Dr. Anita Wohlmann

wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Banerjee

I am a postdoctoral researcher interested in interdisciplinary topics that link American literary and cultural studies to medicine, pharmacology, sociology, film, and television studies. My background in film studies and film editing inspired me to write my Master’s thesis on novelizations, i.e. books that are written after or parallel to the release of a film. In my doctoral thesis, I looked at cultural and sociological concepts from age studies and applied them to contemporary American novels and films. I also co-edited a volume on the representation of age and aging in television series, and I was able to publish several articles on the intersections of medicine, narrative, metaphors, and life writing.

 

Current Research

As a postdoctoral researcher, I worked in the DFG graduate program “Life Sciences – Life Writing” for 2,5 years, studying the role of narrative in boundary experiences of human life, such as illness or trauma. Since November 2015, I have been conducting an interdisciplinary teaching project on “Patient Narratives,” which was generously funded by the Gutenberg Teaching Council (GLK) and which involves students from American studies and pharmaceutical biology. In my research, I examine the role of metaphors as epistemic tools and spaces of agency between medical and scientific information and individual experiences. I look at both historical texts, such as fictional narratives written by North-American women writers, and contemporary examples, such as TV-series and self-help books. My research draws on theories and concepts from Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine and their significance in conceptualizing the significance and social use of literature and art beyond disciplinary boundaries.

 

Teaching

My teaching, so far, has focused on Medical Humanities, gender, film and television, life writing, literary studies (introduction) and study skills. I have also held workshops on Narrative Medicine, teaching film, teaching argumentation, age and aging in film as well as editing and film analysis. From my involvement with the program “Kollegiales Coaching” at JGU’s Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ), I take an interest in and commitment to innovative and competence-oriented teaching methods that help students unfold their full academic and personal potential, enjoy their studies and feel well equipped when they leave university.