American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American by Neil Campbell, Alasdair Kean

By Neil Campbell, Alasdair Kean

Praise for earlier editions:
'Something of a godsend ... as a instructing source this ebook is moment to none ... achieves degrees of multiplicity not often, if ever, reached through others.' - Borderlines: stories in American Culture

This 3rd version of American Cultural Studies has been up to date all through take into consideration the advancements of the final six years, delivering an advent to the significant issues in glossy American tradition and explores how those subject matters should be interpreted.

Chapters within the booklet speak about many of the facets of yank cultural existence akin to faith, gender and sexuality, and regionalism. Updates and revisions include:

  • discussion of Barack Obama’s upward thrust to energy and the tip of the ‘Bush Years’
  • consideration of ‘Hemispheric American reviews’ and the expanding debates approximately globalisation and the position of the united states
  • up-to-date case-studies, equivalent to The Wire and Nurse Jackie,
  • more on suburbia, the Mexican-border crossing, the Twilight phenomena and so on
  • updated further-reading lists.Accompanying website.

American Cultural Studies is a middle textual content and an available advent to the interdisciplinary learn of yankee tradition.

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The constant ‘passages’ suggest that identity cannot in this scheme of things become fixed, nor arrive at some final point in which the authentic American is defined as an eternal essence. Deleuze touches upon the fact of American restlessness, its mobilities, or what we earlier termed the ‘routes’ of identity, as a sign of its ‘multiplicity’ – ‘a set of lines or dimensions which are irreducible to one another’ and in which ‘what counts are not the terms or the elements, but what there is “between” .

Traditional mythology about Columbus’s ‘discovery’ of the New World and the way in which it led to the republican and democratic values embedded in the history of the United States may be traced back to Joel Barlow’s epic Columbiad (1807) and Washington Irving’s A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1828). In the nineteenth century Columbus became widely adopted as the basis of many American place names, and Columbus Day became part of the litany of national days of celebration.

Again and again in American culture, there has been a belief in the possibility of renewal set alongside doubts and questionings about the reality of such a concept. This has often been interpreted as a naïve, superficial dream associated with the mythic portrayals of America as the promised land and a new Eden. This ‘new’ continent seemed to offer the last great hope for mankind to begin again and put right all the wrongs of the Old World. The truth of such claims was quickly dispelled and yet it survived as a structural myth in American culture.

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