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Historicizing the Transnational: Robert Coover, Kathy Acker and the Rewriting of British Cultural History, 1970–1997

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/9780748640492.003.0005
Historicizing the Transnational: Robert Coover, Kathy Acker and the Rewriting of British Cultural History, 1970–1997

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This chapter focuses on the historisation of transnationalism and the rewriting of British cultural history during the period from 1970 to 1997. It considers the ways in which this era functioned as a bridge between the middle part of the twentieth century, when the public institutions of nationalism were still in full cry, and the turn of the new millennium, by which time the effects of globalisation and postnationalism had become widely prevalent and visible. The chapter reviews the relevant works of Robert Coover and Kathy Acker and argues that rather than implying the demise of the nation as an instrument of legislative control, transnationalism instead suggests that borders should no longer be located on the margins of a national sphere but seen as structurally inherent within it.

Keywords: transnationalism; British cultural history; nationalism; globalisation; postnationalism; Robert Coover; Kathy Acker; legislative control; nation

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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