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Juliane Braun

Juliane Braun

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Juliane Braun

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PhD, Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany

MA, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany

MA, Université de Bourgogne, France

About Me

Juliane Braun specializes in early American studies, with an emphasis on the multilingual and transnational literatures of the Americas. Her research and teaching focuses on theatre and drama, transoceanic studies, and the environmental humanities. Braun’s first book, Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans (University of Virginia Press, 2019), examines the transnational, political, and social reach of French Louisianian theatrical culture. She has also published on the sea otter, ethnic strife in New Orleans, and free black theatre.

Braun has held fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the European Association for American Studies, and the British Library. On-going research projects include a translated and edited collection of French Louisianian plays and a second book manuscript, tentatively titled Translating the Pacific: Imperial Imaginations, Nature Writing, and Early Modern Print Cultures.

Research Interests

early American 19th-century literature; comparative/world/postcolonial literature; early material culture; ecocriticism and environmental humanities; space and place


  • Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • “Bioprospecting Breadfruit: Imperial Botany, Transoceanic Relations, and the Politics of Translation.” Early American Literature (EAL) 54.3 (2019): 643-71.
  • “‘Strange Beasts of the Sea:’ Captain Cook’s Last Voyage and the Creation of a Transoceanic American Empire.” Atlantic Studies 15.2 (2018): 238-55.
  • “On the Verge of Fame: The Free People of Color and the French Theatre in Antebellum New Orleans.” Liminale Anthropologien. Eds. Jochen Achilles, Roland Borgards, and Brigitte Burrichter. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012. 161-81.