Founded In    1983
Published   semiannually
Language(s)   English

Fields of Interest


history, literature, culture, political science, education

ISSN   1433-5239
Editorial Board

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Grabbe, artin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Dr. Martina Kohl, U.S. Embassy-Berlin
PD Dr. Maria Moss, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

Detailed submission guidelines are available here.
Articles should comprise around 3,000 to 5,000 words.
Please submit an electronic version of your manuscript as an e-mail attachment to

Mailing Address

c/o Institute of English Studies
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Scharnhorststr. 1
21335 Lüneburg

American Studies Journal

The American Studies Journal is a peer-reviewed open-access journal that provides a forum for intellectual debate about all aspects of social, cultural, and political life in the United States of America. It aims to present new and challenging research in the humanities to both academic and a non-academic audiences around the world.

Three elements make up the web presence: the American Studies Journal with its offerings of scholarly and methodological content, the ASJ Occasional Papers series as a web space for topics that do not fit into the thematically focused issues of the journal, and the American Studies Blog with its topical observations and comments on present-day U.S. society and culture.


» Visit Journal Web Site

Women's Voices from the House of Time, No. 55


The House of Time, Parts 1-2

Initially based on a daily e-mail exchange between Moira Roth and Slobodan Dan Paich, "The House of Time," Part 1 and 2, artfully arises to link the poetics of Paich's drawings to the visualities of Roth's poetry.

Fragments of an Autobiography or Remembering in the House of Time: From London to Wisconsin, 1933-20

Moira Roth visited the US in the early 1950s for the first time and decided to settle in the country because she found American universities to be places of her calling. Being deeply attracted to the wide range of ethnic and cultural differences in American society, Roth has since strived for artistic expression and established friendships in all corners of the world. Roth's memoir pieces span seven decades. They reflect upon encounters with refugees in her mother's outside London home in World War II, the Bohemian culture in Northern California in the 1960s, and the impact on her of various feminist-inspired art projects in the 1970s and 1980s. We, her readers, find ourselves exploring these decades in the virtual presence of Moira Roth.

Persian Girls

Nahid Rachlin spent her childhood in Iran under the Shah regime. In the following paragraphs that are drawn from her memoir Persian Girls, she introduces the reader to a hidden and risky world of bookstores in Tehran during that very period. Hence, she openly describes how she was "drawn to books, hoping to find answers to what I could not make sense of." Ultimately, the desire to read leads to a desire to learn and to write. Managing to attend college in the US, Nahid Rachlin, however, has to experience that in a society were books are freely available and writers are free to exercise their profession, people can yet be bigots, too.

Flight to America

Güneli Gün's memoir piece truly combines the excitement of the young traveler with the humor of the mature narrator. Born in Izmir, Turkey, she breaks her engagement to a young but conservative Turkish architect and overcomes her father's concerns to eventually study at Hollins College, Virginia. Addressing topics such as breaking out of a traditional society, being torn between the home country and the imagined new home, and finding comfort in the arts, "Flight to America" compellingly reflects Güneli Gün's mastery as a storyteller.

Memorial Candles: Beauty as Consolation

Do we ever get used to the feelings of loss? Time supposedly heals all wounds. Does it really? Or do we take that time and take that loss and turn it into something else, something that takes the shape and the form of our loss. Is this perhaps the source of the deepest art? Is it the art that actually gives our lives meaning? There are clearly feelings that are beyond comprehension. It is these feelings that are put into the music, poetry, painting, photography, prose, and theater that enrich our lives, and that are addressed in this book. The women in "Daughters of Absence" all have one thing in common: as daughters of Holocaust survivors they have found a strong voice through their work. For these creative women, their work has been both life force and life saver.

Other Issues

New Ways of Teaching English: The U.S. Embassy Election Project, No. 58
Transfrontera: Transnational Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, No. 57
The South in the Age of Obama, No. 56
Urban Cultures, Urban Landscapes: Growing Up in the American City, No. 54
Lincoln's Legacy: Nation Building, Democracy, and the Question of Race and Civil Rights, No. 53
Arab-American Literature and Culture, No. 52