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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.