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German Studies in the United States
A Historical Handbook

Editor(s): Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Pages: viii & 576 pp.
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780873529891 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873529884 (hardcover)

"Without doubt, Hohendahl and his team have provided the most comprehensive inquiry on the historical, cultural, methodological, and organizational foundations of Germanics in the United States thus far."
István Gombocz, University of South Dakota

"This is a superb historical and critical study of Germanistik in the USA, the first of its kind, and it should be required reading for any student entering the field and for all the scholars already in the field."
Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota


In the United States, German studies traces its beginnings to the late nineteenth century, when research universities were founded on the German model. The dominance of German as a foreign language before World War I and the decline in enrollments during that war are salient points in the discipline's social history. Today German studies finds itself at a crossroads, facing unexpected change in the structure of higher education and in the cultural and economic support for studying language and literature.

Instead of taking a narrative or chronological approach, this volume foregrounds multiple, heterogeneous aspects of German as a discipline. They include
  • the composition of the professoriat, employment patterns, the place of women
  • the dramatic effects of World Wars I and II, and of the Soviet Sputnik success, on enrollments, jobs, and budgets
  • the support--and indifference--of the large (once 4 million people) German American community
  • the role of research universities, leading scholars, major books in the field
  • the role of professional organizations, conferences, and journals
  • the Americanization of German studies
  • the role of Jewish scholars and of the Holocaust
  • the fact of there having been two Germanys
German Studies in the United States is an important contribution to the history of higher education in this country.

Table of Contents

German Studies in the United States

1
The German Faculty: Organization and Experience

EDITED BY PATRICIA HERMINGHOUSE


Introduction

The History of the Organization of German Departments in the United States
JOHN A. MCCARTHY

The Constituencies of Academics and the Priorities of Germanists
JEFFREY L. SAMMONS

How Split Were Our Values? The Well-Lived Life of the German Professor in American Academe, 1938-99
LYNNE TATLOCK

Changing Employment Patterns in German Studies
GERHARD WEISS


2
Instruction

EDITED BY FRANK TROMMLER

Introduction

The Undergraduate Program
RUSSELL A. BERMAN

Finding Students: Toward a History of Germanics in the United States
DAVID BENSELER

Teacher Development at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century
RENATE A. SCHULZ

Textbooks
CORA LEE KLUGE

American Graduate Studies in German
SIMON RICHTER

German Literary History and the Canon in the United States
JEANNINE BLACKWELL

Practicing Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity in German Studies: How Much and What Kind?
WOLFGANG NATTER



3
Approaches and Methods

EDITED BY PETER UWE HOHENDAHL

Introduction

Pedagogical Issues in German-Language Teaching: A Retrospective
RENATE A. SCHULZ

From Philology to the New Criticism, 1880-1970
PETER UWE HOHENDAHL

Oppositional Criticism: Marxism and Feminism, 1970-80
SARA LENNOX

From Deconstruction to Postcolonialism, 1980 to the Present
IRENE KACANDES


4
Research in Historical Perspective

EDITED BY JOHN A. McCARTHY

Introduction

The Development of Research from 1880 to the Present
JOST HERMAND

Medieval German Literary Research from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present
FRANCIS G. GENTRY

Linguistics
ORRIN W. ROBINSON

American Germanists and Research on Folklore and Fairy Tales from 1970 to the Present
DONALD HAASE

Developments in German Jewish Studies from 1980 to the Present
NOAH ISENBERG

The Study of GDR Literature and Culture, 1970-90
DAVID BATHRICK



5
Organizing the Profession

EDITED BY PATRICIA HERMINGHOUSE

Introduction

Founding Professional Organizations, 1870-1920: The Lehrerbund and the MLA
CLIFFORD ALBRECHT BERND

History of the AATG
PATRICIA HERMINGHOUSE

The Role of Societies and Conferences
SARA FRIEDRICHSMEYER

The Emergence and Function of Professional Journals
JOHN A. McCARTHY

Monatshefte
CORA LEE KLUGE

Journals of the AATG: The German Quarterly, Die Unterrichtspraxis
PATRICIA HERMINGHOUSE

The Germanic Review
CARL NIEKERK

New German Critique
CARL NIEKERK

The Reorganization of the Profession after 1970
SARA FRIEDRICHSMEYER


6
The Changing Profile of the Professoriat

EDITED BY JOHN A. MCCARTHY

Introduction

The Development of the Professoriat, 1880-1941
GISELA HOECHERL-ALDEN

Germanistik in the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Development of the Professoriat, 1942-70
MEIKE G. WERNER

Democratization of the Profession: Women and Minorities in German, 1971-2000
ARLENE A. TERAOKA


7
Sociopolitical Dimensions

EDITED BY CORA LEE KLUGE

Introduction

Opportunities Forgone: Sociopolitical Dimensions of German Studies in the United States
BRENT O. PETERSON

Cultural Exchange: The Historical Context of German Kulturpolitik and German Studies in the United States
HINRICH C. SEEBA

Relations with Foreign Organizations
MANFRED STASSEN


Closing Remarks

Reflections on Writing a History of German Studies in the United States
FRANK TROMMLER

Works Cited

Index



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