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JSBCPiskurek, Cyprian and Gerold Sedlmayr:

Journal for the Study of British Cultures, Vol 25, No. 1/2018. Political Bodies

Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2019.

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G. Sedlmayr / C. Piskurek: Introduction – G. Farred: The Terror of Trump: Through the Body of a Child. An Essay for Ezra – I. Tyler: Deportation Nation – R. Troschitz: Perfect Worlds Need Perfect Bodies. Utopia and the Politics of the Body – J. Schlegel: Ascetic Bodies and the Care of the Self in Contemporary Culture – G. Guttzeit: “So little suffices to make us visible one to the other” – Invisibility, Monstrosity, and Whiteness in H. G. Wells’s The Invisible Man – N. Roxburgh: Constructing the Body Politic. Form, Disinterestedness, and the Modern State – Reviews: François Debrix (2017), Global Powers of Horror: Security, Politics, and the Body in Pieces – Lauren B. Wilcox (2015), Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations – Stefan Horlacher & Kevin Floyd, eds. (2017), Contemporary Masculinities in the UK and the US: Between Bodies and Systems – Wolfgang Funk (2018), Gender Studies: Gender und gesellschaftlicher Wandel – Stuart Hall (2016), Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History – Stuart Hall (2017), Selected Political Writings: The Great Moving Right Show and Other Essays – Stuart Hall with Bill Schwarz (2018), Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands.

Intersections of Whiteness Kindinger, Evangelia and Mark Schmitt:

The Intersections of Whiteness

Abingdon: Routledge, 2019.

Trumpism and the racially implied Islamophobia of the "travel ban"; Brexit and the yearning for Britain’s past imperial grandeur; Black Lives Matter; the public backlash against Merkel’s refugee policies in Germany. These seemingly national responses to the changing demographics in a multitude of Western nations need to be understood as effects of a global/transnational crisis of whiteness.

The Intersections of Whiteness brings together scholars from different disciplines to shed light on these manifestations in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Germany. Applying methodology stemming from critical race theory’s investment in intersectionality, the contributions of this edited collection focus on specific intersections of whiteness with gender, class, space, affect and nationality.

Offering valuable insights into the contours of whiteness and its instrumentalisation across different nations, societies and cultures, this incisive volume creates transnational dialogue and will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as critical whiteness and race studies, gender studies, cultural studies and social policy.


Football and Fan CulturesCyprian Piskurek:

Fictional Representations of English Football and Fan Cultures. Slum Sport, Slum People?

London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

This book explores how recent football fiction has negotiated the decisive political developments in English football after the 1989/90 publication of the 'Taylor Report'. 

A direct response to the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster and growing concerns of hooliganism, the 'Taylor Report' suggested a number of measures for stricter regulation of fan crowds. In consequence, stadiums in the top divisions were turned into all-seated venues and were put under CCTV surveillance. The implementation of these measures reduced violent incidents drastically, but it also led to an unparalleled increase in ticket prices, which in turn significantly altered the demographics of the crowd. This development, which also enabled football's entry into other mainstream cultural forms, changed the game decisively.

Piskurek traces patterns across prose and film to detect how these fictions have responded to the changed circumstances of post-Taylor football. Lending a cultural lens to these political changes, this book is pioneering in its analysis of football fiction as a whole, offering a fresh perspective to a range of scholars and students interested in cultural studies, sociology, leisure and politics. 

Cover OrphansGymnich, Marion, Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz, Gerold Sedlmayr, and Dirk Vanderbeke:

The Orphan in Fiction and Comics since the 19th Century.

Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.

The orphan turns out to be an extraordinarily versatile literary figure. By juxtaposing diverse fictional representations of orphans, this volume sheds light on the development of cultural concepts such as childhood, family, the status of parental legacy, individualism, identity and charity. The first chapter argues that the figure of the orphan was suitable for negotiating a remarkable range of cultural anxieties and discourses in novels from the Victorian period. This is followed by a discussion of both the (rare) examples of novels from the first half of the 20th century in which main characters are orphaned at a young age and Anglophone narratives written from the 1980s onward, when the figure of the orphan proliferated once more. The trope of the picaro, the theme of absence and the problem of parental substitutes are among the issues addressed in contemporary orphan narratives. The book also looks at the orphan motif in three popular fantasy series, namely Rowling’s Harry Potter septology, Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. It then traces the development of the orphan motif from the end of the 19th century to the present in a range of different types of comics, including funnies and gag-a-day strips, superhero comics, underground comix, and autobiographical comics.

Corpus Linguistics_HarringtonHarrington, Kieran:

The Role of Corpus Linguistics in the Ethnography of a Closed Community: Survival Communication

London: Routledge, 2018.

The Role of Corpus Linguistics in the Ethnography of a Closed Community analyses the interactions of immigrants within an Irish reception centre for asylum seekers to highlight the instinctive resourcefulness of people who are faced with the challenge of communicating when there is no common language or culture. Based on three years of ethnographical observation and using an illuminating and innovative blending of applied methodologies, chiefly corpus linguistics, ethnography and conversation analysis, this book:

  • Draws upon a corpus of 98,000 words;
  • Examines the use of English in the interactions of residents with one another and those with English speaking staff of the centre;
  • Challenges constructs such as speech community, communicative competence and interlanguage.

This book is essential reading for academics and upper-level undergraduates or graduates working in the areas of Corpus Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and those interested in research methodologies. It will also prove to be of significant interest to people interested in migration studies and to providers of English language education to immigrants.

Binder BagginsBinder, Christiane Maria:

Childhood, Food and Fantasy. The Baggins and the Took Side of Life

Trier: WVT, 2018.

In numerous British fantasies for children, eating and drinking feature substantially. In addition, the narratives make intriguing statements about children and childhood. The present monograph examines the fantasy genre through these two major concepts of childhood and food. The texts chosen for discussion are classic specimens of high and low or domestic fantasy: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871/72), Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It (1902), Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908) and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit or There and Back Again (1937). The subtitle of this study, the Baggins and the Took side of life,” refers to two contrasting lifestyles: to avoid or to indulge in adventures. At the same time it neatly symbolizes the tensions between the realistic and the phantastic. It is between these two poles that decisive experiences are made – for protagonists and readers – and a unique kind of truth emerges.

The fantasies are read against the background of the contemporary children’s culture, especially the food culture of the time. These decades were crucial for the emergence of new conceptions of childhood and the emancipation of Children’s Literature, especially fantasy for children. The major concern of this study is thus the socio-cultural significance of food and meals in representations of childhood in Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war fantasy. Food is treated here as a cultural metaphor. The study of its realistic and fantastic functions contributes to an exploration of the poetics and politics of food. Moreover, it allows us a fuller look into the emergence and diversification of the generic paradigm of fantasy, one of the most fascinating and complex types of texts.

British White TrashSchmitt, Mark:

British White Trash. Figurations of Tainted Whiteness in the Novels of Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths and John King

Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018.

"White trash" is a liminal figure that dramatizes the intersection of race and class. Contemporary British novelists like Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths and John King use this originally US-American stereotype to interrogate the racializing discourse of class in British society. Their novels are interdiscursive reflections of the figurations of race and class that still haunt the British cultural imaginary.

