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

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Arguing for a new methodology in American studies scholarship, contributors here call for a consideration of both space and time. Essays discussing topics such as weather, cigarettes, archival material, AIDS, the enemy, extinct species, and torture demonstrate a way to study American culture by reading its history as well as its future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859858
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,320,342
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Russ Castronovo is Jean Wall Bennett Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Susan Gillman is professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Study of the American Problems Russ Castronovo Castronovo, Russ Susan Gillman Gillman, Susan 1

Rogue States and Emergent Disciplines Srinivas Aravamudan Aravamudan, Srinivas 17

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

Toxicity and the Consuming Subject Nan Enstad Enstad, Nan 55

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

Paranoid Empire: Specters from Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib Anne McClintock McClintock, Anne 88

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

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

World History according to Katrina Wai Chee Dimock Dimock, Wai Chee 143

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

Contributors 183

Index 187

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