Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies

Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies

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Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies by Winfried Fluck

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611681901
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Series: Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

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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Daniel T. O'Hara

"The scholarship in this volume is at the leading edge of the field, impeccably done, and comprehensive and detailed. With essays from leading American and European critics, the representative contributions here set up the new paradigm in American studies, so scholarship in the field will henceforth not be handed down from a few elite American universities but will be coming from all directions globally."

Daniel T. O’Hara

“The scholarship in this volume is at the leading edge of the field, impeccably done, and comprehensive and detailed. With essays from leading American and European critics, the representative contributions here set up the new paradigm in American studies, so scholarship in the field will henceforth not be handed down from a few elite American universities but will be coming from all directions globally.”

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