Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies

Our peer-reviewed e-journal has served the postgraduate community in American studies since 1999. It connects its readers and contributors to ongoing and recently completed research projects, covering the interdisciplinary field of American studies, including e.g. literature, history, popular culture, media cultures, visual culture, political science, sociology, and geography, as well as papers from other areas that could be of interest to the American Studies community.

Inspired by the recent move to our new internet platform, COPAS now reaches beyond the previous scope in order to initiate—and participate in—theoretical and thematic discussions related to ‘the study of American culture, past and present. From fall 2013 on, we welcome innovative and previously unpublished contributions from (inter)national scholars in their advanced postgraduate studies and beyond. Intending to bring together research from various different fields and angles, we open discussions on thematic spotlights (see Call for Thematic Papers).

Since the year 2013 also brought a change in our editorial team, we would like to seize the opportunity here to express our special gratitude to Ingrid Gessner, who, after a decade of dedicated and passionate work for COPAS, moves on to a variety of different projects. She not only competently advanced the move to this digital platform but she also contributed decisively to COPAS through her competence in the field of publishing and her valuable editorial input. Thank you very much, Ingrid, we wish you all the best! We hope all of our readers will enjoy COPAS.

The Editors

Vol 16, No 1 (2015)

Table of Contents


Guest Editors' Editorial 16.1 (2015) PDF
Caroline Heller, Diane Bélisle-Wolf, Melanie Hanslik, Nele Sawallisch, Nicole Poppenhagen, Xiuming He
25 Years of PGF: Past, Present, and Future PDF
Sabine Sielke, Karsten Fitz


Crusade for Justice and the Question of Authenticity in African American Autobiography PDF
Monia Dal Checco
African American Narratives of Captivity and Fugitivity: Developing Post-Slavery Questions for Angela Davis: An Autobiography PDF
Paula von Gleich
From the Other Half to the Down and Out: Reflections on Poverty in the Documentary Mode PDF
Jasmin Humburg
Breaking Dichotomies: Counter-Narratives in the Spoken Word Poetry of Suheir Hammad PDF
Denijal Jegić
Barack Obama, Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship: From the World’s White Knight to the Spy that Came in from the Cold? – A German Perspective PDF
Sarah Nike Makeschin
Ghosts in the Archive: Re-Vis(ion)ing Transnational Perspectives with Anna Lee Walters’s Ghost Singer and Diana Taylor’s The Archive and the Repertoire PDF
Florian Tatschner
Political Power in the Mirror of Mass Media Constructions: The Function of Televised Debates in the U.S. Presidential Election PDF
Laura Vorberg

ISSN: 1861-6127