Geza Santa, MA

Geza Santa studied English and American Studies as well as Art History at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Stuttgart, where he graduated with a thesis on the intertextual relationship between T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and William Burroughs' Nova-Trilogy, which is based on the cut-up method. Since 2022, he is a doctoral student at the department of English and American Studies at Vienna university. His prospective dissertation project (working title: American Vistas: Working-Class Poetry since the Great Depression) concentrates on the poetry of the American working-class in the 20th and 21st century. Thereby, the dissertation explores the (self-)representation of the social group, the characteristics of the genre in form and content, and the importance of poetry as a political medium. In this context, the thesis also investigates the myth of the American Dream and the promise of social mobility—especially the promise of upward mobility—from the perspective of the working class.

PhD Thesis:

American Vistas: Working-Class Poetry since the Great Depression