A Concise Companion to American Studies
February 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- A collection of 22 original essays which provides an unprecedented introduction to the "new" American Studies: a comparative, transnational, postcolonial and polylingual discipline
- Addresses a variety of subjects, from foundations and backgrounds to the field, to different theories of the “new” American Studies, and issues from globalization and technology to transnationalism and post-colonialism
- Explores the relationship between American Studies and allied fields such as Ethnic Studies, Feminist, Queer and Latin American Studies
- Designed to provoke discussion and help students and scholars at all levels develop their own approaches to contemporary American Studies
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 (Michael Denning).
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 and Differential 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 (Richard T. Rodríguez).
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 (Harilaos Stecopoulos).
13. Postnational and Postcolonial Reconfigurations of American Studies in the Postmodern Condition (Donald Pease).
14. Culture, US Imperialism, and Globalization (John Carlos Rowe).
15. Sugar, Sex, and Empire: Sarah Orne Jewett’s “The Foreigner” and the Spanish-American War (Rebecca Walsh).
16. The Rapprochement of Technology Studies and American Studies (David E. Nye).
17. The World Wide Web and Digital Culture: New Borders, New Media, 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 (Alyssa MacLean).
21. The US University under Siege: Confronting Academic Unfreedom (Henry A. Giroux).
22. Popular, Mass, and High Culture (Shelley Streeby).
"The stunning and compelling essays collected in this comprehensive volume by John Rowe provide an essential guide to the transformation of the field of American Studies for the 21st century." George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California