Imagining Our Americas: Toward a Transnational Frame (Radical Perspectives)

Imagining Our Americas: Toward a Transnational Frame (Radical Perspectives)

By: Heidi Tinsman (editor), Sandhya Shukla (editor)Paperback

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This rich interdisciplinary collection of essays advocates and models a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas. Taken together, the essays examine North and South America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific as a broad region transcending both national boundaries and the dichotomy between North and South. In the volume's substantial introduction, the editors, an anthropologist and a historian, explain the need to move beyond the paradigm of U.S. American Studies and Latin American Studies as two distinct fields. They point out the Cold War origins of area studies, and they note how many of the Americas' most significant social formations have spanned borders if not continents: diverse and complex indigenous societies, European conquest and colonization, African slavery, Enlightenment-based independence movements, mass immigrations, and neoliberal economies.Scholars of literature, ethnic studies, and regional studies as well as of anthropology and history, the contributors focus on the Americas as a broadly conceived geographic, political, and cultural formation. Among the essays are explorations of the varied histories of African Americans' presence in Mexican and Chicano communities, the different racial and class meanings that the Colombian musical genre cumbia assumes as it is absorbed across national borders, and the contrasting visions of anticolonial struggle embodied in the writings of two literary giants and national heroes: Jose Marti of Cuba and Jose Rizal of the Philippines. One contributor shows how a pidgin-language mixture of Japanese, Hawaiian, and English allowed second-generation Japanese immigrants to critique Hawaii's plantation labor system as well as Japanese hierarchies of gender, generation, and race. Another examines the troubled history of U.S. gay and lesbian solidarity with the Cuban Revolution. Building on and moving beyond previous scholarship, this collection illuminates the productive intellectual and political lines of inquiry opened by a focus on the Americas. Contributors. Rachel Adams, Victor Bascara, John D. Blanco, Alyosha Goldstein, Hector Fernandez L'Hoeste, Ian Lekus, Caroline F. Levander, Susan Y. Najita, Rebecca Schreiber, Sandhya Shukla, Harilaos Stecopoulos, Michelle Stephens, Heidi Tinsman, Nick Turse, Rob Wilson

About Author

Sandhya Shukla is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of India Abroad: Diasporic Cultures of Postwar America and England. Heidi Tinsman is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Partners in Conflict: The Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Labor in the Chilean Agrarian Reform, 1950-1973, also published by Duke University Press.


About the Series vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Across the Americas / Heidi Tinsman and Sandhya Shukla 1 Up from Empire: James Weldon Johnson, Latin America, and the Jim Crow South / Harilaos Stecopoulos 34 Bastards of the Unfinished Revolution: Bolivar's Ismael and Rizal's Marti at the End of the Nineteenth Century / John D. Blanco 63 Confederate Cuba / Caroline Levander 88 Pleasure and Colonial Resistance: Translating the Politics of Pidgin in Milton Murayama's All I Asking for Is My Body / Susan Y. Najita 111 Experimental Dreams, Ethical Nightmares: Leprosy, Isolation, and Human Experimentation in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii / Nicholas Turse 138 Tracking the "China Peril" along the U.S. Pacific Rim: Carpetbaggers, Yacht People, 1.2 Billion Cyborg Consumers, and the Bamboo Gang, Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You! / Rob Wilson 168 Uprooted Bodies: Indigenous Subjects and Colonial Discourses in Atlantic American Studies / Michelle Stephens 190 Blackness Goes South: Race and Mestizaje in Our America / Rachel Adams 214 Queer Harvests: Homosexuality,the U.S. New Left, and the Venceremos Brigades to Cuba / Ian Lekus 249 Dislocations of Cold War Cultures: Exile, Transnationalism, and the Politics of Form / Rebecca M. Schreiber 282 The Attributes of Sovereignty: The Cold War, Colonialism, and Community Education in Puerto Rico / Alyosha Goldstein 313 All Cumbias, the Cumbia: The Latin Americanization of a Tropical Genre / Hector Fernandez L'Hoeste 338 "Panama Money": Reading the Transition to U.S. Imperialism / Victor Bascara 365 Contributors 387 Index 391

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  • ISBN13: 9780822339618
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9780822339618
  • ISBN10: 0822339617

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