Post-Nationalist American Studies / Edition 1

Post-Nationalist American Studies / Edition 1

by John Carlos Rowe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520224396

ISBN-13: 9780520224391

Pub. Date: 12/04/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

The argument for a new direction in American Studies is given a fresh and wideranging hearing in this much-anticipated collection. Post-Nationalist American Studies seeks to revise the cultural nationalism and celebratory American exceptionalism that tended to dominate the discipline in the Cold War era. The goal of the book's contributors is a less insular, more…  See more details below

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The argument for a new direction in American Studies is given a fresh and wideranging hearing in this much-anticipated collection. Post-Nationalist American Studies seeks to revise the cultural nationalism and celebratory American exceptionalism that tended to dominate the discipline in the Cold War era. The goal of the book's contributors is a less insular, more transnational, comparative approach to American Studies, one that questions dominant American myths rather than canonizes them.

Contributors are concerned with cross-cultural communication, race and gender, global and local identities, and the complex tensions between symbolic and political economies. Their essays explore, among other topics, the construction of "foreign" peoples and cultures; the notion of borders -- territorial, racial, economic, and sexual; and the "multilingual reality" of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224391
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/04/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
Post-Nationalism, Globalism, and the New American Studies23
Syllabus: Comparative American Studies: An Introduction38
Creating the Multicultural Nation: Adventures in Post-Nationalist American Studies in the 1990s40
Syllabus: Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity59
Rethinking (and Reteaching) the Civil Religion in Post-Nationalist American Studies63
Syllabus: (Re)Teaching the Civil Religion: Religion in American Lives81
Foreign Affairs: Women, War, and the Pacific84
Syllabus: Pacific America: War, Memory, and Imagination107
Making Comparisons: First Contact, Ethnocentrism, and Cross-Cultural Communication110
Syllabus: Making Comparisons126
Race, Nation, and Equality: Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative and a Genealogy of U.S. Mercantilism129
Syllabus: Enclosing the "Open Sea": Race, Nation, Gender, and Equality in the Northern Atlantic164
Joaquin Murrieta and the American 1848166
Syllabus: 1848: Empire, Amnesia, and American Studies197
My Border Stories: Life Narratives, Interdisciplinarity, and Post-Nationalism in Ethnic Studies200
Syllabus: Race and Gender in American Autobiography219
How Tiger Woods Lost His Stripes: Post-Nationalist American Studies as a History of Race, Migration, and the Commodification of Culture223
Syllabus: Buying and Selling the Exotic: Transnational Culture and Global History247
List of Contributors249
Index253

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