Research Areas

North American literatures and cultures, popular culture studies, gender studies, theater and performance studies, medical and environmental humanities


Post doc degree, Goethe University Frankfurt
Ph.D., Goethe University Frankfurt
Teacher’s First State Exam, Goethe University Frankfurt
M.A. („Magister“), Goethe University Frankfurt

Eva-Sabine Zehelein

Eva-Sabine Zehelein

Eva-Sabine Zehelein

Eva-Sabine is an American Studies scholar and currently Adjunct Professor at Goethe University, Frankfurt (Germany). Her research focusses predominantly on North American (20th and 21st century) literatures and (popular) cultures in transnational comparison. She has published e.g. on John Updike, Alice Munro, Johnny Cash, Alison Bechdel, and Starbucks as well as on contemporary science plays. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta (2013) as well as a visiting researcher at the University of Calgary (2013), the University of Winnipeg (2016; Spletzer Family Research Grant) and at Emory University (2015).

Current Projects

My project is situated at the intersection between American (popular) culture studies and the medical humanities. It investigates how and to what end the socio-cultural, legal, political, ethical and religious debates and ramifications surrounding Assisted Reproductive Technologies and reprogenetics are engaged with in contemporary culture, be that in visual art, popular culture, or the broad field of literature.

Representative Publications

Zehelein, Eva-Sabine. Science: Dramatic. Science Plays in America and Great Britain, 1990-2007. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009. [also available as an ebook].
Zehelein, Eva-Sabine. „My mother composed me as I now compose her’: Catharsis and Cathexis in Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?” Kerstin Shands, Guilia Grillo Mikrut, et al., eds. Writing the Self. Essays on Autobiography and Autofiction. Stockholm: Södertörn UP [English Studies 5], 2015; 163-172.