Klara Fuchs, Selwyn

Degree: PhD
Course: English
Supervisor: Prof Jan Melissa Schramm
Dissertation Title: The Transatlantic Story of E Pluribus Unum: Unity, Multiplicity, and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century American and British Literature

Biographical Information

I studied English Studies and Musicology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany where I received a Bachelor of Arts in 2019. I then came to the UK to study for an MSc in US Literature: Cultural Values from Revolution to Empire at the University of Edinburgh which I completed in 2020 with distinction. I subsequently pursued a second MSc in International Relations which I successfully completed in 2022. Both masters were most generously funded by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. I have recently started my PhD here at the University of Cambridge, Easter term of 2023. When I am not reading, writing, spending time in libraries, I enjoy making music, playing the violin in an ensemble, singing in a choir, as well as hiking. 

Research Interests

My doctoral thesis critically engages with the American motto, ‘E pluribus unum’, by examining political writings from the American revolutionary period in relation to a collection of fictional and nonfictional travel writings by American and European (mainly British and French) authors of the early nineteenth-century. By telling the transatlantic story of ‘E pluribus unum’ the project highlights how early nineteenth-century American and European travel writings form a constitutional dialogue with the political writings of the American revolutionary period that exposes the problem of the one and the many as a fundamentally democratic rather than an inherently American one.