)

The proposed research project focuses on early modern—that is, mostly seventeenth- and eighteenth-century—survivor narratives by white Europeans who were enslaved by Islamic pirates on North Africa’s Barbary Coast. Centerpieces of the research effort are an anthology of shorter unedited German slave narratives and the first modern text edition and English translation of Johan Frisch’s Schauplatz Barbarischer Sclaverey (1666 and 1694), one of the most important and comprehensive specimens of this text type in German. Parallel to editing Frisch’s text, which draws on a plethora of accounts in French, English, and other languages, the project will provide a typological analysis of these histories, focusing on English and German texts first, and gradually exploring narratives in other languages as well. Unlike previous research, mostly carried out by historians on the phenomenon of white slavery as such, this project primarily focuses on survivor narratives from a literary perspective. These white slave histories will be treated as an independent narrative text type or genre, which shares features of the modern novel, but predates it by more than a century.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mag. Mario Klarer, M.A.
Institut für Amerikastudien
Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Österreich


Publications (monographs and editions as of 1995)


Quendler, Christian (2017). The Camera-Eye Metaphor in Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-138-91136-9.


Malknecht, Johannes (2016): Writing on the Edge. Paratexts in Narrative Cinema.Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter (= Film and Television Studies, 3). ISBN: 978-3-8253-6474-8.


Klecker, Cornelia (2015): Spoiler Alert! Mind-Tricking Narratives in Contemporary Hollywood Film. Heidelberg:Universitätsverlag Winter (= Film and Television Studies, 2). ISBN 978-3-8253-6473-1.

Klarer, Mario; Mahlknecht, Johannes: Herausgeber der "Word & Image Special Issue": Writing in Film (Volume 31, Issue 4) - Taylor & Francis, 01.10.2015.

Grabher, Gudrun M.; Mathis-Moser, Ursula (eds.) Regionalism(s). A Variety of Perspectives from Europe and the Americas. Wien: new academic press, 2015. Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Föderalismus, Band 119. ISBN: 978-3-7003-1926-9.

Klarer, Mario (2014): A Short Literary History of the United States. London; New York [u.a.]: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-74217-7.

Klarer, Mario. Introduction to Literary Studies. London; New York (u.a.): Routledge, 2013. (3rd Edition)
Klarer, Mario. Literaturgeschichte der USA. München: C. H. Beck (= Beck'sche Reihe, 2769), 2013.

Madsen, Deborah L.; Klarer, Mario. The Visual Culture of Modernism. Tübingen: Narr (=Swiss papers in English language and literature 26), 2011.

Klarer, Mario. Einführung in die Grundlagen der Literaturwissenschaft. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2011.

Klarer, Mario. Einführung in die anglistisch-amerikanistische Literaturwissenschaft.Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (= Einführungen), 2010. (7. überarb. Auflage)
Heller, Arno. Amerikanischer Nordwesten und Kalifornien. Historische Spurensuche jenseits der Mythen. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press, 2010.
Quendler, Christian. Interfaces of Fiction: Initial Framings in the History of the American Novel from 1790 to 1900. Wien: Braumüller (= Austrian Studies in English 101), 2010.

Engel, Georg, ed. Gaines, Ernest: A Lesson Before Dying. Berlin: Cornelsen Verlag, 2009.
Engel, Georg. The American South. Berlin: Cornelsen Verlag (= Schwerpunktthema Abitur Englisch), 2009.
Grabher, Gudrun, and Claudia Schwarz, eds. 50 Years of American Studies in Innsbruck: Past and Future. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press, 2009.
Grabher, Gudrun M.; Gamper, Anna, eds. Legal Narratives. European Perspectives on U.S. Law in Cultural Context. Wien [u.a.]: Springer, 2009.
Gächter, Yvonne, Heike Ortner, Claudia Schwarz, and Andreas Wiesinger, eds. (unter Mitarbeit von Engel, Christine; Hug, Theo; Neuhaus, Stefan; Schröder, Thomas). Erzählen - Reflexionen im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung. Storytelling - Reflections in the Age of Digitalization. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press, 2009.

