This volume defines versions of the transnational in their historical and cultural specificity. By "locating," the contributors contextualize historical and contemporary understandings of the fluid term "transnational," which vary in relation to the disciplines involved. This kind of historical and geographical "locating" implicitly turns against forms of contemporary transnational euphoria which, inspired by poststructural models of all-encompassing semiospheres, on the one hand, and by visions of the utopian communicative potential of new media like the internet, on the other, see national and ethnic paradigms as easily superseded by transnational agendas. By differentiating between various forms of transnational ideals and ideas in historical and geographical perspective since the Renaissance, the contributors aim to rediscover distinctions -- for instance between transnationalisms and cosmopolitanisms -- which neo-liberal transnational euphoria has tended to erase.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Locating Transnational Ideals, Walter Goebel and Saskia Schabio Part I: Defining the Transnational and the Cosmopolitan 1Globalization, Transnation and Utopia, Bill Ashcroft 2: Politics or Ethics? On Cosmopolitanism, Timothy Brennan 3: The Ethics of a Critical Cosmopolitanism for the Twenty-First Century, Heinz Antor 4: Toward a Philosophy of Transnationalism, Laura Doyle 5: Toward a Non-Cynical Universalism, Keya Ganguly Part II: Historicizing the Transnational and the Cosmopolitan 6: The Fascination of ‘Living Together in a Civilized Way’ or Nations and Cosmopolitanism in More’s Utopia (1516) and Ribeiro’s Wild Utopia (1982), Hans Ulrich Seeber 7: Cultural Nationalism Reconsidered: Ossian in Postcolonial Perspectives, Tobias Döring 8: Hard and Soft Cosmopolitanism: The Eighteenth Century and After, Walter Goebel 9: Exhibiting Difference: The Museum as a Guide to Spectatorship, Renate Brosch 10: The First Colonial Art Museum and Transnationalism in the Visual Arts: Saint-Denis, La Réunion, 1912, Bärbel Küster Part III: Redefining Transnationalism(S) Vs. International Commodification 11: Remembering Africa: Africa as the Sign of the Transnational in Black-British Writing, Mpalive Msiska 12: The Great Game: The Geopolitics of Secret Knowledge, Gauri Viswanathan 13: The Transnational Passage of the Spanish Word cimarrón, Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe 14: The Border as Third Space: Between Colonial Gaze and Transnational Dislocation, Noha Hamdy 15: Cracked Communicating Vessels: Sexuality, Body Modification, and Flesh in the West and the ‘non West’, Chantal Zabus 16: Globalizing Jane Austen: An Analysis of Gurinder Chadha’s Pride and Prejudice Adaptation Bride and Prejudice, Sarah Säckel List of Contributors