The Crisis fo Globalization and the Remobilizing of Americanism
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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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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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...
Chapter 1. Management Fictions
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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...
Chapter 2. (Im)migration and the New Nationalist Literatures
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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 3. American Sojourns
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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,...
Chapter 4. The Global Palate
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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...
Conclusion. The “Turn to Fiction”—and “Fictional Capital”—Revisited
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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,...
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Publication Year: 2011