Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies

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This volume is the outcome of a transatlantic conversation on the topic “Transnational America,” in which more than sixty scholars from universities in the United States and Germany gathered to assess the historical significance of and examine the academic prospects for the “transnational turn” in American studies.

This development has brought about the most significant re-imagining of the field since its inception. The “transnational” has subsumed competing spatial and temporal...

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Overview

This volume is the outcome of a transatlantic conversation on the topic “Transnational America,” in which more than sixty scholars from universities in the United States and Germany gathered to assess the historical significance of and examine the academic prospects for the “transnational turn” in American studies.

This development has brought about the most significant re-imagining of the field since its inception. The “transnational” has subsumed competing spatial and temporal orientations to the subject and has dismantled the foundational tenets and premises informing the methodology, periodization, pedagogy, and geographical locations of U.S. American studies, but transnational American studies scholars have not yet provided a coherent portrait of their field. This volume constitutes an effort to produce this needed portrait. The editors have gathered work from a host of senior and up-and-coming Americanists to compile a field-defining project that will influence both scholars and students of American studies for many years to come.

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“Fluck, Pease, and Rowe have assembled formidable essays by German and American scholars who grapple with the changing and contested meaning of America in the world. . . . A book for theorists and practitioners in the field of American studies. . . . Recommended.”—Choice

“Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies . . . is in many ways an attempt to redress some of the inequalities of power within the field conditioned by its Cold War origins. The pluralistic approach . . . suggests that a critical formation that in its most strident moments . . . is not immune to serious critique from within. The collection’s editors are willing to represent a spectrum of dialogue containing arguments that, pursued in more depth, could undermine much of the rationale behind a transnational turn in the first place. Re-Framing the Transnational Turn could be said to be as self-critical toward anti-exceptionalism as anti-exceptionalist scholarship itself is to the foundations of American Studies.”—American Quarterly

"Re-Framing the Transnational Turn provides arguably the most trenchant and comprehensive critical account of American exceptionalism and transnationalism to date. Pease’s introduction is an absolute a tour de force, elucidating the broad sweeps that have marked our field since its formation and punctuated critical innovation over the last decades.” —American Literary History

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WINFRIED FLUCK is professor and chair of American studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. DONALD E. PEASE is professor of English and the Ted & Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities at Dartmouth College. JOHN CARLOS ROWE is USC Associates’ Professor of the Humanities and chair of the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Preface – Winfried Fluck, Donald E. Pease, and John Carlos Rowe
Introduction: Re-mapping the Transnational Turn – Donald E. Pease
A POLITICS OF TRANSNATIONAL MELANCHOLIA
Diasporic Doubles: Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock – Ulla Haselstein
“Death Is So Permanent. Drive Carefully.”: European Ruins and American Studies circa 1948 – Andrew S. Gross
Landscapes of Trauma: The Transnational Dislocation of Vietnam’s War Trauma in Alfredo Vea’s Gods Go Begging – William Arce
The Racial State and the Transatlantic Famine Irish – Peter D. O’Neill
RE-DISCIPLINIZING TRANSNATIONAL AMERICAN STUDIES
Men in Boats and Flaming Skies: American Painting and National Self-Recognition – Winfried Fluck
Portraying Transnational America: Aesthetic and Political Dimensions in Winold Reiss’s “Plea for Color” – Frank Mehring
Liberty: A Transnational Icon – Sieglinde Lemke
Belonging and Transnational American Studies: Reflections on a Critical Approach and a Reading of Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker – Laura Bieger
TRANSNATIONAL PEDAGOGIES
American Studies as Mobility Studies: Some Terms and Constellations – Rüdiger Kunow
Resistance without Borders: Shifting Cultural Politics in Chicana/o Narratives – Marc Priewe
Transnational Configurations in New Media: Identity Performance and Community on the Social Web – Reinhard Isensee
Protocols from the Playing Field: Digital Stories of Commitment and Intervention – Matthias Oppermann
TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENTALITIES
Areas of Concern: Area Studies and the New American Studies – John Carlos Rowe
Andean Gateways: Transnational Healing and Spiritual Tourism in the Sacred Valley, Peru – Macarena Gómez-Barris
Utopias of Transnationalism and the Neoliberal State – Johannes Voelz
Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History – Nancy Fraser
Toward a Politics of American Transcultural Studies: Discourses of Diaspora and Cosmopolitanism – Günter H. Lenz
Contributors
Index

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