Shock and Awe
American Exceptionalism and the Imperatives of the Spectacle in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Publication Year: 2013
As an examination of an overlooked text and a critical history of American studies from its origins in the nation-oriented "Myth and Symbol" school of the Cold War era into its present globalizing or transnationalizing perspective, Shock and Awe will appeal to a broad audience of American literature scholars and beyond.
Published by: Dartmouth College Press
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Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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It is soothing to the heart to abuse England and France for interposing to save the Ottoman empire from the destruction it has so richly deserved for a thousand years. It hurts my vanity to see these pagans refuse to eat of food that has been cooked for us, or to eat from a dish we have eaten from, or to drink from a goatskin which we have polluted with our Christian lips except by filtering the water through a sponge! I never disliked a Chinaman as I do these ...
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The immediate origin of this book’s argument was my reading of my former boundary 2 colleague Jonathan Arac’s Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target in summer 2011, particularly at the place late in his book where he brilliantly invokes Edward Said’s notion of contrapuntal reading to challenge the hyper-canonization of Twain’s novel: “By recognizing the necessary limits and imper-...
1 | American Exceptionalism: A Genealogy
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First: faith draws the heart of a Christian to live in some warrantable calling. As soon as ever a man begins to look towards God and the ways of His grace, he will not rest till he find out some warrantable calling and employment. An instance you have in the prodigal son, that after he had received and spent his portion in vanity, and when being pinched, he came home to himself, and coming home to his father, the very next thing after confession and repentance ...
2 | "A Connecticut Yankee" as American Jeremiad: The Historical Context
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Have a battle between a modern army, with gatling guns—(automatic) 600 shots a minute .uni00A0.uni00A0. torpedoes, balloons, 100- ton cannon, iron- clad f_leet &c —Mark Twain’s Notebooks 1eight.oldstyle (1eight.oldstyleeight.oldstyle3–1eight.oldstylenine.oldstyle1)He took a contract from King Arthur to kill of_f, at one of the great tournaments, fifteen kings and many acres of hostile armored knights. When, lance in rest ...
3 | Americanist Criticism of "A Connecticut Yankee": A Critical History
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It is no exaggeration to say that liberation as an intellectual mission, born in the resistance and opposition to the confinements and ravages of imperialism, has now shifted from the settled, established and domesticated dynamics of culture to its unhoused, decentered, and exilic energies, energies whose incarnation today is the migrant and whose consciousness is that of the intellectual and artist in exile, the political figure between domains, between forms, ...
4 | Staging the Spectacle: A Contrapuntal Reading of "A Connecticut Yankee"
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In the most general sense of progressive thought, the Enlightenment has always aimed at liberating men from fear and establishing their sovereignty. Yet the fully enlightened earth —Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, “The Concept of Enlightenment”Philosophy, the power of separate thought and the thought of separate power, could never by itself supersede theology. The spectacle is the material reconstruction of the religious ...
5 | "A Connecticut Yankee" and America’s 'War on Terror': Thinking the Spectacle
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A bugle? .uni00A0.uni00A0. It is the king! The drawbridge, there! Man the battlements!—turn out the—He was getting up his last “ef_fect,” but he never finished it.The Bush administration has attempted to supplant the loss of the belief in Virgin Land that underwrote the myth of U.S. exceptionalism with the arrogation of the power to occupy the position of the exception to the laws of the World of Nations. But insofar as the Homeland ...
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...(homo sacer), 26, 7eight.oldstyle, 105, 1four.oldstyle0–1four.oldstyle1, 16nine.oldstyle–170, 1nine.oldstyleeight.oldstylenfour.oldstyle5, 20eight.oldstylen31; The Coming camp, 1four.oldstyle0–1four.oldstyle1, 171; on George W. Bush, 20eight.oldstyle–20nine.oldstylen33; The Highest Poverty: Form-“pure violence,” 1four.oldstyle5–1four.oldstyle6; The State of ...
Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies