Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Christian Quendler
Department Chair and ZIAS Co-Director

Department of American Studies

University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Humanities building, 3rd floor, room 40307

Tel:       +43 512 507-4177
E-Mail: christian.quendler@uibk.ac.at

Office hour: Friday 12.00-14.00 hrs, prior registration per email required!

Current Research Project


  • Theories of literature, culture and media
  • Narratology
  • Intermediality
  • 19th- and 20th-century American, British and German literature
  • Film Studies (early theories of film, silent and early sound film, avant-garde and experimental film)


current semester: course descriptions

Publications (selection)


- The Camera-Eye Metaphor in Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2017.

- Interfaces of Fiction: Initial Framings in the American Novel from 1790 to 1900. Vienna: Braumüller, 2010.

- From Romantic Irony to Postmodernist Metafiction: Oxford: Peter Lang, 2001.


- Special issue on “Mountains and Cinema,” in The New Review of Film and Television 21.1 (forthcoming January 2023),
  ed. together with Cornelia Klecker.

- Special issue on “Mediating Mountains” in JAAAS (Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies)
  3.2 (forthcoming September 2021), ed. together with Eva-Maria Müller.

- Special issue on “Global Appalachia” in Appalachian Journal 48.3–4 (forthcoming, Spring/Summer 2021), ed. together
  with Benjamin Robbins.

Essays and Book Chapters

- “Aging, Auteurism and the Bergfilm: Olvier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Paolo Sorrentino’s La givonanezza”
   (co-authored with Daniel Winkler), Journal of Film and Video 72.3-4 (2020), 73–89.

- “Holy Mountain Hollywood: Hölderlin, Fanck und Herzog,” Heilige Berge – das Heilige der Berge, edited by Monika Fink
    und Thomas Steppan. Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 2020. 161–173.

- “Trois Places pour le 26 (1988) und das goldene Zeitalter des Showbusiness: Metareferenzialität in Jacques Demys
    und Yves Montands letzter Musikkomödie” (co-authored with Daniel Winkler), Film-Konzepte 56.2 (2020): Jacques
    Demy, ed. Kristina Köhler. Edition text+kritik, 80-93.

- “Media Theory as Narrative Theory: Film Narration as a Case Study,” The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary
    Narrative Theories, ed. Zara Dinnen and Robyn Warhol. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. 273-288.

- “(Bawl-)Fredonia: Renaming, Remapping and Retelling the United States in the Early Republic.” Amerikastudien/American
    Studies 61.3 (2016), 291-314.

- “‘Mon Dieu, il faut que je l’écrive!’ – Cinematography as the Difference between Writing, Speaking and Seeing in
    Robert Bresson’s Journal d’un curé de campagne (1951).” Word and Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry
    31.4 (2015): 473-89.

- “Camera.” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. Ed. Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland. New York: Routledge,
    2014. 56-62.

- “Apparatus Theory (Baudry).” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. Ed. Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland.
   New York: Routledge, 2014. 14-20.

- “Blending and Film Theory.” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. Ed. Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland.
    New York: Routledge, 2014. 69-74.

- “Subjective Cameras Locked-In and Out-Of-Body.” Image [&] Narrative 15.1 (2014): 71-88.

- “A Series of Dated Traces: Diaries and Film.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 36.2 (2013): 339-58.

- “The Conceptual Integration of Intermediality: Literary and Cinematic Camera-Eye Narratives.” Blending and the Study
    of Narrative. Ed. Ralf Schneider and Marcus Hartner. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012. 211-42.

- “Autopsy and Autography in the First Decades of Cinema.” Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 37.2 (2012): 161-83.

- “Rethinking the Camera Eye: Dispositif and Subjectivity.” New Review of Film and Television Studies 9.4 (2011): 395-414.

- “Bodies of Letters: Literary, National, and Gender Identities in Epistolary Fiction of the Early Republic.” Polysémes:
   Art et Littératures 11 (2011): 87-112.

- “Musing by Numbers: Das Zählen der Künste im Zeitalter des Films.” Hartmut Stenzel, Marcel Vejmelka (eds.), Anders:
    Identitäten. Studies in English Literary and Cultural History. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011. 111-24.

 Shorter English Version: “Musing by Numbers: Counting the Arts in the Age of Film.” Il Canone Cinematografico
 The Film Canon. Ed. Pietro Bianchi, Giulio Bursi, Simone Venturi. Udine: Film Forum, 2011. 117-23.

- “I am a Camera: The Development of Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin across Stage, Screen and Time.”
   Deborah Madsen and Mario Klarer (eds.), The Visual Culture of Modernism. Tübingen: Narr, 2011. 119-35.

- “Faces of Fiction: Format, Typography and Layout in the American Renaissance.” Dorothea Steiner (ed.), Exploring
   Spaces: Practices and Perspectives. Münster: LIT, 2009. 91-112.

- “Novel Beginnings: Initial Framings as a Historical Category of American Fiction.” ZAA - Zeitschrift für Anglistik und
   Amerikanistik – A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture 56.4 (2008): 337-57.

- “Frame Analysis and its Contribution to a Historical and Cultural Theory of Literary Fiction: A Comparison of Initial
   Framings in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Spy and Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans.” Werner Wolf and Walter
   Bernhart (eds.), Framing Borders in Literature and Other Media. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. 229-62.

- “Veil, Curtain, Picture and Screen: A Reading of Initial Framings in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction.” AAA – Arbeiten
   aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 29: 2 (2004): 217-37.

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