Cultures of United States Imperialism / Edition 1

Cultures of United States Imperialism / Edition 1

by Amy Kaplan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822314134

ISBN-13: 9780822314134

Pub. Date: 01/13/1994

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Cultures of United States Imperialism represents a major paradigm shift that will remap the field of American Studies. Pointing to a glaring blind spot in the basic premises of the study of American culture, leading critics and theorists in cultural studies, history, anthropology, and literature reveal the "denial of empire" at the heart of

Overview

Cultures of United States Imperialism represents a major paradigm shift that will remap the field of American Studies. Pointing to a glaring blind spot in the basic premises of the study of American culture, leading critics and theorists in cultural studies, history, anthropology, and literature reveal the "denial of empire" at the heart of American Studies. Challenging traditional definitions and periodizations of imperialism, this volume shows how international relations reciprocally shape a dominant imperial culture at home and how imperial relations are enacted and contested within the United States.
Drawing on a broad range of interpretive practices, these essays range across American history, from European representations of the New World to the mass media spectacle of the Persian Gulf War. The volume breaks down the boundary between the study of foreign relations and American culture to examine imperialism as an internal process of cultural appropriation and as an external struggle over international power. The contributors explore how the politics of continental and international expansion, conquest, and resistance have shaped the history of American culture just as much as the cultures of those it has dominated. By uncovering the dialectical relationship between American cultures and international relations, this collection demonstrates the necessity of analyzing imperialism as a political or economic process inseparable from the social relations and cultural representations of gender, race, ethnicity, and class at home.

Contributors. Lynda Boose, Mary Yoko Brannen, Bill Brown, William Cain, Eric Cheyfitz, Vicente Diaz, Frederick Errington, Kevin Gaines, Deborah Gewertz, Donna Haraway, Susan Jeffords, Myra Jehlen, Amy Kaplan, Eric Lott, Walter Benn Michaels, Donald E. Pease, Vicente Rafael, Michael Rogin, José David Saldívar, Richard Slotkin, Doris Sommer, Gauri Viswanathan, Priscilla Wald, Kenneth Warren, Christopher P. Wilson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822314134
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/13/1994
Series:
New Americanists
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
680
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

"Left Alone with America": The Absence of Empire in the Study of American Culture / Amy Kaplan 3

New Perspectives on U.S. Culture and Imperialism / Donald E. Pease 22

1. Nation-Building as Empire-Building

Why Did the Europeans Cross the Ocean? A Seventeenth-Century Riddle / Myra Jehlen 41

Terms of Assimilation: Legislating Subjectivity in the Emerging Nation / Priscilla Wald 59

The Naming of Yale College: British Imperialism and American Higher Education / Gauri Viswanathan 85

Savage Law: The Plot Against American Indians in Johnson and Graham's Lessee v. M'Intosh and The Pioneers / Eric Cheyfitz 109

Science Fiction, the World's Fair, and the Prosthetics of Empire, 1910-1915 / Bill Brown 129

Buffalo Bill's "Wild West" and the Mythologization of the American Empire / Richard Slotkin 164

II. Borderline Negotiations of Race, Gender, and Nation

White Love: Surveillance and Nationalist Resistance in the U.S. Colonization of the Philippines / Vicente L. Rafael 185

Black and Blue on San Juan Hill / Amy Kaplan 219

Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden, New York City, 1908-1936 / Donna Haraway 237

Americo Paredes and Decolonization / Jose David Saldivar 292

Pious Sites: Chamorro Culture Between Spanish Catholicism and American Liberal Individualism / Vicente M. Diaz 312

Plotting the Border: John Reed, Pancho Villa, and Insurgent Mexico / Christopher P. Wilson 340

III. Colonizing Resistance or Resisting Colonization?

Anti-Imperial Americanism / Walter Benn Michaels 365

Appeals for (Mis)recognition: Theorizing the Diaspora / Kenneth W. Warren 392

Resisting the Heat: Menchu, Morrison, and Incompetent Readers / Doris Sommer 407

Black Americans' Racial Uplift Ideology as "Civilizing Mission": Pauline E. Hopkins on Race and Imperialism / Kevin Gaines 433

From Liberalism to Communism: The Political Thought of W. E. B. Du Bois / William E. Cain 456

White Like Me: Racial Cross-Dressing and the Construction of American Whiteness / Eric Lott 474

IV. Imperial Spectacles

"Make My Day!": Spectacle as Amnesia in Imperial Politics [and] The Sequel / Michael Rogin 499

The Patriot System, or Managerial Heroism / Susan Jeffords 535

Hiroshima, the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, and the Gulf War Post-National Spectacles / Donald E. Pease 557

Techno-Muscularity and the "Boy Eternal": From the Quagmire to the Gulf / Lynda Boose 581

"Bwana Mickey": Constructing Cultural Consumption at Tokyo Disneyland / Mary Yoko Brannen 617

We Think, Therefore They Are? On Occidentalizing the World / Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington 635

Index 657

Contributors 669

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