Travel Writing and Transnational Relations: Francis Lieber as The Stranger in America


  • Fenja Heisig Osnabrueck University



Transnational Relations, Travel Books, Travel Writing, Francis Lieber, The Stranger in America, Migration, Cultural Studies, Political Science


In this paper I analyze Francis Lieber’s 1835 travel book The Stranger in America “with regard to Lieber’s portrayal of transnational relations. By exploring his account of US culture, politics, and institutions, and by examining the comparative framework he cultivates, I carve out Lieber’s transnational perspective. To investigate whether he was indeed the “Stranger in America” he claims to be, I map out the identity he claims for himself. I conclude that Lieber purposely situated himself as a cultural intermediary to profit from a position of authority and to pave the way for a future in US political science and academia.

Author Biography

Fenja Heisig, Osnabrueck University

Fenja Heisig works as a junior researcher at the Collaborative Research Cluster 1385: “Law and Literature” (WWU Münster), funded by the DFG. There, she is part of the research group TP C03: “Literary Property between Law and Culture.” She is also a PhD candidate at Osnabrueck University and co-editor of Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies (COPAS). Her research is located at the intersection between US literary, cultural, and legal studies with special regard to the nineteenth century. 




How to Cite

Heisig, Fenja. “Travel Writing and Transnational Relations: Francis Lieber As The Stranger in America”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, Aug. 2022, pp. 24-40, doi:10.5283/copas.355.




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