|1. Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft / Studienfächer / British and American Studies (Anglistik) / Projektmitarbeiter|
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Major Research Project:
Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in U.S.-American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821–1861
The research project analyzes narrative constructions of Texas as a geographic, social, and (trans)cultural space from Mexican Independence (1821) to the beginning of the U.S. American Civil War (1861) in selected works of American, Mexican, and German travel writing. Through the lens of the travelogue, it looks at the ways the three major non-indigenous ethnic groups that settled in the region contributed to the public discourses on Texas during the most formative years of its history. Previous research on nineteenth-century Texas has almost exclusively focused on the periods of independent (1836–1845) and—to an even larger extent—U.S. American Texas (since 1845). Studies on the era’s travel writing of the United States have not only largely excluded Texas but also limited themselves to analyzing a single national literature, respectively. The present project is based on the assumption that travel narratives, both domestic and foreign, contribute to shaping national and regional identities, cultures, and landscapes. It closes a gap in the scholarship on Texas in the first half of the nineteenth century from a comparative, transnational perspective. With its exemplary analysis of different types of travelogues, the project further contributes to the theory and systematic study of this genre of writing.