Education and Teaching Record

1967    Dr. phil., University of Graz
1973    Habilitation for Englische Philologie, University of Graz
1973    Universitätsdozent, University of Graz
1974-   Full Professor of English and American Studies, University of Vienna
1971/72              Visiting Member, University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute and Worcester College, Oxford
March-July 1979  Visiting Fellow, University of Virginia and Yale University
Feb.-Aug. 1985    Visiting Scholar, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Oct. 1991-Feb. 1992    Senior Fulbright Scholar, Stanford University
June 1994            ERASMUS Visiting Professor, University of Mainz
March-August 1996      Visiting Scholar, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota
Visiting Professor, University of Maryland at College Park
April 1998, Sep. 2000, Feb. 2001    SOCRATES Visiting Professorship in Gent, Bergen, Odense
March-June 2001    Distinguished Fulbright Scholar UNC
June 2001    Visiting Scholar University of Ottawa
April 2004    SOCRATES Visiting Professorship in Padova
Summer Term 06    Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Southern Studies / University of South Carolina
Cowles Fellow at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center / University of Texas.

Awards and Prizes Record

  • Feb. 2014 - Nov. 2015    Research Project (Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich and Botstiber Foundation) "Narratives of Encounters and Transatlantic Networks."
  • June 2009 - Feb. 2014    Research Project (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung/Austrian Science Foundation) "Kanadische Literatur: Transatlantisch, Transkontinental, Transkulturell."
  • Feb. 2006 - June 2009    Research Project (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung/Austrian Science Foundation) "Transatlantic Exchanges: Between the American South and Europe."
  • Sept. 2002 - May 2006    Research Project (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung/Austrian Science Foundation) "Transatlantic Identities and Retrospection in Canadian Literature"
  • Aug. 1999 - 2002            Research Project (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung/Austrian Science Foundation) "Southern Cultures and the Ideas of Europe"
  • 2001         Canadian Studies Faculty Research Award
  • 1994, 1988, 1981           John F. Kennedy Institute of Free Univ. of Berlin, research grant
  • Oct. 1993 - 1995            Research Project (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung) "Images of Central Europe"
  • 1991         Canadian Studies Faculty Research Award + Fulbright Grant
  • 1987         Oesterreichische Nationalbank Jubiläumsfonds- Projekt Grant Nr. 3108 (1.1.1988 - 30.6.1990)
  • 1987         Canadian Studies Faculty Enrichment Award
  • 1984/85    ACLS and Fulbright Grants
  • 1983         Canadian Studies Faculty Enrichment Award
  • 1978         American Council of Learned Societies Grant
  • 1972         Theodor Körner Stiftungsfonds Award
  • 1971/72    Austrian Ministry of Science and Research Award
  • 1970         Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, Short Term Grant
  • 1969         British Council Grant
  • 1967         Scottish Universities Short Term Grant

In 1994 Waldemar Zacharasiewicz became a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and served on its Committee for Literary Scholarship. In 2000 he was elected to Full Membership of the Academy. In 2010 he was elected to membership of Academia Europea, and in 2014 to the Royal Society of Canada as a Foreign Fellow.
He has organized three international symposia in the field of American literature in Vienna and has also coordinated three international conferences on Canadian culture. From 1998 to February 2014 he was Director of the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Vienna.

Since July 2012 he has been the chair of the Commission on "The North Atlantic Triangle: Social and Cultural Exchange in Europe, the USA and Canada" of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In this capacity, he has convened three international conferences and symposia in Vienna.
He has given lectures at many academic institutions such as the Universities of Mainz, Bonn, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Siegen, Wuppertal, Regensburg, Freiburg and Kiel (Germany), Genoa, Padova, Venice and Bergamo (Italy), University of Cracow, Universities of Poznan, Lódz and Gdansk (Poland), Bratislava (Slovakia), Copenhagen and Odense (Denmark), Lund (Sweden), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Eötvös Lórand University (Budapest, Hungary), Veliko Turnovo (Bulgaria), Sinaia (Roumania), Charlottesville/U VA/, Georgia State, Baylor University, Texas A & M University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Emory University, University of Minnesota, Tulsa University, Stanford University, University of California at Davis, University of Maryland at College Park., College of William & Mary (USA), Edmonton, University of Toronto, Ottawa University, St. John, St. Thomas University, Fredericton (N.B.), Saint Francis Xavier, Acadia University (N.S.), St. John's (Nfdl.), Brock University, University of British Columbia (Canada). 

