A Companion to American Studies is an essential volume thatbrings together voices and scholarship from across the spectrum ofAmerican experience. * A collection of 22 original essays which provides anunprecedented introduction to the "new" American Studies: acomparative, transnational, postcolonial and polylingualdiscipline * Addresses a variety of subjects, from foundations andbackgrounds to the field, to different theories of the new American Studies, and issues from globalizationand technology to transnationalism and post-colonialism * Explores the relationship between American Studies and alliedfields such as Ethnic Studies, Feminist, Queer and Latin AmericanStudies * Designed to provoke discussion and help students and scholarsat all levels develop their own approaches to contemporary AmericanStudies
John Carlos Rowe is USC Associates Professor of the Humanities and Chair of the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He has written and edited many books, including The Vietnam War and American Culture (1991), Post-Nationalist American Studies (2000), Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (2000), and The New American Studies (2002).
List of Contributors. Acknowledgments. Introduction (John Carlos Rowe). Part I Foundations and Backgrounds. 1. Puritan Origins (Philip F. Gura). 2. Cultural Anthropology and the Routes of American Studies,1851 1942 (Michael A. Elliott). 3. The Laboring of American Culture (MichaelDenning). 4. Is Class an American Study? (Paul Lauter). 5. Religious Studies (Jay Mechling). 6. American Languages (Joshua L. Miller). Part II Ethnic Studies and American Studies. 7. Blood Lines and Blood Shed: Intersectionality andDifferential Consciousness in Ethnic Studies and American Studies(George Lipsitz). 8. Native American Studies (John Gamber). 9. The Locations of Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies (RichardT. Rodriguez). 10. African American Studies (Jared Sexton). 11. Reckoning Nation and Empire: Asian American Critique(Lisa Lowe). Part III The New American Studies. 12. Western Hemispheric Drama and Performance (HarilaosStecopoulos). 13. Postnational and Postcolonial Reconfigurations of AmericanStudies in the Postmodern Condition (Donald Pease). 14. Culture, US Imperialism, and Globalization (John CarlosRowe). 15. Sugar, Sex, and Empire: Sarah Orne Jewett s TheForeigner and the Spanish-American War (RebeccaWalsh). 16. The Rapprochement of Technology Studies and American Studies(David E. Nye). 17. The World Wide Web and Digital Culture: New Borders, NewMedia, New American Studies (Matthias Oppermann). Part IV Problems and Issues. 18. Regionalism (Kevin R. McNamara). 19. The West and Manifest Destiny (Deborah L.Madsen). 20. Canadian Studies and American Studies (AlyssaMacLean). 21. The US University under Siege: Confronting AcademicUnfreedom (Henry A. Giroux). 22. Popular, Mass, and High Culture (ShelleyStreeby). Index.