Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature

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In a globalizing age, studying American literature in isolation from the rest of the world seems less and less justified. But is the conceptual box of the nation dispensable? And what would American literature look like without it? Leading scholars take up this debate in Shades of the Planet, beginning not with the United States as center, but with the world as circumference. This reversed frame yields a surprising landscape, alive with traces of West Africa, Eastern Europe, Iran, Iraq, India, China, Mexico, and ...

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Overview

In a globalizing age, studying American literature in isolation from the rest of the world seems less and less justified. But is the conceptual box of the nation dispensable? And what would American literature look like without it? Leading scholars take up this debate in Shades of the Planet, beginning not with the United States as center, but with the world as circumference. This reversed frame yields a surprising landscape, alive with traces of West Africa, Eastern Europe, Iran, Iraq, India, China, Mexico, and Australia. The Broadway musical Oklahoma! has aboriginal antecedents; Black English houses an African syntax; American slavery consorts with the Holocaust; Philip Roth keeps company with Milan Kundera; the crime novel moves south of the border; and R. P. Blackmur lectures in Japan. A national literature becomes haunted by the world when that literature is seen extending to the Pacific, opening up to Islam, and accompanying African-American authors as they travel. Highlighting American literature as a fold in a planet-wide fabric, this pioneering volume transforms the field, redrawing its institutional as well as geographical map.The contributors are Rachel Adams, Jonathan Arac, Homi K. Bhabha, Lawrence Buell, Wai Chee Dimock, Susan Stanford Friedman, Paul Giles, David Palumbo-Liu, Ross Posnock, Joseph Roach, and Eric J. Sundquist.

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What People Are Saying

Giles Gunn
Shades of the Planet is a distinguished and challenging contribution to a growing body of criticism that seeks to internationalize the study of American writing. When English departments throughout the United States forsake old national coordinates to devote themselves to the study of all, or at least most, of the literatures written in English, something significant has happened. These essays, written by some of the leading representatives of the discipline, enact a variety of ways to engage with this development. This is the right book at the right time.
Giles Gunn, University of California, Santa Barbara
John Carlos Rowe
Investigating how American literature changes when understood in international, transnational, and global contexts, Shades of the Planet contains interesting and original contributions from some of today's most important Americanists. I recommend it enthusiastically.
John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691128528
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Wai Chee Dimock is William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. Her most recent book is "Through Other Continents: American Literature across Deep Time" (Princeton). Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. His many books include "Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the United States and Beyond".

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Planet and America, Set and Subset by Wai Chee Dimock 1

PART ONE: The Field, the Nation, the World 17

Chapter 1: Global and Babel: Language and Planet in American Literature by Jonathan Arac 19
Chapter 2: The Deterritorialization of American Literature by Paul Giles 39
Chapter 3: Unthinking Manifest Destiny: Muslim Modernities on Three Continents bySusan Stanford Friedman 62

PART TWO: Eastern Europe as Test Case 101

Chapter 4: Mr. Styron's Planet by Eric J. Sundquist 103
Chapter 5: Planetary Circles: Philip Roth, Emerson, Kundera by Ross Posnock 141

PART THREE: Local and Global 169

Chapter 6: World Bank Drama by Joseph Roach 171
Chapter 7: Global Minoritarian Culture by Homi K. Bhabha 184
Chapter 8: Atlantic to Pacific: James, Todorov, Blackmur, and Intercontinental Form by David Palumbo-Liu 196
Chapter 9: Ecoglobalist Affects: The Emergence of U.S. Environmental Imagination on a Planetary Scale by Lawrence Buell 227
Chapter 10: At the Borders of American Crime Fiction by Rachel Adams 249
Chapter 11: African, Caribbean, American: Black English as Creole Tongue by Wai Chee Dimock 274

Index 301

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