Charlton Payne

Charlton Payne

Visiting Assistant Professor

charlton.payne@uni-erfurt.de

Charlton Payne is DAAD P.R.I.M.E. Fellow in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Erfurt and Visiting Researcher in Berkeley through May 2017. At Berkeley, he is completing the research for his Habilitation “On the Trail of Displaced Persons in German Literature: Documentality and Narrative in the Age of the Refugee." After completing his 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, he was awarded his PhD in German Literature from UCLA in 2007 and then launched his project on narrating refugee stories as a postdoctoral researcher in the Cluster of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Integration” in Konstanz. This period in Konstanz culminated in a one-year fellowship at the Cluster’s Institute for Advanced Study in 2010. Afterwards, from 2011 to 2013, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Erfurt. For the academic year 2014-2015, he was Fellow of the Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Study in Greifswald. He has published 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 as well as the co-edited volume Kant and The Concept of Community (with Lucas Thorpe), Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2011. He has published essays on cosmopolitanism in Goethe and Wieland, hospitality and asylum in Kleist, narratives about the assimilation of Vertriebene in Treichel and Hein, and the recent article "Verbalizing Silence and Sorting Garbage: Archiving Experiences of Displacement in Recent Post-Yugoslav Fictions of Migration by Saša Stanišić and Adriana Altaras" (with Diana Hitzke), Edinburgh German Yearbook 9. Archive and Memory in German Literature and Visual Culture (2015). Forthcoming publications include a special issue of symplokē (co-edited with Jesper Gulddal) on “Passports” as well as the edited volume Flüchtlinge in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur.