Prof. Dr. Timo Müller

Professur für Amerikanistik

Raum: H 228
Telefon: +49 7531 88 2919
Fax: +49 7531 88 4083
E-Mail: timo.mueller (at)

Sekretariat / Secretary's Office:
Christine Schneider
Raum: H 227
Telefon:  +49 7531 88 4225
E-Mail: christine.schneider (at)


Prof. Dr. Müller is available as a supervisor of final theses in American Studies and as an examiner for state exams in English.

Office Hours

Thu 2.00-3.00 pm and by appointment (starting October 24)

Curriculum Vitae

since 2019    Professor of American Studies, University of Konstanz
2016-2018    Interim Professor of American Studies, University of Regensburg
2015-2016    Interim Professor of Anglophone Literatures, University of Greifswald
2013-2015    Senior Lecturer in American Studies, University of Augsburg
2012-2013    Research Fellow, African American Studies, Harvard University
2006-2012    Lecturer in American Studies, University of Augsburg

2014    Habilitation, University of Augsburg
2009    Dr. phil., University of Augsburg
2006    M.A., University of Augsburg / Brandeis University

Research Areas

  • North American Literatures and Cultures
  • Modernism
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mobility Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Poetry / Poetics



  • The African American Sonnet: A Literary History. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2018. [more]
  • The Self as Object in Modernist Fiction: James, Joyce, Hemingway. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2010. [more]
    Reviewed in: Anglia 129.3-4 (2011); Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 36.2 (2011); Henry James Review 34.2 (2013)

Books Edited

  • Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre (with David Kerler). Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019. [more]
  • Representing Climate: Global to Local. Spec. section of Open Library of Humanities. 2018-2019. [read online]
  • Chinese Literature and Ecocriticism [Zhongguo Wenxue yu Shengtai Piping] (with Chang Liu). Spec. cluster of Chinese Culture Forum 13.1 (2018): 367-406.
  • The American Novel of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Handbooks of English and American Studies 4. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017.  [contents][more]
  • English and American Studies: Theory and Practice (with Martin Middeke, Christina Wald, and Hubert Zapf). Stuttgart: Metzler, 2012. [more]
    Reviewed in: Anglia 132.1 (2014)
  • Literature, Ecology, Ethics: Recent Trends in Ecocriticism (with Michael Sauter). Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. [more]
    Reviewed in: Anglia 132.1 (2014)


