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Dr. Kylie Crane

Lecturer (akademische Mitarbeiterin)


Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 0.26
14469 Potsdam


Thurs 9-10
or by email arrangement


I studied English Literatures and Comparative Linguistics, receiving a BA (Hons) from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), a M.A. from the University of Tübingen (Germany) and a Dr. Phil. from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). I also had a one-year teaching stint at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) before being responsible for Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Mainz-Germersheim (Germany), where I was Junioprofessor. I joined the University of Potsdam in 2018.

My primary research interests encompass literary studies, postcolonial studies, environmental humanities/ecocriticism and material cultures. More specifically, I like to think, write and teach about the Anthropocene, modernism and modernities, narrative forms (novels, travel writing, (auto)biographical forms, nature writing), Australian studies, and material cultural studies (human-animal studies, food, waste); I find myself increasingly interested in archipelagic thought, as well as the Anglophone literatures and cultural production of the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, and the British Isles. I was a board member of GAPS (Gesellschaft für anglophone postkoloniale Studien, from 2011-2015) and am currently a series editor for KOALAS.



  • Myths of Wilderness in Contemporary Prose Texts: Environmental Postcolonialism in Australia and Canada. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
    (reviews in A Review of International English Literature (ARIEL), Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE), Journal of Postcolonial Writing and ecozon@)

Edited Collections

  • Visualising Australia: Images, Icons, Imaginations. Trier: WVT, 2014. (with Renate Brosch).
    (review in Journal for the Study of British Cultures)


  • “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”. https://olh.openlibhums.org/articles/10.16995/olh.348
  • “Ecocriticism and Travel”. In: Nandini Das & Tim Youngs (ed). Cambridge History of Travel Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 535-549. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316556740.035
  • “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: Ehland, Christoph, Ilka Mindt & Merle Tönnies. Anglistentag 2015 Paderborn: Proceedings. Trier: WVT, 2016. 207-217.
  • “Wilderness Effects and Wild Affects in Contemporary UK Nature/Travel Writing”. In: Ina Habermann (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”. The Journal of Ecocriticism. Vol 6 No 1. 2014. http://ojs.unbc.ca/index.php/joe/article/view/464/481
  • “Visualising Australia: An Introduction”. mit Renate Brosch. 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 und 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. Vol. 44. No. 4. 2013. 117-136.
  • “Tracking the Tassie Tiger: Extinction and Ethics in Julia Leigh’s The Hunter”. In: Volkmann, Laurenz et.al. (ed.). Local Natures - Global Responsibilites. ASNEL Papers 14. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2010. 105-120.
  • “Der Fall Mudrooroo: Authentizität, Autorität, der Buchmarkt und der Leser”. In: Sparn, Walter, Christoph Ernst and Hedwig Wagner. Kulturhermeneutik: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zum Umgang mit kulturelle Differenz. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2008. 223-241.
  • “A Place in the Wilderness? Tim Winton’s Dirt Music and Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing”. In: Stilz, Gerhard (ed). Territorial Terrors: Contested Spaces in Colonial and Postcolonial Writing. Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann. 71-85.
  • “The Beat of the Land: Place and Music in Tim Winton’s Dirt Music”. In: Eckstein, Lars and Christoph Reinfandt (ed). “The Cultural Validity of Music in Contemporary Fiction”. ZAA 54.1. 2006. 21-32. http://www.zaa.uni-tuebingen.de/?attachment_id=814


  • Finger, H.W. Ludwig Leichhardt – Prince of Explorers. Trans. Kylie Crane. Kenthurst, NSW: Rosenberg, 2013.