"British White Trash" is the first analysis to comprehensively examine the adaptation of the "white trash" stereotype in major British novels. The study thus contributes to a critical understanding of racism and classism, its cultural representations and its underlying social processes.


Scotland the Brave bigHologa, Marie:

Scotland the Brave? Deconstructing Scottish Nationalism in Contemporary Scottish Novels

Trier: WVT, 2016.

Prior to the independence referendum in September 2014, Scottish novels offered a fictional representation of the Scottish society which deconstructs the alleged homogeneity of the nation and mythical notions of a glorified Scottish past. An essentialised notion of ‘Scottishness’ has been traditionally defined by conceptual oppositions, mainly in its alleged difference and ambiguous relationship to ‘Englishness’. This book explores how selected Scottish novels of the devolution period reveal the obsolescence of these oppositions, and how fiction can provide counter-narratives of the ‘imagined community’ that is the Scottish nation. By close-reading novels by Scottish authors like, among others, Alan Warner, James Robertson, Irvine Welsh, Iain Banks, Jackie Kay and Duncan McLean, Marie Hologa investigates how topics such as racism, sexism or controversial questions of the nation’s colonial past are negotiated in Scottish fiction of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.


Ogihara-Schuck, Eriko & Suning, Kum, eds. Teo Kah Leng:

I Found A Bone and Other Poems

Singapore: Ethos Books, 2016.

I Found A Bone and Other Poems is a historically significant collection of poetry by Teo Kah Leng: an educator whose love for art and literature preceded his name. He served as teacher, principal, brother, and friend in Montfort school for 43 years. Teo’s poetry bears distinct cadence and lyrical qualities of another age, of which readers of literature today can appreciate for its technical aptitude, its depth of emotions, and its beauty. The collection captures the vividness of life in pre-independence Singapore; reimagines folklores and tales; paints and personifies creatures big and small; and ruminates on a life nobly lived, nobly died.

Cortiel, Jeanne

With a Barbarous Din - Race and Ethnic Encounter in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2016.

This study re-examines the mid-1850s, a time that remains central to American literary studies, exploring new ways of looking at this cultural moment through the twentieth-century concept of ‘ethnicity.’ This approach uncovers the hidden subversiveness of American literature as it responded to scientific race theory in the debate over slavery and also highlights the ways in which the texts examined in this study – Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno (1855), Frederick Douglass’ ‘My Bondage and My Freedom’ (1855), Harriet Beecher Stowe’s ‘Dred’ (1856), Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ (1855), and John Rollin Ridge’s ‘The Life and Adventures of Joaqín Murieta’ (1854) – powerfully resonate with ideas of affiliation and difference today. Focusing on a brief historical moment in the past from a decidedly twenty-first century perspective, the study reflects upon the texts’ movement through time and demonstrates how race and ethnicity in these texts have been transformed under the pressures of history.

Binder, Christiane Maria

Childhood and Food in the Edwardian Period

Saarbrücken: Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften, 2016.

The monograph examines the time of King Edward VII. His reign from 1901 to 1910 was a short period indeed, yet with a distinctive character of its own. Was it all just ‘wining and dining,’ a Golden Age of comfort and prosperity? After all, the country saw itself confronted with ever more domestic and international crises. So how do scholars, writers and artists in retrospect assess the time? The era is explored through specimen of four different types of text: historiography, autobiography, biography/interviews and fiction. Childhood and food are used as two central categories to access the time. The conception of childhood undergoes significant changes in this dramatic decade, towards more child-led and sociological notions of education and upbringing. The children’s culture becomes really modern, as to food, the nursery, education, clothing and fashion, spare time and recreation, reading, games and sports; travelling and entertainment. The rich and varied food issues embedded in the Edwardian period demonstrate the ambivalent character of the age. Food in its function as a cultural metaphor becomes an epitome of Edwardian history, culture and literature.

Lenz, Christian

Geographies of Love - The Cultural Spaces of Romance in Chick- and Ladlit

Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2016.

»Geographies of Love« is the first study to explore the cultural lifeworlds of British, Australian and Indian chick- and ladlit characters. Offering unique case studies including »Bridget Jones's Diary«, »About a Boy« and »Almost Single«, the book explores how women and men search for love and how they commit themselves to romances in specific spaces and places: the home and the office as well as shops, clubs and bars.
This cross-disciplinary study provides scholars, students and keen readers with multiple points of access and easily-relatable situations. It applies the complex phenomenon of cultural geographies within the field of literary studies and sheds new light on a most passionate feeling.

Sattler, Julia (ed.)

Urban Transformations in the U.S.A. Spaces, Communities, Representations

Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2016.

How did American cities change throughout the 20th and early 21st century? This timely publication integrates research from American Literary and Cultural Studies, Urban Studies and History. The essays range from negotiations of the »ethnic city« in US literature and media, to studies of recent urban phenomena and their representations: gentrification, re-appropriation and conversion of urban spaces in the USA.
These interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives on American cities provide unique points of access for studying the complex narratives of urban transformation.

Klütsch, Rebecca / Nitzsche, Sina / Schlensag, Stefan (Hg.)

Breaking the Panel!

Münster: LIT Verlag, 2015.

At the beginning of the 21st century, comics are a medium `on the rise' in scholarship and in schools. This collection of essays, which emerged from a graduate student conference at TU Dortmund University, demonstrates their immense medial, artistic, and cultural potential. Authors from different academic perspectives take readers on an engaging trip through the world of contemporary comic books ranging from widely popular series to exclusive avant-garde auteur works.

Ogihara-Schuck, Eriko / Teo, Anne

Finding Francis: A Poetic Adventure.

Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015.

Who is Francis P. Ng?

This question consumed the mind of Japanese scholar Eriko Ogihara-Schuck as she read F.M.S.R. A Poem by Francis P. Ng in her study of how the poet T. S. Eliot had influenced Asia with his modernist masterpiece, The Waste Land. Eriko had found F.M.S.R. A Poem (published in 1937) which describes a train journey from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on the Federated Malay States Railways (FMSR), and which had been claimed to be the first published book-length English poem by a Singapore author. It had also been described as “a pastiche of T.S. Eliot.” At its heart, Eriko says that F.M.S.R. “… clearly inherits from The Waste Land its post-World War I pessimism about human deeds and progress …” The trouble was that the author had disappeared at the outset of the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942. And even as Eriko sought to locate the poet, she stumbled across the astonishing fact that Francis P. Ng was the pseudonym for Teo Poh Leng. This is the story of Eriko’s search and her efforts to resurface one of Singapore’s lost literary treasures. A Singapore poet who had been published alongside the likes of Robert Frost and W.B Yeats. A poet whose poems had won the approval of British poet Silvia Townsend Warner and Cornish poet Ronald Bottrall. When Eriko finally decided that this search had to be made public, The Straits Times very helpfully put out a call for Teo Poh Leng’s next-of-kin. And Anne Teo answered that call, adding another interesting layer to this poetic adventure. Eriko’s persistent detective work has now uncovered not just a Singapore poet lost in the chaos of the Japanese Occupation, but an incredibly moving story of brother-poets and a family bound by love and literature.

Singapore owes a debt of gratitude to Eriko and all who assisted in her search to resurface a formidable pre-war Singapore poet, and in the process uncovered a rich literary trail for others to follow.


