emer. o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz

Room: 3D-O2-01 (2nd floor)
T: +43 1  4277- 42417



Next office hour: August 14th, 3:30-4:30 PM

Literature Seminar (summer semester 2018): 

Prairie Literature in the USA and Canada

Students who qualify for this literature seminar may sign up for an early topic. If you choose one of the first four presentation topics of the semester, you can register for the seminar online with 250 points. Please contact me via e-mail if you would like to select an early topic.

1. The Presentation of the Nebraska Landscape and the Challenges of Immigrant Experience on the Prairies in Willa Cather’s My Antonia (Relate the book also to the history of settlements on the Great Plains).

2. Narrative Technique and the Presentation of Society on the Prairies and the Evocation of Atmosphere in Cather’s My Antonia.

3. Pioneer Experience and the Memory of Experiences on the Atlantic Coast and in the Old World  in two Stories by Willa Cather : “Neighbor Rosicky” and “A Death in the Desert”.

4. The Struggle of Settlers on the Canadian Prairie in F. P. Grove’s Story “Snow” (Consider also the author’s biography and his sketch entitled “Snow” in Over Prairie Trails).


Research Interests

  • Literature and Culture of the American South
  • Imagology and Travel Literature
  • Transatlantic Cultural Exchanges
  • Ethnic Voices in North America
  • Canadian Fiction
  • Literary Historiography


  • American Literature from Colonial Times until the Present
  • Canadian Literature before Confederation and in the Twentieth Century
  • Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Transculturality in North America
  • Imagology and Travel Literature
  • Ecological Issues in North American Texts
  • Satire in Anglophone Literatures
  • Cultural Studies (focus on North American cultures)

The supervision of diploma and doctoral theses is offered in all these fields. A significant number is currently in progress.


