Amerikastudien / American Studies is the official journal of the German Association for American Studies. The quarterly is dedicated to an interdisciplinary concept of American Studies and covers all areas from literary and cultural criticism, history, political science, and linguistics to the teaching of American Studies. Thematic issues alternate with regular issues gathering articles from different areas of American Studies. The review section also features surveys of the contributions of scholars from German-speaking countries to American Studies. An annual bibliography regularly documents publications in American Studies from German-speaking countries. What started out as the annual Jahrbuch für Amerikastudien in 1956 has changed into a quarterly with more than 1200 subscriptions in Germany, Europe, and the United States. With volume 42 (1997), Amerikastudien / American Studies returned to its original publisher, Universitätsverlag Winter in Heidelberg, after years of publication with Metzler Verlag in Stuttgart (1974-81) and Fink Verlag in Munich (1982-96). Universitätsverlag Winter also publishes the American Studies monograph series. Both the journal and the monograph series present an indispensable European dimension of the field of American Studies.