Sedlmayr, Gerold (ed.)

Romantic Bodyscapes. Embodied Selves, Embodied Spaces and Legible Bodies in the Romantic Age.

Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015.

By the turn of the nineteenth century, sparked by the Enlightenment, the metaphysical framework which, for a long period, had provided the dominant sheltering and ordering super-structure of Western societies, had ultimately imploded into the sheer physicality and mental autonomy of the free individual, whosenovel status had found thorough ideological expression in the American and French revolutions. While Romantic-era studies have traditionally concentrated on the concomitant elevation of the mind in literature, philosophy and the arts, the essays collected here draw attention to the fact that the body, in significant and interrelated ways, was equally allotted a new fundamental position. Taking travel reports, cartoons, poetry, drama, novels, gallows literature, philosophical reflections and (pseudo-)scientific treatises into consideration, the contributorscover such diverse topics as the relationship between bodies and landscapes, the worrying fact of the body's porousness,the impact of elemental forces on bodies and minds, the body as a signifier of mental processes as well as a locus of history and cultural memory, and the spectacularisation of the freakish, alien or criminal body.


Dunst, Alexander / Schlensag, Stefan (eds.)

The World According to Philip K. Dick.

London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

As the first essay collection dedicated to Philip K. Dick in over two decades, this volume breaks new ground in science fiction scholarship and brings innovative critical perspectives to the study of one of the America's most influential authors. With contributions by major voices in literary and cultural studies, the book thoroughly situates Dick in the history of the twentieth century and includes sections on cultural theory, adaptation studies, as well as the first in-depth discussion of his last major work, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, only published in 2011.
Dick's academic reputation and general popularity continue to grow. A steady flow of films based on his novels and short stories, and several biographies and critical monographs over the last decade, testify to his global appeal. As the publication of three volumes of selected novels in the prestigious Library of America series and a 900-page hardback edition of his Exegesis show, Dick is now considered a canonical author in US literature. The essays commissioned for this volume examine novel aspects of Dick's oeuvre and revise our understanding of a writer who is now seen as a major literary and intellectual figure and often taken as representative of science fiction at large. At the same time, the conceptual and methodological arguments put forward by the authors –from Mark Bould's analysis of 'slipstream cinema' and Laurence Rickels' theorization of psychopathy to Marcus Boon's ontology of the withdrawn object – will be of interest to a wide audience in literary and cultural studies.


Klemm, Sybille

Eine Amerikanerin in Ostberlin Edith Anderson und der andere deutsch-amerikanische Kulturaustausch.

Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015.

Die außergewöhnliche Biografie Edith Andersons liest sich wie ein Roman des Kalten Krieges. Die Amerikanerin lebte von 1947 bis 1999 in Ostberlin. Als Übersetzerin, Journalistin, Autorin und vor allem als Vermittlerin initiierte und pflegte sie auf vielfältige Weise den kulturellen Austausch zwischen der DDR und den USA.
Sibylle Klemms erste ausführliche Untersuchung des Wirkens von Amerikanerinnen und Amerikanern in der DDR zeigt eine andere Seite des Kalten Krieges: Anderson versetzte ihre Umwelt über Systemgrenzen hinweg in produktive Unruhe und scheute sich nicht vor eigenständigen, radikal-kritischen und bisweilen widersprüchlichen Standpunkten – als Amerikanerin, Kommunistin, Jüdin und Feministin.

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Ogihara-Schuck, Eriko

Miyazaki's Animism Abroad. The Reception of Japanese Religious Themes by American and German Audiences.

Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014.

After winning an Oscar for Spirited Away, the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films were dubbed into many languages. Some of the films are saturated with religious themes distinctive to Japanese culture. How were these themes, or what Miyazaki describes as “animism,” received abroad, especially considering that they are challenging to translate? This book examines how American and German audiences, grounded on Judeo-Christian traditions, responded to the animism in Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008). By a close reading of adaptations and film reviews, and a study of transitions in their verbal and visual approaches to animism, this book demonstrates that the American and German receptions transcended the conventional view of an antagonistic relationship between animism and Christianity. With the ability to change their shapes into forms easily accessible to other cultural arenas, the anime films make a significant contribution to inter-religious dialogue in the age of secularization.

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Sedlmayr, Gerold / Waller, Nicole (eds.)

Politics in Fantasy Media: Essays on Ideology and Gender in Fiction, Film, Television and Games.

Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. Table of Contents.

One of the most visible literary genres of contemporary popular culture, Fantasy is often condemned as escapist, unsophisticated and superficial. This collection of new essays puts such easy dismissals to the test by examining the ways in which Fantasy narratives present diverse, politically relevant discourses—gender, race, religion or consumerism—and thereby serve as indicators of their real-world contexts. In spite or rather because of their depiction of other worlds allegedly disconnected from our own, these texts are able to actualize political attitudes. Instead of categorizing Fantasy either as conservative or progressive, the essays suggest that its generic peculiarity allows the emergence of productive forms of oscillation between these extremes. Covered are Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire sequence, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, the vampire TV series True Blood, and the dystopian computer game Fallout 3.

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Binder, Christiane Maria

From Innocence to Experience - (Re-)Constructions of Childhood in Victorian Women's Autobiography.

Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2014.

For centuries, children and childhood have been variously - and very controversially - discussed: childhood is obviously time-, culture and gender-bound. The present study investigates the (re-)construction of childhood within nineteenth-century adult non-fiction - more specifically, in Victorian women's autobiographies. The textual basis for this is Valerie Sanders's representative work Records of Girlhood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women's Childhoods (Ashgate 2000). The primary texts discussed testify to the outstanding contribution of the women writers, both to the discourse of childhood and of autobiography as a special form of self-writing. Childhood is treated here as a major key to central issues of a whole age and culture. This leads to a more differentiated assessment of the nineteenth century at large, which complements and modifies the evidence conveyed through other forms of narrative discourse, e.g. male and female fiction. Additionally, the multiple connections between the historical phenomena studied in this book and the current debates about children, family, upbringing, education, schooling, reading etc. become evident. In other words, larger nineteenth-century concerns as manifest in the representation of childhood and the role and status of children in literature point to significant current societal issues. The field of studies is Childhood Studies. Methodologically they allow for the investigation of various important issues connected with childhood, and for a broad range of methods and critical approaches to be integrated with one another. Of particular interest is the interaction between the image of the child (especially of girls), conceptions of childhood/girlhood, and narrative transmission/the literary mode of presentation (narrative structures, techniques and strategies; rhetorical devices). Working within the discipline of British Literary Studies (literary theory and criticism, literary history, generic poetics, textual analysis, aesthetics), the present study applies various critical approaches to the texts, such as close reading, narratology, deconstruction, contextualization, New Historicism, Gender and Cultural Studies. At the same time, as the children's culture of the nineteenth century is explored here in its various manifestations, the investigation draws on a number of other discourses, such as educational theory, pedagogy, psychology, didactics, sociology, medicine, religion, philosophy, and history of art.

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Baarssen, G.H. Joost

America's True Mother Country? - Images of the Dutch in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century.

Münster: LIT Verlag, 2014.

