Transatlantic German Studies

Transatlantic German Studies

Testimonies to the Profession

Edited by Paul Michael Lützeler, Peter Höyng


Camden House



The prominent scholar-contributors to this volume share their experiences developing the field of US German Studies and their thoughts on literature and interdisciplinarity, pluralism and diversity, and transatlantic dialogue.

The decisive contribution of the exile generation of the 1930s and '40s to German Studies in the United States is well known. The present volume carries the story forward to the next generation(s), giving voice to scholars from the US and overseas, many of them mentored by the exile generation. The exiles knew vividly the value of the Humanities; the following generations, though spared the experience of historical catastrophe, have found formidable challenges in building and maintaining the field in a time increasingly dismissive of that value. The scholar-contributors to this volume, prominent members of the profession, share their experiences of finding their way in the field and helping to develop it to its present state as well as their thoughts on its present challenges, including the question of the role of literature and of interdisciplinarity, pluralism, and diversity. Of particular interest is the role of transatlantic dialogue.

Contributors: Leslie A. Adelson, Hans Adler, Russell A. Berman, Jane K. Brown, Walter Hinderer, Robert C. Holub, Leroy Hopkins, Andreas Huyssen, Claire Kramsch, Wilhelm Krull, Paul Michael Lützeler, Mark W. Roche, Judith Ryan, Azade Seyhan, Lynne Tatlock, Liliane Weissberg.

Paul Michael Lützeler is Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University, St. Louis. Peter Höyng is Associate Professor of German at Emory University.

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September 2018
300 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781640140127
Format: Hardback
Camden House
BISAC FOR009000, LIT004170
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Paul Michael Lützeler and Peter Höyng
From Erfahrungshunger to Realitätshunger: Futurity, Migration, and Difference - Leslie A. Adelson
In-between: The Participant as Observer-The Observer as Participant - Hans Adler
Transatlantic Space and My Own History of Globalization - Russell A. Berman
Deplazierte Personen: Why Would an American Become a Germanist? - Jane K. Brown
Metamorphoses and Meanderings of a Wanderer between Worlds - Walter Hinderer
German Studies as Vocation: My Path into It, Out of It, and Back into It - Robert C. Holub
My Long Way from Germanistik to Afro German Studies - Leroy Hopkins
Mustang Red: My American Road to Critical Theory - Andreas Huyssen
Third Place. How a French Germanist Became an Applied Linguist in America - Claire Kramsch
Transatlantic Exchanges: German Studies - European and American Style - Paul Michael Lützeler
Being at Home in the Other: Thoughts and Tales from a Typically Atypical Germanist - Mark Roche
After Australia: Triangulating an Intellectual Journey - Judith Ryan
A Tale in Translation: An Academic Itinerary from Istanbul to Bryn Mawr - Azade Seyhan
Beyond Passing: Transculturation in "Contact Zones" - Lynne Tatlock
Far from Where? Germanistik between the Continents - Liliane Weissberg
Epilogue: The Usefulness of Useless Studies - Wilhelm Krull

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