Klarer, Mario. Meetings auf Englisch. Frankfurt am Main: Redline Wirtschaft (= New Business Line) 2007.
Engel, Georg. USA - Big Cities - Open Spaces. Berlin: Cornelsen Verlag (= Schwerpunktthema Abitur Englisch) 2007.

Klein, Verena. Mothering Her Self: Mothers and Daughters in Ethel Wilson's Work. Trier: WVT - Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (= Mosaic: Studien und Texte zur amerikanischen Kultur und Geschichte 28), 2006.
Klarer Mario. Präsentieren auf Englisch. Frankfurt am Main: Redline Wirtschaft (= New business line 102). 3., aktualisierte und überarb. Aufl. 2006.
Heller, Arno. Amerikanischer Südwesten. Geschichte, Kultur, Mythos. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press, 2006.

Heusser, Martin, and Gudrun Grabher, eds. American Foundational Myths. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2002.

Grabher, Gudrun M., and Martina Antretter, eds. Emily Dickinson at Home: Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Emily Dickinson International Society, 12-15 August 1999. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2001.
Klarer, Mario. Ekphrasis: Bildbeschreibung als Repräsentationstheorie bei Spenser, Sidney, Lyly und Shakespeare. Buchreihe der Anglia 35. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2001.
Klarer, Mario. Präsentieren auf Englisch. New Business Line. Wien, Frankfurt: Überreuter, 2001.
Quendler, Christian. From Romantic Irony to Postmodernist Fiction. Frankfurt: Lang, 2001. ISBN 3-631-36718-X.

Bahn-Coblans, Sonja and Mario Klarer, eds. Cultural Encounters: American Studies in the Age of Multiculturalism. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2000.

Grabher, Gudrun M., and Sonja Bahn, eds. The Self at Risk. In English Literatures and Other Landscapes. Honoring Brigitte Scheer-Schäzler on the Occasion of Her 60th Birthday = Das Risiko Selbst in der englischen Literatur und anderen Bereichen. Zu Ehren von Brigitte Scheer-Schäzler anlässlich ihres 60. Geburtstages. Innsbruck: Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, 1999.
Klarer, Mario. An Introduction to Literary Studies. London, New York: Routledge, 1999.

Grabher, Gudrun M., Roland Hagenbüchle and Cristanne Miller, eds. The Emily Dickinson Handbook. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst 1998.
Engel, Georg, ed. Coming of Age. Cornelsen, Berlin, 1998.

Bahn, Sonja and Arno Heller. William Greaves "Just Doin' It". Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 1997.
Engel, Georg et al., eds. Britain and America. Images and Perspectives. Berlin: Cornelsen,1997.
Engel, Georg et al. Britain and America. Images and Perspectives. Lehrerbuch. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1997.

Grabher, Gudrun M. & Ulrike Jessner, eds. Semantics of Silences in Linguistics and Literature. Heidelberg: C. Winter Verlag, 1996.
Scheer-Schäzler, Brigitte, ed. Immigrant Stories. New Fiction by New Writers. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1996.
Scheer-Schäzler, Brigitte, ed. Immigrant Stories. New Fiction by New Writers. Lehrerheft. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1996.

Grabher, Gudrun M., ed. Sammelband: Geburt und Tod im Kunstvergleich. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 1995.
Klarer, Mario. Einführung in die anglistisch-amerikanistische Literaturwissenschaft. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1995. 2. überarbeitete Auflage.
Scheer-Schäzler, Brigitte, ed. Wanting America. Stories by Bharati Mukherjee. Stuttgart: Reclam, 1995.



  • Heller, Arno. Experiments with the Novel of Maturation: Henry James and Stephen Crane, 1976.
  • Grabher, Gudrun. Das lyrische Du: Du-Vergessenheit und Möglichkeiten der Du-Bestimmung in der amerikanischen Dichtung, 1989.
  • Klarer, Mario. Seeing through Bodies: Ekphrasis and the Historicity of Representation in English and American Literature, 1997.
  • Quendler, Christian. Confessions of a Camera Eye, 2013.