This study analyzes American images of the Dutch since the second half of the nineteenth century. Works by John Lothrop Motley (1814 - 77), Douglas Campbell (1840 - 93) and William Elliot Griffis (1843 - 1928) are explored to assess the transformation in American thinking about the Dutch of the Netherlands and Dutch-Americans. These writers celebrate the Dutch as proto-Americans while using the characteristically American typological approach to history to make sense of themselves and their country.

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Timpe, Veronika

Assessing Intercultural Language Learning.

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2013.

Although Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) has become a key objective in foreign language (FL) education, curricula offer little in how language teachers can promote ICC through language instruction. This book responds to the challenge of how intercultural language learning can be accounted for more profoundly in FL teaching. By means of innovative intercultural assessments, the author investigates the development of three language competences central to ICC in relation to learning opportunities as experienced by German learners of English. Audiovisual media were found to be a major input factor in the development of intercultural language abilities. The book ends with a discussion of how audiovisual media can be implemented in secondary and tertiary FL and teacher education.

Dr. Veronika Timpe Laughlin is a research scientist at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ (USA). She holds an M.A. in Language Testing from Lancaster University (UK) and an Erstes Staatsexamen in German and English as well as a PhD in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from TU Dortmund University (Germany). She has worked and taught primarily in the areas of foreign language education, educational assessment, L2 pragmatics, and intercultural communicative competence.


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Abschiedskuss Jordan

Grünzweig, Walter / Sattler, Julia (eds.)

June Jordan - Abschiedskuss für Gott.

Bonn: Weidle Verlag, 2013.

»Poetry for the People« – so hieß das Projekt, das June Jordan 1991 (als Professorin) in Berkeley ins Leben rief und das bis heute besteht. Poetry for the People bedeutete für sie eine Lyrik, die, fern aller Selbstbezüglichkeit, im Leser Aufmerksamkeit und Anteilnahme weckt. June Jordan, das Kind jamaikanischer Einwanderer, das bereits mit sieben Jahren zu schreiben begann, die enorm erfolgreiche Lyrikerin, war ganz aus ihrer Poesie heraus Hochschullehrerin und politische Aktivistin, Afro- Amerikanerin und Feministin. Das »damn black devil child«, wie der strenge Vater sie nannte, ging mit unbeirrbarem Mut durch alle Bereiche des amerikanischen Lebens. Sie hat mit ihren Versen der Theorie der Gender Studies eine Melodie gegeben und mit ihrem Vertrauen auf die universell emanzipatorische Kraft von Lyrik die Nachfolge Walt Whitmans angetreten. June Jordan (1936 – 2002) ist in den USA eine der anerkanntesten Autorinnen ihrer Generation. Vom Jahr 1969 bis zu ihrem Tod publizierte sie 28 Bücher, darunter Lyrik, Essays und Werke für Kinder.

Poetry for the People – dem Konzept folgt auch die Übersetzung dieses Bandes, die das kollektive Ergebnis der Arbeit von insgesamt über 50 vornehmlich studentischen Übersetzern und Übersetzerinnen ist. Sie verbindet die Vielfalt kulturellen Wissens und persönlicher Erfahrungen und bildet so eine Analogie zur globalen Perspektive der Lyrik June Jordans.

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Nitzsche, Sina / Grünzweig, Walter (eds.)

Hip-Hop in Europe: Cultural Identities and Transnational Flows.

Münster: Lit-Verlag, 2013.

Hip-Hop in Europe: Cultural Identities and Transnational Flows is the first collection of essays to take a pan-European perspective in the study of hip-hop. How has it travelled to Europe? How has it developed in the various cultural contexts? How do its constituent elements – graffiti, DJing, MCing and b-boying – enter into dialogue with each other across borders? Hip-Hop in Europe expands the current research on this fascinating art form by interpreting it as a complex phenomenon marked by a multitude of transnational and transcultural interactions between neighboring cultures, local traditions, and references to the American cultures of origin. The 21 authors and artists provide a comprehensive overview of hip-hop cultures in Europe from the fringes to the centers. They address hip-hop in a variety of contexts such as class, ethnicity, gender, history, pedagogy, performance, war, as well as Communism and its aftermath. Hip-Hop in Europe is essential reading for anyone interested in studying, teaching, and learning about European hip-hop cultures as well as about hip-hop in a transatlantic context.

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Hedayati-Aliabadi, Minu / Pfeiler, Martina (Hrsg.)

Pott Meets Poetry: Die erste illustrierte Slam-Anthologie des Ruhrgebiets.

Paderborn: Lektora, 2013.

12 Autorinnen und Autoren aus der Region, die hier als Sprachrohr für die vielfältigen Welten der Metropole Ruhr auftreten. Zusammen mit den Illustrationen verschiedenster Künstler geben sie dem Gefühl „Ruhrgebiet“ eine Stimme und lassen uns eintauchen in die vielfältigen Denk- und Lebenswelten, die es zu bieten hat. Aus den verschiedensten Blickwinkeln fügen sich die Geschichten so zu einem aussagekräftigen Mosaik zusammen und befassen sich auch mit der Frage: Was bedeutet „Metropole Ruhr“ eigentlich?

Die Metropole Ruhr gilt heute als eine der größten und ältesten Slam-Bühnen Deutschlands. In dieser Illustrierten Anthologie haben wir eine Auswahl der auf ihr performten Texte zusammengetragen: 12 Slammerinnen und Slammer aus 8 Ruhrgebietsstädten, 16 Slam-Texte und 12 Illustrationen. Wie bei einem Live-Slam öffnet sich auf diesen Seiten die Welt des Ruhrgebiets auf literarische und visuelle Weise. Die hier nachzulesenden Slam-Texte sind alltagsnah und abstrakt, sie sind so facettenreich und dicht wie das Ruhrgebiet selbst.

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Hologa, Marie / Lenz, Christian / Piskurek, Cyprian / Schlensag, Stefan (eds.).

Cases of Intervention: The Great Variety of British Cultural Studies.

Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2013.

Cases of Intervention offers new perspectives on the case study as a research tool with a long-standing tradition in British cultural studies. Despite this significance, it has hardly ever been explicitly reflected upon as a method, but in this volume it takes centre stage. Scholars from interdisciplinary fields have written succinctly on diverse topics; the eleven case studies are comprehensible and lucid applications of theoretical approaches to topics such as the “British” cup of tea, CCTV and monarchs on film.

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Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya.

Embracing Differences. Transnational Cultural Flows between Japan and the United States. Reihe: Edition Kulturwissenschaft.

Bielefeld: transcript, 2013.

The omnipresence and popularity of American consumer products in Japan have triggered an avalanche of writing shedding light on different aspects of this cross-cultural relationship. Cultural interactions are often accompanied by the term cultural imperialism, a concept that on close scrutiny turns out to be a hasty oversimplification given the contemporary cultural interaction between the U.S. and Japan. »Embracing Differences« shows that this assumption of a one-sided transfer is no longer valid. Closely investigating Disney theme parks, sushi, as well as movies, Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt reveals a dialogical exchange between these two nations that has changed the image of Japan in the United States.

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Dunkel, Mario.

Aesthetics of Resistance. Charles Mingus and the Civil Rights Movement. Reihe: MasteRResearch.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2012.

