After American Studies: Rethinking the Legacies of Transnational Exceptionalism (Routledge Advances in American History 8)

After American Studies: Rethinking the Legacies of Transnational Exceptionalism (Routledge Advances in American History 8)

By: Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera (author)Hardback

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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).

About Author

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

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

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138054059
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 188
  • ID: 9781138054059
  • weight: 3175
  • ISBN10: 1138054054

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