Transnational American Memories

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Udo J. Hebel
Walter de Gruyter, 2009 - Всего страниц: 460
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The volume gathers twenty original essays by experts of American memory studies from the United States and Europe. It extends discussions of U.S. American cultures of memory, commemorative identity construction, and the politics of remembrance into the topical field of transnational and comparative American studies. In the contexts of the theoretical turns since the 1990s, including prominently the pictorial and the spatial turns, and in the wake of multicultural and international conceptions of American history, the contributions to the collection explore the cultural productivity and political implications of both officially endorsed memories and practices of oppositional remembrance. Reading sites of memory situated in or related to the United States as crossroads of transnational and intercultural remembering and commemoration manifests their possibly controversial function as platforms and agents in the processes of cultural exchange and political negotiation across the spatial, temporal, and ideological trajectories that inform American Studies as Atlantic Studies, Hemispheric Studies, Pacific Studies. The interdisciplinary range of issues and materials engaged includes literary texts, personal accounts, and cultural performances from colonial times through the immediate present, the significance of war monuments and ethnic memorials in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., films about 9/11, public sculptures and the fine arts, American world's fairs as transnational sites of memory.

 

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Introduction
1
Transnational Recastings of Conquest and the Malinche Myth
11
Scenarios of Colonial Encounter in the Writings of John Smith Cabeza de Vaca and Jacques Cartier
33
Transnational American Memories in Julia Álvarezs Disease Narrative
59
Troubling Silences and Memories of the LandTaking in Norwegian Immigrant Letters
79
Tribal or Transnational? Memory History and Identity in James Welchs The Heartsong of Charging Elk
105
William Peter Blattys Autobiographical Writing
129
Jonathan Safran Foers Everything Is Illuminated
145
Insistent Nationalism and the Transnational Memory of the Korean War
267
Cinematic Transformations of Ground Zero
285
Chicagos Worlds Fairs as Sites of Transnational American Memory
311
The Shevchenko Monument in Washington DC
333
Topographies of Transnational Memory in the Upper Rio Grande Valley
351
African American Philadelphia Murals as Sites of Memory
377
Artistic Inspiration and Transnational Memories in the Twentieth Century
405
Magna Carta 1215 and the Exercise of Transnationalism in the TwentyFirst Century
425

Jonathan Safran Foer and Don DeLillo
171
The USAmerican Memory of World War I
185
Family Letters and the Overseas Burying of US World War I Soldiers
215
Transnational Discourses of Holocaust Memory
243
Commentary Epilogue
447
Backmatter
453
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Udo J. Hebel, University of Regensburg, Germany.

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