  • “Poetry to Music: Gil Scott-Heron’s Intermedial Performance Aesthetics.” Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre. Ed. David Kerler and Timo Müller. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019. 227-38. [more]
  • “‘What’s the Position You Hold?’: Bourdieu and Rap Music.” Power Relations in Black Lives: Reading African American Literature and Culture with Bourdieu and Elias. Ed. Christa Buschendorf. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018. 165-82. [preview]
  • “Too Much Liberty in the Garrison? Closed and Open Spaces in the Canadian Sonnet.” Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne 34.1 (2018): 250-71.
  • “Hip-Hop und Literatur.” Literatur und die anderen Künste. Theorien der Literatur 7. Ed. Günter Butzer and Hubert Zapf. Tübingen: Narr, 2018. 127-65.
  • “Framing the Romantic Artist: Goethe’s Torquato Tasso and James’s Roderick Hudson.” Anglia 136.4 (2018): 687-704. [read online]
  • “Ecocriticism and the Frankfurt School.” Ecological Thought in German Literature and Culture. Ed. Gabriele Dürbeck et al. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017. 91-100.
  • “The Road in the Garden: Pastoral Environments in the Post-War Caribbean Novel.” Ecocriticism: Environments in Anglophone Literatures. Ed. Sonja Frenzel and Birgit Neumann. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017. 107-128.
  • “Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927).” Handbook of the English Novel of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Ed. Christoph Reinfandt. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017. 195-212. [more]
  • “Ernest Hemingway, Schnee auf dem Kilimandscharo / The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Große Werke der Literatur. Vol. 14. Ed. Günter Butzer and Hubert Zapf. Tübingen: Narr, 2017. 157-72.
  • Introduction. Handbook of the American Novel of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Ed. Timo Müller. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017. 1-18. [more]
  • “Forms of Exile: Experimental Self-Positioning in Postcolonial Caribbean Poetry.” Atlantic Studies 13.4 (2016): 457-71. [more]
  • “Short Short Stories: Literary Perspectives.” Shorties: Flash Fiction in English Language Teaching. Ed. Engelbert Thaler. Tübingen: Narr, 2016. 29-40. [more]
  • “The Ecology of Literary Chronotopes.” Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology. Ed. Hubert Zapf. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016. 590-604. [more]
  • “The New Narrative Movement, the Sonnet Sequence, and African American Postmodernism.” New Perspectives on American Poetry: From Walt Whitman to the Present. Ed. Jiri Flajsar and Paulina Flajsarova. Olomuc: Palacky University, 2015. 123-42.
  • “Kritische Theorie und Ecocriticism.” Ecocriticism: Eine Einführung. Ed. Gabriele Dürbeck and Urte Stobbe. Cologne: Böhlau, 2015. 160-71. [more]
  • “Headnotes and Endnotes in the African American Sonnet.” Symbolism 15 (2015): 37-55. [more]
  • “The Bonds of Empire: (Post-)Imperial Negotiations in the 007 Film Series.” Post-Empire Imaginaries? Anglophone Literature, History, and the Demise of Empires. Ed. Barbara Buchenau and Virginia Richter. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2015. 305-26. [preview]
  • “The Vernacular Sonnet and the Resurgence of Afro-Modernism in the 1940s.” American Literature 87.2 (2015): 253-73. [more]
  • “Postcolonial Pursuits in African American Studies: The Later Poems of Claude McKay.” Postcolonial Studies Across the Disciplines. Ed. Jana Gohrisch and Ellen Grünkemeier. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013. 131-49. [preview]
  • “‘The Short Cut to Posterity’: Authority and Representation in Henry James’s Literary Tales.” Intellectual Authority and Literary Culture in the US, 1790–1900. Ed. Günter Leypoldt. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 245-58.
  • “James Weldon Johnson and the Genteel Tradition.” Arizona Quarterly 69.2 (2013): 85-102. [preview]
  • “Theorien des Sonetts.” Theorien der Literatur: Grundlagen und Perspektiven. Vol. 6. Ed. Günter Butzer and Hubert Zapf. Tübingen: Francke, 2013. 101-20.
  • “Detective James Bond: From British Gentleman to Hard-Boiled American.” Detective Fiction and Popular Visual Culture. Ed. Cecile Sandten, Gunter Süß, and Melanie Graichen. Trier: WVT, 2013. 169-80.
  • “Transnationalism in Contemporary Black Poetry: Derek Walcott, Rita Dove, and the Sonnet Form.” Transnational American Studies. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 249-68.
  • “From Literary Anthropology to Cultural Ecology: German Ecocritical Theory Since Wolfgang Iser.” Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches. Ed. Axel Goodbody and Kate Rigby. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011. 71-83. [jstor]
  • (with Christina Caupert) “The Ecological Function of Imaginative Texts: A Recent Model in Theory and Practice.” The Future of Ecocriticism: New Horizons. Ed. Serpil Oppermann et al. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2011. 268-78. [preview]
  • “Between Poststructuralism and the Natural Sciences: Models and Strategies of Recent Cultural Ecology.” Anglistik 21.1 (2010): 175-91.
  • “Von der Determination zur Performanz: Der Bastard als moderne Identitätskonzeption bei Henry James.” Bastard: Figurationen des Hybriden zwischen Ausgrenzung und Entgrenzung. Ed. Andrea Bartl and Stephanie Catani. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2010. 111-24.
  • “‘Idendifine the Individuone’: Joyce’s Instable Selves in Finnegans Wake.” Redefining Modernism and Postmodernism. Ed. Sebnem Toplu and Hubert Zapf. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 166-73.
  • “Notes Toward an Ecological Conception of Bakhtin’s ‘Chronotope.’” Ecozon@ 1.1 (2010): 98-102. [read online]
  • “Gerty MacDowell, Poetess: Butler’s The Authoress of the Odyssey and the Nausicaa Episode of Ulysses.” Twentieth-Century Literature 55.3 (2009): 378-92. [jstor]
  • “The Uses of Authenticity: Hemingway and the Literary Field, 1926-1936.” Journal of Modern Literature 33.1 (2009): 28-42. [jstor]
  • “The Fragmented Self: Re-Reading Dubliners as Autobiographical Fiction.” Joyce in Progress: Proceedings of the 2008 James Joyce Graduate Conference in Rome. Ed. Franca Ruggieri, John McCourt, and Enrico Terrinoni. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 2-13. [preview]
  • “Formen kulturökologischen Erzählens von Dickens bis Ishiguro.” Kulturökologie und Literatur: Beiträge zu einem transdisziplinären Paradigma der Literaturwissenschaft. Ed. Hubert Zapf. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008. 59-74.
  • “‘The Poet’s Voice’: Dialogicity and Cultural Regeneration in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!Anglia 126.3 (2008): 503-19. [more]


