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Placing America

American Culture and its Spaces

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Michael Fuchs(Hg.), Maria-Theresia Holub(Hg.), Placing America (2013), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839420805


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.


Michael Fuchs (Dr. phil., University of Graz) teaches American literature and media studies at the University of Graz. His research interests include horror and adult cinema, digital media, comics and graphic novels, and transmedia storytelling.
Maria-Theresia Holub (PhD, SUNY Binghamton) is a research and teaching associate in the Department of American Studies at the University of Graz. Her specialization lies in the field of Postcolonial Studies, Border and Migrant Literatures, and Feminist Theory.


»The ongoing discussion of spaces and spatiality as well as of the opposition of space and place are certainly enriched by this volume, which offers new insight into a complex topic and features innovative, substantial, and inspiring essays.«
Katharina Christ, Amerikastudien, 60 (2016)


  • Cover Placing America
  • Contents
  • Placing America: Constructing America through Time and Space
  • Performing America Abroad: No Name City and the Haunted Spaces of Transnational America
  • America, the Threat of Time: Sigmund Skard and Early American Studies
  • Setting the Scene: L. M. Montgomery’s Imaginative Island Landscapes
  • Fallujah Manhattan Transfer: The Sectarian Dystopia of Brian Wood’s DMZ
  • There’s No Place Like Fiction: Narrative Space and Metalepsis in Stephen King’s »Umney’s Last Case«
  • The Black Hole at the Heart of America? Space, Family, and the Black Hallway in House of Leaves
  • Meeting at the Border: The Canadian ›Two Solitudes‹ in Érik Canuel’s Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  • ›Romanized Gauls‹: The Significance of the United States and the Canada–U.S. Border for Canadian National Identity Construction
  • The Fine Line between Utopia and Dystopia: Representing America in Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon
  • Getting a Name: Searching for a Mixed-Blood Identity in Sherman Alexie’s Flight
  • This Space Called Science: Spatial Approaches, Border Negotiations, and the Revision of Cultural Maps in Contemporary Popular Culture
  • Contributors
  • Index

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