Post-Nationalist American Studies

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John Carlos Rowe
University of California Press, 4 .. 2000 - 258 ˹
Post-Nationalist American Studies seeks to revise the cultural nationalism and celebratory American exceptionalism that tended to dominate American Studies in the Cold War era. The goal of the book's contributors is a less insular, more trans-national, comparative approach to American Studies, one that questions dominant American myths rather than canonizes them. Articulating new ways to think about American Studies, these essays demonstrate how diverse the field has become.

Contributors are concerned with cross-cultural communication, race and gender, global and local identities, and the complex tensions between symbolic and political economies. Their essays explore, among other topics, the construction of "foreign" peoples and cultures; the notion of bordersterritorial, racial, economic, and sexual; the "multilingual reality" of the United States; the place of the Mexican-American War in U.S. history; and the significance of Tiger Woods in today's global market of consumption.

Together, the essays propose a renewed vision of the United States' role in the world and how American Studies scholarship can address that vision. Each contributor includes a sample syllabus showing how the issues discussed in individual essays can be brought into the classroom.

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PostNationalism Globalism and the New American Studies
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Comparative American Studies An Introduction
38
Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity
59
ReTeaching the Civil Religion Religion in American Lives
81
Pacific America War Memory and Imagination
107
Olaudah Equianos Interesting
129
Enclosing the Open Sea Race Nation Gender
164
1848 Empire Amnesia and American Studies
197
Race and Gender in American Autobiography
219
Buying and Selling the Exotic Transnational Culture
247
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John Carlos Rowe is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. Among his many published works are The Other Henry James (1998) and At Emerson's Tomb: The Politics of Classic American Literature (1997), and, as editor, Culture and the Problem of the Disciplines (1998). His most recent book is Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (2000).

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