  • “The Benefits of Bringing Cognitive Sciences into Ecocriticism.” Rev. of Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative, by Alexa Weik von Mossner. Journal of Literary Theory 12 (2018). Web.[read online]
  • Rev. of The Poetics of Information Overload: From Gertrude Stein to Conceptual Writing, by Paul Stephens. Amerikastudien / American Studies 62.2 (2017). Web. [pdf]
  • “Review Essay: Henry James and Transatlantic Modernism.” Rev. of. Travel, Modernism and Modernity, by Robert Burden; Freewomen and Supermen: Edwardian Radicals and Literary Modernism, by Anne Fernihough; Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language, by Megan Quigley. Henry James Review 38.1 (2017): 101-107.
  • Rev. of The Cambridge History of American Poetry, ed. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt. Amerikastudien / American Studies 60.2-3 (2015). Web. [pdf]
  • Rev. of Everyday Reading: Poetry and Popular Culture in Modern America, by Mike Chasar. Amerikastudien / American Studies 59.1 (2014). Web. [pdf]
  • Rev. of Disney: un capitalisme mondial du rêve, by Alexandre Bohas. Vingtième Siècle 120 (2013): 191.
  • Rev. of Readings in Performance and Ecology, ed. Wendy Aarons and Theresa J. May. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 1.2 (2013): 298-301.
  • “Eco-Shakespeare.” Rev. of Ecocritical Shakespeare, ed. Lynne Bruckner and Dan Brayton, and Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia, by Simon C. Estok. Shakespeare Jahrbuch 149 (2013): 266-68.
  • Rev. of Henry James’ Narrative Technique: Consciousness, Perception, and Cognition, by Kristin Boudreau. Henry James Review 33.3 (2012): 293-96.
  • Rev. of Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies, by Patrick Murphy.  Anglia 128.2 (2010): 358-60.
  • Rev. of Short Story: Textsorte und Leseerfahrung, by Renate Brosch. Modern Language Review 104.1 (2009): 146-48.
  • Rev. of Schwelle. Passage. Verwandlung: Ein Interpretationsentwurf, by Leo Truchlar. Anglia 126.1 (2008): 197-200.
  • Rev. of The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism, by Pericles Lewis. Modern Language Review 103.3 (2008): 814-15.

Invited Lectures

  • "European Whips: Hip Hop’s Transatlantic Mobilities." Universität Regensburg, 1 July 2019.
  • "Lyricism as Substance and the Aesthetics of Hip Hop." Workshop Lyric Poetry and Popular Culture, DGfA Annual Convention. Universität Hamburg, 15 June 2019.
  • “Environmental Mobility and the American Road Movie.” Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, 23 May 2018.
  • “Transnational Mobility on the American Road.” Charles University, Prague, 23 Apr. 2018.
  • “Grounding Mobility: The American Road in a Transnational Perspective.” RUDESA Spring Academy, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 16 Mar 2018.
  • “‘Rap is Poetry’: Jay Z and the Metrics of Rhyme Density in Hip Hop.” Universität Siegen, 19 July 2016.
  • “Hip-Hop und Literatur.” Literatur und die anderen Künste, Lecture Series, Universität Augsburg, 3 Feb. 2016.
  • “The Legacies of Black Nationalism in African American Poetry.” After Postmodernism? Contemporary American Culture and the Problem of Periodization. Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 19 Sept. 2015.
  • “National Borderlines and the American Road.” Border Stories: Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Communication in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Universität Augsburg, 7 Sept. 2015.
  • “Rappin’ and Readin’: Hip Hop and/as Performance Poetry.” Critical Perspectives on History, Culture, and Society. LMU Munich, 8 July 2015.
  • “Short Short Stories: Literary Perspectives.” Shorties: Flash Fiction in Language Teaching. Tag der Englischdidaktik, Universität Augsburg, 19 June 2015.
  • “‘I’m poetry in four part harmony’: Jay Z, Performance Poet.” Universität Stuttgart, 10 June 2015.
  • “Ernest Hemingway, Schnee auf dem Kilimandscharo / The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Große Werke der Literatur XIV, Universität Augsburg, 28 Jan. 2015.
  • “African American Poetry, the Sonnet Sequence, and the New Narrative Movement.” Searching for Culture. Palacky University, Olomouc, 16 Oct. 2014.
  • “Headnotes and Endnotes in the African American Sonnet.” Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, 8 July 2014.
  • “War, Hero-Worship, and the Emergence of the African American Sonnet.” Parallel Lecture. Justice, Conflict, Peace. EAAS 60th Anniversary Conference, The Hague, 4 Apr 2014.
  • “Heroism and Race in the African American Sonnet.” Humboldt-Universität Berlin, 28 Jan 2014.
  • “Kulturelle Diversität und literarische Form: Das afro-amerikanische Sonett.” Ringvorlesung Gender und Diversität, University of Augsburg, 2 Dec 2013.
  • “Theorien des Sonetts.” Ringvorlesung Theorien der Literatur VI, University of Augsburg, 23 Nov 2011.
  • “‘This Is My Life’: The Sonnet and the Emergence of Black Subjectivity.” Beinecke Library, Yale University, 29 Sept 2011.
  • “Poets on the Road: An Introduction to Ecocriticism.” Ege Üniversitesi, Izmir (Turkey), 22 Mar 2011.
  • “Cultural Ecology and Cultural Framing.” The Cultural Framing of Environmental Discourse, AHRC Research Network, Bath, 3 Dec 2010.
  • “Nausikaa.” Antike Mythen und ihre Rezeption in der neuzeitlichen Literatur. Universität Augsburg, 7 Feb 2008.


Postanschrift / Mailing Address:

Professur für Amerikanistik
Universität Konstanz
FB Literaturwissenschaft/Fach 166
78457 Konstanz