Prof. Dr. Christine Gerhardt

Monographs and Edited Volumes

  • Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Christine Gerhardt. Handbooks of English and American Studies. Berlin and New York: DeGruyter, 2018.
  • Environmental Imaginaries on the Move: Nature and Mobility in American Literature and Culture. Ed. Christine Gerhardt and Christa Grewe-Volpp. Special Issue of American Studies/Amerikastudien 61.4 (2016).
  • A Place for Humility: Whitman, Dickinson, and the Natural WorldIowa City: U of Iowa P, 2014. (Recipient of the Choice Award: Outstanding Academic Title 2015)
  • Religion in the United States. Ed. Jeanne Cortiel, Kornelia Freitag, Christine Gerhardt, und Michael Wala. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.
  • Rituale des Scheiterns: Die Reconstruction-Periode im US-amerikanischen Roman. Heidelberg: Winter, 2002. (Rituals of Failure: The Reconstruction Period in American Fiction)
    • Reviews:
      • Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik LII.2 (2004)
      • Amerikastudien/American Studies 48.3 (2003)

Essays in Journals

  • "Emily Dickinson Now: Environments, Ecologies, Politics. A Commentary." ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 63.2 (2017). 329-355.
  • "Introduction." Environmental Imaginaries on the Move. Special Issue of American Studies/Amerikastudien 61.4 (2016): 413-420. (with Christa Grewe-Volpp)
  • "Imagining a Mobile Sense of Place: Towards an Ecopoetics of Mobility." American Studies/Amerikastudien 61.4 (2016): 421-444.
  • "'Often seen–but seldom felt': Emily Dickinson’s Reluctant Ecology of Place." The Emily Dickinson Journal 15.1 (2006): 56-78.
    • Reprinted in Critical Insights: Emily Dickinson. Ed. Brooks Bouson. New York: Salem Press, 2011. 292-321.
  • "'What was left of Berlin looked bleaker every day': Berlin, Race, and Ethnicity in Recent American Literature." Poroi: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention 3.3 (Spring 2004):
  • "Managing the Wilderness: Walt Whitman's Southern Landscapes." Forum for Modern Language Studies 40.2 (Spring 2004): 225-235.
  • "The Greening of African American Literary Landscapes: Where Ecocriticism Meets Post-Colonial Theory." Mississippi Quarterly 55.4 (Fall 2002): 515-533.
  • "Exploring Unexpected Regions: Teaching Southern Literature from an (East) German Perspective." Profession 1999 (New York: MLA, 1999): 68-78.
    • revised and extended version in South to a New Place. Ed. Susanne W. Jones and Sharon Monteith. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002. 303-319. 
  • "Moments of Utopia: Race, Class, and Gender in Reconstruction Fiction." War and Literature Yearbook/Krieg und Literatur 2 (1997): 29-36.
  • "Monstrous Births and Suffrage from Heaven: The Trial of Anne Hutchinson." Studii de Limbi Si Literaturi Moderne, Timisoara (1995): 142-152.

Essays in Books

  • "'So when the Hills decay': Dickinson’s Mountains, the Anthropocene, and the Crisis of World Responsibility." Conjecturing a Climate: Reading Dickinson at the End of the World. Eds. Keith Mikos, Zachary Tavlin, and Marta Werner. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2024. [in print]
  • "Whitman’s Garden Ecology of Transformation." The Oxford Handbook of Walt Whitman. Eds. Ken Price and Stefan Schoeberlein. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2024. 380-399.
  • "Dickinson’s Garden Ecologies." The Oxford Handbook of Emily Dickinson. Eds. Cristanne Miller and Karen Sanchez-Eppler. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022.518-36. 
  • "Reading the Nineteenth-Century Novel in the Present: An Introduction." Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Christine Gerhardt. Berlin and New York: DeGruyter, 2018. 1-14.
  • "The Natural World." Walt Whitman in Context. Eds. Joanna Levin and Edward Whitley. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 337-346.
  • "'We must travel abreast with Nature, if we want to understand her': Place and Mobility in Dickinson's and Whitman's Environmental Poetry." Whitman and Dickinson: A Colloquy. Eds. Eric Athenot and Cristanne Miller. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2017. 111-128.
  • "'Nothing Stays Put': Displacement and Environmental Memory in American Poetry." Recovery and Transgression: Memory in American Poetry. Ed. Kornelia Freitag. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2015. 297-312.
  • "Beyond Climate Refugees: Nature, Risk and Migration in American Poetry." The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture. Ed. Sylvia Mayer and Alexa Weik von Mossner. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014. 139-159.
  • "Introduction." Religion in the United States. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011. ix-xvi. (with Jeanne Cortiel, Kornelia Freitag, Michael Wala)
  • "Radical, Transatlantic, Complex: European American Studies and Interdisciplinarity." American Studies/Shifting Gears: A Publication of the DFG Research Network "The Futures of (European) American Studies." Ed. M. Butter et al. Tübingen: Winter, 2010. 179-200. (with Jeanne Cortiel)
  • "Sounding Together: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and the Ocean of Organic Life." Words on Water: Literary and Cultural Representations. Ed. Maureen Devine and Christa Grewe-Volpp. Trier: WVT, 2008. 131-146.
  • "'Earth adhering to their roots': Dickinson, Whitman, and the Ecology of Bookmaking." American Studies as Media Studies. Ed. Frank Kelleter and Daniel Stein. Tübingen: Winter, 2008. 37-46.
  • "Literature, Nature, and the Crux of Consciousness Raising." Ecodidactics: Perspectives on English Language, Literatures and Cultures. Ed. Sylvia Mayer and Graham Wilson. Trier: WVT, 2006. 223-233.
  • "'Syllabled to us for Names': Native American Echoes in Walt Whitman's Green Poetics." Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies: Transatlantic Conversations on Ecocriticism. Ed. Catrin Gersdorf and Sylvia Mayer. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2006. 209-228.
  • "Nature." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. 5 vols. Ed. David Macey and Hans Ostrom. Vol. 3. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2005. 1174-1183. 
  • "Teaching Against the Grain." The United States in Global Contexts: American Studies After 9/11 and Iraq. Ed. Walter Grünzweig. Münster: Lit, 2004. 52.
  • "North, South, East, West: Constructing Region in Southern and East German Literature." South to a New Place. Eds. Susanne W. Jones und Sharon Monteith. Baton Rouge: Lousiana State University Press, 2002. 303-319.
  • "Border Ecology: The Slave Narrative of Henry Bibb, Nature, and the Frontier Myth." The African American Environmental Imagination. Ed. Sylvia Mayer. FORECAAST: Forum for European Contributions in African American Studies. Münster: LIT, 2002. 11-29.
  • "Conflicting Politics of Liberation: The Reconstruction Period in Frances Harper's Iola Leroy (1892) and Margaret Walker's Jubilee (1966)." Black Liberation in the Americas. Ed. Fritz Gysin and Christopher Mulvey. FORECAAST: Forum for European Contributions in African American Studies 6. Münster: LIT, 2001. 105-117.


  • Review, Wolfgang Hochbruck. Die Geschöpfe des Epimetheus: Veteranen, Erinnerung und die Reproduktion des amerikanischen Bürgerkriegs. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011. American Studies/Amerikastudien (2016).
  • Review, Robert Boschman. In the Way of Nature: Ecology and Westward Expansion in the Poetry of Anne Bradstreet, Elizabeth Bishop and Amy Clampitt. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. Anglia 130.1 (2012): 144-46.
  • Review, Hubert Zapf. Literatur als kulturelle Ökologie: Zur kulturellen Funktion imaginativer Texte an Beispielen des amerikanischen Romans. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2002. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 29.2 (2004): 261-264.
  • Review, Luke Mancuso. The Strange, Sad War Revolving: Walt Whitman, Reconstruction, and the Emergence of Black Citizenship, 1865-1976. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1997. American Studies/Amerikastudien 45.2 (2000): 265-267.
  • Review, Bernd Rasche. Der Zwang zum Erfolg. Kulturgeschichtliche Untersuchungen eines modernen Leidens an amerikanischer Kurzprosa des 20. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Forschung, 1991. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 21.2 (1996): 315-318.
  • Review, Heinrich Nuhn. August Spies. Ein hessischer Sozialrevolutionär in Amerika. Kassel: Jenior Pressler, 1992. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 20.1 (1995): 254-256.
  • Review, Birgit Erika Kretzer. Zwischen Kulturprotest und Flucht: Der jüdisch-amerikanische Roman von 1920 bis Ende der 70er Jahre. Eine Analyse an ausgewählten Beispielen. Aachen: K. Fischer, 1993. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 20.1 (1995): 251-254.    


  • Karen Rosenberg. "Altern in Tillie Olsens Amerika." Gibt es ein Leben ohne Arbeit? Ed. Rainer Noltenius. Essen: Klartext, 2000. 114-115.
  • Simon Dell. "Über die Darstellung von Arbeitslosigkeit in der Kunst der Weimarer Republik." Gibt es ein Leben ohne Arbeit? Ed. Rainer Noltenius. Essen: Klartext, 2000. 106-112.
  • Karen Rosenberg. "Engagierte Kunst in der Öffentlichkeit: Filme zum Thema Arbeitslosigkeit." Gibt es ein Leben ohne Arbeit? Ed. Rainer Noltenius. Essen: Klartext, 2000. 59-62.
  • Jürgen Link. "On the Specificity of Modern Collective Symbolism: The Techno-Vehicle-Body and Normalization." Symbolism: A New International Annual of Critical Aesthetics 3 (1999): 205-228.
  • Margaret Cotroneo. "Das Verlorene Kind: Ansichten einer amerikanischen Familientherapeutin über Jugend-Gewalt und das Versagen der Eltern." Berliner Zeitung, 18./19. Juli 1998: Magazin, S. III.