Founded In    1956
Published   quarterly
Language(s)   English, German
     

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literature, cultural studies, history, political science, linguistics, critical theory, teaching of American Studies

     
ISSN   0340-2827
     
Publisher   Winter
     
Editorial Board

General Editor:
Oliver Scheiding

Review Editor:
Christa Buschendorf

Editorial Board:
Christa Buschendorf
Andreas Falke
Hans-Jürgen Grabbe
Alfred Hornung
Sabine Sielke

Managing Editor:
Damien B. Schlarb

Assistant Editor:
Nele Sawallisch

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Amerikastudien / American Studies
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FB 05 Dept. of English and Linguistics Amerikanistik
Johannes Gutenberg - University Mainz
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Amerikastudien / American Studies is the journal of the German Association for American Studies. It started as the annual Jahrbuch für Amerikastudien in 1956 and has since developed into a quarterly with some 1200 subscriptions in Europe and the United States. The journal is dedicated to interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives and embraces the diversity and dynamics of a dialogic and comparatist understanding of American Studies. It covers all areas of American Studies from literary and cultural criticism, history, political science, and linguistics to the teaching of American Studies. Special-topics issues alternate with regular ones. Reviews, forums, and annual bibliographies support the international circulation of German and European scholarship in American Studies.
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Editor: Oliver Scheiding
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FB 05 Dept. of English and Linguistics Amerikanistik
Johannes Gutenberg - University Mainz
Jakob Welder Weg 20 (Philosophicum II), room 02-229
55128 Mainz, Germany
Phone: +49 6131 39 20 296
Fax: +49 6131 39 20 356
Email: amst@uni-mainz.de

 

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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2005, Vol. 50, No. 4

Texts, Commodities, and Genteel Factory Girls: The Textile Mill as a Feminine Space in Antebellum American Literature


This essay proposes to intervene in ongoing debates about the productivity of the ‘separate spheres’-paradigm for the study of antebellum culture by probing into the writing of a ‘feminine’ space that resists easy categorization as ‘home’: the textile m ill of the 1820s-40s. Despite—or possibly because of—the marginality of the textile mill on the map of gendered spaces in antebellum America, its writings claim it to be highly significant for literature, for women, and for the nation. I will focus my inquiry on the Lowell Offering, a literary magazine (1840-45) produced by female workers at the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, as an effort of Northeastern, rural women to claim their experience of the factory as a basis for both literary creativity and citizenship. In discussing some of the Offering’s texts, and the discursive contexts out of which they evolved, I suggest that reading the factory sheds light on the central way in which mobility and metaphorization characterize antebellum discourses of ‘home.’ On a second note, it draws attention to the material dimension of antebellum gender discourses and to the ambivalent repercussions this materiality holds for women writing out of different social settings other than the bourgeois home.

Consuming Illusion, Illusions of Consumability: American Movie Palaces of the 1920s


This essay discusses the American Movie Palace of the 1920s as a historical, cultural, and aesthetic phenomenon. The Movie Palace is a particularly interesting subject for cultural analysis because it is a conspicuous marker of its specific sociohistorical context, while at the same time condensing developments that have come to define present-day culture. I will argue that the Movie Palace as a building type and as a practice of film consumption is an exceptionally illustrative expression of the fusion of the culture of consumption with the culture of performance as it occurred in the early decades of the twentieth century. In this fusion, we can find an instance and even a source of the distinct dynamic that set and still keeps in motion the development of present-day popular culture. I will conceptualize this fusion in the term ‘performative consumption,’ meaning a performative, corporeal, and highly elusive act and an influential early expression of the currently much discussed performativization of culture with its propensity toward immediacy, sensuality, corporeality. Thus, the Movie Palace illustrates an early stage of a core aspect of present-day popular culture.

