Dr. Steffen Wöll

Working as a postdoctoral fellow at Leipzig University’s Collaborative Research Centre 1199, Steffen Wöll has recently published The West and the Word: Imagining, Formatting, and Ordering the American West in Nineteenth-Century Cultural Discourse (2020). In 2016, he received his master’s degree from the Institute for American Studies at Leipzig University with a paper about “American Spaces: Renegotiations of Cultural Geographies and Counter-Drafts to Spatial Master Narratives of the American West in Jack London’s Short Stories.”


Wöll's research interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Imaginations and representations of spatio-cultural (meta)narratives

  • The narrative nexus of space, mobility, agency, and otherness

  • Trans-hemispheric and trans-oceanic (re)visions of fin de siècle imperialism

  • (Sub)cultural and millennialist apocalypticism


Selected Publications


"Voyages through Literary Space: Mapping Globe and Nation in Richard Henry Dana's Two Years Before the Mast." Polish Journal for American Studies 14 (2020): 197-209. Open Access.


"Spatiality and Psyche: Surviving the Yukon in Jack London's 'Love of Life' and 'To Build a Fire.'" Processes of Spatialization in the Americas: Configurations and Narratives. Interamericana. Vol. 13. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Hannes Warnecke-Berger. Peter Lang, 2019: 75–98. Print.


"Bleeding Borders: Space, Blackness, and Hybridity in Jack London's Representations of the American Southwest." Amerikastudien / American Studies 63 (2018) 1: 5-28. Open Access.


"Inertia and Movement: The Spatialization of the Native Northland in Jack London's Short Stories." GeoHumanities 3 (2017) 1: 65–87. Print.


A complete list of publications is available here.

  2018–2023 European Network for the Study of Minor Mobilities in the Americas       Code and Design by Steffen Wöll