Dr. Maria Mayr


  • Honours B.A., University of Toronto (2003)
  • M.A., Western University (2005)
  • Ph.D., Western University (2011)

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21 century German-language literature and culture
  • Memory Studies
  • Inter-, trans-, and multicultural and Literatures
  • European memory discourses
  • Transnationalism
  • Identity Discourses
  • Ecocriticism

Current Research Project

Transnational European Memory in German-language Literature from Eastern Europe: Yugoslavia and Beyond (SSHRC Insight Development Grant)

Teaching Interests and Projects

  • German language and German-language literatures and cultures
  • Contemporary German-language literature
  • Literature of Migration
  • Memory discourses in German-language cultures
  • Mobilizing Knowledge on the East Coast Trail (experiential learning partnership)

Selected Publications

Refereed Book

Kraenzle, C., and M. Mayr, eds. The Changing Place of Europe in Global Memory Cultures – Usable Pasts and Futures. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies Series. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave, 2016. https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319391519

Refereed Journal Articles

Mayr, M. “Berlin’s Futurity in Zafer Åženocak’s Gefährliche Verwandtschaft (1998) and Marica Bodrožić’s Kirschholz und alte Gefühle (2012).” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 51:4 (2015): 357-77.

Mayr, M. “B. as in Balkan: Terézia Mora’s Post-Yugoslav Berlin Republic.” German Life and Letters 67.2 (2014): 238-255.

Mayr, M. “Pulverschrift Berlin im löchrigen Europa.” Études Germaniques 65.3 (2010): 673-84.

Refereed Book Chapters

Kraenzle, C., and M. Mayr. “Introduction: The Usable Pasts and Futures of Transnational European Memories.” The Changing Place of Europe in Global Memory Cultures – Usable Pasts and Futures. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies Series. Ed. C. Kraenzle and M. Mayr. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave, 2016.

Mayr, M. “Europe’s Invisible Ghettos: Transnationalism and Neoliberal Capitalism in Julya Rabinowich’s Die Erdfresserin.” Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature. Ed. Elizabeth Herman, Carrie Smith-Prei, and Stuart Taberner. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015. 144-161.

Mayr, M. “‘Überwältigende Vergangenheit’: Questioning European Identity in Contemporary German-Language Literature about former Yugoslavia.” Re-Forming the Nation in Literature and Film. Ed. Julian Preece. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013. 229-248.

Mayr, M. “Among and Between: Alterity in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn.” Migration and Literature in Contemporary Europe. Ed. Mirjam Gebauer and Pia Schwarz Lausten. München: Martin Meidenbauer, 2010. 319-32.

Online Publication

Mayr, M. “Julya Rabinowich on Irregular Migration, Economic Refugees, and the State of Europe’s Democracy.” (Edited Interview and Essay). Kultur360. Ed. James E. Skidmore and Christina Kraenzle. www.kultur360.com.

Work in Progress

Mayr, M. “From Sarajevo to Brussels: Utopia, Nostalgia, and the Futures of European Memory.” Ed. Terri Tomsky and Susanne Luhmann. (Accepted for a refereed Special Issue on Memory Economies currently under review).

Mayr, M. “Inoperative European Communities: Alina Bronsky, Vladimir Vertlib, and WIENER WORTSTAETTEN.” (Refereed journal article manuscript.)

Contact Information

Email: mmayr[a]mun.ca
Room: SN 3056
Phone: (709) 864-8824

Website: http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~mmayr/