Prof. Dr. Peter Schneck

University of Osnabrück

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Dr. Peter Schneck studied North-American and Media Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin, where he received his doctorate for a thesis on cultural perception and imagination in American realist painting and literature in 1996. From 1997 to 2004, Peter Schneck had been Assistant Professor at the American Institute, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich. After the successfull completion of his habilitation on the topic "Rhetoric and Evidence: Legal Conflict and Literary Representation in American Culture“, he worked first as a Associate Professor at LMU Munich, before accepting a chair position for American Studies at Osnabrück University in 2007. Various scholarships, fellowships and teaching assignments took Peter Schneck abroad, among others to the University of California at Irvine, the Venice International University, the University of Nottingham, the University of Turin and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. C.

His research interets are the history of the U.S-American culture and literature with a special focus on the 19th century to the present, law and literature, especially rhetoric and representation of property and ownership in U. S. American-culture, as well as general questions on the relationship between cognition, poetics, and aesthetics in literature.

Professor Dr. Peter Schneck was Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center „Law as Culture“ from October 2018 to March 2019.

Research Project

"Francis Lieber and the Hermeneutics of Property"

Publications (selected)


  • Rhetoric and Evidence. Legal Conflict and Literary Representation in American Culture. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter, 2012.
  • Bilder der Erfahrung. Kulturelle Wahrnehmung im amerikanischen Realismus. Frankfurt: Campus, 1998.

Edited books

  • The U.S. and the Questions of Rights. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017 (in print, with Irina Brittner and Sabine Meyer)
  • Audiences, Networks, Performances. Studies in U.S.-American Media History. PhiN.Supplements, Berlin u.a. 2012. (mit Antje Kley)
  • Terrorism, Media, and the Ethics of Fiction. Transatlantic Perspectives on Don DeLillo. New York: Continuum, 2010. (mit Philipp Schweighauser)
  • Iconographies of Power. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2003. (mit Ulla Haselstein u. Berndt Ostendorf)
  • Popular Culture. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2001 (Special Issue of) Amerikastudien/American Studies. 46(3). (mit Ulla Haselstein u. Berndt Ostendorf)
  • Making America. The Cultural Work of Literature. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2001. (mit Susanne Rohr u. Sabine Sielke)
  • Hyperkultur. Zur Fiktion im Computerzeitalter. Berlin: deGruyter, 1996. (mit Martin Klepper u. Ruth Mayer)


  • “Savage Properties and Violent Forms: Christopher Brooke’s Poem on the late Massacre in Virginia (1622) and the Discourse on Civility and Possession in Early Modern America” Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.2 (2017): 169-190.
  • "James Fenimore Cooper, The Pioneers, or, the Sources of the Susquehanna, A Descriptive Tale (1823)." Christine Gerhardt. Ed. Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018. 174-196.
  • “Critical Subjects of Belonging: Diaspora, Indigenism and Human Rights” Klaus Stierstorfer. Ed. Diaspora, Law and Literature. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016. 89-111.
  • “'Forbidden and Useless Knowledge': Ambivalenz und Faszination der Lazarus-Figur in der U.S.-amerikanischen Kultur und Literatur” Ursula Hennigfeld. Ed. Lazarus: Kulturgeschichte einer Metapher. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016. 155-170.
  • "Who Owns Uncle Tom's Cabin? Literature as Cultural Property." Helle Porsdam. Ed. Copyrighting Creativity: Creative Values, Cultural Heritage Institutions and Systems of Intellectual Property. London: Ashgate, 2015. 129-150
  • "Cognitive Style and Perceptual Skill in the Realism of Thomas Eakins: Pragmatism, Cognitive Science and Art." Amerikastudien/American Studies. 58:2 (2014).