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Amerikastudien / American Studies



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General Editors

Prof. Dr. Carmen Birkle
Philipps-Universität Marburg
FB 10: Fremdsprachliche Philologien
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6 F
D-35032 Marburg
Tel. +49-6421-28-24-345

Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes
Europa-Universität Flensburg
Seminar für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Auf dem Campus 1
24943 Flensburg

Associate Editors

Dr. David Eisler
Dr. Cedric Essi
Dr. Johannes Schmid
Dr. Scott Zukowski

Editorial Board

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Gessner (Feldkirch, Austria)
Prof. Dr. Anke Ortlepp, Review Editor (Köln)
Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Prof. Dr. Marc Priewe (Stuttgart)
Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann (Berlin)


Advisory Board

Astrid Böger (Hamburg)
Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Stanford)
Paul Giles(Sydney)
Hans-Jürgen Grabbe (Halle-Wittenberg)
Udo Hebel (Regensburg)
Alfred Hornung (Mainz)
Christian Lammert (Berlin)
Deborah Madsen (Genf)
Nina Morgan (Kennesaw, GA)
Katja Sarkowsky (Augsburg)
Oliver Scheiding (Mainz)
Werner Sollors (Cambridge, MA)
Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (Augsburg)
Louise Westling (Eugene, OR)
Hubert Zapf (Augsburg)



until 2022:

Christine Gerhardt (Bamberg)
Ingrid Gessner (Feldkirch, Austria)
Martin Klepper (HU Berlin)
Kerstin Knopf (Bremen)
Christian Lammert (FU Berlin)
Alan Lessoff (Illinois State)
Timo Müller (Konstanz)
Greta Olson (Gießen)
Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Leipzig)
Ralph Poole (Salzburg)
Gabriele Rippl (Bern)
John Carlos Rowe (Southern California)
Ilka Saal (Erfurt)
Kerstin Schmidt (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
Elizabeth West (Georgia State)
Jutta Zimmermann (Kiel)

until 2024:

Alexandra Ganser-Blumenau (Wien)
Andrew Gross (Göttingen)
Joel Johnson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
Zuzanna Ladyga (Warsaw, Poland)
Ruth Mayer (Hannover)
Tatiani Rapatzikou (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Jane Simonsen (Augustana, Rock Island, Illinois)
MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (Würzburg)
Nicole Waller (Potsdam)
Simon Wendt (Frankfurt)

until 2026:

Hillary Angelo (UC Santa Cruz)
Thomas Austenfeld (Fribourg)
Nassim Balestrini (Graz)
Manfred Berg (Heidelberg)
Samuel Cohen (Columbia, Missouri)
Robert Keith Collins (San Francisco State)
Jeanne Cortiel (Bayreuth)
Susan Gray (Arizona State, Tempe)
Carrie Johnston (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
Janne Lahti (Helsinki)
Charlotte Lerg (München)
Gesa Mackenthun (Rostock)
Marc Maufort (Brussels)
Heike Raphael-Hernandez (Würzburg)
Michael Wala (Bochum)

until 2028:

George Blaustein (Amsterdam)
Matt Brim (Staten Island, New York)
Denise K. Cummings (Orlando, Florida)
Cynthia Davis (Columbia, South Carolina)
Volker Depkat (Regensburg)
Pekka Hämäläinen (Oxford, UK)
Andrew Hoberek (Columbia, Missouri)
Michael Hochgeschwender (München)
Brian Hochman (Washington, D.C.)
Mischa Honeck (Kassel)
Christoph Irmscher (Bloomington, Indiana)
Adriane Lentz-Smith (Durham, North Carolina)
Marianne K. Noble (Washington, D.C.)
Andrew Offenburger (Miami, Ohio)
Kasper Grotle Rasmussen (Odense, Denmark)
Barry Shank (Columbus, Ohio)
Christoph Strobel (Lowell, Massachusetts)
Gordon Tapper (Long Island City, New York)
Pia Wiegmink (Bonn)


Current Officers of the German Association for American Studies


Prof. Dr. Ruth Mayer
Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH)
English Seminar
Königsworther Platz 1
30167 Hannover

Vice President

Prof. Dr. Miriam Strube
Universität Paderborn
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

Executive Director

Prof. Dr. Simon Wendt
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Institut für England und Amerikastudien
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Visit for information on the German Association for American Studies (DGfA / GAAS).


Mission Statement

Amerikastudien / American Studies: A Quarterly (Amst) is the official journal of the German Association for American Studies, dedicated to an interdisciplinary and transnational concept of American Studies and covering all areas of the discipline, including literary and cultural criticism, media, history, political science, linguistics, and pedagogy. With issue 64 (2019), the quarterly has successfully completed a transition into a substantially redesigned open-access journal. Amst aims to reach beyond the limitations of analogue accessibility, to offer opportunities for engagement, dialogue, and intellectual exchange to American Studies scholars across disciplines, generations, and nations, and to thus open up new opportunities of global professional exchange. We ensure the high quality of our publications by standards of double-blind peer review, a standing team of distinguished reviewers from around the world, and an international advisory board.

Since 1956, as a forum of scholarly exchange based in Germany, the journal has been deeply invested in exploring transatlantic, and, more recently, transnational connections across and beyond Europe and the United States. Regular issues, featuring a variety of topical articles from different areas of American Studies, alternate with special issues. The forum section includes innovative formats and scholarly opinions on current debates in the field as well as other open formats, such as interviews and short dialogical position papers. Amst publishes reviews with an emphasis on scholarly contributions (not exclusively) from German-speaking countries to the wider field of American Studies. The journal continuously invites suggestions for new formats to allow for cutting-edge scholarship and intellectual debate.


Publication Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted to the editorial offices of Amerikastudien / American Studies at Europa-Universität Flensburg and Philipps-Universität Marburg via

E-Mails regarding books for review should be submitted to our review editors via Hardcopies should be sent to reviewers directly, so we ask publishers to kindly coordinate this process with our review editorial office at the University of Cologne. The journal is under no obligation to review unsolicited books.

In view of the computerized production of the journal, manuscripts of articles and reviews can only be accepted if submitted as computer files (preferably MS Word, .docx, 2010 and higher).

Please note the following formal requirements:

— Article manuscripts—manuscript text, abstract, notes, list of works cited—should not exceed 8,000 to 9,000 words.

— All articles must be preceded by an abstract in English of no more than 200 words.

— Since Amerikastudien / American Studies follows a blind peer-review system, articles should contain no references to the author.

— Upon submission, please confirm explicitly that the article has not been previously published (online or in print) and is not currently under review elsewhere.

— An Amerikastudien / American Studies style guide is available here:



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Issue 1 / 2023