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
Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Part 1: Theorizing Transnational American Studies
Brian Russell Roberts
Part 2: Culture and Performance: Histories and Reciprocities
Birgit M. Bauridl and Pia Wiegmink
Gloria E. Chacón
Part 3: Translating Texts and Transnationalizing Contexts
Sarah Ruffing Robbins
Part 4: Political Imaginaries and Transnational Images of the Political
Udo J. Hebel
Sebastian M. Herrmann
Part 5: Remapping Geographies and Genres
Jennifer A. Reimer
Mary A. Knighton
Hsuan L. Hsu and Bryan Yazell
Field-defining volumes in new and exciting areas of literary studies. These volumes are ideal introductions for beginners, or handy volumes for those already working in the field: summarising current scholarship, whilst pushing the boundaries of emerging trends they are must-have collections.