PhD dissertations

  • Rainer, Carmen: May Swenson and Her Poetry: Sharing a „Lonely Faith“, 2017 (Grabher)
  • Köll, Karin Walpurga: Killing Justice: Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and Violent Death in American Culture and Law, 2017. (Grabher)
  • Spindler, Robert: Among Pirates: Barbary Captivity and Early Modern Literature and Culture in Europe and America, 2016. (Klarer)
  • Haidegger, Ingrid:"Make Them Expectant": The Movie Poster as a Marketing Tool and Genre Indicator, 2015. (Klarer)
  • Rudig, Stefanie: Self-Location, Self and Location. Migrant Literature by Women Writers in Victorian New Zealand, 2015. (Klarer)
  • Schmied, Iris: The Hero And His Mythical / Musical Journey in Major Hollywood Films, 2015. (Grabher)
  • Laner, Barbara: Cinematic Cannibalism: Instances of Media Cannibalism in Film History, 2014. (Klarer)
  • Klecker, Cornelia: Spoiler Alert! Mind-Tricking Narratives in Contemporary Hollywood Film, 2011. (Klarer)
  • Mahlknecht Johannes: Writing on the Edge. Paratexts in Narrative Cinema, 2011. (Klarer).
  • Kreutner, Edith. Hurricane Katrina and Her Literature: An Analysis of the Catastrophe and its Reflection in US Literature, 2011. (Heller)
  • Leisner, Andreas. Individualism in U.S. Mythology: The Lawman as Promethean Figure in the Western, 2010. (Grabher)
  • Prantl, Philip: Sensing Justice: American Jury System, 2010. (Grabher)
  • Feyersinger, Erwin. Metalepsis in Animation: Paradoxical Transgressions of Ontological Levels, 2010. (Klarer)
  • Jäger, Markus. Popular Is Not Enough: The Political Voice of Joan Baez, 2009. (Klarer)
  • Schwarz, Claudia. The Ethics of Storytelling, 2008. (Grabher)
  • Klein, Verena Elisabeth. Mothering Her Self, 2005. (Grabher)
  • Müller, Elfi. Musizierende Literatur. Die Thematisierung der Selbst-Entgrenzung durch Musik in ausgewählten Werken der amerikanischen Prosa des 20. hunderts, 1997. (Grabher)
  • Dlaska, Andrea: Ways of Belonging. Appropriating Spaces, Fashioning Identities: The Fiction of Bharati Mukherjee, 1997. (Scheer)
  • Dehler, Johanna: Fragments of Desire: Sapphic Fictions in the Works of H.D., Judy Grahn, and Monique Wittig, 1997. (Scheer)
  • Bösch, Susanna: "Sturdy Black Bridges" on the American Stage. The Portrayal of Black Motherhood in Selected Plays by Contemporary African American Women Playwrights, 1994. (Heller)
  • Ilg, Angelika: Tradition und Wandel: Eine analytische Betrachtung der Erzählwerke Elizabeth Spencers, 1994. (Scheer)
  • Leitner, Miryam: Janice Mirikitani. A Monography, 1994. (Scheer)
  • Vogt, Elke: Grenzsituationen im Werk von Ursula LeGuin, 1994. (Heller)
  • Wogowitsch, Margit. Narrative Strategies and Multicultural Identity: Maxine Hong Kingston in Context, 1993. (Scheer)
  • Kallenberg-Schröder, Andrea Renate. Autobiographisches in Arthur Millers familienzentrierten Dramen, 1992. (Heller)
  • Wohlfahrter, Klaus. Filmische Passagen in die Neue Welt, Entwürf ethno-amerikanischer Kulturen im Migrationsfilm, 1992. (Heller)
  • Ramsey-Kurz, Helga. The Anatomy of Fiction. Fragwürdige Frauenfreundschaften in den Romanen von Anita Brookner, Alice Thomas Ellis und Emma Tennant, 1992. (Scheer)
  • Danler, Paul. Der Chicano Roman im Kontext. Eine Einführung, 1991. (Scheer)
  • Klarer, Mario. Frau und Utopie: Funktion von Geschlecht in der literarischen Utopie mit exemplarischen Analysen anglo-amerikanischer Frauenromane, 1990. (Heller)
  • Donnenberg, Gislar Innovation und Orthodoxie: Cynthia Ozick und der Versuch eines neuen amerikanisch-jüdischen Romans, 1990. (Heller)


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