This book illuminates the various ways in which Charles Mingus's music interacted with the sociocultural movements of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It explores the artist as a pioneer of an idiomatic aesthetics of resistance in jazz music that is rooted in African American traditions and is much more than merely a form of protest. Mingus's music presents a continuous challenge to an unimaginative, streamlined culture built on racism and conformity by openly protesting against it, by questioning its historical foundations, and by exemplifying its countercultural antithesis.

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Dunkel, Mario / Petermann, Emily / Sauerwald, Burkhard (eds.).

Time and Space in Words and Music. Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the Word and Music Association Forum, Dortmund, November 4-6, 2010.

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2012.

Addressing a range of music examples and texts, the fifteen essays in this volume explore the interaction between both conceptions of time and space and the intermedial relationship between words and music. This intermedial experimentation may serve to adopt the spatio-temporal attributes of the other medium or to comment on a form's own mediality. It has much to say about processes of literary and musical composition and reception, the role of tradition and intertextuality, and the medial constellation in which these works situate themselves. The articles here collected testify to the success of the first conference of the Word and Music Association Forum, held at TU Dortmund University in November 2010.

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Grünzweig, Walter (ed.).

The SciArtist. Carl Djerassi's Science-in-Literature in Transatlantic and Interdisciplinary Contexts.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2012.

"Carl Djerassi seems to have had more than his fair share of lives, some lived sequentially, others simultaneously: world famous research chemist, innovative teacher, birth control guru, successful businessman, art collector, patron of artists, poet, novelist and playwright. That's nine, and I have probably left out some. Surveying Carl Djerassi's remarkable achievements, what most interests me is the shift in the focus of his career from cutting-edge scientific research to writing prose fiction and drama, relatively late in life. I can't think of another example of such a shift that is truly comparable." (David Lodge in The SciArtist)/absatz The SciArtist is the first volume to present criticism, commentaries and creative responses to Carl Djerassi's literary texts, taking the author's achievements far beyond "the Pill." It represents a complex conversation between the inhabitants of Djerassi's many, and very different, worlds.

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Freitag, Kornelia (ed.).

Apocalypse Soon? Religion and Popular Culture in the United States.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2011.

Religion has always played a special role in the life of the United States. This has been true at Puritan times and it is still true today. The essays in Apocalypse Soon? chart the sometimes open, sometimes hidden connections between American popular culture and religion. They offer a closer look on a wide variety of cultural phenomena that reach from Puritan millennialism to George Bush's appeal to the Christian right, from Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar to the Christian metal band Saviour Machine, and from TV series like Family First, Dead Like Me and Lost to Christian diet and chastity programs.

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Flottmann-Aural Training

Friederike Flottmann.

The Influence of Aural Training in Music on the Perceptive Performance of Adult Learners' Sound-Discrimination Abilities in an Unknown Foreign Language.

Frankfurt a. Main: Peter Lang, 2011.

Can aural training in music enhance your sound-discrimination abilities for languages? The study sets off to answer this question by testing 50 German-speaking students of non-linguistic degrees for their abilities to discriminate between sounds in Finnish, a language previously entirely unknown to them. 25 randomly selected subjects then went through an aural training in music for two weeks before all the subjects were retested in their aural-perceptive abilities in the Finnish language by means of a similar test containing different test items. The hypothesised positive effect of the musical intervention could be partially proved by a statistically significant mean enhancement in the final scores achieved by the trained group compared to an insignificant enhancement achieved by the control group.

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Edwards, Elisa.

Race, Aliens, and the U.S. Government in African American Science Fiction.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2011.

This study deals with contemporary African American science fiction. It focuses on three texts by Derrick Bell, Octavia Butler, and Walter Mosley and examines the ways in which they convert the dominantly white SF genre. By addressing non-traditional issues such as racism, racial boundaries, and the politics of species, these alien encounter stories demonstrate that it is not the intruders from outer space who are the real threat to U.S. society but their own (white) U.S. Government.

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Feier, Johanna.

We Never Hunted Buffalo. The Emergence of Native American Cinema.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2011.

This study deals with the filmic self-representation of Native Americans. It focuses on five contemporary features directed by indigenes and deconstructs the ways in which they respond to the legacy of the Hollywood Indian. By telling their own cinematic stories, Native Americans have taken up the battle against the century-old one-dimensional characterizations of America's original peoples in the mainstream culture. These indigenous filmmakers highlight the variety and complexity of modern Native America.

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Kramer, Jürgen.

Taking Stock. 35 Essays from 35 Years of Studying English-Speaking Cultures.

Tübingen: Narr Verlag, 2011.

Die in diesem Band zusammengestellten 35 Aufsätze aus 35 Jahren Forschung und Lehre sollen zum einen den Beitrag des Autors zur Begründung und Entwicklung der kulturwissenschaftlichen Dimension in der Anglistik seit Mitte der 1970er Jahre dokumentieren, zum anderen aber auch Stationen seiner intellektuellen Biografie sichtbar machen. Dabei ist sein zentrales Motiv, Rechenschaft über die Arbeit in einem – wie der Autor meint – nach wie vor privilegierten Bereich unserer Gesellschaft abzulegen.

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Steinhoff, Heike.

Queer Buccaneers. (De)Constructing Boundaries in the Pirates of the Caribbean Film Series.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2011.

Pirates captivate the western cultural imagination at the beginning of the 21 st century. Queer Buccaneers addresses this phenomenon through an analysis of the Disney film series Pirates of the Caribbean. Reading the films from a variety of post-structuralist perspectives, this study demonstrates the contradictory discourses and power relations that characterize the series. It argues that 'piracy' constitutes a sliding signifier that facilitates the (de)construction of discursive boundaries of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and nationality.




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Pfeiler, Martina.

Poetry Goes Intermedia: U.S.-amerikanische Lyrik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts aus kultur- und medienwissenschaftlicher Perspektive.

Tübingen: Francke Verlag, 2010.

Das Buch beschäftigt sich mit intermedialer U.S.-amerikanischer Lyrik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts aus kultur- und medienwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Es stellt methodische und theoretische Konzepte vor, die für die Untersuchung intermedialer Lyrik von Bedeutung sind. Dazu zählen der Medienwechsel, die Medienkonvergenz, Intermedialität, der Visual Turn, Media Literacy sowie die kreative Remediatisierung nach Jay David Bolter und Richard Grusin. Es verdeutlicht, dass das gedruckte Buch im Zusammenhang mit Lyrik nur mehr als ein wichtiger Bestandteil einer zunehmend audiovisuellen US-amerikanischen Medienkultur des 21. Jahrhunderts zu verorten ist, und gibt damit weitere Impulse für die analytische Reflexion von Texten vor dem Hintergrund medientechnischer Veränderungen. Mit Ausblick auf die zunehmend digitale Textproduktion im 21. Jahrhundert stellt der methodische Ansatz dieses Buches wichtige Anknüpfungspunkte für zukünftige intermediale Textanalysen dar, die ganz im Sinne einer kulturwissenschaftlich orientierten Amerikanistik verstärkt die Überwindung medialer und kultureller Grenzen berücksichtigen müssen.

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Temath, Bettina.

Kulturelle Parameter in der Werbung: Deutsche und US-amerikanische Automobilanzeigen im Vergleich.

Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2010.

