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I studied English and American Studies, Art History, and History in Germany and the USA. In 2007, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Münster. I obtained my postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) from Bielefeld University in 2016. Since 2007, I have worked regularly as a researcher, lecturer, and visiting professor in American Studies in Bielefeld and Wuppertal as well as taught Academic English at the University of Giessen.

Since September 2019, I have been a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR), University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the UK. My research interests include the genres of autobiography, travel writing, and drama. I also work in Ethnic, Gender, and Science Studies and on popular culture. Browse this website for more information about my work. I also teach modules on American literature and culture.

For more information about me, see my CV: CV Astrid Haas

 


OUT NOW:

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Astrid Haas, Lone Star Vistas:
Travel Writing on Texas, 1821-1861
University of Texas Press, March 2021

Every place is a product of the stories we tell about it—stories that do not merely describe but in fact shape geographic, social, and cultural spaces. Lone Star Vistas analyzes travelogues that created the idea of Texas. The book focuses on the forty-year period between Mexico’s independence from Spain (1821) and the beginning of the US Civil War.

Here, Astrid Haas explores accounts by Anglo-American, Mexican, and German authors – members of the region’s three major settler populations – who recorded their journeys through Texas. They were missionaries, scientists, journalists, emigrants, emigration agents, and military officers, and officers’ wives. They all contributed to the public image of Texas and to debates about the future of the region during a time of political and social transformation.

Drawing on sources and scholarship in English, Spanish, and German, Lone Star Vistas is the first comparative study of transnational travel writing on Texas. Astrid Haas illuminates continuities and differences across the global encounter with Texas. Her book also highlights how individual the backgrounds of the writers affected their views on nature, settlement, military engagement, indigenous resistance, African American slavery, and Christian mission.

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