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Hanna Straß-Senol

Dr. Hanna Straß-Senol

Director of Environmental Humanities Development

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Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a, 2. OG, 455
80802 Munich

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 72390 (currently not occupied)

Office hours:
*on maternity leave*

Hanna Straß-Senol joined the Rachel Carson Center as co-director of environmental humanities development in 2020. Her research interests and teaching foci span from environmental literary and cultural studies (specifically postcolonial ecocriticism and environmental justice), postcolonial literatures and theory (specifically anglophone African and pacific writing), ethnic and Native American literature, nineteenth century gothic literature, sea literature to theories of globalization, cultural studies and migration.

From 2016, she was a lecturer at the Institute of English and American Studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and a post-doc research fellow in the “Fiction meets Science” (FMS) research group sponsored by the Volkswagen Stiftung. She also coordinated CvO University's European master in migration and intercultural relations in 2018, as a member of the DFG-research training group “Globalization and Literature: Presentations, Transformations, Interventions.”

At LMU Munich, she wrote a PhD dissertation titled “Stories of Pollution: Narrating Toxicity in Postcolonial Contexts.” She is a co-founder of the postgraduate forum “Environment, Literature, Culture” (ELC), co-founder of the GAPS postgraduate forum “Postcolonial Narrations,” and was webinar coordinator for EASLCE (2014-2016).


Selected Publications:

  • “Indigenous Literature and the Anthropocene: Two Case Studies.” In Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene, edited by Gina Comos and Caroline Rosenthal, 177–136. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2019.
  • “Mermaids as Exotic Others in Melville's South Sea Fiction.” In The Sea in the Literary Imagination: Global Perspectives, edited by Ben P. Robertson, Ekaterina V. Kobeleva, Shannon W. Thompson, and Katona D. Weddle, 195–210. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2019.
  • Edited with Sarah Fekadu and Tobias Döring. REAL – Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature. Vol. 33: Meteorologies of Modernity: Weather and Climate Discourses in the Anthropocene. Tübingen: Narr, 2017.
  • with Sarah Fekadu. “Meteorologies of Modernity: Introduction.” In REAL - Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature. Vol. 33: Meteorologies of Modernity: Weather and Climate Discourses in the Anthropocene, edited by Sarah Fekadu, Hanna Straß-Senol, and Tobias Döring, 1–18. Tübingen: Narr, 2017.
  • “Weather Phenomena in Linda Hogan's People of the Whale.” In REAL - Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature. Vol. 33: Meteorologies of Modernity: Weather and Climate Discourses in the Anthropocene, edited by Sarah Fekadu, Hanna Straß-Senol, and Tobias Döring, 273–289. Tübingen: Narr, 2017.
  • “'A Living Death, Life Inside-Out': The Postcolonial Toxic Gothic in Robert Barclay's Meļaļ: A Novel of the Pacific.” In Globalizing Literary Genres, edited by Jernej Habjan and Fabienne Imlinger, 228–240. London/New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • with Jonathan Steinwand. “Verzauberte Giftigkeit: Schleichende Gewalt im postkolonialen Roman.” In Komparatistik: Jahrbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (DGAVL), Jg 2013, edited by Christian Moser und Linda Simonis. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2014.
  • Review of Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century, by Stephanie LeMenager. Ecozon@ 6, no.1 (2015): 223–226.