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Post-Nationalist American Studies
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Post-Nationalist American Studies seeks to revise the cultural nationalism and celebratory American exceptionalism that tended to dominate American Studies in the Cold War era. The goal of the book's contributors is a less insular, more trans-national, comparative approach to American Studies, one that questions dominant American myths rather than canonizes them. Articulating new ways to think about American Studies, these essays demonstrate how diverse the field has become.

Contributors are concerned with cross-cultural communication, race and gender, global and local identities, and the complex tensions between symbolic and political economies. Their essays explore, among other topics, the construction of "foreign" peoples and cultures; the notion of borders—territorial, racial, economic, and sexual; the "multilingual reality" of the United States; the place of the Mexican-American War in U.S. history; and the significance of Tiger Woods in today's global market of consumption.

Together, the essays propose a renewed vision of the United States' role in the world and how American Studies scholarship can address that vision. Each contributor includes a sample syllabus showing how the issues discussed in individual essays can be brought into the classroom.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Post-Nationalism, Globalism, and the New American Studies
  2. pp. 23-37
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  1. Syllabus: Comparative American Studies: An Introduction
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Creating the Multicultural Nation: Adventures in Post-Nationalist American Studies in the 1990s
  2. pp. 40-58
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  1. Syllabus: Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Rethinking (and Reteaching) the Civil Religion in Post-Nationalist American Studies
  2. pp. 63-80
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  1. Syllabus: (Re)Teaching the Civil Religion: Religion in American Lives
  2. pp. 81-83
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  1. Foreign Affairs: Women, War, and the Pacific
  2. pp. 84-106
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  1. Syllabus: Pacific America: War, Memory, and Imagination
  2. pp. 107-109
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  1. Making Comparisons: First Contact, Ethnocentrism, and Cross-Cultural Communication
  2. pp. 110-125
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  1. Syllabus: Making Comparisons
  2. pp. 126-128
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  1. Race, Nation, and Equality: Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative and a Genealogy of U.S. Mercantilism
  2. pp. 129-163
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  1. Syllabus: Enclosing the “Open Sea”: Race, Nation, Gender, and Equality in the Northern Atlantic
  2. pp. 164-165
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  1. Joaquín Murrieta and the American 1848
  2. pp. 166-196
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  1. Syllabus: 1848: Empire, Amnesia, and American Studies
  2. pp. 197-199
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  1. My Border Stories: Life Narratives, Interdisciplinarity, and Post-Nationalism in Ethnic Studies
  2. pp. 200-218
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  1. Syllabus: Race and Gender in American Autobiography
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. How Tiger Woods Lost His Stripes: Post-Nationalist American Studies as a History of Race, Migration, and the Commodification of Culture
  2. pp. 223-246
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  1. Syllabus: Buying and Selling the Exotic: Transnational Culture and Global History
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-258
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