"Criticizing Americanness in 3D": Paul McCarthys F-Fort


  • Katharina Klara Weis




This essay investigates and documents the particularities of Paul McCarthy's installation F-Fort with respect to the methods of visualisation applied. Thus, the analysis of prefabricated symbols and concepts of heroes leads to a change of perspectives and a deconstruction of classical myths unfolds. At the end of the paper visitors' reactions towards McCarthy's work of art are presented.

Author Biography

Katharina Klara Weis

Katharina Klara Weis began her studies in Linguistics, Literature and Didactics in English (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), French (Romanistik) and Italian (Italianistik) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitity (LMU) in Munich in 2000.In addition to her teacher training (Lehramtsstudium) for secondary schools, she has worked as Foreign Language Assistant in Niort, (France) (via DAAD/PAD) and in the academic year 2003/04 as an Honourable Language Assistant at the University of Kent at Canterbury (Great Britain), and at King's School Canterbury. During this period, she has also been involved in the university's staff development classes.In February 2005, she completed her Online Tutor Training at the LMU with distinction.She is particularly interested in the field of interaction as a field of study. Therefore, she is investigating:Online Tutor-Tutee interaction in long distance learning as well as blended learning situationsVerbal and Non-verbal Teacher-Student interaction in the language classroomThe reader-writer relationship in MagazinesPhonétique et discours dans les débats politiques télévisés (Politics: An analysis of phonetics and discourse features in French TV-debates).The talk she gave on Paul McCarthy's F-Fort at the Haus der Kunst on July 15, 2005 along with the symposium "American Visual Culture-Images and Interpretations" has literally been her first "excursion" in the field of Visual Culture.


How to Cite

Weis, Katharina Klara. “‘Criticizing Americanness in 3D’: Paul McCarthys F-Fort”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 6, Mar. 2012, doi:10.5283/copas.79.