Upcoming Essay Publication

My most recent essay publication will soon appear:

Astrid HAAS. “Prairie Promises, Lone Star Limits: Depictions of Texas in German Travelogues from 1830-1860.” 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. 235-253.

Abstract:

The essay studies 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 a scientific study with assessing opportunities for German immigrants in Texas. Finally, Christiane Haun testifies to a young bride’s journey to join a Geman settlement 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 is to appear in 2019. https://astrid-haas.net/publications/

About the Book:

The volume studies processes of transfer and exchange among the USA, German emigrants, and their home countries. It focuses on the time period from 1815-1870. However, the book also engages with the impact of these processses up to the present day. http://www.vormaerz.de/jahrbuch.html

Biographical Note

I am a researcher, educator, and academic activities manager. Currently, I teach American Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. I hold a doctorate in English (University of Münster, Germany, 2007) and a postdoctoral degree in North American Studies (Bielefeld University, 2016) – see also my CV page: https://astrid-haas.net/curriculum-vitae/

I have previously taught at the universities of Münster, Bielefeld, and Wuppertal (all Germany) – see also: https://astrid-haas.net/teaching/. From 2007-2010 I co-coordinated the Research Group „E Pluribus Unum“ in Bielefeld. Before that, I had co-organized several scholarly and cultural events in Münster.

My research and teaching interests include the literary genres of autobiography, travel writing, and drama; Ethnic, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Science Studies as well as popular culture. I have published the monograph Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011). I have edited several journal issues, most recently The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective (2014). My new book, to appear soon, is titled Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861. See also: https://astrid-haas.net/research/

Recipient of IAS Thesis Award 2016

In 2016 I received the IAS Thesis Award of the International Association for Inter-American Studies. The association thereby honored my postdoctoral thesis / book manuscript „Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in U.S. American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861.“ The volume comparatively analyses narrative constructions of Texas as a geographic and social space from 1821-1861 in selected works of travel writing by members of the three major non-indigenous populations of Texas at the time. For more information on my project, see: https://astrid-haas.net/research/

For more information on the volume and my research in general, see: https://astrid-haas.net/research/ . For more information on the association and the award, see: http://www.interamericanstudies.net/

IAS Thesis Award for Astrid Haas. Text: Alexia Schemien. Fotos: Astrid Haas, Saskia Hertlein

Astrid Haas receives the 2016 Thesis Award of the International Association of Inter-American Studies.