Paths Crossing

Essays in German-American Studies

by Cora Lee Kluge (Volume editor)
Edited Collection VIII, 190 Pages
Series: German Life and Civilization, Volume 54


This book is based on a symposium which took place in April 2009 and was part of a year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It presents ten essays by scholars from North America and Europe working in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that endeavor to move the discipline of German-American studies away from the narrowly conceived historical investigation of the migration of ethnic Germans to America that has dominated the field for decades. The traditional understanding of what it meant to be German-American as well as the myths associated with the ethnicity, language, and literature of this large group of immigrants are thrown into question and reassessed, and potential directions for the future of the field – as it exists on both sides of the Atlantic – are posited. The novel approach of this volume examines German-American studies from historical, literary, cultural, geographical, and linguistic perspectives, among others, and seeks to redefine the field as the study of the total experience of German-speaking immigrants and their descendants as seen in a global, multicultural, and interdisciplinary context.


VIII, 190
ISBN (Softcover)
German-American Studies ethnicity, language, and literature historical, literary, cultural, geographical, and linguistic perspectives
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VIII, 190 pp., num. tables

Biographical notes

Cora Lee Kluge (Volume editor)

Cora Lee Kluge is Professor of German and Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German literature, German-American studies, and the history of German studies in the United States; and she has served as editor of the German studies journal Monatshefte. Her work includes editions entitled Christian Essellen’s Babylon (1996), Wisconsin German Land and Life (with Heike Bungert and Robert C. Ostergren, 2006), and Other Witnesses: An Anthology of Literature of the German Americans, 1850-1914 (2007).


Title: Paths Crossing