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Globalizing American Studies$
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Brian T. Edwards and Gaonkar Dilip Parameshwar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226185064

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226185088.001.0001

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Introduction: Globalizing American Studies

Introduction: Globalizing American Studies

(p.1) Introduction: Globalizing American Studies
Globalizing American Studies

Brian T. Edwards

Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar

University of Chicago Press

The roots of both American studies and the understanding of the twentieth century as the “American Century” can be found earlier in the twentieth century. The myth of an American Century and the mythology of American exceptionalism sustained each other through subsequent decades, even though American studies scholars grappled with them both repeatedly, and attempted to free themselves from these narratives by identifying and critiquing their limitations and occlusions. The exceptionalist thesis has made possible many sophisticated readings of American history, literature, and society. This chapter attempts to locate the roots of the multilateralism that may already exist in literature and Americanist scholarship, conscious of the contingency of “America” within global circulation. The combination of American studies–American exceptionalism–American Century has served until now as an enabling interpretive matrix that has been able to contain a variety of contradictions, generated both internally by academic inquiry and externally by changing historical conditions.

Keywords:   American studies, exceptionalism, historical conditions, multilateralism, Americanist scholarship

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