States of Emergency: The Object of American Studies / Edition 1

States of Emergency: The Object of American Studies / Edition 1

by Russ Castronovo, Susan Gillman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807833401

ISBN-13: 9780807833407

Pub. Date: 12/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The contributors to this volume argue that for too long, inclusiveness has substituted for methodology in American studies scholarship. The ten original essays collected here call for a robust comparativism that is attuned theoretically to questions of both space and time.

States of Emergency asks readers to engage in a thought experiment: imagine that

Overview

The contributors to this volume argue that for too long, inclusiveness has substituted for methodology in American studies scholarship. The ten original essays collected here call for a robust comparativism that is attuned theoretically to questions of both space and time.

States of Emergency asks readers to engage in a thought experiment: imagine that you have an object you want to study. Which methodologies will contextualize and explain your selection? What political goals are embedded in your inquiry? This thought experiment is taken up by contributors who consider an array of objects—the weather, cigarettes, archival material, AIDS, the enemy, extinct species, and torture. The essayists recalibrate the metrics of time and space usually used to measure these questions. In the process, each contributes to a project that redefines the object of American studies, reading its history as well as its future across, against, even outside the established grain of interdisciplinary practice.

Contributors:
Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University
Ian Baucom, Duke University
Chris Castiglia, The Pennsylvania State University
Russ Castronovo, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University
Nan Enstad, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Susan Gillman, University of California, Santa Cruz
Rodrigo Lazo, University of California, Irvine
Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland
Anne McClintock, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kenneth W. Warren, University of Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807833407
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction

The Study of the American Problems Russ Castronovo Susan Gillman 1

Rogue States and Emergent Disciplines Srinivas Aravamudan 17

Migrant Archives: New Routes in and out of American Studies Rodrigo Lazo 36

Toxicity and the Consuming Subject Nan Enstad 55

Past Burning: The (Post-)Traumatic Memories of (Post-)Queer Theory Christopher Castiglia 69

Paranoid Empire: Specters from Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib Anne McClintok 88

Taking the Measure of the Black Atlantic Kenneth W. Warren 116

Cicero's Ghost: The Atlantic, the Enemy, and the Laws of War Ian Baucom 124

World History according to Katrina Wai Chee Dimock 143

American Studies in an Age of Extinction Robert S. Levine 161

Contributors 183

Index 187

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