Founded In    2006
Published   3/year
Language(s)   English

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literature, culture, the arts and "American Studies," history, social sciences, and international relations

ISSN   1991-9336
Affiliated Organization   European Association for American Studies
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The Director of this publication is the President of the European Association for American Studies, Professor Philip John Davies, The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, London

Editor for literature, culture, the arts and “American Studies”: Marek Paryż (Poland)

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John Dumbrell (Great Britain)

Andrew Gross (Germany)

Roxana Oltean (Romania)

Jean-Yves Pellegrin (France)

Editor for history, social sciences and international relations: Jenel Virden

Book Reviews Editor: Theodora Tsimpouki (Greece)

Editor for web presence: Cara Rodway (Great Britain)

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European Journal of American Studies

EJAS is the official, peer-reviewed academic journal of the European Association for American Studies, a federation of 21 national and joint-national associations of specialists of the United States ( gathering approximately 4,000 scholars from 27 European countries.

EJAS aims to foster European views on the society, culture, history, and politics of the United States, and how the US interacts with other countries in these fields. In doing so the journal places itself firmly within the continuing discussion amongst Europeans on the nature, history, importance, impact and problems of US civilization. As part of this task, EJAS wants to contribute to enriching the contents, broadening the scope, and documenting the critical examination of “American Studies” in and outside of the United States. EJAS welcomes contributions from Europe and elsewhere and endeavors to make available reliable information and state-of-the-art research on all topics within its broad field of interest. As a matter of policy, the journal will pay particular attention to objects, phenomena and issues less documented or less often debated in the United States, as well as to innovative cultural modes and the diversity of reception of United States culture abroad. Associated with this outlook, it welcomes submissions that elaborate and renew critical approaches, paradigms and methodologies, and that express varied and pluralist views.

While intended for the entire American Studies community, EJAS aims in particular to provide space for the rapid publication of quality scholarship by doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. The journal hopes to constitute a genuine forum for European Americanists of all generations, national origins and disciplinary affiliations.


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EJAS 4.1 Spring 2009, Volume 4, Number 1

Carnivalizing the Cold War: Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, and the Events of 1968

1. Introduction 2. The Influence of Communism 3. Politicization and Internationalization 4. The Context of Mexican-US Relations 5. Conclusion

American Minimalism: The Western Vernacular in Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song.

This paper identifies and discusses the western vernacular and minimalist tendencies in Norman Mailer's 1980 Pulitzer Prize winning "true-life story" The Executioner's Song. Mailer's use of a lean, often flat style of narration is read in relation to Truman Capote's "non-fiction novel" In Cold Blood to measure the extent to which Mailer moved beyond a conventional novelistic approach. The article positions The Executioner's Song alongside earlier minimalist styles in American Literature and takes stock of Mailer's use of oral storytelling techniques and panoramic perspectives. Mailer's minimal presence in the narrative and the original capital punishment proceedings is established, with support from early reviews, debates surrounding the genre of The Executioner's Song and interviews given by the author since its publication in 1979.

Inventing and naming America: Place and Place Names in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita

In the afterword to Lolita, Nabokov claimed that in this book he had to invent both Lolita and America after having invented Europe in his previous fiction. This paper focuses precisely on the various ways in which Nabokov "invented" America in his best-known novel. This invention is first of all the result of the author's evolving stance on the complexity of what he called "average 'reality'" in his works. Through a survey of Nabokov's statements on the choice and role of place in the forewords to his Russian works and in his critical texts, I show that Lolita is indeed considered by Nabokov to be a "recreation" of American reality, to a much greater extent than his Russian works had been recreations of a given milieu. I take the metaphor of the "crazy quilt" mentioned in Lolita to suggest complexity, chromatic exuberance, hybridity. The invention of America is also the result of a process of naming. Place names will be examined, not only those which make up Quilty's "cryptogrammic paperchase", but also Humbert's choice of place names. The problem of referentiality is discussed and the way recent criticism has dealt with it. Finally, the interplay between one and many is emphasized, the way in which the diversity of the "crazy quilt" is counterbalanced by the uniqueness of the mastermind having produced it. The American motto "From many make one" could be reinterpreted as "From one make many".

THE MUMMY in context

This article examines the literary and cinematic antecedents of a cinema icon, The Mummy, produced by Universal Pictures in 1932. It looks at the sources in Victorian and Edwardian literature to see if any of the ideas found their way into the film. Similarly, the silent cinema is surveyed to see if the 1932 film was a collection of previously filmed stories remoulded. The context of the Great Depression and its effects on Universal Studios will be shown to have a significant influence on the decision to make the film. The film itself and its publicity is discussed, followed by its reception at the time, and its significance to writers since.

"Josef K von 1963...": Orson Welles' 'Americanized' Version of The Trial and the changing functions of the Kafkaesque in Postwar West Germany

This article investigates the reception of the American auteur and actor Orson Welles' adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial in West Germany in 1963. It argues that the film's ambivalent reception by German critics was closely tied to the process of "Vergangenheitsbewältigung" (coming to terms with the past) that had developed in Germany during the mid-1950s with the widespread circulation and publication of visual images of Nazi war crimes, and that was in the process of a more politicized transformation in the early sixties. Through the figure of Welles, this essay also explores the ways U.S. culture could influence this process. Welles' reading of Kafka as a "prophet of fascism", whose Josef K. actively resists his oppressors -- even if to no apparent avail -- set off a timely discussion among commentators about the meaning and function of Kafka's works in post-war West Germany. In 1963, in the midst of spectacular court cases and "trials" that began to highlight the widespread complicity of Germans in National Socialist war crimes, the theme of "active resistance" to tyranny that Welles' version of The Trial offered did not fit the picture. It was, as one critic suggested, a distorted, "Americanized" fantasy. Others, however, appreciated the didactic value of Welles' international co-production, which coincided with the beginnings of the New German Cinema movement, a confrontational effort to engage with questions of the past through film.

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EJAS 10.1 Winter 2015 Special Issue: Women in the USA , Volume 10, Number 1
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