In this Book

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The contributors to this volume argue that for too long, inclusiveness has substituted for methodology in American studies scholarship. The ten original essays collected here call for a robust comparativism that is attuned theoretically to questions of both space and time.

States of Emergency asks readers to engage in a thought experiment: imagine that you have an object you want to study. Which methodologies will contextualize and explain your selection? What political goals are embedded in your inquiry? This thought experiment is taken up by contributors who consider an array of objects--the weather, cigarettes, archival material, AIDS, the enemy, extinct species, and torture. The essayists recalibrate the metrics of time and space usually used to measure these questions. In the process, each contributes to a project that redefines the object of American studies, reading its history as well as its future across, against, even outside the established grain of interdisciplinary practice.

Contributors:
Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University
Ian Baucom, Duke University
Chris Castiglia, The Pennsylvania State University
Russ Castronovo, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University
Nan Enstad, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Susan Gillman, University of California, Santa Cruz
Rodrigo Lazo, University of California, Irvine
Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland
Anne McClintock, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kenneth W. Warren, University of Chicago



Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Introduction: The Study of the American Problems
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Rogue States and Emergent Disciplines
  2. pp. 17-35
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  1. Migrant Archives: New Routes in and out of American Studies
  2. pp. 36-54
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  1. Toxicity and the Consuming Subject
  2. pp. 55-68
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  1. Past Burning: The (Post-)Traumatic Memories of (Post-)Queer Theory
  2. pp. 69-87
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  1. Paranoid Empire: Specters from Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib
  2. pp. 88-115
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  1. Taking the Measure of the Black Atlantic
  2. pp. 116-123
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  1. Cicero’s Ghost: The Atlantic, the Enemy, and the Laws of War
  2. pp. 124-142
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  1. World History according to Katrina
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. American Studies in an Age of Extinction
  2. pp. 161-182
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 183-186
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 187-203
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469604565
Related ISBN
9780807833407
MARC Record
OCLC
966768838
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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