Klaus Theweleit's Pocahontas in Wonderland - Shakespeare on Tour is
the first of a series of four books elaborating on the histo/myth-tory of the Pocahontas complex.
The author intends to rewrite America's history and expresses the view that America has always been-
despite a certain degree of dynamics of its own - a continent invented by Europe.
Theweleit is professor of sociology and evidently loves to combine and
connect scientific, historical, but also popular and contemporary theories and
findings. He develops numerous strands of ideas, gives information from various
possible angles, yet is far from imposing conclusions on his readers. His
colloquial language and style, the many pictures, the two kind of footnotes
(one as a comment, one as an addition to the main text) make it difficult to decide
whether his work can be considered scientific or popular. His book exemplifies
the postmodern approach to history and sociology. The author provides fragmentary,
yet well-researched, insightful information about history, stories and myths
in an entertaining way.