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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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“‘Little America’ Welcomes You”: Transnational Tacit Performance at the Grafenwoehr German-American Volksfest (Birgit M. Bauridl)

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Birgit M. Bauridl

“‘Little America’ Welcomes You”: Transnational Tacit Performance at the Grafenwoehr German-American Volksfest

Abstract: This essay pursues Bauridl/Wiegmink’s call for transnational American Studies to focus on cultural performances in contact zones. It scrutinizes the Grafenwoehr German-American Volksfest as a site-specific cultural performance that makes present and produces tacit embodied knowledge about the cultures at the transnational crossroads.

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