The Many Faces of Germany
Edited by John A. McCarthy, Walter Grûnzweig and Thomas Koebner
304 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-034-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (April 2004)
“…offers a number of perceptive and enlightening short essays.” · German Studies Review
With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the shifting of American foreign policy away from "old" Europe, long-established patterns of interaction between Germany and the U.S. have come under review. Although seemingly disconnected from the cultural and intellectual world, political developments were not without their influence on the humanities and their curricula during the past century. In retrospect, we can speak of the many different roles Germany has played in American eyes. The Many Faces of Germany seeks to acknowledge the importance of those incarnations for the study of German culture and history on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the major questions raised by the contributors is whether the transformations in the transatlantic dynamics and in the importance of Germany for the U.S. have had a major influence on the study of things German in the U.S. internally. The volume gathers together leading voices of the older and younger generations of social historians, literary scholars, film critics, and cultural historians.
John A. McCarthy teaches German and Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University with a focus on the eighteenth century and its cultural legacies, on science and literature, and on Nietzsche’s impact on literature. Previously he taught at Penn and has held visiting professorships at Swarthmore College, the Universität München, and Rutgers University.
Walter Grûnzweig is Professor of American literature and culture at Universität Dortmund, Universitätsdozent of American and comparative literature at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Binghamton and Canisius College.
Thomas Koebner is Professor of Film- and Media Studies, University of Mainz.