Mascha Helene Lange

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As long as she can think back, reading has been part of Mascha Helene Lange’s life—thus, it seems no surprise that her path took her to literary studies. She recently graduated from the University of Leipzig with a degree in American studies (BA) and education (Staatsexamen, MA equivalent). Her studies were lastingly influenced by two events: Writing a bachelor’s thesis on female agency in Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Americanah and spending a semester abroad at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Both have opened her eyes for the importance of discussing representative structures in texts and sparked an interest in academic approaches towards those discussions. Both also speak volumes about her favorite pastime activities: reading, traveling, languages, and dancing salsa. Her research interests lie in US American literary studies and currently focus on subjects intersecting with/between gender, queer, and disability studies.