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Dislocalism

The Crisis fo Globalization and the Remobilizing of Americanism

Sarika Chandra

Publication Year: 2011

Notwithstanding its now extensive, trans-disciplinary bibliography, the full reality of globalization remains less well understood than commonly thought. As an objective, secular phenomenon, globalization has continued to be obscured by ideological and rhetorical strategies that travel under the same name but posit it as simply the abstract-universal other of the local. Dislocalism: The Crisis of Globalization and the Remobilizing of Americanism makes such strategies and the global/local binary they reinforce into objects of critical analysis. Taking her title from a new theoretical concept at the heart of this critique, Sarika Chandra argues that the historically dominant position of the United States in the global order takes on a uniquely urgent and problematic form: globalization is experienced not only as external to the American “nation of nations” but also as something internal to it. Through close study of four discrete intellectual/cultural arenas from the 1980s to the present—management theory, the literature of immigration, travel writing, and narratives of the culinary exotic—Chandra further argues that an Americanized imperative to globalize results in a repositioning of the local to maintain national and institutional boundaries. To “dislocalize” becomes, simultaneously, to “dislocalize.” By mapping out the deeper, often hidden discursive ambiguities and historical specificities of an Americanized globalization, Dislocalism effectively redefines and re-orients the fields of American literary and cultural studies.

Published by: The Ohio State University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-3

Contents

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pp. iii-5

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Acknowledgments

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pp. v-vii

I am indebted to numerous people who have provided much-needed intellectual engagement and sustenance during the time that I have worked on this project. First and foremost is Susan Hegeman, whose support and enthusiasm have been constant. I have been most fortunate to have her...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-24

Globalization, according to what has for some time become the conventional wisdom, refers to a radically new social, economic, and cultural reality in which all preexisting, locally constituted practices and ideas have ceased to be viable. Whether, as once proclaimed from the standpoint...

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Chapter 1. Management Fictions

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pp. 25-80

In his book Secular Vocations (1993), Bruce Robbins relates the following anecdote: “In the fall of 1972, when I was starting graduate school, the professor in charge of the first year colloquium asked us all what we would say if a businessman held a gun to our heads and demanded to...

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Chapter 2. (Im)migration and the New Nationalist Literatures

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pp. 81-139

Dislocalism in literary studies is a strategy that critics employ to produce a larger transnational context for various categories such as American literature or British literature—categories whose partial displacement is advocated only so as to solidify the nationalist category per se. In this...

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Chapter 3. American Sojourns

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pp. 140-169

“When travelers, old and young, get together and talk turns to their journeys, there is usually an argument put forward by the older ones that there was a time in the past—fifty, sixty years ago, though some say less—when this planet was ripe for travel. Then, the world was innocent,...

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Chapter 4. The Global Palate

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pp. 170-213

This chapter further extends my discussion, begun in chapters 2 and 3, regarding metaphors of mobility. In chapter 3 I analyzed the ways in which the rhetoric of the end of travel works “dislocally” precisely so as to preserve and consolidate the genre of travel writing, and reinscribe its...

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Conclusion. The “Turn to Fiction”—and “Fictional Capital”—Revisited

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pp. 215-233

The introduction to Dislocalism closes with a brief remark on a “general facet of dislocalism that has particular implications for the humanities and especially for literary/cultural studies” which I refer to as the “turn to fiction,” The latter, as very briefly outlined and previewed there, appears,...

Notes

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pp. 235-256

Bibliography

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pp. 257-272

Index

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pp. 273-303


E-ISBN-13: 9780814270646
E-ISBN-10: 0814270646
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814211663
Print-ISBN-10: 0814211666

Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2011