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Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature


About the Series

In an age of globalisation, it has become increasingly difficult to characterise the United States as culturally and linguistically homogenous and impermeable to influences from beyond its territorial borders.

This series seeks to provide more cosmopolitan and transnational perspectives on American literature, by offering:

in-depth analyses of American writers and writing literature by internationally based scholars

critical studies that foster awareness of the ways in which American writing engages with writers and cultures north and south of its territorial boundaries, as well as with the writers and cultures across the Atlantic and Pacific.

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Spain, the United States, and Transatlantic Literary Culture throughout the Nineteenth Century

Spain, the United States, and Transatlantic Literary Culture throughout the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By John C. Havard, Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso
September 30, 2021

The relationship between the United States and Spain evolved rapidly over the course of the nineteenth century, culminating in hostility during the Spanish-American War. However, scholarship on literary connections between the two nations has been limited aside from a few studies of the small ...

Ambivalent Transnational Belonging in American Literature

Ambivalent Transnational Belonging in American Literature

1st Edition

By Silvia Schultermandl
June 17, 2021

Ambivalent Transnational Belonging in American Literature discusses the extent to which transnational concepts of identity and community are cast within nationalist frameworks. It analyzes how the different narrative perspectives in texts by Olaudah Equiano, Catharina Maria Sedgwick, Henry James, ...

Transatlantic Footholds Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers

Transatlantic Footholds: Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers

1st Edition

By Stephanie Palmer
July 18, 2019

Transatlantic Footholds: Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers analyses British reviews of American women fiction writers, essayists and poets between the periods of literary domesticity and modernism. The book demonstrates that a variety of American women writers were ...

Richard Wright and Transnationalism New Dimensions to Modern American Expatriate Literature

Richard Wright and Transnationalism: New Dimensions to Modern American Expatriate Literature

1st Edition

By Mamoun F. I. Alzoubi
October 10, 2018

Richard Wright and Transnationalism sees Dr. Mamoun Alzoubi argue that renowned American Author, Richard Wright, transformed the way that we approach comparative literature by beginning to look at matters of American racism and Civil Rights in transnational contexts, formed by the new nations ...

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

1st Edition

By Peter Ferry
September 27, 2018

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction is an interdisciplinary study that presents masculinity as a key thematic concern in contemporary New York fiction. This study argues that New York authors do not simply depict masculinity as a social and historical construction but seek to challenge the...

Cold War American Literature and the Rise of Youth Culture Children of Empire

Cold War American Literature and the Rise of Youth Culture: Children of Empire

1st Edition

By Denis Jonnes
February 06, 2018

Demands placed on many young Americans as a result of the Cold War give rise to an increasingly age-segregated society. This separation allowed adolescents and young adults to begin to formulate an identity distinct from previous generations, and was a significant factor in their widespread ...

Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age

Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age

1st Edition

Edited By Aparajita Nanda
February 06, 2018

As new comparative perspectives on race and ethnicity open up, scholars are identifying and exploring fresh topics and questions in an effort to reconceptualize ethnic studies and draw attention to nation–based approaches that may have previously been ignored. This volume, by recognizing the ...

Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature

Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature

1st Edition

By Emma Staniland
February 06, 2018

This book explores six texts from across Spanish America in which the coming-of-age story ('Bildungsroman') offers a critique of gendered selfhood as experienced in the region’s socio-cultural contexts. Looking at a range of novels from the late twentieth century, Staniland explores thematic ...

Identity, Diaspora and Return in American Literature

Identity, Diaspora and Return in American Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger
February 06, 2018

This volume combines literary analysis and theoretical approaches to mobility, diasporic identities and the construction of space to explore the different ways in which the notion of return shapes contemporary ethnic writing such as fiction, ethnography, memoir, and film. Through a wide variety of ...

Nature, Class, and New Deal Literature The Country Poor in the Great Depression

Nature, Class, and New Deal Literature: The Country Poor in the Great Depression

1st Edition

By Stephen Fender
February 05, 2018

Working through close rhetorical analysis of everything from fiction and journalism to documents and documentaries, this book looks at how popular memory favors the country Depression over the economic crisis in the nation’s cities and factories. Over eighty years after it happened, the Depression ...

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture Static Heroes, Social Movements and Empowerment

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture: Static Heroes, Social Movements and Empowerment

1st Edition

By Ana M. Manzanas, Jesús Benito Sanchez
February 05, 2018

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture inscribes itself within the spatial turn that permeates the ways we look at literary and cultural productions. The volume seeks to clarify the connections between race, space, class, and identity as it concentrates on different occupations and ...

Nabokov, History and the Texture of Time

Nabokov, History and the Texture of Time

1st Edition

By Will Norman
May 31, 2017

This book argues that the apparent evasion of history in Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction conceals a profound engagement with social, and therefore political, temporalities. While Nabokov scholarship has long assumed the same position as Nabokov himself — that his works exist in a state of historical ...

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