1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Inter-American Studies

Edited By Wilfried Raussert Copyright 2017
    460 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    460 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An essential overview of this blossoming field, The Routledge Companion to Inter-American Studies is the first collection to draw together the diverse approaches and perspectives on the field, highlighting the importance of Inter-American Studies as it is practiced today. Including contributions from canonical figures in the field as well as a younger generation of scholars, reflecting the foundation and emergence of the field and establishing links between older and newer methodologies, this Companion covers:

    • Theoretical reflections

    • Colonial and historical perspectives

    • Cultural and political intersections

    • Border discourses

    • Sites and mobilities

    • Literary and linguistic perspectives

    • Area studies, global studies, and postnational studies

    • Phenomena of transfer, interconnectedness, power asymmetry, and transversality within the Americas.

    Table of Contents

    Wilfried Raussert. Introduction

    Part I
    1. Key Ideas, Methods, Developments

    2. Earl E. Fitz. Then and Now: The Current State of Inter-American Literary Studies

    3. Winfried Siemerling. Transnational Perspectives on the Americas: Canada, the United States, and the Case of Mary Ann Shadd

    4. Djelal Kadir. The Empire of Liberty: Extractive Imperialism in a Globalization Era

    5. Walter D. Mignolo. Decolonial Reflections on Hemispheric Partitions: From the "Western Hemisphere" to the "Eastern Hemisphere"

    6. Robert McKee Irwin. ¿Qué han Hecho los Nuevos Americanistas?: The New American Studies, Ten Years Later

    7. Luz Angélica Kirschner. Expanding Latinidad: A Hemispheric Perspective

    8. Stephen M. Park. Sites of Pan American Thinking: A Methodology of Place

    9. Claudia Sadowski-Smith. The Place of the Canada-U.S. Boundary in Border and Inter-American Studies

    10. George A. Yúdice. From Inter-American Relations to Global Commons?

    11. John Carlos Rowe. Moby-Dick and Inter-American Studies

    Part II 
    Theory Put into Practice: Comparative, Relational, and Processual Case Studies

    12. Birgit Daewes. "Reaching for the Same Can of Beans": Transnational Indigenous Performance in the U.S. and Canada

    13. Giselle Liza Anatol. Anansi the Trickster: Contesting Eurocentric Knowledge Production in the Americas

    14. Stanka Radovic. "A Rose by Any Other Name": Naming and Location in Caribbean Literature

    15. Meagan Sylvester. Locating Trinidadian Identity in the Soundscapes of Calypso and Kaiso-Jazz Fusion across Four Generations

    16. Wilfried Raussert. Retuning Hegemonic Pop Culture: El Vez’s Citation Practices

    17. Catherine Leen. Kissing the Spiderwoman and Loving the Awful Grandmother: Popular Culture in Manuel Puig’s El beso de la mujer araña and Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo

    18. Alberto Moreiras. Hispanism and the Border: On Infrapolitical Literature

    19. Isabel Caldeira. Toni Morrison and Edwidge Danticat: Writers-as-Citizens of the African Diaspora, or ‘The Margin as a Space of Radical Openness’

    20. Josef Raab. Hemispheric Intersections in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy

    21. Claire F. Fox. Fernando de Szyszlo and the Conceptual Turn in Cultural Policy

    22. Katherine E. Manthorne. Art School as Inter-American Contact Zone: New York Teachers & their Latin American Students

    23. Armida De La Garza. The Inter-American Documentary

    24. Niamh Thornton. Transience and Permanence in Online Selves: A Personal Reflection

    Part III
    Power, Politics, and Asymmetries

    25. Julia Roth. "Americus meets America": Colonization as En-Gendering in the Americas

    26. Barbara Buchenau. Cain’s Land, or Troping Indigenous Agriculture

    27. Rüdiger Kunow. The Biology of Geography: Disease and Disease Ecologies in the Americas

    28. Mary Louise Pratt. Language and the Afterlives of Empire

    29. Brian Rozema. A Hawai’ian Dialogue with the Mainland—‘Talk Story’ Talks Back Pidgin

    30. Gerardo Gutiérrez Cham. The Other Side of the Iron: Parrhesia of Slaves in the Indias

    31. Sérgio Costa. Dilemmas of Inter-American Anti-Racism. Re-Visiting ‘On the Cunning of Imperialist Reason’

    32. Deborah Dorotinsky. The Ethnographic Archive

    33. Anibal Quijano. ‘Good Living’: Between ‘Development’ and the De/Coloniality of Power

    34. Alejandra Bottinelli Wolleter. Intellectual Discourse and the Failed Nation in Mexico and Peru

    35. Karla Slocum. The African Diaspora, the Caribbean, and Oklahoma: Freedom, Global Economies, and Identity

    36. Paula Prescod. Displaced Roots, Viable Routes, the Garinagu, and the Caribs

    37. Stefan Rinke and Karina Kriegesmann. Experiencing Global Violence: Latin America and the United States Facing the Great War

    38. Deborah Cohn. Cultural Diplomacy and the Promotion of Latin American Literature in the U.S. University during the Cold War

    Notes on the Contributors


    Wilfried Raussert is Chair and Professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies and Co-Director of Inter-American Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany.

    "The time has certainly come for overviews and handbooks that define the fields and its disciplinary history and problems more comprehensively ... Rassert's Routledge Companion is therefore a most welcome publication." -- Helmbrecht Breinig (Erlangen)