Vor dem Hintergrund wirtschaftlicher Internationalisierung bewegt Werbung sich zunehmend in einem Spannungsverhältnis zwischen globalen und lokalen Strukturen. Anhand eines quantitativen und qualitativen Vergleichs deutscher und amerikanischer Automobilanzeigen untersucht die Autorin kulturspezifische und kulturübergreifende Formen des werbekommunikativen Austauschs und geht dabei der Frage nach, inwieweit Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede im Zeitvergleich bestehen. Die Ergebnisse demonstrieren eine inhaltliche und formale Angleichung und verweisen auf die Herausbildung universeller Werbestile, die hauptsächlich emotional und visuell kommunizieren. Dabei lösen Kulturspezifika sich jedoch nicht auf, sondern existieren in subtilerer Form weiter.

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Bimberg, Christiane / Volkov, Igor (eds.).

Textual Intricacies - Essays on Structure and Intertextuality in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Fiction in English.

Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009.

The starting point and major source of inspiration for this volume was the fascination in great, complex, and demanding texts in English. The nine essays by German and Russian scholars on important works of British, New English/postcolonial and American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries focus on textual intricacies - the ambiguities and ambivalences of those texts, the unique character of narrative representation. Special emphasis is placed on the categories of structure and intertextuality. Among the diverse critical approaches employed are close reading, narratology, deconstruction, contextualization, comparative studies, and reception history. More specifically, there are studies of (leit)motifs, images, poetics, and stylistics; intertextuality, autointertextuality, autoparody, and autoillusion; authorship, metanarration, and metafiction, and postmodernism. The result of the critical re-reading of primary texts is bound up not only with a new critical re-assessment of individual texts and authors, but, significantly, with new theoretical insights as well - a more differentiated view of the characteristics both of intertextuality and postmodernism.

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Greslé-Favier, Claire.

“Raising Sexually Pure Kids”. Sexual Abstinence, Conservative Christians and American Politics.

Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi Verlag, 2009.

The book analyzes pro-abstinence discourses issued by the conservative Christian community and the G.W. Bush administration, to underline that abstinence is not a peripheral matter, but is a cultural and political issue of great significance in US society, especially in the past decade. This book seeks to bring to light how pro-abstinence discourses coalesce most of the core agendas of conservative Christians – like creationism, parental rights or the culture war - and enabled them and the Bush administration, to on the one hand, preserve traditional hierarchies and on the other hand, maintain the sense of threat necessary to the protection of the status quo and to the enduring commitment of the conservative Christian constituency.

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Kramer, Jürgen / Pankratz, Anette / Viol, Claus-Ulrich (eds.).

Mini & Mini: Ikonen der Popkultur zwischen Dekonstruktion und Rekonstruktion.

Bielefeld: Transcript, 2009.

»Mini« und »Mini« stehen für die Jugendkultur der Sechziger, Swinging London und das Ende von verkrusteten Traditionen. Dieser Band dekonstruiert die große Erzählung von den beiden »Minis« als kongeniale Embleme von Erneuerung und Befreiung. Kritische Blicke auf die technischen, sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Hintergründe zeigen sie als ambivalente Produkte der krisengeschüttelten britischen Industrie, die erst durch konservativen Protest und oft nostalgische Medialisierungen zu typischen Zeichen der Sechziger avancierten und die regelmäßig und in unterschiedlichsten Ausprägungen wiedererfunden werden. Die Beiträge liefern damit zentrale Einblicke in die Wirkweisen zeitgenössischer materieller Kultur sowie wichtige Analysen zur Konsum- und Erinnerungsforschung.

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Krebs, Martina.

Hotel Stories - Representations of Escapes and Encounters in Fiction and Film.

Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009.

In this PhD study, hotels and hotel fiction are explored from a point of view that is shaped by the definitions of culture, space, identity and representation which cultural studies discusses today. The author analyses the development of tourism and the hospitality industry as well as a variety of hotel representations in fiction and film, considering both 'ordinary' and 'moving' hotels (such as trains and cruise ships). Hotels are defined as multifunctional spaces that provide ideal settings for hotel stories as they can present a variety of events inside a unity of space and time, which, in Mikhail Bakhtin's terms, is called the hotel chronotope. Hotel stories link experiences from everyday life with literature, combine private and public spaces, familiar and unfamiliar spaces and situations, times of work and times of leisure. They unite what at first sight seems incompatible and depend on patterns, internal rules and conventions for the successful process of this negotiation of contrasts. The fictional hotels' revolving doors see countless characters, staff as well as guests, come and go, present them to the readers and audiences and promise ever new and at the same time comfortably well-known stories which readers can use for their own escapes. As Glenn Patterson writes in his novel The International: "A hotel is already a holiday from the everyday world" - be it real or fictional.

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Tendahl, Markus.

A Hybrid Theory of Metaphor. Relevance Theory and Cognitive Linguistics.

Hampshire: Palgrave Verlag, 2009.

A provoking new approach to how we understand metaphors thoroughly comparing and contrasting the claims made by relevance theorists and cognitive linguists. The resulting hybrid theory shows the complementarity of many positions as well as the need and possibility of achieving a broader and more realistic theory of our understanding.

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Hamann, Christoph / Gerhard, Ute / Grünzweig, Walter (eds.).

Amerika und die deutschsprachige Literatur nach 1848: Migration - kultureller Austausch - frühe Globalisierung.

Bielefeld: Transcript, 2008.

Handbücher, illustrierte Broschüren von Werbeagenturen, Briefe und Reiseberichte von Auswanderern, Reportagen in Zeitungen und Journalen, öffentliche Debatten sowie nicht zuletzt eine Vielzahl von literarischen Texten – all dies sind Bestandteile eines komplexen Diskurses, der mit den umfangreichen Wanderungsbewegungen von Deutschland nach den USA ab der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts einhergeht. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes arbeiten den bis heute allenfalls für Teile der so genannten Populärliteratur erschlossenen Diskurs auf und zeigen dabei insbesondere, dass auch für die Literatur des Bürgerlichen Realismus das fremde Amerika und die Wanderungen dorthin vielfach konstitutiv für das Erzählen sind. Texte von Auerbach, Fontane, Keller, Raabe oder Spielhagen zeichnen sich in viel stärkerem Maße als bislang angenommen durch inter- und transkulturelle Bezüge aus, was sie zum einen durchaus als Bestandteil von Globalisierungsbewegungen erscheinen lässt, zum anderen aber auch in eine größere Nähe zu Autoren rückt, die sich auf Abenteuerromane spezialisiert haben.

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Küchler, Uwe.

Interkulturelle Hochschullehre. Internationalisierung am Beispiel der Amerikanistik.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2007.

Die jüngere Hochschuldidaktik postuliert eine Bedeutungsverschiebung vom Lehren hin zum Lernen. Im vorliegenden Band wird dieser Paradigmenwechsel im Kontext des 'Bologna Prozesses' konsequent als shift from teaching to "intercultural" learning konkretisiert. Der Fokus auf kulturelle Vielfalt stellt die Frage, wie die Strategien der Internationalisierung so ausgerichtet werden können, dass für das Lernen, Lehren und Forschen an deutschen Universitäten ein produktiver Mehrwert entsteht. Kulturelle Vielfalt zeigt sich als notwendige und lohnende Ergänzung bisheriger Bemühungen zur Schaffung des gemeinsamen Europäischen Hochschulraums.

