Kathleen Loock

Post-doctoral Research Associate, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

Freie Universität Berlin

Kathleen Loock is a postdoctoral researcher at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin. She is a member of the research unit “Popular Seriality: Aesthetics and Practice” that is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and will be a DAAD P.R.I.M.E. fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Freie Universität Berlin starting from October 2016. She is currently working on a book that examines the cultural history of Hollywood remaking, from the transition to sound to the remakes, sequels, and prequels of the franchise era. She received her Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Göttingen; her dissertation, on the commemorative constructions and deconstructions of Christopher Columbus in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, was published as Kolumbus in den USA: Vom Nationalhelden zur ethnischen Identifikationsfigur (2014). Her other publications include the co-edited collections Of Body Snatchers and Cyberpunks: Student Essays on American Science Fiction Film (2011) and Film Remakes, Adaptations, and Fan Productions: Remake/Remodel (2012). She has edited a special issue on serial narratives for the journal LWU: Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (2014), and is currently preparing a co-edited special issue on film seriality for Film Studies (forthcoming 2017).