Selected Publications


Imagology Revisited. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010, 571pp. [Reviewed by Günther Blaicher, Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 37.1 (2012), 125-128; Todd Bender, Anglistik 23.1 (2012), 224-229; Emer O’Sullivan, Anglia 130.3 (2012), 459-463; Jürgen C. Wolter, Amerikastudien 58.2 (2013), 310-312].

Images of Germany in American Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press 2007, 253pp. [Reviewed by H.D. Baer, Choice 45.2 (2007); Claude Desmarais, Journal of American Cultures 30.4 (2007), 453-454; M. Thomas Inge, The Key Reporter (2007), 14; Kim Prchal, Journal of American Ethnic History (Winter 2008), 110-111; Ethan J. Kytle, The Journal of American History (Dec. 2007), 952-953; Petra Goedde, American Historical Review 113.3 (June 2008), 841-842; Beret L. Norman, German Studies Review 31.2 (2008), 444-445; Ellis Shookman, Angermion vol. 1 (2008), 180-183; Brent O. Peterson, American Literary History 21 (Summer 2009), 335-340].

Das Deutschlandbild in der amerikanischen Literatur. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1998, x+419pp, 20 Abb.

English Summary in English and American Studies in German. Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia (1998), Tübingen 1999, 141-145.
[Reviewed by Ansgar Nünning, Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 31/4 (1998), 404-405; Peter Firchow, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen 237 (2000), 144-148; Udo Hebel, Anglistik 12.1 (2001), 170-172; Karl Ortseifen, Amerikastudien 45.4 (2000), 577-580; Angela Schwarz, Historische Zeitschrift 270 (2000), 506-507; Jan Stievermann, Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch der Görres-Gesellschaft 42 (2001), 492-496; H. J. Schnackertz, Anglia 119.2 (2001), 311-319.; Klaus Stierstorfer, Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift 52.3 (2002), 429-431]. 

Die Erzählkunst des amerikanischen Südens (Erträge der Forschung, vol. 290). Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1990, ix + 223pp. [Reviewed by Jürgen Wolter, Mitteilungen des Verbandes deutscher Anglisten 4.2 (Sept. 1993), 82-85].

Die Klimatheorie in der englischen Literatur und Literaturkritik von der Mitte des 16. bis zum frühen 18. Jahrhundert. Wiener Beiträge zur Englischen Philologie 77. Wien: Braumüller, 1977, 666pp. [Reviewed by Franz Kuna, Journal of European Studies 10 (March 1980), 74-75; Karl Josef Höltgen, Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift 30 (1980), 246-249; Jürgen Schäfer, Anglia 100 (1982), 510-514; Günther Blaicher, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 219 (1982), 196-201]. 
Die "Cosmic Voyage" und die "Excursion" in der englischen Dichtung des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts (Dissertationen der Universität Graz 4), Wien: Notring 1969, 204pp. (Revised edition of my thesis, which was submitted in 1966).



Riding/Writing Across Borders in North American Travelogues and Fiction. Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2011, 394pp; [Reviewed by: Eva-Marie Kröller, Anglistik 23.2 (2012) 197-199].

Aspects of the Transatlantic Exchange: The American South in Europe - Europe in the American South; Impressions of an interdisciplinary field trip and academic interaction, March 18 - April 1, 2005. Wien: WUV-Verlag 2006, 345pp.

Transatlantische Differenzen/Transatlantic Differences, Wien - Köln: Böhlau 2004, 284pp.
The Many Souths: Class in Southern Culture, Transatlantic Perspectives 14. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2003, xv + 202pp.

