Conformism, Non-Conformism and Anti-Conformism in the Culture of the United States

In Co-op. with: Carsten Hummel, Paschalia Patsala

1. Edition, 2008
330 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-5479-4
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: European Views of the United States, Volume No.: 1
Available: 06.05.2008

Keywords: USA, amerikanische Gesellschaft, Kultur, Konformität, Aufsatzsammlung, Bellow, Saul, Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Melville, Herman, Konformismus

The essays collected in this volume – the outcome of the EAAS convention in Cyprus in 2006 – form a crossroads between a number of disciplines (literary theory and criticism, film studies, history, cultural studies, sociology); they are all animated – in different ways and to different extents – by a healthy suspicion towards the idea that the concepts of conformism, non-conformism and anti-conformism are transhistorically static or transcendentally self-evident. The conceptual contours of the subject are investigated before the topic is then explored in historical perspective, in its textual manifestations, and with regard to its stakes in visual culture. The collection is rounded off with a critical glance at commercial aspects of conformism and anti-conformism. The volume includes essays by Donald Pease, Heinz Ickstadt, Susana Delfino, Albena Bakratcheva, Marek Wilczynski, Johannes Völz, Marc Amfreville, Andrew S. Gross, Yves-Charles Grandjeat, Thomas Pughe, Susanne Rohr, Peter Loizos, Dimitris Liokaftos, Hilaria Loyo, Alexandra Ganser and Karin Hoepker, Frank Mehring, Berndt Ostendorf, and Arthur Redding.

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Thomas Austenfeld in: American Literary Scholarship, 2008, 474f

Jan Burda in: Moravian Journal of Literature and Film, vol. 1, Nr. 1 (2009), 116f