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Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature


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In an age of globalisation, it has become increasingly difficult to characterise the United States as culturally and linguistically homogenous and impermeable to influences from beyond its territorial borders.

This series seeks to provide more cosmopolitan and transnational perspectives on American literature, by offering:

in-depth analyses of American writers and writing literature by internationally based scholars

critical studies that foster awareness of the ways in which American writing engages with writers and cultures north and south of its territorial boundaries, as well as with the writers and cultures across the Atlantic and Pacific.

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Richard Wright and Transnationalism: New Dimensions to Modern American Expatriate Literature

Richard Wright and Transnationalism: New Dimensions to Modern American Expatriate Literature

1st Edition

Mamoun F. I. Alzoubi
October 10, 2018

Richard Wright and Transnationalism sees Dr. Mamoun Alzoubi argue that renowned American Author, Richard Wright, transformed the way that we approach comparative literature by beginning to look at matters of American racism and Civil Rights in transnational contexts, formed by the new nations...

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

1st Edition

Peter Ferry
September 27, 2018

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction is an interdisciplinary study that presents masculinity as a key thematic concern in contemporary New York fiction. This study argues that New York authors do not simply depict masculinity as a social and historical construction but seek to challenge the...

Identity, Diaspora and Return in American Literature

Identity, Diaspora and Return in American Literature

1st Edition

Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger
February 06, 2018

This volume combines literary analysis and theoretical approaches to mobility, diasporic identities and the construction of space to explore the different ways in which the notion of return shapes contemporary ethnic writing such as fiction, ethnography, memoir, and film. Through a wide variety of...

Cold War American Literature and the Rise of Youth Culture: Children of Empire

Cold War American Literature and the Rise of Youth Culture: Children of Empire

1st Edition

Denis Jonnes
February 06, 2018

Demands placed on many young Americans as a result of the Cold War give rise to an increasingly age-segregated society. This separation allowed adolescents and young adults to begin to formulate an identity distinct from previous generations, and was a significant factor in their widespread...

Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age

Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age

1st Edition

Aparajita Nanda
February 06, 2018

As new comparative perspectives on race and ethnicity open up, scholars are identifying and exploring fresh topics and questions in an effort to reconceptualize ethnic studies and draw attention to nation–based approaches that may have previously been ignored. This volume, by recognizing the...

Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature

Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature

1st Edition

Emma Staniland
February 06, 2018

This book explores six texts from across Spanish America in which the coming-of-age story ('Bildungsroman') offers a critique of gendered selfhood as experienced in the region’s socio-cultural contexts. Looking at a range of novels from the late twentieth century, Staniland explores thematic...

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture: Static Heroes, Social Movements and Empowerment

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture: Static Heroes, Social Movements and Empowerment

1st Edition

Ana M. Manzanas, Jesús Benito Sanchez
February 05, 2018

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture inscribes itself within the spatial turn that permeates the ways we look at literary and cultural productions. The volume seeks to clarify the connections between race, space, class, and identity as it concentrates on different occupations and...

Nature, Class, and New Deal Literature: The Country Poor in the Great Depression

Nature, Class, and New Deal Literature: The Country Poor in the Great Depression

1st Edition

Stephen Fender
February 05, 2018

Working through close rhetorical analysis of everything from fiction and journalism to documents and documentaries, this book looks at how popular memory favors the country Depression over the economic crisis in the nation’s cities and factories. Over eighty years after it happened, the Depression...

Nabokov, History and the Texture of Time

Nabokov, History and the Texture of Time

1st Edition

Will Norman
May 31, 2017

This book argues that the apparent evasion of history in Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction conceals a profound engagement with social, and therefore political, temporalities. While Nabokov scholarship has long assumed the same position as Nabokov himself — that his works exist in a state of historical...

The Transnationalism of American Culture: Literature, Film, and Music

The Transnationalism of American Culture: Literature, Film, and Music

1st Edition

Rocío Davis
May 31, 2017

This book studies the transnational nature of American cultural production, specifically literature, film, and music, examining how these serve as ways of perceiving the United States and American culture. The volume’s engagement with the reality of transnationalism focuses on material examples...

Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture

Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture

1st Edition

Tara Stubbs, Doug Haynes
March 17, 2017

This study develops the important work carried out on American literature through the frameworks of transnational, transatlantic, and trans-local studies to ask what happens when these same aspects become intrinsic to the critical narrative. Much cultural criticism since the 1990s has sought to...

Hospitality in American Literature and Culture: Spaces, Bodies, Borders

Hospitality in American Literature and Culture: Spaces, Bodies, Borders

1st Edition

Ana Maria M. Manzanas Calvo, Jesús Benito Sanchez
November 10, 2016

This volume examines hospitality in American immigrant literature and culture, situating this ancient virtue at the crossroads of space and border theory, and exploring the relationship among the intersecting themes of migration, citizenship, identity formation, and spatiality. Assessing the...

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