Remembering the Individual/Regional/National Past, ed. with a preface and an introduction, in cooperation with M. Draxlbauer, Transatlantic Perspectives 10. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 1999, xviii + 266pp.

Images of Central Europe in Travelogues and Fiction by North American Writers, ed. with a preface and an introduction, Transatlantic Perspectives 6 (Tübingen: Stauffenburg/Francke, 1995), xxv & 395pp. [English Summary in English and American Studies in German. Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia (1995), Tübingen 1996, 108-109].

Faulkner, his Contemporaries, and his Posterity, ed. with a preface and introduction, Transatlantic Perspectives 2. Tübingen: Stauffenburg/Francke, 1993, xvi + 382pp. [English Summary in English and American Studies in German. Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia (1992), Tübingen 1993, 136-139.]



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 Encounter in the North Atlantic Triangle, ed. with David Staines. Wien: Verlag der Österr. Akademie der Wissenschaften. 2015. 411pp.

Immigration and Integration in North America: Canadian and Austrian Perspectives, ed. 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. 
Social and Cultural Interaction and Literary Landscapes in the Canadian West, ed. together with Fritz Peter Kirsch, Wien: WUV-Verlag, 2010. 319pp.

Native Americans and First Nations: A Transnational Challenge, ed. together with Christian Feest, Paderborn: Schöningh, 2009. 259pp.

Transatlantic Exchanges: The American South in Europe, Europe in the American South, ed. together with Richard Gray, Sitzungsberichte der phil.-hist. Klasse 761, Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2007. 600 pp. [Reviewed by Todd K. Bender, AAA 34.1 (2009), 198-200; John H. Roper, The Journal of Southern History 76.4 (2010); Helena Maragou, European Journal of American Studies 2 (2010); Angie Maxwell, The Southern Literary Journal 42.2 (2010) 149-152].

Canadian Interculturality and the Transatlantic Heritage: Impressions of an exploratory field trip and academic interaction in Eastern Canada / Interculturalité canadienne et héritage transatlantique : textes d'un voyage d'échanges de Toronto à Halifax [Dokumentation der interdisziplinären Exkursion nach Ost-Kanada, Protokolle und Essays], ed. together with Fritz Peter Kirsch, Wien: WUV-Verlag 2005. 265pp.

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, (Proceedings der Konferenz November 8-10, 2001), ed. together with Fritz Peter Kirsch, Wien - Budapest 2004, 247pp.

Kanada und die USA - Interkulturelle Perpektiven / Aspects of Interculturality - Canada and the United States / Perspectives interculturelles - Le Canada et les États-Unis, (Proceedings of an international symposium organized and convened in Vienna in April 2000), ed. together with Fritz Peter Kirsch (Wien 2002), 183pp.

Sites of Memory and Collective Identities: Encounters, Explorations and Reflections on an interdisciplinary field trip through the American South in April 2001, in cooperation with A. Borsdorf, M. Draxlbauer, INN-GEO - Innsbrucker Materialien zur Geographie 11, (Innsbruck: Selbstverlag des Instituts für Geographie der Universität Innsbruck, 2002), 203pp.

Kanada / Europa: Chancen und Probleme der Interkulturalität; Canada / Europe: Opportunities and Problems of Interculturality; Canada / Europe: Chances et malaises de l'interculturalité, ed. together with Fritz Peter Kirsch, Hagen: ISL-Verlag, 2000. [English summary in English and American Studies in German. Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia (2000), Tübingen 2001, 162-164].

Europäischer Völkerspiegel: Imagologisch-ethnographische Studien zu den Völkertafeln des frühen 18. Jahrhunderts, ed. Franz K. Stanzel (together with Ingomar Weiler & W. Zacharasiewicz) (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 1998), 324pp.

Tales and 'Their Telling Difference'. Zur Theorie und Geschichte der Narrativik. Festschrift für F.K. Stanzel, Herbert Foltinek, Wolfgang Riehle & Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, eds. (Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1993), ix & 384pp.

Utopian Thought in American Literature: Untersuchungen zur literarischen Utopie und Dystopie in den USA, ed. together with Arno Heller and Walter Hölbling (Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1988), 225pp.

