Lutz Schowalter studied English, German, and philosophy at the Universities of Mannheim, Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada), and Trier. In his Ph.D. thesis (Writing (Against) Postmodernism, to be published soon), he dealt with literary and cultural developments within and after the movement of postmodernism. He has taught classes on American, British and Canadian culture and literature at the University of Mainz and at the University of Trier, and is currently preparing his post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation), which will look at interrelations between religion, literature, and society in North America. Other research interests include: literary realism(s), English-Canadian literature and culture, and North-American native literature.
From 2005 to 2007 Lutz Schowalter was one of the co-ordinators of the Nachwuchsforum der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (GKS). At present, he is co-editing an essay collection based on the conference "Hello, I say, it's me": (Re)constructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Culture (with Jan Kucharzewski, Düsseldorf, and Stefanie Schäfer, Heidelberg - see here for more information regarding the symposium).
- (with Jan Kucharzewski) "'Reengagements with the World's Living Concepts': Fiktion und Referenzialität im amerikanischen autobiographischen Gegenwartsroman." Amerikanisches Erzählen nach 2000: Eine Bestandsaufnahme. Ed. Sebastian Domsch. München: edition text + kritik, 2008. 21-38.
- "'Oh one fine day, and it won't be long' (II): The 'trap that had been set before the foundation of the world'." Literary Encounters of Fundamentalism: A Case Book. Ed. Klaus Stierstorfer, and Annette Kern-Stähler. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008. 275-288.
- "Migration und urbaner Raum in der anglo-kanadischen Literatur: Vom Überleben und Zusammenleben." In: Verena Berger / Fritz Peter Kirsch / Daniel Winkler, eds. Montréal – Toronto: Stadtkultur und Migration in Literatur, Film und Musik. Berlin, Weidler Buchverlag, 2007. 113-126.
- "Rebels With a Cause? Shades of Christian Fundamentalism in the 1950s." In: Gerd Hurm / Ann Marie Fallon, eds. Rebels Without a Cause? Renegotiating the American 1950s. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007. 109–127.