National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives

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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 ...
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780822314776
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/1994
  • Series: New Americanists
  • Pages: 311

Meet the Author

Donald E. Pease is Avalon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Visionary Compacts: American Renaissance Writings in Cultural Context and editor of a number of books including National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives and, with Amy Kaplan, Cultures of United States Imperialism, both published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
National Identities, Postmodern Artifacts and Postnational Narratives 1
Nationalism, Hypercanonization, and Huckleberry Finn 14
The Politics of Nonidentity: A Genealogy 34
As I Lay Dying in the Machine Age 69
Failed Cultural Narratives: America in the Postwar Era and the Story of Democracy 95
Resisting History: Rear Window and the Limits of the Postwar Settlement 121
Queer Nationality 149
Engendering Paranoia in Contemporary Narrative 181
Techno-euphoria and the Discourse of the American Sublime 205
On Becoming Oneself in Frank Lentricchia 230
Melville's Typee: U.S. Imperialism at Home and Abroad 255
Mass Circulation versus The Masses: Covering the Modern Magazine Scene 279
Contributors 312
Index 315
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