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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2010

AMS 390 • Transnationalism

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Course Description

In an effort to revise the cultural nationalism and critique the celebratory exceptionalism that has historically informed the field of American Studies, contemporary American Studies scholarship has turned toward an increasingly transnational, diasporic, global, and post-national approach. The movement of people, labor, capital, and commodities across national boundaries has created migratory flows and circuits that challenge the role of the nation-state and question its relevance in this postmodern globalized world. How does America become reconfigured in the world and how do scholars begin to envision a critically transnational and international vision of American Studies? This course will investigate the move from 'national' to 'post-national' fields of study reading from a wide range of disciplines including: American Studies, cultural studies, immigration studies, history, anthropology, and sociology. We will examine the theoretical formations of modern forms of nationalism and transnationalism and explore the cultural, social, and political effects of global migration, globalization, ethnic consciousness, cultural identity, citizenship, and diasporic communities.


Possible Texts:
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
Paul GilroyBenedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
Paul Gilroy, Black Atlantic
*Bash, Glick-Schiller, and Szanton Blanc, Nations Unbound
Coco Fusco, English is Broken Here
Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large
Sandhya Shukla, India Abroad
Gina Perez, Near Northwest Side Story
Andrea Louie, Chineseness Across Borders
*Eiichiro Azuma, Between Two Empires
Aihwa Ong, Neoliberalism as Exception
*John Carlos-Rowe, Post-Nationalist American Studies
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