New Publication

Latest news from the publish-or-perish front:

My new essay publication has come out:

Astrid HAAS, “Prairie Promises, Lone Star Limits: Depictions of Texas in German Travelogues from 1830-1860.” In: Deutschland und die USA im Vor- und Nachmärz. Politik—Literatur—Wissen­schaft. Jahrbuch Forum Vormärz Forschung 23. Ed. Birgit Bublies-Godau and Anne Meyer-Eisenhut. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2018, pp. 235-253.

About the book:

The book studies processes of transfer and exchange among the USA, German emigrants, and their home countries. It primarily focuses on the period from 1815-1870. However, it also engages with the impact of these processses up to the present day. For details, see the volume’s website:

What my text is about:

In my publication I study how three German travelogues from the „Vormärz“ era (1830-1848) portrayed Texas. In his Reise durch die mexikanischen Provinzen (1837), Eduard Ludecus critically looks at his own attempted settlement in South Texas. A decade later, Ferdinand Roemer’s Texas (1849) combines geological studies and emigration advice for German settlers. Finally, Christiane Haun tells of her emigrant journey as a young bride in her Mit dem Paketsegler 1853 nach Texas [1854].

The essay is thematically linked to my upcoming monograph. Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861, shall appear in late 2019.

Die USA im Vor- und Nachmärz – Forum Vormätz Forschung