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Authors: Ziegler, Heide
Title: Directions in german american studies: the challenge of the "New historicism"
Issue Date: 1990
metadata.ubs.publikation.typ: Konferenzbeitrag
metadata.ubs.publikation.source: Georgi-Findlay, Brigitte (Hrsg.): America seen from the outside : topics, models, and achievements of American studies in the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin : John F. Kennedy-Inst., 1990. - ISBN 3-88646-024-X, S. 54-67
URI: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:93-opus-86082
http://elib.uni-stuttgart.de/handle/11682/5402
http://dx.doi.org/10.18419/opus-5385
Abstract: The object of American Studies, the culture and civilization of the United States, is, paradoxically, no longer restricted to the United States as subject matter. Instead, American texts must be seen more and more as overarching cultural texts. Second, any method indebted to the New Historicism must itself be put in historical perspective, reflecting the fact that it is usable but uncertain in its results. Interest largely seems to supplant the search for truth. Yet since this interest must be kept alive more by the inner consistency of the argument than by adducing external facts, the plot - despite the fact that it assimilates elements of varying importance - can constitute a synthesis, wherein historical interpretation triumphs over pure chance in the aesthetic ordering of the parts into a whole. Thus, in spite of its limitations, the aesthetic leanings of the New Historicism strike me as able to impart new impulses to German American Studies at the present time and lead the discipline out of its provinciality.
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