Encounters and Explorations: Canadian Writers and European Critics, ed. together with F.K. Stanzel (Würzburg 1986), 157pp.


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. 78-100

“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.

"Transkulturelle Erfahrung und Migration in der anglophonen kanadischen Literatur," in Jutta Ernst und Florian Freitag, eds. Transkulturelle Dynamiken: Aktanten - Prozesse - Theorien. Bielefeld: Transkript Verlag, 2015, 119-37.

"Consumption and Communion in a Changing South: Food and Feasting in the Fiction of Thomas Wolfe, Eudora Welty, and Three Southern Writers of the Next Generation," in Moravian Journal of Literature and Film. 4.2 (2013), 55-69.

Diskussionsbeitrag, in Brigitte Mazohl, ed. Europäische Integration - Europäische Identität? ÖAW: Forschung und Gesellschaft 8, Wien 2014, 74-76.

"Challenges for Immigrants in Canadian Autobiographies," in Waldemar Zacharasiewicz und Fritz Peter Kirsch, eds. Immigration and Integration in North America: Canadian and Austrian Perspectives. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2014. 31-43.

"Migration and Literature - Migrating Across the Oceans: Challenges of Settlement in the USA and Canada," in Waldemar Zacharasiewicz und Fritz Peter Kirsch, eds. Immigration and Integration in North America: Canadian and Austrian Perspectives. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2014. 111-136.

"Transatlantische Perspektiven auf Europa," in Carmen Birkle und Ulrich Winter, eds. Europabilder. Universität Marburg: online publication, 2014. 38pp.

"Canadians as Passionate Pilgrims to the Temples of European Music and Art,” in Klaus Ertler, Martin Löschnigg, and Yvonne Völkl, eds. Europe – Canada: Transcultural Perspectives, Perspectives transculturelles. Frankfurt: Peter Lang  2013, 37-52.

“Introduction,” in Cultural Circulation: Dialogues between Canada and the American South, ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz and Christoph Irmscher. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 2013, 11-19.

“Transcending Southern Borders: Writing Home from Europe,” in Unsteadily Marching On. The U.S. South in Motion, ed. Constante Gonzaléz Groba. Publicacions de la Universitat de València, 2013, 225-34.


“Bilder der neuen Welt im deutschsprachigen Raum im späten 18. Jhdt.“ to appear in Joseph Haydn und die „Neue Welt“: Musik- und kulturgeschichtliche Perspektiven, eds. Christine Siegert and Walter Reicher, 2017. [manuscript 14 pp.]


“The Confluence of Ethnic Voices in Urban America”, semi-plenary lecture given at the 22nd World Congress of ICLA in Vienna in July 2016. To appear in a collection of essays in 2017. [ms. 18 pp.]

“Immigrants and Exiles from German-speaking countries in the USA”, lecture at the University of Marburg in Nov. 2016 [ms. 20 pp.]

“Outside Perspectives on Southern Society: Shifts in the Perception of Slavery”, lecture at SSSL conference in Williamsburg, April 2008 on Southern Roots and Routes: Origins, Migrations, Transformations, [manuscript, 14pp.]

“Encounters With Representative Writers On Their Home Turf”, lecture at RMMLA conference 2007, Calgary, Canada. [manuscript 15pp.]

“Encounters on the Trail: Transatlantic Networks In the 19th Century”, lecture at travel literature conference 2007, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain. [manuscript 14pp.]

Among my essays, which have appeared in various scholarly journals, is a long review of research on studies of Southern literature and culture (AmSt 1991) and on 'The Invention of Southern Literature' (Sprachkunst 2001), and numerous essays on 20th-century Southern writers.

I have also published a review of research on national stereotypes in literature in the English language (REAL 1982) and fifteen other imagological essays on various aspects of the use of stereotypes in anglophone fiction and travel literature, especially on the Image of Germany and of Austria in American and Canadian literatures.
Among my publications are also essays on fiction by writers from several Canadian regions and on cultural nationalism in the New World.
My list of publications also includes longer reviews of academic studies, ranging from Shakespeare to Postmodernism.