Anneliese Heinisch holds a master’s degree from the University of Graz and is currently working on her dissertation on US southern women writers. Her research aims to enter a discussion on approaching and theorizing freakishness and physical deviation in 20th century US southern women’s literature. Anneliese’s principal research interests lie in intersections of class, gender and identity in literary texts by Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty and Dorothy Allison.