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American Studies. An Anthology. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 4459665
  • Book
  • February 2009
  • Region: United States
  • 640 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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American Studies is a vigorous, bold account of the changes in the field of American Studies over the last thirty-five years. Through this set of carefully selected key essays by an editorial board of expert scholars, the book demonstrates how changes in the field have produced new genealogies that tell different histories of both America and the study of America.
  • Charts the evolution of American Studies from the end of World War II to the present day by showcasing the best scholarship in this field
  • An introductory essay by the distinguished editorial board highlights developments in the field and places each essay in its historical and theoretical context
  • Explores topics such as American politics, history, culture, race, gender and working life
  • Shows how changing perspectives have enabled older concepts to emerge in a different context
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Notes on the Editors x

Acknowledgments to Sources xi

Introduction 1

Part I Empire, Nation, Diaspora 7

Introduction 7

1 Rethinking Race and Nation 9
Nikhil Pal Singh

2 Manifest Domesticity 17
Amy Kaplan

3 Nuestra América’s Borders: Remapping American Cultural Studies 26
José David Saldívar

4 The Practice of Diaspora 33
Brent Hayes Edwards

5 Removal 41
Tiya Miles

6 Redefining Security: Okinawa Women’s Resistance to US Militarism 49
Yoko Fukumura and Martha Matsuoka

Part II States, Citizenship, Rights 57

Introduction 57

7 Liberty’s Empire 59
Laura Doyle

8 The Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 and the Reconstruction of Race in Immigration Law 69
Mae M. Ngai

9 The Citizen and the Terrorist 78
Leti Volpp

10 Race, Gender, and the Privileges of Property 89
Peggy Pascoe

11 Racing Religion 99
Moustafa Bayoumi

12 The Intimate Public Sphere 109
Lauren Berlant

13 Democratic Passions: Reconstructing Individual Agency 119
Christopher Newfield

Part III Reproduction of Work 133

Introduction 133

14 Domestic Life in the Diggings 135
Susan Lee Johnson

15 “Women’s Sweat”: Gender and Agricultural Labor in the Atlantic World 145
Jennifer L. Morgan

16 Fashioning Political Subjectivities: The 1909 Shirtwaist Strike and the “Rational Girl Striker” 155
Nan Enstad

17 The Age of the CIO 166
Michael Denning

18 Work, Immigration, Gender: New Subjects of Cultural Politics 177
Lisa Lowe

19 Global Cities and Survival Circuits 185
Saskia Sassen

Part IV Religion, Spirituality, and Alternate Ways of Being in the United States 195

Introduction 195

20 Snakes Alive: Religious Studies between Heaven and Earth 199
Robert A. Orsi

21 From Demon Possession to Magic Show: Ventriloquism, Religion, and the Enlightenment 213
Leigh Eric Schmidt

22 Rethinking Vernacular Culture: Black Religion and Race Records in the 1920s and 1930s 225
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

23 The Madonna of 115th Street Revisited: Vodou and Haitian Catholicism in the Age of Transnationalism 233
Elizabeth McAlister

24 The Good Fight: Israel after Vietnam, 1972–80 246
Melani McAlister

25 Getting Religion 260
Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini

Part V Performances and Practices 269

Introduction 269

26 The Origins of Mass Culture 271
Richard M. Ohmann

27 The Riddle of the Zoot: Malcolm Little and Black Cultural Politics during World War II 280
Robin D. G. Kelley

28 Mardi Gras Indians: Carnival and Counter-Narrative in Black New Orleans 290
George Lipsitz

29 To Be Young, Brown, and Hip: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Indian American Youth Culture 299
Sunaina Marr Maira

30 Teatro Viva! Latino Performance and the Politics of AIDS in Los Angeles 307
David Román

31 Waiting for Godzilla: Toward a Globalist Theme Park 315
Takayuki Tatsumi

32 Hollywood’s Hot Voodoo 319
Eva Cherniavsky

Part VI Body-Talk 327

Introduction 327

33 Turning People into Products 329
Walter Johnson

34 Redressing the Pained Body: Toward a Theory of Practice 338
Saidiya V. Hartman

35 Between “Oriental Depravity” and “Natural Degenerates”: Spatial Borderlands and the Making of Ordinary Americans 346
Nayan Shah

36 The Rule of Normalcy: Politics and Disability in the USA [United States of Ability] 357
Lennard J. Davis

37 The Patient’s Body 365
Virginia L. Blum

38 Queer Cyborgs and New Mutants: Race, Sexuality, and Prosthetic Sociality in Digital Space 372
Mimi Nguyen

Part VII Mediating Technologies 385

Introduction 385

39 Two Spinning Wheels in an Old Log House 387
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

40 The Cultural Mediation of the Print Medium 397
Michael Warner

41 Likeness as Identity: Reflections on the Daguerrean Mystique 405
Alan Trachtenberg

42 “I Want to Ride in Geronimo’s Cadillac” 413
Philip Deloria

43 Reading the “Book of Life”: DNA and the Meanings of Identity 424
Sarah E. Chinn

44 Television and the Politics of Difference 433
Herman S. Gray

Part VIII Sites, Space, and Land 443

Introduction 443

45 Where is Guantánamo? 445
Amy Kaplan

46 Knowing Nature through Labor: Energy, Salmon Society on the Columbia 458
Richard White

47 Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California 465
Laura Pulido

48 Commerce: Reconfiguring Community Marketplaces 476
Lizabeth Cohen

49 The Prison Fix 486
Ruth Wilson Gilmore

50 The Globalization of Latin America: Miami 493
George Yúdice

51 Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? Katrina, Trap Economics, and the Rebirth of the Blues 506
Clyde Woods

Part IX Memory and Re-Memory 515

Introduction 515

52 Not only the Footprints but the Water Too and What is Down There 517
Avery Gordon

53 The Lost Cause and Causes Not Lost 528
David Blight

54 The Wall and the Screen Memory: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial 540
Marita Sturken

55 The Patriot Acts 550
Donald E. Pease

56 Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History 558
Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Part X Internationalization and Knowledge Production about American Studies 567

Introduction 567

57 Spectres of Comparison: American Studies and the United States of the West 569
Liam Kennedy

58 Romancing the Future: Internationalization as Symptom and Wish 578
Robyn Wiegman

59 Outside Where? Comparing Notes on Comparative American Studies and American Comparative Studies 588
Donatella Izzo

Index 605

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Janice A. Radway Duke University, USA.

Kevin Gaines University of Michigan, USA.

Barry Shank Ohio State University, USA.

Penny Von Eschen University of Michigan, USA.
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