Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies (Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American)

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This volume is the outcome of a transatlantic conversation on the topic "Transnational America," in which more than sixty scholars from universities in the United States and Germany gathered to assess the historical significance of and examine the academic prospects for the "transnational turn" in American studies. This development has brought about the most significant re-imagining of the field since its inception. The"transnational" has subsumed competing spatial and temporal orientations to the subject and has dismantled the foundational tenets and premises informing the methodology, periodization, pedagogy, and geographical locations of U.S. American studies, but transnational American studies scholars have not yet provided a coherent portrait of their field. This volume constitutes an effort to produce this needed portrait. The editors have gathered work from a host of senior and up-and-coming Americanists to compile a field-defining project that will influence both scholars and students of American studies for many years to come.

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Fluck, Pease, and Rowe have assembled formidable essays by German and American scholars who grapple with the changing and contested meaning of America in the world. . . . A book for theorists and practitioners in the field of American studies. . . . Recommended. Choice"

Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies . . . is in many ways an attempt to redress some of the inequalities of power within the field conditioned by its Cold War origins. The pluralistic approach . . . suggests that a critical formation that in its most strident moments . . . is not immune to serious critique from within. The collection s editors are willing to represent a spectrum of dialogue containing arguments that, pursued in more depth, could undermine much of the rationale behind a transnational turn in the first place. Re-Framing the Transnational Turn could be said to be as self-critical toward anti-exceptionalism as anti-exceptionalist scholarship itself is to the foundations of American Studies. American Quarterly"

"Re-Framing the Transnational Turn provides arguably the most trenchant and comprehensive critical account of American exceptionalism and transnationalism to date. Pease's introduction is an absolute a tour de force, elucidating the broad sweeps that have marked our field since its formation and punctuated critical innovation over the last decades." --American Literary History

"Fluck, Pease, and Rowe have assembled formidable essays by German and American scholars who grapple with the changing and contested meaning of America in the world. . . . A book for theorists and practitioners in the field of American studies. . . . Recommended."-- "Choice"

"Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies . . . is in many ways an attempt to redress some of the inequalities of power within the field conditioned by its Cold War origins. The pluralistic approach . . . suggests that a critical formation that in its most strident moments . . . is not immune to serious critique from within. The collection's editors are willing to represent a spectrum of dialogue containing arguments that, pursued in more depth, could undermine much of the rationale behind a transnational turn in the first place. Re-Framing the Transnational Turn could be said to be as self-critical toward anti-exceptionalism as anti-exceptionalist scholarship itself is to the foundations of American Studies."-- "American Quarterly"

Re-Framing the Transnational Turn provides arguably the most trenchant and comprehensive critical account of American exceptionalism and transnationalism to date. Pease's introduction is an absolute a tour de force, elucidating the broad sweeps that have marked our field since its formation and punctuated critical innovation over the last decades."-- "American Literary History"

"The book contains a number of excellent contributions to the field that will be essential reading for anyone seeking to enter it, and will add new perspectives to those already invested in it. . . . Not despite, but because of its many, and in some cases contradictory takes and suggestions on which direction the field should take, the collection offers valuable contributions for those interested in transnational American studies, and will offer every reader food for thought and a range of points of contact with their own teaching and research."-- "Amerikastudien/American Studies"

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WINFRIED FLUCK is professor and chair of American studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universitat Berlin. DONALD E. PEASE is professor of English and the Ted & Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities at Dartmouth College. 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.

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