German Studies Series

The WCGS Book Series publishes work in the field of German Studies, understood to include German applied linguistics, German cultural studies, history of German-speaking countries and peoples, German literature and film studies, German intellectual history, and theory. Book monographs and edited volumes that discuss original, scholarly research of high quality can be published in the series. The WCGS will continue to produce edited volumes of selected papers from conferences hosted by the WCGS. Unedited doctoral dissertations and conference proceedings will not be published.

We currently have three titles in this series thus far:

  • Traditions and Transitions: Curricula for German Studies, edited by John L. Plews and Barbara Schmenk. This collection of essays, written by international experts in the field of German as a foreign or second language, explores new perspectives on and orientations in the curriculum post-secondary German studies. (2013)

  • Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria, edited by Gabriele Mueller and James M. Skidmore. This book offers insights into the strategies employed by German and Austrian filmmakers to position themselves between the commercial pressures of the film industry and the desire to mediate or even attempt to affect social change. It will be of interest to scholars in film studies, cultural studies, and European studies. Part of the WLU Press Film Studies Series, based on a WCGS conference. (2012)

  • Liberty is Dead: A Canadian in Germany, 1938, edited by Margaret Derry. Canadian lawyer Franklin Wellington Wegenast writes about his 1938 trip through Austria, Italy, France, Luxembourg, and Germany. He foresaw the "collision course" that was shaping up between the Germans who supported Hitler's ideology and the rest of the world. (2012)
  • German Diasporic Experiences: Identity, Migration and Loss, edited by Mathias Schulze, James M. Skidmore, David G. John, Grit Liebscher, and Sebastien Siebel-Achenbach, includes over forty international contributors who describe and discuss aspects of the history, language, and culture of these migrant groups, individuals, and their descendants. (2008)
  • Das Berliner Journal (1859-1918), by Anne Löchte. Das »Berliner Journal« war lange Zeit die größte deutschsprachige Zeitung Kanadas. Erklärtes Ziel der Herausgeber war die Aufrechterhaltung einer deutschen Identität der Einwanderer. Das beinhaltete die Pflege deutscher Sprache, Sitten und Gebräuche. Großes Interesse galt aber auch den politischen Entwicklungen der alten Heimat. Der Band erschließt Geschichte und Inhalte einer einzigartigen Quelle der deutschsprachigen Einwanderung in Kanada. Durch die Auswertung hunderter Artikel wird die Zeitung auch für weitergehende Forschung nutzbar gemacht. (2007)

If you are interested in ordering any of these publications, please click on the applicable title to be taken to the publisher.

Editorial board

  • Ann Marie Rasmussen, Diefenbaker Chair, University of Waterloo - Senior Editor
  • Frank Finlay, University of Nottingham
  • Sabine Hake, University of Texas, Austin
  • Bob Moeller, University of California, Irvine
  • Diethelm Prowe, Carleton College
  • Dietmar Rösler, Universität Gießen
  • Joseph Salmons, University of Wisconsin, Madison