National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives

National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives

by Donald E. Pease
     
 


National narratives create imaginary relations within imagined communities called national peoples. But in the American narrative, alongside the nexus of belonging established for the national community, the national narrative has represented other peoples (women, blacks, "foreigners", the homeless) from whom the property of nationness has been removed… See more details below

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National narratives create imaginary relations within imagined communities called national peoples. But in the American narrative, alongside the nexus of belonging established for the national community, the national narrative has represented other peoples (women, blacks, "foreigners", the homeless) from whom the property of nationness has been removed altogether and upon whose differences from them the national people depended for the construction of their norms. Dismantling this opposition has become the task of post-national (Post-Americanist) narratives, bent on changing the assumptions that found the "national identity."
This volume, originally published as a special issue of bounrary 2, focuses on the process of assembling and dismantling the American national narrative(s), sketching its inception and demolition. The contributors examine various cultural, political, and historical sources--colonial literature, mass movements, epidemics of disease, mass spectacle, transnational corporations, super-weapons, popular magazines, literary texts--out of which this narrative was constructed, and propose different understandings of nationality and identity following in its wake.

Contributors. Jonathan Arac, Lauren Berlant, Robert J. Corber, Elizabeth Freeman, Kathryn V. Lingberg, Jack Matthews, Alan Nadel, Patrick O'Donnell, Daniel O'Hara, Donald E. Pease, Ross Posnock, John Carlos Rowe, Rob Wilson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822314929
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Series:
New Americanists Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
National Identities, Postmodern Artifacts and Postnational Narratives1
Nationalism, Hypercanonization, and Huckleberry Finn14
The Politics of Nonidentity: A Genealogy34
As I Lay Dying in the Machine Age69
Failed Cultural Narratives: America in the Postwar Era and the Story of Democracy95
Resisting History: Rear Window and the Limits of the Postwar Settlement121
Queer Nationality149
Engendering Paranoia in Contemporary Narrative181
Techno-euphoria and the Discourse of the American Sublime205
On Becoming Oneself in Frank Lentricchia230
Melville's Typee: U.S. Imperialism at Home and Abroad255
Mass Circulation versus The Masses: Covering the Modern Magazine Scene279
Contributors312
Index315

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