The Futures of American Studies / Edition 1

The Futures of American Studies / Edition 1

by Donald E. Pease
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822329654

ISBN-13: 9780822329657

Pub. Date: 10/21/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Originating as a proponent of U.S. exceptionalism during the Cold War, American Studies has now reinvented itself, vigorously critiquing various kinds of critical hegemony and launching innovative interdisciplinary endeavors. The Futures of American Studies considers the field today and provides important deliberations on what it might yet become. Essays by both…  See more details below

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Originating as a proponent of U.S. exceptionalism during the Cold War, American Studies has now reinvented itself, vigorously critiquing various kinds of critical hegemony and launching innovative interdisciplinary endeavors. The Futures of American Studies considers the field today and provides important deliberations on what it might yet become. Essays by both prominent and emerging scholars provide theoretically engaging analyses of the postnational impulse of current scholarship, the field's historical relationship to social movements, the status of theory, the state of higher education in the United States, and the impact of ethnic and gender studies on area studies. They also investigate the influence of post-structuralism, postcolonial studies, sexuality studies, and cultural studies on U.S. nationalist-and anti-nationalist-discourses. No single overriding paradigm dominates the anthology. Instead, the articles enter into a lively and challenging dialogue with one another. A major assessment of the state of the field, The Futures of American Studies is necessary reading for American Studies scholars.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822329657
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/21/2002
Series:
New Americanists
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
632
Sales rank:
1,260,078
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Futures1
What's in a Name?45
The International within the National: American Studies and Asian American Critique76
The Future in the Present: Sexual Avant-Gardes and the Performance of Utopia93
Manifest Domesticity111
C. L. R. James, Moby-Dick, and the Emergence of Transnational American Studies135
Postnationalism, Globalism, and the New American Studies167
Salesman in Moscow183
The Humanities in the Age of Expressive Individualism and Cultural Radicalism211
Autobiographies of the Ex-White Men: Why Race Is Not a Social Construction231
Color Blindness and Acting Out248
Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity269
Identities and Identity Studies: Reading Toni Cade Bambara's "The Hammer Man"305
Hemispheric Vertigo: Cuba, Quebec, and Other Provisional Reconfigurations of "Our" New America(s)327
Marriage as Treason: Polygamy, Nation, and the Novel341
Litigious Therapeutics: Recovering the Rights of Children371
American Studies in the "Age of the World Picture": Thinking the Question of Language387
Work and Culture in American Studies419
"Sent for You Yesterday, Here You Come Today": American Studies Scholarship and the New Social Movements441
Toward a Dialogics of International American Culture Studies: Transnationality, Border Discourses, and Public Culture(s)461
American Studies, American Politics, and the Reinvention of Class486
The End of Academia: The Future of American Studies510
Nation dot com: American Studies and the Production of the Corporatist Citizen536
Afterword: ConsterNation559
Bibliography581
Contributors609
Index613

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