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
     
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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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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
Address: Amerikastudien/American Studies
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 2016, Vol. 61, No.1

Wrestling with the Real: Politics, Journalism, History in Frost/Nixon, and the Complex Realism of Kayfabe


In an unlikely interdisciplinary dialog, this paper uses professional wrestling's concept of 'kayfabe' to discuss the 'realism' of two different symbolic practices, journalism and politics, as portrayed in the 2008 feature film Frost/Nixon. It argues that questions of realism, understood not as a mode or epoch but as a semiotic problem, constitute a focal point of contemporary discussions on the politics of representation, discussions that are led with particular urgency in journalism and in politics, and it reads Frost/Nixon as an artistic engagement with these debates. Dialoging this configuration with scholarship on wrestling then brings to the fore a distinct (and distinctly American) genealogy of negotiating and theorizing realism, it perspectivizes the realisms of journalism and of politics, respectively, and it throws into relief the film's cultural work -- its ability to offer a mass audience an intellectual toolkit by way of which the binarisms that underlie realist representation get destabilized in the very moment of being affirmed.

Seeking Being in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Home


In Marilynne Robinson's companion novels, Gilead (2004) and Home (2008), traditional Protestant faith and practices form the core of the narrative. It could even be argued that Robinson reconfirms the legitimacy of a Calvinist conception of the divine, and, more importantly, champions the conscious effort to find evidence of the many minute manifestations of grace in one's daily life. This is in marked contrast to the characteristics of postsecular fiction as outlined by Amy Hungerford and John McClure. In this essay, I would like to explore the relationships between seeking, dwelling, and religious belief in Gilead and Home, arguing that these novels do not ultimately fit the description of postsecular fiction. This essay contends that the two main characters in the novels -- the Congregational minister John Ames and his problematic godson and namesake Jack Boughton -- serve as examples of very different means of being in the world; the former as a loyal believer in traditional faith and the latter as secular dweller who experiences Being but cannot find a home in American society. Furthermore, this essay will argue that the aspects of Jack's being in the world are primarily located beyond the practices of belief and in the realm of dwelling as envisioned in Martin Heidegger's later writings.

"Black Classicism": The African American Reception of the Classical Tradition in the Writings of Reginald Shepherd


Classical reception studies have developed into a vibrant field of research. Over the last decade, a new paradigm has evolved that studies often conflicting and heterogeneous receptions of classical literature in African American and Caribbean contexts. What is now commonly referred to as "black classicism" is, against this background, both a socio-political phenomenon and a cultural theory. In my essay, I want to focus on one author who has commented on "black classicism" in a theoretical as well as poetical way: Reginald Shepherd's writings repeatedly draw on the classical canon, re-situating it in an African American context and re-reading its contents from the perspective of an outsider in order to undermine racial essentialisms. However, they do not function exclusively as counterdiscourses, but can rather be seen as an imaginative framework for thinking about the cultural fabrics of classicisms and the liberating potential they entail. This essay, then, discusses the cultural-historical and theoretical implications of Shepherd's work against a review of his variant of "black classicism" before moving on to explore the transnational and transcultural imagination it inspires.

Thinking with Jefferson in the Age of Gatsby: Narratives of the Founding in American Political Discourse


It is, of course, no accident that anxiety about the proper way to understand "founding moments" seems heightened at times of great political tension and national transformation. Precisely because continuity between past and present is the essence of a national story, the historian's peculiar preoccupation with deep contextualization (and sense of the possibility of radical disjuncture between past and present - as well as the conceit that the two are easily disentangled) creates an interpretative hazard for the historian working in any national tradition. This essay traces the fortunes of prominent scholarship on Thomas Jefferson in the 1920s as an episode in the transformation of American political and intellectual culture and the national narrative that it sustained through the 1930s when the older "Jeffersonian" tradition in American politics seemed to lose its relevance in public life. More broadly, the piece offers gereral reflections on the relationship between historical scholarship and national narratives, on the uses of the "founding fathers" in American political and intellectual life, and on the process whereby historical narratives lose their salience in public life.

Die „Liberal Tradition" als Topos der amerikanischen Kultur: Geschichte und Gegenwart einer politischen Idee


In the political and societal self-image of many Americans, the "liberal tradition" is considered a universalist explanation of their community. From the outset, however, this notion was controversial. Still, controversy did not harm liberalism's conceptual appeal, as shown in the 2005 reference published in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Louis Hartz's study, The Liberal Tradition in America. Beginning in the 1990s, its criticism had taken on the specific form of a so-called mulitple-traditions approach. Since then, the "liberal tradition" has only existed in conjunction with other value formations in mainstream research. Nevertheless, political scientists continue to search for a purist version of the concept, thereby broaching questions about what can constitute a "liberal tradition"?

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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 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
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2014, Vol. 59, No. 3,
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
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2012, 57.3
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
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2010, Vol. 55, No. 2
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2010: Poverty and the Culturalization of Class , Vol. 55, No. 1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2009, Vol. 54, No. 4
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2009: American History/ies in Germany: Assessments, Transformations, Perspectives, Vol. 54, No. 3
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2009, Vol. 54, No. 2
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
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2008, Vol. 53, No. 2
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2008: Inter-American Studies and Nineteenth-Century Literature, Vol. 53, No. 1
Amerikastudien / American Studies 2007, Vol. 52, No. 4
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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