Mag. Mag. Dr. Cornelia Klecker

Deputy Department Chair

Department of American Studies

University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck

Humanities building, 3rd floor, room 40304

Tel: +43 512 507-4179
E-Mail: cornelia.klecker@uibk.ac.at

Office hour: by appointment

Administration

  • Deputy Department Chair
  • Coordinator of the Mentoring Program for the BA English and American Studies
  • Contact person for the MA programs of the Faculty of Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Member (mid-level faculty) of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Member (mid-level faculty) of the Curriculum Commission of the Faculty of Language, Literature, and Culture

Degrees

  • MA in English and American Studies and Comparative Literature (both University of Innsbruck, 2007 and 2008)

    Diploma thesis: "Skip and Rewind: When Time Gets out of Line in Mainstream Film"
    Winner of the Annual Fulbright Prize in American Studies 2009

  • PhD in English and American Studies (University of Innsbruck, 2011)
    PhD thesis: "Spoiler Alert! Mind-Tricking Narratives in Contemporary Hollywood Film"
    Winner of the Annual Fulbright Prize in American Studies 2012

Interests in Research and Teaching

  • Television Studies (particularly 21st-century American scripted primetime series)
  • Contemporary American politics
  • Film Studies (particularly Hollywood film)
  • Narrative Theory
  • American Literature

Teaching

current semester: course descriptions

Editorships


Most Recent Publications

The Disfigured Face in American Literature, Film, and Television.
Edited by Cornelia Klecker and Gudrun M. Grabher. Routledge, 2022.

"Fictional 'Dissections' of a Medical Curiosity? Facial Disfigurement in Grey's Anatomy"
in The Disfigured Face in American Literature, Film, and Television. Edited by Cornelia Klecker and Gudrun M. Grabher. Routledge, 2022, pp. 189-209.

"Trump as the 'Kardashian of Politics'? Daniel J. Boorstin's 'Pseudo-Event' and the Rise of Donald Trump"
in The Journal of American Culture, vol. 43, no. 3 (7 October 2020), pp. 215-31.
 
in The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 53, no. 2 (2020), pp. 431-53.


Most Recent Conference Papers, Guest Lectures, and Roundtable Discussions

“Streaming Gender-Based Violence: Rape Myth Acceptance as Narrative Gimmick.” 2022 Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA). Online. November 10–12, 2022.

Invited guest lecture: “Flyover Fictions and US Politics” as part of the panel “Flyover Fictions: A New View on Literature, Film, and Politics.” Event series on “Rural Americas” organized by the Center for Interamerican Studies (ZIAS). University of Innsbruck, November 8, 2022.

“’Surprise, he’s innocent’: The Character Trop of the Wrongfully Accused White Man in the #MeToo Era.” “Narrative, Environment, Social Justice” (49th Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies).” University of Salzburg, October 21-23, 2022.

“Still No Narrative Reckoning? Netflix Productions and the #MeToo Movement.” 2022 Cultural Studies Association Conference. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, US. Hybrid. June 2-4, 2022. 

Virtual Roundtable: “USA: Auslaufmodell Demokratie oder Leuchtturm des Westens?” Haus der Begegnung der Diözese Innsbruck. Online. December 14, 2021. 

“’I am not your Villain’: Fictional Depictions of Facial Disfigurement in US-American Television Narratives.” 2021 Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA). Online. November 10 – 13, 2021.

"’Turning Necessity into a Virtue’: The Online Classroom as Chance for Intercultural Exchange.” “Digital Americas” (48th Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies.” Online. October 21 – 22 and 27 – 29, 2021.

“The 21st-Century Action Woman: Female Violence in Scripted Television Series.” 2021 PCA/ACA National Conference. Online. June 2 – 6, 2021.

Virtual Roundtable: “The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration: An American Recovery?” University of Innsbruck and University of New Orleans. Online. May 5, 2021.

Virtual Roundtable: “The End of an Era? Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and the American Presidency.” University of Innsbruck and University of New Orleans. Online. January 26, 2021.


 

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