National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives

National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives

by Donald E. Pease, Jonathan Arac, Ross Posnock, John T. Matthews
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822314924

ISBN-13: 9780822314929

Pub. Date: 06/15/1994

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


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

Overview


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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822314929
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/15/1994
Series:
New Americanists
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 vii

National Identities, Postmodern Artifacts, and Postnational Narratives / Donald E. Pease 1

Nationalism, Hypercanonization, and Huckleberry Finn / Jonathan Arac 14

The Politics of Nonidentity: A Genealogy / Ross Posnock 34

As I Lay Dying in the Machine Age / John T. Matthews 69

Failed Cultural Narratives: America in the Postwar Era and the Story of Democracy / Alan Nadel 95

Resisting History: Rear Window and the Limits of the Postwar Settlement / Robert J. Corber 121

Queer Nationality / Lauren Berlant and Elizabeth Freeman 149

Engendering Paranoia in Contemporary Narrative / Patrick O'Donnell 181

Techno-euphoria and the Discourse of the American Sublime / Rob WIlson 205

On Becoming Oneself in Frank Lentricchia / Daniel O'Hara 230

Melville's Typee: U.S. Imperialism at Home and Abroad / John Carlos Rowe 255

Mass Circulation versus The Masses: Covering the Modern Magazine Scene / Kathryne V. Lindberg 279

Contributors 312

Index 315

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