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The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies

ISBN 9781138058903
Published April 23, 2019 by Routledge
400 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.