Astrid HAAS, “Prairie Promises, Lone Star Limits: Depictions of Texas in German Travelogues of the Vormärz Era,” in Die USA im Vor- und Nachmärz: Imagologien in Politik—Literatur—Wissenschaft, Jahrbuch Forum Vormärz Forschung 23, ed. Birgit Bublies-Godau and Anne-Rose Meyer (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2018).
ABOUT THE BOOK: Das Jahrbuch 23 des Forum Vormärz Forschung untersucht exemplarisch die vielfältigen politischen, juristischen, kulturellen, wissenschaftlichen und sozioökonomischen Transfer- und Austauschprozesse zwischen den USA, deutschen Flüchtlingen und Auswanderern sowie den deutschen Staaten im Zeitraum zwischen Restauration und Reichsgründung sowie ihre z.T. bis in die Gegenwart reichenden Auswirkungen.
Astrid Haas is an independent scholar, educator, and academic activities manager. She is an affiliated researcher in North American and Inter-American Studies with CIAS: Center for InterAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. She holds a doctorate in English and American Studies from the University of Münster, Germany, and a postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) in North American Literature and Cultural Studies from Bielefeld University. She hast taught at these institutions as well as at the University of Wuppertal, Germany.
From 2007-2010 she co-coordinated the Research Group „E Pluribus Unum? Ethnic Identities in Transnational Integration Processes in the Americas“ at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University. Before that, she co-organized several lecture series as well as cultural activites with the academic working group Genus at the Uniersity of Münster as well as with the city’s local German-Russian Society.
Her research and teaching interests include North American travel writing, autobiography, and drama, Black and Latina/o Studies, Gender Studies, and Science Studies. She has published a.o. Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011) and edited a special issue of FIAR, titled The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective (2014). Her second monograph, Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861, will appear soon.