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Author Herlihy-Mera, Jeffrey, author.

Title After American studies : rethinking the legacies of transnational exceptionalism / by Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera
Published New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge advances in American history ; 8
Routledge advances in American history ; 8
Contents Introduction: a critique of transnational approaches to community -- The ontology of cultural groups in modernity -- Place-making -- Literature as a device of cultural appropriation -- A coda to literary canons -- Art and power -- Forced acculturation -- Transmedia storytelling -- Colonial problems, transnational American studies -- Imagining new communities
Summary "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)."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 16, 2017)
Subject Exceptionalism -- United States -- History
Frontier thesis -- History
National characteristics, American -- History.
Frontier thesis.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
National characteristics, American.
Study skills.
United States -- Study and teaching -- History
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017037513
ISBN 1315167050