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 From fall 2013 on, we welcome innovative and previously unpublished contributions from (inter)national scholars in their advanced postgraduate studies and beyond.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 14, No 1 (2013)

Table of Contents


2013 Guest Editors' Editorial PDF
Johanna Heil, Janina Rojek, Silke Schmidt, Britta Bein


The Power of "AH, E/B, Very OOC": Agency in Fanfiction Jargon PDF
Alexandra Herzog
Present Women/Absent Men in Siri Hustvedt’s The Summer without Men (2011) PDF
Britta Bein
The Welfare Mother and the Fat Poor: Stereotypical Images and the Success Narrative in Sapphire's Push PDF
Claudia Müller
Corporate Power and the Public Good in Sloan Wilson’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit PDF
Stefanie Mueller
"Lose Yourself": Narrative Instability and Unstable Identities in Black Swan PDF
Stefan Schubert
“We don’t want life to look difficult, do we?”: Representations of the Fifties and Self-Reflexive Nostalgia in Mad Men PDF
Eleonora Ravizza

ISSN: 1861-6127