Astrid Erll

Astrid Erll is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She studied English, German and Psychology at Justus-Liebig University Gießen, where she submitted her doctoral thesis (2002) as well as her “Habilitation” thesis (2006). From 2007 to 2010 she worked as a professor of English at  Wuppertal University. She was a visiting scholar at Cornell University (2004) and at Madison State University (2006), and an International Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS, 2009/10).

Her research interests include British, South Asian, South African and Caribbean literatures, diasporic and transcultural literatures, literary theory, narratology, media and film studies, and memory studies.

Astrid Erll is general editor of the book series Media and Cultural Memory (de Gruyter, since 2004), co-editor of A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies (with A. Nünning, 2010), Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory (with A. Rigney, 2009), and author of Memory in Culture (Palgrave 2011)/ Kollektives Gedächtnis und Erinnerungskulturen (2005, 2nd ed. 2011), an introduction to memory studies. She is founding member of the international networks in Memory Studies NITMES and COST ISTME and founder of the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform. She is member of the editorial boards of the journals Memory Studies, Sprachkunst, the Journal of Aesthetics and Culture and of the book series Memory Studies (Palgrave).

Areas of interest

  • Colonial and postcolonial encounters
  • Migration, refugees, citizenship
  • Expatriate and diasporic communities and collectives
  • War, violence, trauma and post-conflict
  • Personal, national and collective memory
  • Narrative and performative strategies

Relevant Publications

Astrid Erll combines the study of South Asian diasporas with approaches in memory studies, media studies, and narratology. She has written a monograph on British, South Asian and diasporic representations of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 (Repräsentationen des indischen Aufstands, 2007), which includes a reading of texts by Shoshee Chunder Dutt, Rudyard Kipling, Khushwant Singh, Qurratulain Hyder, and Vikram Chandra. She has also worked on historical myths in Bollywood cinema (“Mythosaktualisierungen”, 2006).  More recently, she introduced the notion of “Travelling Memory” (a phenomenon often initiated by diaspora) (Parallax, 2011) and discussed the significance of “Generation in Literary History” for diasporic writing (New Literary History, 2014). Currently, she is conducting projects on “Migration and Transcultural Memory” in literature and film (DFG) and on “Indian Ocean Memories” (AFRASO, BMBF).

List of publications