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 From fall 2013 on, we welcome innovative and previously unpublished contributions from (inter)national scholars in their advanced postgraduate studies and beyond.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 15, No 1 (2014)

Table of Contents


Guest Editors' Editorial 15.1 (2014) PDF
Cedric Essi, Stephen Koetzing, Monika Sauter


Dropouts on the Frontier: T.C. Boyle’s Drop City PDF
Verena Adamik
Remembering through Retro TV and Cinema: Mad Men as Televisual Memorial to 60s America PDF
Debarchana Baruah
Collective Action and Public Self-Representation of Undocumented Youth Surrounding the United States DREAM Act Controversy PDF
Ina Batzke
Of “Half-Rembered Dream[s]” and “Unanswered Myster[ies]”—The Trope of Trauma in Inception and Alan Wake PDF
Stefan Brasse
"A Good Story": On Black Abjection in Improv Comedy PDF
Michel Büch
Gothic Remembering in Stephen King's "It Grows On You" PDF
Thorsten Burkhardt
Political Appropriations and the Construction of the Jefferson Icon in the United States Congress, 1934-1943 PDF
Caroline Heller
The Black Male as Ancestor in John Edgar Wideman’s The Homewood Trilogy PDF
Mahmoud Refaat Mahmoud
Multiplying Perspectives through Text and Time: Jamaica Kincaid's Writing of the Collective PDF
Antonia Purk
Previously on the Quality Debate: Serialization and the Continued Practice of Cultural Hierarchization PDF
Janina Rojek
“You ought to stop trying because you had too many birthdays?” – Heroic Male Aging in the Rocky Films PDF
Nina Schnieder
Between Meritocracy and the Old Boy Network: Elite Education in Contemporary American Literature PDF
Sophie Spieler
“John Birch Blues”: The Problematization of Conspiracy Theory in the Early Cold-War Era PDF
Katharina Thalmann

ISSN: 1861-6127