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Grünkemeier, Ellen / Iske, Martina / Kramer, Jürgen / Pankratz, Anette / Viol, Claus-Ulrich (eds.).

Das kleine Bond-Buch: From Cultural Studies with Love.

Marburg: Schüren Verlag, 2007.

Anders als die Anderen das kleine Bond Buch, das Bond und seine Fans liebevoll auf die Schippe nimmt und einige sonst vernachlässigte Aspekte der Bond- Rezeption aufs Korn nimmt und nebenbei die Kulturwissenschaft und ihre Arbeitsweise einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit vorstellt. Warten auf den neuen Bond-Film - das ist auch für Kulturwissen-schaftler eine harte Sache. Also rücken sie dem Phänomen Bond mit ihrem ureigenen Handwerkszeug zu Leibe, mit strukturalistischen Ansätze, Psychoanalyse, Gender-Theorien, ökonomischen, transnationalistischen und postkolonialen Fragestellungen mit den Prätexten (den Romanen), den eigentlichen Film-Texten und ihren Kontexten (der Rezeption und den gesellschaftlichen Wertvorstellungen). James Bond übersteht auch diesen Angriff und das Warten mit der Kulturwissenschaft hat sich gelohnt, weil es viele neue und recht vergnügliche Blicke auf das Phänomen James Bond ermöglicht.

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Syrou, Martha Meni.

"Who wants to be normal?" Normalistische Grenzgänge in US-amerikanischen ethnischen Minderheitsliteraturen nach 1960.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2007.

Zentrales Thema dieser Untersuchung ist die Konstruktion von Identitäten und Normalitäten in US-amerikanischen ethnischen Minderheitsliteraturen. Gefragt wird nach den literarischen Handlungs- und Aushandlungsprozessen, mit welchen minorisierte ethnische Bevölkerungsgruppen in den USA in ihrer Interaktion mit der Dominanzgesellschaft ihre Identitäten definieren und ihre Lebensformen normalisieren, bzw. mit welchen sie gegen homogenisierende, monologische Subjektivierungs- und Normalisierungsprozesse dieser Gesellschaft antreten. In den Blick genommen werden Leslie Marmon Silkos Roman Ceremony (1977), Gloria Anzaldúas Autobiographie Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987), Audre Lordes Essaysammlung Sister Outsider: Collected Essays and Speeches (1984), ihre Biomythographie Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1982) und ihr Krebstagebuch The Cancer Journals (1980). Die Interpretation dieser Texte im Kontext des Normalismus eröffnet einen neuen Zugang zu literarischen (und nichtliterarischen) Identitätskonstruktionen und damit zur ethnic literature insgesamt. Die Autorin: Meni Syrou, geb. 1968 in Bruck an der Mur (Österreich). Studierte Anglistik/Amerikanistik und Germanistik an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. Von 1998 bis 2001 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik der Universität Dortmund; Mitarbeit im interdisziplinären DFG-Forschungsprojekt zum Flexiblen Normalismus. Seit 2001 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Fakultät Maschinenbau der Universität Dortmund, Koordinatorin von zwei internationalen Studiengängen; Arbeit zu interkulturellen Fragestellungen und Transferprozessen im Bildungsbereich.

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Bimberg, Christiane / Kullmann, Thomas (eds.).

Children's Books and Child Readers: Constructions of Childhood in English Juvenile Fiction.

Aachen: Shaker, 2006.

This volume is the outcome of a combined international effort of scholars from Germany, Austria, Italy, South Africa and Russia working on children's literature in English. The individual studies aim at a critical evaluation of 'imagined' children and their changing worlds and cultures as transformed, debated and negotiated in literary discourse. The contributors study the fascinating ways in which ideology and aesthetics work together artistically to produce meaning for children and adults alike, if sometimes in different ways. The texts chosen move on from Victorian to Edwardian, postmodern and posteolonial. They include Mary and Charles Lamb's Mrs. Leicester's School, Evelyn Sharp's fairy tales, Thomas Hughes's Tom Brown's Schooldays, Rudyard Kipling's Stray & Co., G.K. Chesterton's poems for children and his fairy talcs, Edith Nesbit's Five Children and It; Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, Enid Blyton's school stories, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, contemporary children's fiction by Joan Aiken, Diana Wynne Jones, Anne Fine, Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman, Gerard Whelan and David Almond and, importantly enough, South African children's books as a tradition which is marginal to the British mainstream. As a general theoretical concept and methodological frame for the volume the term 'construction' has been chosen. Proceeding from the assumption that our notions of childhood are shaped by philosophical, educational, psychological, social, cultural and religious preconceptions, childhood in children's books is seen as constructed both by general discourses and by text features particular to individual works, such as language, plot, protagonists, the implied reader and, last but not least, illustrations.

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Gunzenhäuser, Randi.

Automaten, Roboter, Cyborgs: Körperkonzepte im Wandel.

Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2006.

Automaten – Roboter – Cyborgs untersucht amerikanische und europäische Maschinenmenschen in verschiedenen 'Aufschreibesystemen' zwischen dem 19. und 21. Jahrhundert: in Büchern, Filmen und Computerspielen. Das Buch folgt der Grundannahme, dass Medienrevolutionen immer auch Körperrevolutionen sind. Es kritisiert Aussagen zu 'neuen' Medien, die bis heute fälschlicherweise im wissenschaftlichen Diskurs vorherrschen. Dabei geht es um Fragen wie: Welche Geschichte haben Körper im Cyberspace? Wie bedingen sich Körperdiskurse und Medienkonzepte gegenseitig? Was macht Cyborgs heute so populär? So gibt die Monographie einen Eindruck von der Vielfalt, den Veränderungen und den Wirkungsmöglichkeiten von Mensch-Maschine-Konzepten in Zeiten von Medienumbrüchen.

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Kramer, Jürgen.

Britain and Ireland. A Concise History.

London: Routledge, 2006.

From highly experienced teacher Jürgen Kramer, Britain and Ireland is a handbook on the history of the British Isles that recounts the history of the two states – the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Eire) – and four nations – the Irish, the Welsh, the Scottish, and the English – from prehistory to the present. Accompanied by numerous illustrations and information boxes, and also an extensive selection of documents with questions to challenge readers, the book has a unique approach that presents not only the story of what happened in the British Isles, but its interdependence with Europe and the rest of the world. With chapters organized chronologically, and including a glossary and selected further reading, this is a must for all students of British and Irish studies.

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Poikane-Daumke, Aija.

African Diasporas: Afro-German Literature in the Context of the African American Experience.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2006.

This book investigates the development of Afro-German literature in the context of the African American experience and shows the decisive role of literature for the emergence of the Afro-German Movement. Various Afro-German literary and cultural initiatives, which began in the 1980s, arose as a response to the experience of being marginalized - to the point of invisibility - within a dominant Eurocentric culture that could not bring the notions of "Black" and "German" together in a meaningful way. The book is a significant contribution to the understanding of German literature as multi-ethnic and of the the transatlantic networks operating in the African Diasporas.

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Gregor Schrettle Exodus

Schrettle, Gregor.

