American Studies: An Anthology / Edition 1

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American Studies is a vigorous, bold account of the changes in the field of American Studies over the last thirty-five years. Through this set of carefully selected key essays by an editorial board of expert scholars, the book demonstrates how changes in the field have produced new genealogies that tell different histories of both America and the study of America.

  • Charts the evolution of American Studies from the end of World War II to the present day by showcasing the best scholarship in this field
  • An introductory essay by the distinguished editorial board highlights developments in the field and places each essay in its historical and theoretical context
  • Explores topics such as American politics, history, culture, race, gender and working life
  • Shows how changing perspectives have enabled older concepts to emerge in a different context
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405113526
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,298,027
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice A. Radway is Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication and Professor of American Studies and Gender Studies at Northwestern University.

Kevin Gaines is Professor of History and Director of the Center for African American and African Studies at the University of Michigan.

Barry Shank is Professor of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University.

Penny M. Von Eschen is Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

I. Empire, Nation, Diaspora.

1. Rethinking Race and Nation from Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy: Nikhil Pal Singh.

2. Manifest Domesticity: Amy Kaplan.

3. Nuestra Americas Borders: Jose David Saldivar.

4. Prologue to The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism: Brent Edwards.

5. Removal: Tiya Miles.

6. Redefining Security: Okinawa Women's Resistance to US Militarism: Yoko Fukumora and Martha Matsuoka.

II. States, Citizenship, Rights.

7. Introduction: Laura Doyle.

8. The Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 and the Reconstruction of Race in Immigration Law: Mae Ngai.

9. The Citizen and the Terrorist: Leti Volpp.

10. Race, Gender, Privileges of Property: Peggy Pascoe.

11. Racing Religion: Moustafa Bayoumi.

12. The Intimate Public Sphere: Lauren Berlant.

13. Democratic Passions: Reconstructing Individual Agency: Chris Newfield.

III. Reproduction of Work.

14. Domestic Life in the Diggings: Susan Lee Johnson.

15. Women's Sweat: Gender and Agricultural Labor in the Atlantic World: Jennifer Morgan.

16. Fashioning Political Subjectivities: 1909 Shirtwaist Strike and the Rational Girl Striker: Nan Enstad.

17. The Age of the CIO: Michael Denning.

18. Work, Immigration, Gender: New Subjects of Cultural Politics: Lisa Lowe.

19. Global Cities and Circuits: Saskia Sassen.


IV. Religion, Spirituality, and Alternate Ways of Being in the U. S.

20. Snakes Alive: Religious Studies Between Heaven and Earth: Robert Orsi.

21. From Demon Possession to Magic Show: Ventriloquism, Religion, and the Enlightenment: Leigh Schmidt.

22. Rethinking Vernacular Culture: Black Religion and Race Records in the 1920s and 30s: Evelyn Higginbotham.

23. The Madonna of 115th Street Revisited: Vodou and Haitian Catholicism in the Age of Transnationalism: Elizabeth McAlister.

24. The Good Fight: Israel after Vietnam: Melani McAlister.

25. Getting Religion: Janet Jakobsen and Anne Pellegrini.

V. Performances and Practices.

26. The Origins of Mass Culture: Richard Ohmann.

27. Riddle of the Zoot: Malcolm Little and Black Cultural Politics during World War II: Robin Kelley.

28. Mardi Gras Indians: Carnival and Counter-Narrative in Black New Orleans: George Lipsitz.

29. To Be Young, Brown and Hip: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Indian American Youth Culture: Sunaina Maira.

30. Teatro Viva! Latino Performance and the Politics of AIDS in Los Angeles: David Roman.

31. Waiting for Godzilla: Towards a Globalist Theme Park: Takayuki Tatsumi.

32. Hollywood’s Hot Voodoo: Eva Cherniavsky.


VI. Body Talk.

33. Turning People into Products: Walter Johnson.

34. Redressing the Pained Body: Toward a Theory of Practice: Saidiya V. Hartman.

35. Between ‘Oriental Depravity’ and ‘Natural Degenerates’: Spatial Borderlands and the Making of Ordinary Americans: Shah.

36. The Rule of Normalcy: Politics and Disability in the USA: Lennard Davis.

37. The Patient’s Body: Virginia Blum.

38. Queer Cyborgs and New Mutants: Mimi Nguyen.

VII. Mediating Technologies.

39. Two Spinning Wheels in an Old Log House: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

40. The Cultural Mediation of the Print Medium: Michael Warner.

41. Likeness as Identity: Reflections on the Daguerrean Mystique: Alan Trachtenberg.

42. I Want to Ride in Geronimo’s Cadillac: Philip Deloria.

43. Reading the Book of Life: DNA and the Meanings of Identity:Sarah Chinn.

44.Television and the Politics of Difference: Herman S. Gray.


VIII. Sites, Space, and Land.

45.Where is Guantánamo: Amy Kaplan.

46. Knowing Nature Through Labor: Richard White.

47. Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California: Laura Pulido.

48. Commerce: Reconfiguring Community Marketplaces: Lizbeth Cohen.

49. The Prison Fix: Ruth Gilmore.

50. The Globalization of Latin America: Miami: George Yúdice.

51. Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans: Katrina, Trap Economics, and the Rebirth of the Blues: Clyde Woods.



IX. Memory and Re-Memory.

52. Not only the Footprints, but the Water, Too: Avery Gordon.

53. The Lost Cause and Causes Not Lost: David Blight.

54. The Wall and the Screen Memory: Marita Sturken.

55. The Patriot Acts: Donald E. Pease.

56. Silencing the Past : Power and the Production of History: Michel-Rolph Trouillot.

X. Internationalization and Knowledge Production about American Studies.

57. Spectres of comparison: American Studies and the United States of the West: Liam Kennedy.

58. Romancing the Future: Internationalization as Symptom and Wish: Robyn Wiegman.

59. Outside Where? Comparing Notes on Comparative American Studies and American Comparative Studies: Donatella Izzo

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