The Crisis fo Globalization and the Remobilizing of Americanism
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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I am indebted to numerous people who have provided much-needed intel-lectual 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 intellectual presence, her example, and her patience. Tace Hedrick, Steph-...
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Globalization, according to what has for some time become the conven-tional 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 stand-point of “New Economy” Realpolitik by a Robert Reich1 or champi-...
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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 know why society should pay for us to study literature.” This was met by ...
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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 chapter I will analyze dislocalism in American immigrant/ethnic literary ...
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...“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, undiscovered and full of possibility,” remarks Paul Theroux in his 1976 ...
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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 nonidentity with tourism. But what of the latter category itself, and the ...
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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, with greater or lesser emphasis, as a recurrent conceptual and analytical ...
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...1. See The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism 2. See The Lexus and the Olive Tree (New York: Anchor, 2000) and The World Is Flat: a Brief History of the 21st Century (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005).3. “The problems which had dominated the critique of capitalism before the war, and which the Golden Age [from World War II to 1973, not the beginnings but the ...
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Publication Year: 2011