International Political Currents
Multiculturalism in Transit
A German-American Exchange
Edited by Klaus J. Milich and Jeffrey M. Peck
Foreword by Dieter Dettke
273 pages, bibliog.
ISBN 978-1-57181-163-9 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 1998)
Multiculturalism is one of the most controversial topics in both the United States and Germany.This interdisciplinary collection of essays by German scholars in American Studies and American scholars in German Studies analyze the "other" from this dual perspective and from their respective disciplines such as literary and cultural studies, political science, anthropology,and history. More particularly they examine multiculturalism in terms of national and ethnic identities, as well as gender and race, and look at the disciplines and institutions that produce and legitimize discourses on subjects such as minority literatures, feminism, and the notion of foreignness itself. What becomes clear is the fact that careful attention must be paid to the particular conditions and different ideological concepts that shape this term, i.e., the "national" historical, political, social, and institutional contexts in which it appears, circulates, and accrues meanings.
Contributors: G. Welz, T. Brennan, B. Ostendorf, R. Hof, S. Lennox, A. Koenen, F. Hajek, C.Gersdorf, G. H. Lenz, F. Trommler, H. C. Seeba, A. Seyhan, A. Hornung, B. Thomas, G. O. Kvistad, H.-J. Puhle<
Klaus J. Milich is Assistant Professor of American Literary and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Jeffrey Peck is a Professor of German in the Center for German& European Studies and the German Department at Georgetown University.