Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Talks and Publications


Doctoral Dissertation

Boss, Aleksandra. Of Opaque Bodies and Transparent Eyeballs. Democracy as Rhizomatic Panopticism in Paine’s The Age of Reason and Emerson’s Nature. Dissertation, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2018. <>



Boss, Alke. “Televangelist Tranquility: Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and the Management of Negative Emotions.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 68.1 (2023): 75-96. <>


Boss, Aleksandra. “Temperance Beyond Discipline: Considerations on the Functions of US Temperance Drama.” Skenè Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies 5.1 (2019): 65-86. <>


Boss, Aleksandra, and Martin Klepper. “How to Win Friends and Find a Will – Self-Improvement in 1930s Popular Culture.” LWU Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 6.3 (2018): 221-233.


Boss, Aleksandra, and Martin Klepper. “Toward a Poetics of Practice: Self-Improvement, Nancy Drew, and the Chicago Defender.” Projecting American Studies. Eds. Frank Kelleter and Alexander Starre. Heidelberg: Winter, 2018. 95-108.


Boss, Aleksandra, and Martin Klepper. “What Nancy Knew, What Carol Knew: Mass Literature and Knowledge.” What Literature Knows. Forays into Literary Knowledge Production. Eds. Antje Kley and Kai Mertens. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018. 193-213.


Boss, Aleksandra. “Between Protest and Privilege. South Asian Religious Signifiers and the US Counterculture.” South Asia Chronicle 7 (2017): 319-349. <>



Boss, Alke. “Religions of Expansion: From East to West with Emerson and Thoreau.” Les États-Unis, Une Nation En Construction 1815-1860 : Nouvelles perspectives historiographiques, travaux actuels et regards transnationaux. Université Paris Cité, 19-20 Jan. 2023.


Boss, Alke. “Mesmerism and the Multitude: Representing the Uncanniness of Jacksonian Democracy with Edgar Allan Poe.” International Autumn School “The Social and Cultural Dimensions of  Democracy: From the Interwar Years to the Present.” Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 29 Aug. -2 Sep. 2022.


Boss, Aleksandra. “Pulp Fictions of the Self: Biography and Self-Improvement in 1930s Pulp Magazines.” Kosmos Workshop “Body and Mind”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 15-17 November 2018.