Our Own Private Exodus: Gwen Shamblin’s Dieting Religion and America’s Puritan Legacy.

Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 2006.

This book analyzes the writings of evangelical weight-loss author Gwen Shamblin from a cultural studies perspective and inquires into the underlying meanings and significance of the American imperative to be thin. In her writings, Gwen Shamblin—one of the key figures of the Christian dieting movement in America—argues that overweight is indicative of a spiritual void that should be filled with God rather than food. The key questions addressed in this study are how Shamblin's success relates to US culture and religion in general, and whether her discourse, bizarre though it may occasionally seem, can be considered a typical expression of the way America understands itself.

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Grünzweig, Walter (ed.).

The United States in Global Contexts: American Studies after 9/11 and Iraq.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2005.

Die einschneidenden Veränderungen seit dem 11. September 2001 stellen für die Amerikanistik eine große Herausforderung dar, eröffnen aber auch neue Wege zu Forschung, Lehre und politischem Engagement. Die mehr als 160 Kurzbeiträge von Amerikanist/innen und Nicht-Amerikanist/innen aus vielen Teilen der Welt sind ein essayistischer brainstorm, der wichtige Fragen zu "Amerika" und zur Amerikanistik im Zeitalter der Globalisierung zusammenführt.

The momentous events since September 11, 2001, both challenged the field of American Studies and opened up new opportunities for research, teaching, and activism. This book presents more than 160 short contributions by Americanists and Non-Americanists from around the world in an essayistic brainstorm that brings together many questions asked about "America" and American Studies in the age of globalization.

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Sounds oF Poetry_Pfeiler

Pfeiler, Martina.

Sounds of Poetry. Contemporary American Performance Poets.

Tübingen: Narr Verlag, 2003.

Slam poetry, which first came into being in Chicago in 1986 as a competitive form of performance poetry, is only the latest development in a series of poetry movements in the United States that radically turned away from the written-to-be-silently-read to a written-to-be-performed poem. The book investigates contemporary American performance poetry as a continuation of poetry as an oral and social medium that finds its cultural realization in an interaction between the poet, the poem and the audience. After a survey of the historical development as well as different performance movements in the United States, the author provides an analysis of representative audio and visual poems of these movements by Jerome Rothenberg, Allen Ginsberg, Gil Scott-Heron, Ntozake Shange, Laurie Anderson, and Patricia Smith. The book is highly recommended to teachers who want to take poetry "off the written page" in their classroom and engage their students in a multimedia experience with poetry, but will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about this particular performance genre.


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Lahaye, Birgit.

Pirating History: Die Darstellung des haitianischen Unabhängigkeitskampfes in der Erzählliteratur.

Münster: Lit Verlag, 2003.

Der Haitianische Unabhängigkeitskampf ist als literarisches Thema ein multinationales Phänomen. Die vorliegende Untersuchung bezieht sich auf Texte in vier Sprachen (Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch) und stellt eine komparatistische Zusammenschau dieses Themas anhand der Erzählliteratur dar. Die Analyse der Romane und Erzählungen ergibt zwei für die fiktionale Haiti-Darstellung grundlegende Narrative, die sich teilweise wiedersprechen: das Narrativ von Befreiung und Emanzipation und das Narrativ vom Versuch des Aufbaus einer gemischtrassigen Gesellschaft und deren Scheitern.

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Rymarczyk, Jutta / Haudeck, Helga / Nold, Günter (Ed.)

In Search of The Active Learner. Untersuchungen zu Fremdsprachenunterricht, bilingualen und interdisziplinären Kontexten.

Bern: Peter Lang Verlag, 2003.

Der vorliegende Band ging aus einem Symposium anlässlich des 60. Geburtstages von Günter Nold hervor. Die elf Beiträge beschäftigen sich mit theoretischen, empirischen und praxisorientierten Aspekten des aktiven Lernens und spiegeln mit ihrer Vielfalt die breit gefächerten, interdisziplinär ausgerichteten Arbeits- und Interessensfelder des Jubilars wider. Es geht dabei um die Themenbereiche Anthropologische Grundorientierungen in der Fremdsprachendidaktik, Bilingualer Unterricht und Immersion, Diskursanalysen in der Alzheimer-Forschung, Lern-, Motivations- und Emotionsforschung, Nationale und Internationale Assessment-Studien, Wissensmanagement.

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Gerhardt, Christine.

Rituale des Scheiterns: Die Reconstruction-Periode im amerikanischen Roman.

Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2002.


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Manske, Ariane.

Political Correctness und Normalität. Die amerikanische PC-Kontroverse im kulturgeschichtlichen Kontext.

Heidelberg: Synchron Verlag, 2002.

In vielen deutschsprachigen Debatten der letzten Jahre wurde Political Correctness als Terminus zwar aufgenommen, jedoch meist abgelöst von den charakteristischen Hintergründen und kulturhistorischen "Wurzeln" der amerikanischen PC-Diskussion. Die vorliegende Studie rekonstruiert diese amerikanische Debatte von ihrer Entstehung in den späten 80er Jahren bis hin zu ihrer Reflexion in der amerikanischen Öffentlichkeit und akademischen Forschung in den späten 90er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts anhand der Konfliktfelder des literarischen Kanons und der universitären Lehrinhalte. Im Gegensatz zu dem in den amerikanischen Medien vermittelten Bild von PC als einer Bewegung der Liberalen und Linken wird die Kontroverse als ein conservative backlash gegen gesellschaftspolitische und kulturelle Veränderungen und Reformen gewertet. In theoretischer Perspektive werden die Auseinandersetzung um die amerikanische common culture und die Definition der nationalen Identität, die im Zentrum der Analyse stehen, als ein Neuverhandeln tradierter gesellschaftlicher Normalitätsvorstellungen (einschließlich der sie bestimmenden Normalitätsgrenzen) interpretiert. Die mit PC verbundenen Reformen, die wesentlich dazu beitrugen, dass die Kulturen ethnischer Minderheiten sowohl in den Kanon als auch in die universitären Curricula Eingang fanden, sind heute Bestandteil einer mühsam erkämpften "Normalität".

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Cortiel, Jeanne.

Passion Für Das Unmögliche: Befreiung Als Narrativ In Der Amerikanischen Feministischen Theologie.

Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 2001.

Passion für das Unmögliche analysiert modellhaft den feministischen religiösen Diskurs in den Vereinigten Staaten, der bisher aus amerikanistischer Sicht noch so gut wie nicht untersucht worden ist. Insbesondere die deutschsprachige Amerikanistik hat sich – mit wenigen Ausnahmen – mit Religion als konstitutivem Element des amerikanischen Selbstverständnisses kaum auseinandergesetzt. Ausgehend von den Methoden der amerikanistischen Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft tritt diese Arbeit in Dialog mit der zeitgenössischen feministischen Theologie und zeigt, dass deren Befreiungsnarrative sich unmittelbar in zentrale kulturelle Narrative der Vereinigten Staaten einschreiben. Die feministische Theologie ist für eine amerikanistische Analyse der Gegenwartskultur deshalb so interessant, weil sich in ihr fundamentale Transformationsprozesse in der amerikanischen Gegenwartskultur konzentrieren: die Neuformulierung von Religion, Sexualität und Geschlecht.

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