After American Studies

After American Studies : Rethinking the Legacies of Transnational Exceptionalism

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After American Studies is a timely critique of national and transnational approaches to community, and their forms of belonging and trans/patriotisms. Using reports in multicultural psychology and cultural neuroscience to interpret an array of cultural forms-including literature, art, film, advertising, search engines, urban planning, museum artifacts, visa policy, public education, and ostensibly non-state media-the argument fills a gap in contemporary criticism by a focus on what makes cultural canons symbolically effective (or not) for an individual exposed to them. The book makes important points about the limits of transnationalism as a paradigm, evidencing how such approaches often reiterate presumptive and essentialized notions of identity that function as new dimensions of exceptionalism. In response to the shortcomings in trans/national criticism, the final chapter initiates a theoretical consideration of a postgeographic and postcultural form of community (and of cultural analysis).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 188 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 404g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Tables, black and white
  • 1138054054
  • 9781138054059

Table of contents

Introduction: A Critique of Transnational Approaches to Community

1. The Ontology of Cultural Groups in Modernity

2. Place-Making

3. Literature as a Device of Cultural Appropriation

4. A Coda to Literary Canons

5. Art and Power

6. Forced Acculturation

7. Transmedia Storytelling

8. Colonial Problems, Transnational American Studies

9. Imagining New Communities
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About Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera

Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera is associate professor in the Department of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico.
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