Hearing, Seeing, and Writing Thelonious Monk: Toward a Theory of Changing Iconotexts


This essay on the American jazz pianist Thelonious Monk situates the player and his music within a series of shifting written representations that inscribe music and performance with changing and conflicting cultural meanings. All forms of representing jazz are understood not merely as reference s to music in, or attempted translations into, another medium, but as acts that take part in ‘sounding the music,’ acts that allow Monk’s music to emerge as a particular form of artistic expression. Any serious musical analysis must account for the visual, textual, and contextual processes of signification through which jazz communicates, and is made to communicate, beyond its sonic surface. Approaching Monk’s jazz as an intermedial phenomenon that combines sound and sight (“hearing and seeing Thelonious Monk”), the essay investigates journalistic responses to this phenomenon (“writing Thelonious Monk”) and argues that discursive shifts in jazz criticism coproduce musical meaning through changing iconotexts, defined as the realm of signification where musical sound, the visual element of performance, and textual interpretation meet and compete for cultural influence.

The Presidential Election of 2004 in Financial Retrospective


The 2004 presidential and congressional elections were once again the most expensive in history, despite major campaign finance reform enacted in 2002. Especially in the presidential election, “soft money” banned by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act reappeared in spending by independent advocacy groups, the so-called “527s.” They largely contributed to a rise of overall election costs compared to the 2000 race between Bush and Gore. However, a dramatic increase of “hard money” contributions to candidates and par ties can also be recorded. The following paper examines the different financial dimensions of the 2004 presidential election and analyzes changes and shifts between them with respect to the previous election. For that purpose, a close look at candidate campaign finance as well as financial involvement of parties and independent organizations is taken, before conclusions about further developments, including possible campaign finance reform, are drawn.

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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2018: Digital Scholarship in American Studies, Vol. 63, No. 2
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2018, Vol. 63, No. 1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2017: Marx and the United States, Vol. 62, No. 4
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2017, Vol. 62, No. 3
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2017: Poetry and Law, Vol. 62, No. 2
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2017, Vol. 62, No. 1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2016: Environmental Imaginaries on the Move: Nature and Mobility in American Literature and Culture, Vol. 61, No.4
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2016, Vol. 61, No.3
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2016: Turkish-American Literature, Vol. 61, No.2
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2016, Vol. 61, No.1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2015: Risk, Security: Approaches to Uncertainty in American Literature, Vol. 60, No. 4
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2015, Double Issue, Vol. 60, No. 2/3
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2015: Network Theory and American Studies, Vol. 60, No.1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2014: South Africa and the United States in Transnational American Studies, Vol. 59, No. 4
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2014, Vol. 59, No. 2
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2014, Vol. 59, No. 1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2013: Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture, Vol. 58, No. 4
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2013, Vol. 58, No. 3
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2013: Pragmatism's Promise, Vol. 58, No. 2
Amerika Studien / American Studies 2013, Vol. 58, No. 1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2012: Tocqueville's Legacy: Towards a Cultural History of Recognition in American Studies , Vol. 57, No.4
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2012 - Conceptions of Collectivity in Contemporary American Literature, Vol. 57, No. 2
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2012, Vol. 57, Vol. 1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2011: American Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Vol. 56, No. 4
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2011, Vol. 56, No. 3
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2011, Vol. 56, No. 2
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2011, Vol. 56, No. 1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2010: African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges , Vol. 55, No. 4
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2010: Trauma's Continuum -- September 11th Reconsidered, Vol. 55, No. 3
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2010: Poverty and the Culturalization of Class , Vol. 55, No. 1
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2009: American History/ies in Germany: Assessments, Transformations, Perspectives, Vol. 54, No. 3
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2009: Appropriating Vision(s): Visual Practices in American Women's Writing, Vol. 54, No. 1
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2008: Die Bush-Administration: Eine erste Bilanz, Vol. 53, No. 3
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2008: Inter-American Studies and Nineteenth-Century Literature, Vol. 53, No. 1
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2007 - Teaching American Studies in the Twenty-First Century, Vol. 52, No. 3
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2007 - Transatlantic Perspectives on American Visual Culture, Vol. 52, No. 1
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Amerikastudien / American Studies 2006 - Asian American Studies in Europe, Vol. 51, No. 3
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