Prof. Dr. Kylie Crane

Professor of Cultural Studies

Room 8020

August-Bebel-Straße 28


Tel.: +49 (0)381 498-2860

Fax: +49 (0)381 498-2594

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Education and degrees 

  • 2020: "Habilitation" in the fields of English Literature, English Cultural Studies and American Literary and Cultural Studies. Thesis title: "Concrete & Plastic: Thinking through Materiality", University of Potsdam
  • 2009: PhD in English Literature. Thesis title “Where Wilderness Lies: Contemporary Australian and Canadian Constructions of Wilderness”, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2005: MA in New English Literatures/Comparative Linguistics. Thesis title: “‘Natural Identities’ – An ecocritical approach to Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson and Tim Winton”, University of Tübingen
  • 2003: BA (Hons) in English Literature. Thesis title: “Gender Pendulum – Gender Constructions in Woolf’s Orlando, Brophy’s In Transit and Winterson’s Written on the Body”, Monash University

Professional experience 

  • Since 04/2021: Professor for British and American Cultural Studies at the University of Rostock
  • 2018-2021: Lecturer in the Department for English and American Studies; PostDoc associated with DFG Graduiertenkolleg (RTG) “minor cosmopolitanisms” at the University of Potsdam
  • 2010-2018: Juniorprofessor for Anglophone Studies at the University of Mainz (Germersheim) (incl. parental leave) (positive evaluation 2013)
  • 2009-2010: Lecturer in the Department for English Literatures and Cultures at the University of Stuttgart
  • 2009: Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Tübingen
  • 2006-2009: Fellow and Scholarship holder in the DFG Graduiertenkolleg (RTG) “Kulturhermeneutik im Zeichen von Differenz und Transdifferenz” at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2000-2006: Various positions as student/graduate assistant at the University of Tübingen
Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Anglophone Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Humanities (ecocriticism), Postcolonial Studies, Material Culture Studies
  • Written Texts (e.g. narratives, nature writing, travel writing, auto/fiction, cookbooks)
  • Material Cultures (e.g. materials, food, environments, infrastructures)
Memberships and Offices

Memberships and Offices

  • 2011-2015, Board Member of GAPS
  • Since 20113, Series Editor for KOALAS
  • Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS)
  • Gesellschaft für Australienstudien (GASt)
  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)
  • German Association for the Study of British Cultures (BritCult)
  • Anglistenverband



Concrete and Plastic: Thinking through Materialities. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming (2024). OA and print.

Myths of Wilderness in Contemporary Narratives: Environmental Postcolonialism in Australia and Canada. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Edited Collections

With Lucy Gasser, Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss & Anna von Rath. Minor on the Move: Doing Cosmopolitanisms. Münster: Edition Assemblage, 2021. 

With Renate Brosch. Visualising Australia: Images, Icons, Imaginations. Trier: WVT, 2014.



"Flows and Eddies of the Anthropocene in Anglophone Novels: Helon Habila’s (2010) and Monique Roffey’s (2012).“ The Anglophone Novel in the Twenty-FirstCentury: Cultural Contexts – Literary Developments – Model Interpretations, edited by Nadia Butt, Alexander Scherr and Ansgar Nünning, WVT, 2023, pp. 137-152.

“Robinsonades Revisited: Materials and Archives in the Archipelagic Mode.” Philologie im Netz special issue „Reframing Robinsonades“, vol. 30, edited by Jennifer S. Henke and Jan Gerstner, 2023, pp. 7-20. OA:

“On Some Absent Presences of Nuclear Extractivism: Retrofuturistic Aesthetics and Fallout 4.” To The Last Drop: Affective Economies of Extraction and Sentimentality, edited by Axelle Germanaz, Daniela Gutiérrez Fuentes, Sarah Marak and Heike Paul, transcript, 2023, pp. 185-202. OA.

“Birds of the Plastic Pacific.” Maritime Mobilities in Anglophone Literature and Culture, edited by Alexandra Ganser and Charne Lavery, Palgrave MacMillan, 2023, pp. 41-56. OA.doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-91275-8_3

“Postcards, from the Future”. The Ecological Crisis in Britain, edited by Sebastian Berg, Hanne Bolze and Christian Schmitt-Kilb, special issue of Hard Times 106, 2023: 39-45.

“Fungi Functions: Cross-Species Imaginaries in Tade Thompson’s Wormwood Trilogy.” Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft undLinguisik, vol. 52, no. 2, 2022, pp. 461-476. doi: 10.1007/s41244-022-00261-3

“Fungi Thinking, or Random Considerations.” Comparative Critical Studies, vol. 18, no. 2-3, 2021, pp. 239-258. doi: 10.3366/ccs.2021.0405 

“Positioning Postcolonial Studies: A Response.” Journal for the Study of British Cultures, Special Issue: Histories and Trajectories: British Cultural Studies in Germany, edited by Gerold Sedlmayr, vol. 28, no. 1, 2021, pp. 113-118.

