Bettina Hofmann

Bettina Hofmann teaches American Studies at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. She is particularly interested in ethnic literatures and war literature. At the moment she is working on early twentieth-century Japanese American women writers.

She has published on North American Jewish writers such as Michael Gold and David Bezmozgis. Her most recent publication is on the Chinese American author Ha Jin (“Ha Jin’s A Free Life: Revisiting the Kuenstlerroman.” Moving Migration: Narrative Transformations in Asian American Literature. Ed. Johanna C. Kardux and Doris Einsiedel. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2010. 199-212.)

Updated August 2010

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From a Japanese American Literature Class at a German University

Teaching Japanese American Literature at a German University

I teach American Studies at the University of Wuppertal. Our school is located in a post-industrial area near Cologne, Germany, and many of our students aspire to become English teachers. One topic about American culture and society which proves particularly interesting to my students is ethnicity. This has become an especially important topic in our society which for a long time claimed to be mono-ethnic and denied different ethnic diversity of its own citizens. In the summer term of 2010 I decided to offer a course on Japanese American literature for undergraduate students for the first time, and about 20 ...

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