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Culture and Representation

In the last decades, both cultural studies and questions of representation have gained in prominence and have received ample theoretical discussion within and beyond American Studies. Our research in this area focuses on American Cultural Studies both theoretically and by analyzing specific forms of representation (films, comics, graphic novels, photographs, dance, etc.). Thus “textual” analysis is here extended to the study of other forms of cultural expression, resulting also in the need to question theoretical and methodological approaches (semiotics, image-analysis, discourse analysis, etc.). Thematically, the area comprises inquiries as diverse as families, heroes, daughters, iconicity, space and animals. Needless to say, this research area has overlaps with many of the other research endeavors conducted at american studies graz.

Projects Culture and Representation


Department of American Studies
Attemsgasse 25/II, 8010 Graz
Office: Sonja Schmeh Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 2465


Office Hours:
Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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