Picturing America

Trauma, Realism, Politics and Identity in American Visual Culture

by Antje Dallmann (Volume editor) Reinhard Isensee (Volume editor) Philipp Kneis (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 204 Pages


The essays collected here reflect upon various aspects of the roles and functions of visual media in (and outside of) contemporary US-American culture. By exercising close readings of the visual cultural texts or of visual media in context, we are presented with examples that illustrate the validity and significance of specific critical theories, while other essays point out ambivalences and subversions in the texts’ functions or meanings or present texts that may be regarded as models for diverging conceptual approaches. Amongst the texts discussed are popular television shows like The West Wing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI and Nip/Tuck, films like The Big Lebowski, Bamboozled and Traffic, as well as photographs surrounding 9/11 and questions of identity and globalized culture.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 204 pp.

Biographical notes

Antje Dallmann (Volume editor) Reinhard Isensee (Volume editor) Philipp Kneis (Volume editor)

The Editors: Antje Dallmann teaches American literature and culture at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She specializes in urban literature, postmodernity and film studies. Reinhard Isensee teaches American literature and culture at the American Studies Program of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Research interests are American Cultural History, Young Adult Literature and New Media studies. Philipp Kneis has been organizing several students’ conferences and symposia at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His interests focus on visual culture, memetics, anthropology and political science.


Title: Picturing America