Locating American Studies: The Evolution of a Discipline / Edition 1

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Locating American Studies is a collection of seventeen essays first printed in American Quarterly, the journal of the American Studies Association. To mark the Association's celebration of its 50th anniversary in 1998, Lucy Maddox has brought together works by a distinguished group of scholars which "provide a useful window into the history and the evolution of the practice of American studies from its early, formational days to the present." Each essay, originally published between 1950 and 1996, is accompanied by a commentary in which a scholar from a related field provides useful critical information for understanding the continuing importance of the work to the American Studies field. Contributors include Gene Wise, Henry Nash Smith, Bruce Kuklick, R. Gordon Kelly, Robert Berkhofer Jr., Barbara Welter, Linda Kerber, Nina Baym, Janice Radway, Alexander Saxton, Houston Baker, Jr., George Lipsitz, Ramón Gutiérrez, Kevin Mumford, and K. Scott Wong.

"If the frequency with which an essay is cited in subsequent scholarship and assigned as required reading in academic courses may be taken as an indication of the respect it has achieved and the importance it has been granted, then many of the essays in this volume have come to be considered milestones, even classics, in the scholarly literature of American studies."—from the Introduction by Lucy Maddox

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American Studies - Paul Giles

A dense but intellectually rewarding volume.

Not a map to campus, but a collection of 17 essays reprinted from American Quarterly the journal of the American Studies Association, selected to illustrate the development and growth of the academic discipline from 1957 to 1996. Among the titles are history and the American intellectual, myth and symbol in American studies, the Republican mother, and modernity and the Harlem Renaissance. Each essay is followed by a brief commentary placing it in the history of the field. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801860560
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 458
  • Sales rank: 1,258,609
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Maddox is the editor of American Quarterly and professor of English at Georgetown University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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