OP11: American Berlin Across the Last Century

  • Joshua Parker University of Salzburg
Keywords: American Literature, American Studies, Berlin, Cold War, German American relations, Narrative theory, Transatlantic studies, World War One, World War Two


Over the past century, many studies have been devoted to American literature set in Europe and its capitals. Scholars including D. E. Barclay and E. Glaser-Schmidt, Hans-Jürgen Diller, Hanspeter Dörfel, Elisa Edwards, Peter Freese, Walter Kühnel, Henry Cord Meyer, Martin Meyer, Georg Schmundt-Thomas, and Waldemar Zacharasiewicz have focused on Germany’s image in the American imagination, either literary or from a general standpoint of comparative imagology. Yet despite a marked increase in American fiction treating Berlin since its first designation as Germany’s capital (and an overwhelming increase in the past twenty years), few studies have targeted Berlin itself as a setting or image in American literature and popular consciousness. Those which have are almost limited to Jörg Helbig’s very general collection Welcome to Berlin: Das Image Berlins in der englischprachigen Welt von 1700 bis heute and to Christine Gerhardt’s very specific “‘What was left of Berlin looked bleaker every day’: Berlin, Race, and Ethnicity in Recent American Literature.” This paper surveys trends in the development of American literature set in the German capital from around 1900 to the present.


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Author Biography

Joshua Parker, University of Salzburg

Joshua Parker is an assistant professor of American studies at the University of Salzburg, with research interests in place and space in American literature, transatlantic relations and narrative theory. His books include Metamorphosis and Place (2009), Ecrire son lecteur: L’évolution de la deuxième personne (2012), Austria and America: Cross-Cultural Encounters 1865–1933 (2014), and more recently a monograph, Tales of Berlin in American Literature up to the 21st Century (2016). He a member of the Austrian Association for American Studies, the European Narratology Network, the International Society for the Study of Narrative and the Salzburg Global Fellowship, and is currently editing a second volume on Austrian-American cultural and literary exchanges from the 1930s to the present.

How to Cite
Parker, J. “OP11: American Berlin Across the Last Century”. American Studies Journal, May 2017, //ojs.sub.uni-goettingen.de/index.php/ASJ/article/view/42.