Academic journal article German Quarterly

A Note from the Editor

Academic journal article German Quarterly

A Note from the Editor

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This issue of The German Quarterly features three articles under the heading "Focus on Poetry" and two additional articles-the last set of articles that was accepted by the former editor Susanne Kord and copy-edited by Astrid Weigert and me. When the opportunity presents itself, I will occasionally put together clusters of articles that are linked by either topic, genre or approach as I have done with this issue's "Focus on Poetry." The fall issue (78.4), for instance, will include several articles under the heading "Focus on Film Studies." Since such clusters draw from the pool of accepted articles, this approach presents an alternative to publishing special issues while ensuring that The German Quarterly provides as much room as possible for the wide range of articles we receive.

As I mentioned in the winter issue (78.1), I plan to enhance the Forum section of the journal by encouraging discussion of topics that are relevant to the state of the profession. This issue is the first to include contributions to the Forum on "German Studies and Globalization." I asked the contributors to consider whether "globalization" is used as a new term for discussing established fields of research (postcolonial studies, urban studies, literature of migration, among others), or whether they see new issues that require new approaches in the field of German studies. Frank Trommler and Nina Berman, both of whom gave presentations on related topics at the 2004 MLA convention, provide different but interrelated perspectives on these questions. …

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