Dortmund, Germany, 2018

TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany

28 May – 3 June, 2018

Download the 2018 seminar program here.

Download the 2018 symposium program here.

See photos of Whitman Week 2018 here.


The international instructors for the 2018 seminar were: 

Jeanne Cortiel, Professor of American Studies at Universität Bayreuth; author of Demand My Writ­ing: Joanna Russ/Feminism/Science Fiction (1999), Passion für das Unmögliche: Befrei­ung als Narra­tiv in der amerikanischen feministischen Theologie (2001), and With a Bar­barous Din: Race and Eth­nic Encounter in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Litera­ture (2016); co-editor of Religion in the Unit­ed States (2011) and Sounds of the Future: Musical and Sonic Anticipation in American Popular Culture (2016).

Jeanne Cortiel was a Dortmund American Studies faculty member from 1994 until 2008.


Betsy Erkkila, Professor of American literary and cultural studies at Northwestern Univer­sity; author of Walt Whitman Among the French: Poet and Myth (1980) and Whitman the Political Poet (1996); co-editor, with Jay Grossmann, of Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies (1996); editor of Walt Whitman’s Songs of Male Intimacy and Love (2011). She is currently completing The Whitman Revolution: Why Poetry Matters.

Betsy Erkkila was a Fulbright Professor at Dortmund American Studies in 2010.


Ed Folsom, Professor of American Literature at the University of Iowa; co-director of the online Whitman Archive; editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review; author, co-author and editor of over 20 Whitman-related books, including, most recently, Walt Whitman’s Demo­cratic Vistas: A Facsimile of the Original Edition (2010), Re-Scripting Walt Whitman (2007), co-authored with Kenneth M. Price, Whitman Making Books / Books Making Whitman (2005), and Whitman East and West: New Contexts for Reading Walt Whitman (2002).

Ed Folsom was a Fulbright Professor at Dortmund American Studies in 1996.


Christine Gerhardt, Professor of American Studies at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg; author of A Place for Humility: Whitman, Dickinson, and the Natural World (2014) and Rituale des Scheiterns: Die Reconstruction-Periode im US-amerikanischen Roman [Rituals of Failure: The Reconstruction Period in American Fiction] (2003); editor of The American Novel of the Nineteenth Century (2017); and co-editor of Environmental Imaginaries on the Move: Nature and Mobility in American Literature and Culture (2016) and Religion in the United States (2011).

Christine Gerhardt was a Dortmund American Studies faculty member from 1994 until 2008.