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Post-Liberalism: George W. Bush and the Internationalization of American Studies

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640492
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652129 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.003.0003
Post-Liberalism: George W. Bush and the Internationalization of American Studies

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This chapter focuses on former U.S. President George W. Bush and the internationalisation of American studies during the post-liberalism period. It suggests that the extent and intensity of the fury visited upon Bush since his election to the U.S. presidency in 2000, particularly on the part of European commentators, is a curious and interesting phenomenon. The chapter argues that in order to make telling interventions as international Americanists it is important to abjure the buttoned-down intellectual's notion of Bush as some kind of ghastly aberration and attend seriously to what his presidency tells us about the contemporary conditions of the country he serves.

Keywords: George W. Bush; American studies; post-liberalism; international Americanists; U.S. presidency

Chapter.  5237 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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