Stefan Schubert is an assistant professor at the Institute for American Studies at Leipzig University, Germany. His main research interests include US popular culture and literature, narrativity, game studies, and gender studies. He has published a number of articles on the intersection of these topics as well as a monograph titled Narrative Instability: Destabilizing Identities, Realities, and Textualities in Contemporary American Popular Culture (2019). His current research project focuses on the emergence of 'privilege' in late nineteenth-century US literature and culture. He is a member of the DFG research network "Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities" and an associate member of the collaborative research center on "Invectivity: Constellations and Dynamics of Disparagement" in the subproject on "Pop-Cultural Poetics and Politics of the Invective."

Playing With, Not Against, Empires: Video Games and (Post)Colonialism

Video games can be understood as a medium characterized by remediation and convergence: they often take elements from other media, adapt them to their medial specifics, and add their own unique aspects, thus creating new, playable versions of cultural material. Such adaptations apply to certain plot elements, character archetypes, or… Continue reading