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Approaching Transnational America in Performance

Edited By Birgit M. Bauridl and Pia Wiegmink

The volume is uniquely located at the interdisciplinary crossroads of Performance Studies and transnational American Studies. As both a method and an object of study, performance deepens our understanding of transnational phenomena and America’s position in the world. The thirteen original contributions make use of the field’s vast potential and critically explore a wide array of cultural, political, social, and aesthetic performances on and off the stage. They scrutinize transnational trajectories and address issues central to the American Studies agenda such as representation, power, (ethnic and gender) identities, social mobility, and national imaginaries. As an American Studies endeavor, the volume highlights the cultural, political, and (inter)disciplinary implications of performance.

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Nassim Winnie Balestrini

Nassim Winnie Balestrini is Professor of American Studies and Intermediality at the University of Graz, Austria. She has held positions at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, at the University of California, Davis, and at the universities of Paderborn and of Regensburg, Germany. Her publications consider American literature and culture, transatlantic and émigré writing (such as Vladimir Nabokov’s Russian and English works), as well as adaptation and intermediality (as in her monograph From Fiction to Libretto: Irving, Hawthorne, and James as Opera, 2005, and in the edited volume Adaptation and American Studies, 2011). Her current research interests include hip-hop artists’ life writing across media, contemporary theater and opera, and the poet laureate traditions in the United States and in Canada. She is a member of the international research network “Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies,” which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Birgit M. Bauridl

Birgit M. Bauridl is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Her current research focuses on triangular/transnational American Studies; transnational regions; the American presence in Germany; and concepts of performance in American festive culture. Her publications include Betwixt, Between, or Beyond: Negotiating Transformations from the Liminal Sphere of Contemporary Black Performance Poetry (Winter 2013); South Africa and the United States in Transnational American Studies (co-ed. Udo J. Hebel; spec. iss. Amerikastudien / American Studies 59.4; 2014). Her articles on cultural performance, transnational memory, muralism, and German-American encounters have appeared...

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