Prof. Dr. Timo Müller

Professor of American Studies

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

Secretary's Office:
Christine Schneider
Open: Mon-Fri 9-12
Room: H 227
Phone:  +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

Curriculum Vitae


since 2019
Professor of American Studies, University of Konstanz

Interim Professor of American Studies, University of Regensburg

Interim Professor of Anglophone Literatures, University of Greifswald

Senior Lecturer in American Studies, University of Augsburg

Research Fellow, African American Studies, Harvard University

Lecturer in American Studies, University of Augsburg



Habilitation, University of Augsburg

Dr. phil., University of Augsburg

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