Dr. Markus M. Müller

Markus M. Müller studied creative writing at the University of Manitoba (1992/93), was a research visitor at the University of Ottawa's Institute for Canadian Studies (1997/98) and joined the Department of English Studies at the University of Trier in 1999. Since 2000, he has also been teaching at the Summer (or Spring) Schools on the New Literatures in English at Kiel, Berlin, and Frankfurt. He has published and lectured mostly on Canadian writing, but also on German drama and, on the internet, on other literatures and pop music, edited a poetic journal (Dennis Cooley, Passwords, 1996; 1999) and, together with David Parris and Robert C. Thomsen, a collection of essays (Passages to Canada; 2002). While his Ph.D. investigated how the motif of masquerade complicates and constitutes notions of identity in the works of Frederick Philip Grove and Robert Kroetsch, his post-doctoral, interdisciplinary study (Habilitation) is entitled "Sixty & Beyond? Old Age and Aging in Current American and Canadian Novels." Other interests in teaching and research are modern North American literature and mythologies; gender and (trans)cultural studies; historiographies; fairy tales; poetry and/as music. Currently, he is preparing a "Lehrerfortbildung" headlined "Canada in the (European) Classroom" for April 2008.


Selected Publications

I. Articles and Books

"Departure." dropout. Winnipeg: Rhinocerotic Press, 1993.[n.p.] [fiction]

"Vom kunstvollen Handwerk mit dem Wort: 'Creative Writing' am Zentrum für Kanada-Studien in Trier." Zeitschrift für Kulturaustausch 45:2 (1995): 257-259

"As For Me and My Journal: Dennis Cooley, (Self-)Portraits, and Passwords." Special Issue of Prairie Fire 19:2 (1998): 131-32.

"Mapping a Self, Back and Forth: Conceptions of (Canadian) Identity in Works by Eli Mandel and Michael Ondaatje." Canada and the Nordic Countries in Times of Reorientation. Vol. III. Ed. A.K. Elisabeth Lauridsen. Aarhus: The University of Aarhus, 1999. 31-44.

- - -, ed. Passwords: Transmigrations Between Canada and Europe. By Dennis Cooley. 2nd and rev. ed. Kiel: l&f Verlag, 1999.

"Disguise and Masquerade: On a Genealogy of Identities in/of Robert Kroetsch's Texts." Europe Looks at Canada. Eds. Pernille Rygh and Peter Streijffert. The Nordic Association for Canadian Studies Text Series, Vol. 15. Lund: The University of Lund, 1999. 161-192.

"Fair Tales & Fairy Places? David Arnason's Republic of Neo-Mythic Creatures." Special Issue of Prairie Fire 22:1 (Spring 2001): 182-187.

- - -, Robert Chr. Thomsen, and David Parris, eds. Passages to Canada: Eighteen Essayistic Routes. Proceedings of the European Student Seminars on Graduate Work in Canadian Studies, Vol. 1. Brno: Brno University Press, 2002. 207pp.

"Felix Paul Greve, Alias Frederick Philip Grove: Some Observations on His Personal Process of Palimpsest." Müller, Thomsen, and Parris, eds., Passages to Canada: Eighteen Essayistic Routes 86-95.

"Sinclair Ross." Metzler Lexikon englischsprachiger Autoren. Hgg. Eberhard Kreutzer und Ansgar Nünning. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002. 378f.

"Borders to Cross or Stop at? Thoughts on 'Cultural' Passages/Constructions in Canadian Fiction." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 45 (2004): 62-75.

"Any Reservations? Native Communities in Recent Canadian Writing." Native American / First Nations – Culture and Politics in the 21st Century. Proceedings from the Ninth Nordic Conference for English Studies, Aarhus, Denmark, May 2004. CD-ROM. [15 pages; in preparation]

"Die anglokanadische Lyrik von 1967 bis zur Gegenwart." Kanadische Literaturgeschichte. Hgg. Konrad Gross, Wolfgang Klooss, und Reingard Nischik. Stuttgart und Weimar: Metzler Verlag, 2005. 295-310.

"Der Hauptmann von Köpenick: Mensch und Spiegelung – Schein und Sein." Literaturverfilmungen. Hg. Anne Bohnenkamp-Renken. Literaturstudium: Interpretationen. Stuttgart: Reclam, 2005. 194-205.

"'All this water imagery must mean something.' On the Fluctuating State of Nations in Suzette Mayr's The Widows and Thomas King's Green Grass, Running Water." Images of a Post/National Society. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, [2008]. [17 pages; in preparation]

"Back to the Body: 'Fantastic' Old Women and Pleasure Regained in Hiromi Goto's Chorus of Mushrooms and Suzette Mayr's The Widows." Flaming Embers: Ageing and Desire in Contemporary Literature. Eds. Nela Bureu and Isabel Santaularia. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, [2008; 18 Seiten; in Vorbereitung].

"Wyndham Lewis – The Apes of God." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. 3., vollständig neu bearbeitete Auflage. Hg. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, 2009. [2 Seiten; in Vorbereitung]


II. Reviews

"Jean-Michel Lacroix (ed.), Re-Constructing the Fragments of Michael Ondaatje's Works/La diversité déconstruite et reconstruite de l'œuvre de Michael Ondaatje (Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1999)." British Journal of Canadian Studies 14:2 (1999) 345-47.

"'Japanische Schiffsbesatzung am russischen Kulturhorizont': Der Sturm von Yasushi Inoue." [posted 13 September 1999]. w w w . amazon.de/Sturm-Yasushi-Inoue/dp/3518391607/


"Dennis Cooley, Bloody Jack (rev. ed.; orig. 1984; Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press, 2002)." British Journal of Canadian Studies 17:1 (2004): 149-150.

"Irene Gammel, ed. Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture. Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, 2002.)." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikastudien 52 (2004): 308-309.

"Paul Hjartason and Tracy Kulba (eds.), The Politics of Cultural Mediation: Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Felix Paul Greve (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press and Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, 2003)." British Journal of Canadian Studies 17:2 (2004): 261-262.