1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies

Edited By Nina Morgan, Alfred Hornung, Takayuki Tatsumi Copyright 2019
    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies provides scholars and students of American Studies with theoretical and applied essays that help to define Transnational American Studies as a discipline and practice.

    In more than 30 essays, the volume offers a history of the concept of the "transnational" and takes readers from the Barbary frontier to Guam, from Mexico's border crossings to the intifada's contested zones. Together, the essays develop new ways for Americanists to read events, images, sound, literature, identity, film, politics, or performance transnationally through the work of diverse figures, such as Confucius, Edward Said, Pauline Hopkins, Poe, Faulkner, Michael Jackson, Onoto Watanna, and others. This timely volume also addresses presidential politics and interpictorial US history from Lincoln in Africa, to Obama and Mandela, to Trump.

    The essays, written by prominent global Americanists, as well as the emerging scholars shaping the field, seek to provide foundational resources as well as experimental and forward-leaning approaches to Transnational American Studies.

    Introduction: Recognizing Transnational American Studies

    Alfred Hornung and Nina Morgan

    1. Collaboration in Transnational American Studies
    2. Shelley Fisher Fishkin

      Part 1: Theorizing Transnational American Studies

    3. Reorienting the Transnational: Transatlantic, Transpacific, and Antipodean
    4. Paul Giles

    5. Worlding America and Transnational American Studies
    6. Oliver Sheiding

    7. Archipelagic American Studies: An Open and Comparative Insularity
    8. Brian Russell Roberts

    9. The Transnational Poetics of Edward Said: Dangerous Affiliations & Impossible Comparisons
    10. Mina Karavanta

    11. The Pacific Turn: Transnational Asian American Studies
    12. William Nessly

      Part 2: Culture and Performance: Histories and Reciprocities

    13. Cultural Performance and Transnational American Studies
    14. Birgit M. Bauridl and Pia Wiegmink

    15. The Barbary Frontier and Transnational Allegories of Freedom
    16. Karim Bejjit

    17. Stages of Crossing: Transnational Indigenous Futures
    18. Birgit Däwes

    19. The Assembling of Trans-Indigènitude Through International Circuits of Poetry
    20. Gloria E. Chacón

    21. Traveling Sounds: Haitian Vodou, Michael Jackson, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers
    22. Sabine Kim

      Part 3: Translating Texts and Transnationalizing Contexts

    23. Translating Poe in New York in the 1880s: Or, Poe’s Other Transnationalism
    24. Emron Esplin

    25. Confucius and America: The Moral Constitution of Statecraft
    26. Alfred Hornung

    27. Translations of American Cultural Politics into the Context of Post-war Japan
    28. Hiromi Ochi

    29. A Mixed Legacy: Chinoiserie and Japonisme in Onoto Watanna’s A Japanese Nightingale
    30. Yoshiko Uzawa

    31. Gender and Transnational American Studies
    32. Sarah Ruffing Robbins

    33. Ethiopianism, Gender, and Transnationalism in Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood
    34. Elizabeth West

    35. Transnationalism, Autobiography, and Criticism: the Spaces of Women’s Imagination
    36. Isabel Durán

      Part 4: Political Imaginaries and Transnational Images of the Political

    37. Iconography, Interpictoriality, and Transnational American Studies
    38. Udo J. Hebel

    39. The Visual Aesthetics of Privacy in American Presidential Politics and its Transatlantic Influence
    40. Karsten Fitz

    41. Lincoln in Africa
    42. Kevin Gaines

    43. Laws of Forgiveness: Obama, Mandela, Derrida
    44. Nina Morgan

    45. Visual Intertextuality and Transnational American Studies: Revisiting American Exceptionalism
    46. Rob Kroes

    47. Post-Truth = Post-Narrative?: Reading the Narrative Liminality of Transnational Right-Wing Populism
    48. Sebastian M. Herrmann

    49. American Realities: A European Perspective on Trump’s America
    50. Liam Kennedy

      Part 5: Remapping Geographies and Genres

    51. The Performance of American Popular Culture: Rhetoric and Symbolic Forms in American Western Movies
    52. Boris Vejdovsky

    53. Border Encounters: Theorizing the US-Mexico Border as Transa
    54. Jennifer A. Reimer

    55. Transnational and Intersectional Implications of the Intifada
    56. Denijal Jegic

    57. Guam, Un-Inc.; or Craig Santos Perez’s Transterritorial Challenge to American Studies as Usual
    58. Mary A. Knighton

    59. Post-Apocalyptic Geographies and Structural Appropriation
    60. Hsuan L. Hsu and Bryan Yazell

    61. Thinking After the Hemispheric: The Planetary Expanse of Transnational American Writing

    Takayuki Tatsumi


    Nina Morgan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transnational American Studies (Stanford University) and a professor of critical theory and literature at Kennesaw State University, USA, where she is also a founder of the American Studies program.

    Alfred Hornung is Research Professor of English and American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. He is also Director of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies.

    Takayuki Tatsumi is Professor of American Literature and Critical Theory at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. He has served as President of The American Literature Society of Japan and The Poe Society of Japan, in addition to serving as Vice President of the Melville Society of Japan.