At Home In The World / Edition 1

At Home In The World / Edition 1

by Timothy Brennan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674050312

ISBN-13: 9780674050310

Pub. Date: 08/30/1997

Publisher: Harvard University Press

From every quarter we hear of a new global culture, postcolonial, hybrid, announcing the death of nationalism, the arrival of cosmopolitanism. But under the drumbeat attending this trend, Timothy Brennan detects another, altogether different sound. Polemical, passionate, certain to provoke, his book exposes the drama being played out under the guise of globalism. A

Overview

From every quarter we hear of a new global culture, postcolonial, hybrid, announcing the death of nationalism, the arrival of cosmopolitanism. But under the drumbeat attending this trend, Timothy Brennan detects another, altogether different sound. Polemical, passionate, certain to provoke, his book exposes the drama being played out under the guise of globalism. A bracing critique of the critical self-indulgence that calls itself cosmopolitanism, it also takes note of the many countervailing forces acting against globalism in its facile, homogenizing sense.

The developments Brennan traces occur in many places--editorial pages, policy journals, corporate training manuals, and, primarily, in the arts. His subject takes him from George Orwell to Julia Kristeva, from Subcommandante Marcos to Julio Cortázar, from Ernst Bloch to contemporary apologists for transnational capitalism and "liberation management," from "third world" writing to the Nobel Prize, with little of critical theory or cultural studies left untouched in between. Brennan gives extended treatment to two exemplary figures: the Trinidadian writer C. L. R. James, whose work suggests an alternative approach to cultural studies; and the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, whose appreciation of Cuban popular music cuts through the usual distinctions between mass and elite culture.

A critical call to arms, At Home in the World summons intellectuals and scholars to reinvigorate critical cultural studies. In stripping the false and heedless from the new cosmopolitanism, Brennan revitalizes the idea.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674050310
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/30/1997
Series:
Convergences: Inventories of the Present
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
0.85(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Claims to Global Culture: America Abroad

Du Bois's Color and Democracy and the "Red" Color Line

The Public face of the "Third-World" Writer

States of Theory and the Absence of States

The Contradictions of Binary Thinking: Cosmopolitanism and Method

Nizan Fights the Watchdogs: The Obvious Must Be Explained

Cultural Studies and Colonial Progress

Anna Deveare Smith, or Authenticity without Apologoes

The Culture of the Transnational Corporation

If the Nation Is Dead, Why Doesn't Henry Kissinger Know It?

George Orwell as Julia Kristeva: The 1950s in the 1990s

Mangerial Training Manuals: What Is National in the Transnational

Gatt Poetics and the Traveling Critic: Cosmopolitanism and the Explorer's Eye

The Sublimation of Poverty: New York's Lower East Side

"Marcos" and Cortazar: Two Alternatives to Contemporary Travel Narrative

The Literary in the Light of the Nobel Prize: Morrison and Walcott

A Few Thoughts on What the Postcolonial Leaves Out

Cosmopolitanism's American Base: C. L. R. James in New York, 1950

Socialist Desire: Ernst Bloch in America

Cosmopolitanism, America, and the Cold War

The Struggle for Happiness-Winning in Desperate Times by Loving What Is

James's Art

Exceptional Americanism and the U.S. Mass Culture Debate

The World Cuban: Alejo Carpentier and Cuban Popular Music

From Paris to Havana

Ethnographic Surrealism: The Red and the Black

Salsa and the Cuban Image

Reading Mass Culture through Youth

The Indigenous and the In-Between

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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