Charlton Payne
I am a DAAD P.R.I.M.E. Fellow in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Erfurt and Visiting Scholar in Berkeley through October 2017. During the academic year of 2016-17, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of German as well as a Townsend Fellow at UC Berkeley. I am now completing my book “Expedient Fictions: Identity Documents and Literature in the Age of the Refugee.” After completing my dissertation on the contested foundations of nationality and cosmopolitanism in eighteenth-century experiments with the epic genre as a fellow of the DFG research group “The Figure of the Third” in Konstanz, I was awarded his PhD in German Literature from UCLA in 2007 and then launched my ongoing research on representations of refugees as a postdoctoral researcher in the Cluster of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Integration” in Konstanz. I have been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Konstanz (2010), at the University of Erfurt (2011-2013), and at the Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Study in Greifswald (2014-2015).

Publications

Books

The Epic Imaginary. Political Power and Its Legitimations in Eighteenth-Century German Literature. Studien zur deutschen Literatur 197. Edition Niemeyer. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2012.

Edited Volumes

"Passports": Special issue of symplokē Vol. 25 (2017), guest-editor together with Jesper Gulddal.

Niemandsbuchten und Schutzbefohlene: Flucht-Räume und Flüchtlingsfiguren in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur, co-edited with Thomas Hardtke and Johannes Kleine, Series: Deutschsprachige Gegenwartsliteratur und Medien 22. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2017.

Kant and the Concept of Community, edited by Charlton Payne and Lucas Thorpe. North American Kant Society Studies in Philosophy Series. Vol. 9. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2011.

Essays | Articles

“Niemandsbuchten und Schutzbefohlene. Flucht-Räume und Flüchtlingsfiguren in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur,” co-authored with Thomas Hardtke and Johannes Kleine, in: Niemandsbuchten und Schutzbefohlene: Flucht-Räume und Flüchtlingsfiguren in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2017, 9-20.

“An Flüchtlinge erinnern. Ursula Krechels Shanghai fern von wo als Spurensuche.” In: Niemandsbuchten und Schutzbefohlene, 221-238.

“Post-Imperial Narratives of Displacement in Germany around 1951: The Schieder Commission's Documentation of Displaced East Prussians and Hans Werner Richter's Sie fielen aus Gottes Hand.” In: SpaceTime of the Imperial, ed. by Susanne Rau, Holt Meyer and Katharina Waldner. Oldenbourg: De Gruyter 2017, 422-443.

“Auf der Spur des Menschlichen in Flüchtlingserzählungen der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur.” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Germanistenverbandes 63.4 (December 2016), 347-357

“A Conversation with Joseph O’Neill.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 61.2 (2016)

"Verbalizing Silence and Sorting Garbage: Archiving Experiences of Displacement in Recent Post-Yugoslav Fictions of Migration by Saša Stanišić and Adriana Altaras" (co-authored with Diana Hitzke) Edinburgh German Yearbook 9. Archive and Memory in German Literature and Visual Culture (2015), 195-212.

"Kleists 'Verlobung in St. Domingo' und das Asylrecht". In: StaatsSachen/Matters of State. Fiktionen der Gemeinschaft im langen 19. Jahrhundert. Ed. by Arne De Winde, Sientje Maes and Bart Philipsen. (Diskursivitäten 17) Heidelberg: Synchron 2014, 293-302.

"Decisions. Alfred Andersch's Manifesto of the Gruppe 47". In: Manifeste. Speerspitzen zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft. Ed. by Ralph J. Poole and Yvonne Katharina Kaisinger. Heidelberg: Universitäsverlag Winter, 2014, 49-64.

"How the Exiled Writer Makes Refugee Stories Legible: Saša Stanišić's Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert.Gegenwartsliteratur XIII (2014), 321-339.

"Der Pass zwischen Dingwanderung und Identitätsübertragung in Remarques Die Nacht von Lissabon." Exilforschung. Ein internationales Jahrbuch 31 (2013), 335-346.

"Die Assimilation deutscher Flüchtlinge in die/der Gegenwartsliteratur. Intransitives Erzählen von Familiengeschichten der Assimilation in Hans-Ulrich Treichels Der Verlorene und Christoph Heins Landnahme." In: Die Integrationsdebatte zwischen Assimilation und Diversität. Grenzziehungen in Theorie, Kunst und Gesellschaft. Ed. by Özkan Ezli, Andreas Langenohl, Valentin Rauer, Claudia Marion Voigtmann. (Kultur- und Medientheorie) Bielefeld: transcript, 2013, 287-317.

"'A Question of Humanity in Its Entirety': Armin T. Wegner as Intermediary of Reconciliation between Germans and Armenians in Interwar German Civil Society". In: Birgit Schwelling (ed.), Reconciliation, Civil Society, and the Politics of Memory. Transnational Initiatives in the 20th Century. (Erinnerungskulturen/Memory Cultures) Bielefeld: transcript, 2012, 25-50.

"Introduction: The Many Senses of Community in Kant", co-authored with Lucas Thorpe, in: Kant and the Concept of Community, 1-16.

"Kant’s Parergonal Politics" in: Kant and the Concept of Community, 245-259.

"The Limits of Hospitality in Kleist’s Verlobung in St. Domingo". Grenzen im Raum – Grenzen in der Literatur. Sonderheft der Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie. Ed. by Eva Geulen and Stephan Kraft. Vol. 129 (2010): 239-251.

"Narrative Souveränität. Wielands parodistischer Erzähler als 'Übersetzer' der Französischen National-Versammlung." Wieland/Übersetzen. Sprachen, Gattungen, Räume. Ed. by Bettine Menke and Wolfgang Struck. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2010, 237-250.

"Epic World Citizenship in Goethe’s Hermann und Dorothea." Goethe Yearbook 16 (2009): 11-28.

Research Areas

German Literature from the 18th Century to the Present; Politics of Literary Form; Documentality; Representations of Refugees