Heinz Ickstadt delivers a presentation at the Salzburg Global Seminar during the American Studies Alumni Association 2010 Symposium. This meeting was held in honor of Emory Elliott, and was entitled "American Literary History in a New Key".
Professor Ickstadt speaks about the phenomenon of Modernism, after the onslaught of the New Historians, and the New Americanists. He compares European Modernism with American Modernism, through analysis of several Modernist artists. He focuses on Ezra Pound's, The Cantos, as an important and misunderstood lens, through which American Modernism can be viewed.
Heinz Ickstadt is professor emeritus (from 1978 until 2003 professor of North American literature) at the Kennedy Institute of
North American Studies, Free University Berlin.
Among his many publications are a history of the American novel in the twentieth Century (Der amerikanische Roman im 20.Jh.: Transformation des
Mimetischen,1998), and essays on late nineteenth-century American literature and culture; on the fiction, poetry, and painting of American modernism and postmodernism; on American fiction and poetry of the city as well as on the history and theory of American studies. Some of these were collected in Faces of Fiction: Essays on American Literature and Culture from the Jacksonian Age to Postmodernity (2001).
He also edited and co-edited several books on American literature and culture, and a bi-lingual anthology of American poetry from its beginnings to the present. Professor Ickstadt was president of the German Association of American Studies from 1990 until 1993 and president of the European Association for American Studies from
1996 until 2000.