“Teaching Materials: Plastic”. Developing Critical Environmental Literacies, Special Issue of Anglistik & Englischunterricht, edited by Christian Ludwig and Claudia Deetjen, vol. 94, 2021, pp. 65-83. 

"Displacements: Framing (and) Ruins in John Berger’s King and Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People.” Open Library of Humanities, Special Issue: “Reading in Ruins: Exploring Posthumanist Narrative Studies”, edited by Roman Bartosch and Julia Hoydis, vol. 7, no. 1, 2021. doi: 10.16995/olh.633

With Lucy Gasser, Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss & Anna von Rath. “Minor on the Move: Doing Cosmopolitanisms – An Introduction”. In: ibid (ed). Minor on the Move: Doing Cosmopolitanisms. Münster: Edition Assemblage, 2021. 15-24. 

“Tomato: The Culinary, Cultivation, and Cultural Studies”. In: Jana Göhrisch, Ellen Grünkemeier & Hannah Pardey (ed). Anglistik 31(3). Fokusheft “Postcolonial Cultural Studies”. 2020, 31-46. DOI: 10.33675/ANGL/2020/3/6

“Ecocriticism and Travel”. In: Nandini Das & Tim Youngs (ed). Cambridge History of Travel Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 535-549. DOI: 10.1017/9781316556740.035

“Anthropocene Presences and the Limits of Deferral: Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria and The Swan Book”. In: Online Library of Humanities. 5(1). 2019. Timo Müller (ed). Special Issue: “Representing Climate: Local to Global”. DOI: 10.16995/olh.348

“Australia”. In: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf (ed). Handbuch Autobiography/ Autofiction. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019. 1087-1113.

“The Anthropocene and the End of the World: Dystopia, Apocalypse and other Disasters”. In: Gina Comos & Caroline Rosenthal (ed). Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2019. 158-175.

“Whales, Waste and Wilderness: Postcolonial Environmentalism in the Classroom”. In: Mark Stein & Christine Lübke (ed). Cross-Overs: Postcolonial Studies and Transcultural Learning. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2017. 37-52.

“Plastic Modernities”. In: Christoph Ehland, Ilka Mindt & Merle Tönnies. Anglistentag 2015 Paderborn. Trier: WVT, 2016. 207-217.

“Wilderness Effects and Wild Affects in Contemporary UK Nature/Travel Writing”. In: Ina Habermann & Daniela Keller (ed). English Topographies in Literature and Culture: Space, Place, and Identity. Amsterdam & New York: Brill, 2016. 41-57.

“Essen als Kulturkontakt”. In: Jutta Ernst & Florian Freitag (ed). Transkulturelle Dynamiken. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. 91-117.

“Visions, Vellum and Pastoral Transpositions”. In: The Journal of Ecocriticism. 6(1). 2014.

With Renate Brosch. “Visualising Australia: An Introduction”. In: Ibid (ed). Visualising Australia: Images, Icons, Imaginations. Trier: WVT, 2014. 1-17.

“When Pigs Cry: Teaching the gaze, materialities and environmental ethics with the film Babe”. In: Roman Bartosch & Sieglinde Grimm (ed). Teaching Environments: Ecocritical Encounters. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2014. 97-114.

“Constitutions of Site and Visitor at the Swarbrick Wilderness Discovery Site” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature. 44(4). 2013. 117-136.

“Tracking the Tassie Tiger: Extinction and Ethics in Julia Leigh’s The Hunter”. In: Laurenz Volkmann (ed). Local Natures - Global Responsibilities. ASNEL Papers 14. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. 2010. 105-120.

“Der Fall Mudrooroo: Authentizität, Autorität, der Buchmarkt und der Leser”. In: Walter Sparn, Christoph Ernst & Hedwig Wagner (ed). Kulturhermeneutik: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zum Umgang mit kultureller Differenz. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2008. 223-241.

“A Place in the Wilderness? Tim Winton’s Dirt Music and Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing”. In: Gerhard Stilz (ed). Territorial Terrors: Contested Spaces in Colonial and Postcolonial Writing. Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann, 2007. 71-85.

“The Beat of the Land: Place and Music in Tim Winton’s Dirt Music”. In: Lars Eckstein & Christoph Reinfandt (ed). “The Cultural Validity of Music in Contemporary Fiction”. Sonderausgabe Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 54(1). 2006. 21-32.