Project Title: Buffalo Bill in Germany: The William F. Cody Digital
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
Area of Study
German Culture, Indigenous Studies, Research
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
The William F. Cody Archive is a digital archive that focusses on the life and times of one of the greatest American entertainers of the late 19th Century. Known around the world as Buffalo Bill, William F. Cody created an entertainment empire, which included some of the greatest performers from the American West and worldwide. This project is responsible for the collection and interpretation of material on Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in Germany and Central Europe from 1890-1906. The shows were enormously successful and Buffalo Bill was able to bring to his audiences an American Wild West that was both nostaglic and exotic, with the German audience members showing particular interest in the North American Indigenous performers. Consequently, this project is also associated with the “Disentangling the European Gaze” research hub in the Arts Faculty. At a time of heightened nationalistic tensions both in America and Europe, this project both examines and situates Cody’s influence and the influence and contributions of the Wild West to American nationalism at home and abroad.
The researcher’s work will consist of transcribing and translating a collection of German newspaper articles from 1890-1910 reporting on Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and the tours in German speaking countries and providing explanatory footnotes on the articles and the shows. The scholar will also contribute to a database on German writers from 1800-1890 who wrote about the American West. If there is interest on the part of the scholar, the scholar can also explore the creation and use of the digital archives.
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