Rooted in Transnational American Studies, the collection explores post-WWII German-American encounters in Bavaria and beyond. It investigates transnational negotiations and entanglements of democratization, identity politics, military cooperation, economic interaction, cultural diplomacy, pop and folk culture, literature, memory/museums, tourism.
Rooted in Transnational American Studies, this collection explores German-American encounters in Bavaria since 1945. Spanning a trajectory from the end of World War II to the contemporary American presence in the region, the articles and visuals discuss the impact of the transnational contact zone on negotiations of democratization, historical guilt, cultural diplomacy, identity politics, military cooperation, economic interaction, pop and folk culture, literature, memory, museums, and tourism. Articles on Rhineland-Palatinate, Austria, and the Netherlands signify the complexity of European-American relations. The volume complicates bipolar, solidifying comparative approaches in favor of multidirectional, fluid conceptualizations of intercultural transfer and transnational entanglements.
Post-1945 German-American encounters in Bavaria - European-American relations - Transnational American Studies - Contact zones - Denazification - Re-education - Identity politics - Military cooperation - Economic - Social interaction - Cultural diplomacy - Pop/folk culture - Literature - Memory/museums - Tourism
The editors specialize in Transnational American Studies. Birgit M. Bauridl focuses on critical regionalism, cultural performance, and the American presence in Germany. Ingrid Gessner concentrates on visual and material cultures, including issues of history, memory, and identity. Udo J. Hebel engages topics of from the fields of American cultures of memory, American painting and photography, and theories of American Studies.