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Ports of Call

Central European and North American Culture/s in Motion

Susan Ingram, Markus Reisenleitner and Cornelia Szabó-Knotik

This volume collects papers put together by an interdisciplinary group of scholars, which explore how the two imaginary geo-cultural spaces «Central Europe» and «(North) America» have mutually attributed meanings to each other over the past two centuries, how traveling images of an «othered» cultural space – inserted into specific regional, national and social contexts and appropriated for negotiations of cultural identity and belonging as well as exclusion and colonization – have laid the basis for a cultural essentialism which thinks culture through space and negotiates cultural status through de-historicized notions of place and territory. It particularly focuses on processes of motion and travel which helped to create these images and discusses in individual case studies a wide variety of cultural phenomena – ranging from music to film, from tourism to world fairs – while sharing the common concern to explore how motion through space – whether physical or imaginary – helped shape, crystallize and negotiate images of the cultural other in contact or transit zones where people, images and cultures meet in asymmetrical relations of domination and subordination, and where tourists, exiles, travelers, displaced commodities and foreign cultural practices generate powerful, as well as potentially subversive, visions and imaginings. Thus this volume invites to find individual paths and ports in/between the subjects presented and in a way to contribute to, to follow up the web of exchange represented by its authors, themselves a (mostly) virtual community of researchers.
Contents: Susan Ingram/Markus Reisenleitner/Cornelia Szabó-Knotik: Introduction – Barbara Boisits: Old Austria Meets the New World: The Painter, Writer and Musician, Franz Hölzlhuber (1826-1898) – Cornelia Szabó-Knotik: Telling His Story: Experiences of Exile and Return Shaping Max Graf’s Cultural Agenda – Michael Saffle: Traveling Tales: The Trapp Family Singers and Maria von Trapp’s Post-World War II Immigration Narratives – Srdja Pavlović: Imagining America: Montenegrin Immigrants and the Displacement of Identity – Natalia Shostak: Making Ukrainian House Calls: On Diasporic Tourism and Rituals of Homecoming – James Deaville: I’ bin ein Kitchenerer: Music and Identity in North American Oktoberfest Practices – Susan Ingram: Meet Me at the Fair: The Wonderful World of Old Austria – Anita Mayer-Hirzberger: Voting for Shifts in Austria: How the Ständestaat (1934-1938) Used Musical Clichés to Improve the Country’s Image Abroad – Nada Bezić: Americans in Croatian Operetta and Musical Comedy – Wladimir Fischer: Traveling Tunes: Pumping Up the Volume of X-Yugoslav Pop Music in the Viennese Diaspora – Alexandra Seibel: The Viennese Girl between Vienna and Hollywood: Tropes of Femininity in Erich von Stroheim’s The Wedding March, Jacques Feyder’s Daybreak and Max Ophüls’s Liebelei – Markus Reisenleitner: The American Traveling Detective and the Exotic City: Pépé le Moko, Macao and The Third Man – Andriy Zayarnyuk: From Russia with Truth: Traveling to America in the Post-Soviet Russian Imagination.