CLST Popular Print Culture Working Group Presentation by the University of Siegen's Lisanna Wiele on the "Politics in Print: (In)visible Agendas in Antebellum City Literature," Noon-2 CL-402

November 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The appearance of Eugene Sue's Mysteries of Paris in 1842 spawned an outpouring of similar novels exposing the social tensions of the underworld, demi-monde, and workingclass popular cultures of the emergent industrial cities in Europe and the Americas.  Lisanna Wiele in her "Politics in Print: (In)visible Agendas in Antebellum City Literature," will consider city mysteries published in the United States in the two decades before the Civil War for their manifest and implied cultural politics.  Ron and Mary Zboray, who have been researching mid-ninteenth-century publishing and readerships for over two decades and who published "The Mysteries of New England: Eugene Sue's 'Imitators,' Ninteeenth-Century Contexts 22 (2000), will lead the discussion of the presentation. 

The event is open to all Pitt graduate students and faculty members interested in popular print culture.  A light lunch will be provided. Questions about the event may be directed to Ron and Mary Zboray ( 

About the speaker: Lisanna Wiele, born 1988 in Hannover, Germany, was awarded the annual Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship in 2005, which prompted her ever-growing interest in American literature and culture. During her undergraduate and graduate years at the University of Göttingen, she was a student assistant at the American Studies department, an English and Creative Writing tutor for international students, a publishing intern and occasional waitress. She holds an M.A. in American Studies and currently functions as a research assistant, lecturer, and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Siegen, Germany. Her dissertation project on the American City Mysteries is part of the Popular Seriality Research Unit (PSRU) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). 

She is co-organizer of an international conference, "Serial Culture: Nineteenth-Century Serial Fictions in Transnational Perspective, 1830s-1860s" to be held at the University of Siegen, from April 28 to 30, 2016, at which the Zborays will be keynote speakers.  Ms. Wiele will be visiting Pitt from mid-November to early December, as a guest of the Cultural Studies Program.