AYA Publications

Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory

Petra Eckhard, Michael Fuchs, and Walter Hölbling (eds.)

In Landscapes of Postmodernity, a group of young scholars link key concepts of postmodern thought to our present everyday experience in which we change our identities on a regular basis. While many of the essays look at less conventional modes of aesthetic representation – computer games, graphic novels, telenovelas, queer and animated films – others analyze more canonical works following less conventional approaches. Either way, the cultural and literary cartographies presented in this book allow America to be conceived as polymorphous or transnational, celebrating a new American self that is aware and proud of its non-Anglo-Saxon origins.

This book is the outcome of the 2008 workshop in Graz.

Placing America: American Culture and Its Spaces

Michael Fuchs & Maria-Theresia Holub (eds.)

In Call Me Ishmael, Charles Olson exclaims “SPACE to be the central fact to man born in America.” Indeed, from the start, history and identity in America have been intricately tied to issues of space: from the idea of the »city upon a hill« to the transnational (soft) power of the United States, space has always served as an important parameter of power gained or lost and of the struggles to maintain or resist it.

With contributions that range from the construction of America in (European) academic discourses to children’s fiction, this collection provides an extensive and insightful study of how space influences our understanding of America.

This book is the outcome of the 2010 conference in Graz.