Selected Publications

  • Return from Exile – Rückkehr aus dem Exil: Exiles, Returnees and Their Impact in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Austria and Central Europe, ed. together with Manfred Prisching. Wien: Verlag der ÖAW, 2017.
  • Ein Filmphilosophie-Symposium mit Robert B. Pippin: Western, Film Noir und das Kino der Brüder Dardenne. Ed. together with Ludwig Nagl, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016. 255pp. (Wiener Reihe – Themen der Philosophie, Vol. 19).
  • Narratives of Encounters in the North Atlantic Triangle. Ed. together with David Staines, Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2015. 411pp.
  • Immigration and Integration in North America: Canadian and Austrian Perspectives, ed. together with Fritz Peter Kirsch. Wien: V&R Unipress, Vienna UP, 2014. 167pp.
  • Cultural Circulation: Dialogues between Canada and the American South, ed. together with Christoph Irmscher. Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2013. 398pp.
  • Imagology Revisited, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010, 571pp.
  • Riding/Writing Across Borders in North American Travelogues and Fiction. Ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2011, 394pp.
  • Social and Cultural Interaction and Literary Landscapes in the Canadian West. Ed. together with F. Peter Kirsch, Wien: WUV-Verlag, 2010. 319pp.
  • Native Americans and First Nations: A Transnational Challenge. Ed. together with Christian Feest, Paderborn: Schöningh, 2009. 259 pp.
  • Images of Germany in American Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press 2007.
  • Transatlantic Exchanges: The American South in Europe – Europe in the American South. Ed. together with Richard Gray, Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 2007.
  • Canadian Interculturality and the Transatlantic Heritage. Ed. together with F.-P. Kirsch, Vienna: WUV-Verlag 2005.
  • Transatlantische Differenzen/Transatlantic Differences. Ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Vienna – Cologne: Böhlau 2004.
  • The Many Souths: Class in Southern Culture. Ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Tübingen: Stauffenburg 2003.
  • Möglichkeiten und Grenzen des Multikulturalismus: Der Schutz sprachlich-kultureller Vielfalt in Kanada und Europa / The Protection of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Canada and in Europe: Chances and Obstacles of Multiculturalism, ed. together with F.-P. Kirsch, Wien - Budapest 2004.
  • Das Deutschlandbild in der amerikanischen Literatur, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 1998.
 Recent Essays
  • Review: Tales of Berlin in American Literature up to the 21st Century by Joshua Parker. Anglia 135,4, (2017). 779-784.
  • “North American Travelers in the Rhine Valley: Revisions of Their Perspectives on the Landscape and on Sites of Memory in the Contested Region.” The Rhine: National tensions, Romantic visions, ed. Manfred Beller and Joep Leerssen, Amsterdam: Rodopi-Brill, 2017. 78-10
  • “Introduction,“ Return from Exile – Rückkehr aus dem Exil, 2017. 9-21.
  • “Teaching Canada – Jack Hodgins and Fiction from the Pacific Rim”, in Martin Kuester, Claire Köhling, Sylvia Langwald, Albert Rau, Hg. Teaching Canada – Enseigner le Canada.- Augsburg: Wißner Verlag, 2017. 229 – 247.
  • “Reflecting on the Region, Revisioning the Self: John Gould Fletcher’s Song of his Life and Its Transatlantic Context.” In Constructing the Self: Essays on Southern Life-Writing. Southern Autobiography, ed. Carmen Rueda-Ramos and Susana Jiménez Placer. València: Publicacions de la Universitat de València, 2017. 303-316.
  • "Discussing Pippin’s Film Philosophy within the Context of the 'North Atlantic Triangle'", in Ein Filmphilosophie-Symposium mit Robert B. Pippin: Western, Film Noir und das Kino der Brüder Dardenne. ed. together with Ludwig Nagl. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016. 11-14.
  • "Screening the American South", in Ein Filmphilosophie-Symposium mit Robert B. Pippin: Western, Film Noir und das Kino der Brüder Dardenne. ed. together with Ludwig Nagl. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016. 129-142.
  • "Echoes from the Western Front: Stages in the Transformation of Germans / German Americans in the Media from Models into Dangerous Antagonists", in North America, Europe and the Cultural Memory of the First World War, ed. Martin Löschnigg, Karin Kraus. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015. 171-183.
  • "Inspiration at the Crossroads: North American Visitors on the Banks of Danube in the 1920s and 1930s", in Narratives of Encounters in the North Atlantic Triangle. Ed. together with David Staines, Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2015, 127-143.
  • "Wandlungen des Wienbilds in nordamerikanischen Literaturen", in Nach Wien! Sehnsucht, Distanzierung, Suche: Literarische Darstellungen Wiens aus komparatistischer Perspektive, ed. Norbert Bachleitner, Christine Ivanovic. Wechselwirkungen: Österreichische Literatur im internationalen Kontext, Band 17. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2015. 67-92.
  • "Transkulturelle Erfahrung und Migration in der anglophonen kanadischen Literatur", in Transkulturelle Dynamiken: Aktanten - Prozesse - Theorien, ed. Jutta Ernst, Florian Freitag. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2015, 119-137.
  • "Transplanted to Foreign Lands: Immigrant Women in Western Canada", in Narratives of Crisis - Crisis of Narrative, ed. Martin Kuester,  Francoise Le Jeune, Anca-Raluca Radu, Charlotte Sturgess. Augsburg: Wißner-Verlag, 2012, 42-56.
  • "Zur Topographie eines Kulturraumes: Die Literatur des amerikanischen Südens zwischen Beharrung und Wandel", in Literatur im Kontext: ein gegenseitiges Entbergen. ed. Herbert Van Uffelen, Wynfrid Kriegleder, Alois Woldan, Ewald Mengel, Wien: Präsens Verlag, 2010, 45-66.
  • "Transatlantic Memories, Ethnic Encounters and Transculturation in Canadian Literature", in From Interculturalism to Transculturalism: Mediating Encounters in Cosmopolitan Contexts. Festschrift für Rüdiger Ahrens, ed. Heinz Antor, et al. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010, 215-229.
  • "Dixie Unlimited? American Identity and the Self-Perception of Southerners", in Americanisms: Exception, Exclusion, Exchange, (= American Studies – A Monograph Series 173), ed. Michael Steppat, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2009, 187-203.
  • "Southern Alumni of German Universities. Fashioning a Tradition of Excellence", in The German Presence in the U.S.A. Ed. Josef Raab and Jan Wirrer, Münster: LIT-Verlag, 2008, pp. 539-560.
  • "The Literary Construction of Canada, the ‘Other America’, and Its Transatlantic Ties", in Theory and Practice in English Studies, vol. 4. Ed. Jan Chovanec, Brno: Masaryk University 2005, pp. 7-23.
  • "Der Roman und die Überwindung der Romanze", in Kanadische Literaturgeschichte. Ed. Konrad Groß et al., Stuttgart: Verlag Metzler 2005, pp. 129-150.
  • "Eden in Jeopardy: Sites of Insight in Fiction from the Canadian West", in Regionalism in the Age of Globalism: Forms of Regionalism. Ed. L. Hönnighausen et al., Madison: University of Wisconsin Press/Max Kade Institute 2005, pp. 209-224.
  • "A Separate Identity Asserted: Agrarian Affinities With European Culture", in What is American? New Identities in U.S. Culture. Ed. Klaus Rieser und Walter Hölbling, Wien: LIT-Verlag 2004, pp. 191-210.
  • 2014 elected Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • 2010 elected member of the Academia Europaea
  • since 2008 Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • 2006 Fellow at the University of South Carolina, Princeton University and
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • 2001 Dist. Fulbright Scholar UNC Chapel Hill and University of Ottawa
  • since 2000 Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1997-1999: Head of the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna
  • 1996 Visiting Scholar UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University, consecutively Visiting Professor University of Minnesota and University of Maryland at College Park
  • 1991/92: Senior Fulbright Scholar Stanford University
  • since 1974 Professor of American Studies, University of Vienna
  • 1967 Dr. phil. University of Graz

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