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

Short Biography – Astrid Haas

Here’s my academic short biography: I am a researcher and educator in North American Studies at Bielefeld University and a member of the university’s Center for InterAmerican Studies. (See: and Also check out my CV:

After receiving a doctorate in English from the University of Münster, I have been teaching British, North American, and Inter-American Studies at the universities of Münster, Bielefeld, and Wuppertal. (See also: From 2007-2010 I also co-coordinated the Research Group „E Pluribus Unum“ in Bielefeld.

My research and teaching interests include the literary genres of autobiography, travel writing, and drama. I further work in 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). My most recent edited journal issue is entitled The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective (2014). I am now preparing my new book for publiation and am excited to see it in print next year: Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861. (See also:

research travel literature 19th century Texas

my research literature bookshelf

IAS Thesis Award 2016 for Astrid Haas

In 2016 I received the IAS Thesis Award of the International Association for Inter-American Studies. In so doing, he association honored my postdoctoral thesis „Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in U.S. American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861.“ In the book I analyse the ways travelogues from these three countries depicted Texas in the mid-19th century.

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.

I am currently revising my manuscript for publication and am excited to see the book in print next year! I’ll keep you posted when the volume comes out. For more information on my work, see:

If you are interested in hearing more about Inter-American Studies or the association and the award, check out the IAS website: