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 From fall 2013 on, we welcome innovative and previously unpublished contributions from (inter)national scholars in their advanced postgraduate studies and beyond.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 17, No 1 (2016)

Table of Contents


Editorial PDF
Mareike Spychala, Laura Oehme, Judith Rauscher, Theresa Roth


Constructing ‘Arab Terrorism’—The Slow Emergence of Terrorism Discourse in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s PDF
Annika Brunck
"I Believe in Nothing If Not in Action": African American Humanism and (Embodied) Agency PDF
Alexandra Hartmann
“But cutting off the Scalps of the Ten Wretches”: Reading Hannah Dustan’s Captivity Narrative through the Body PDF
Veronika Hofstätter
The Heroine and the Meme: Participating in Feminist Discourses Online PDF
Svenja Hohenstein
Bargaining for Prestige in the Hide/Seek Exhibition: The Ambiguous Relationship between Economic and Non-Economic Capital and Its Effects PDF
Wiebke Kartheus
Hawthorne and Antebellum Theories on Hereditary Insanity PDF
Maria Kaspirek
Analyzing the Network of Traumas in Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin PDF
Maartje Koschorreck
“Modern Medicine Had to Start Somewhere:” Performing Health and White Privilege in The Knick PDF
Claudia Trotzke
Making the Unspeakable Seen? Trauma and Disability in David Small’s Stitches PDF
Gesine Wegner
Making a Fun Home: The Performance of Queer Families in Contemporary Musical Theater PDF
Florian Weinzierl