American Studies in Motion

Brian T. Edwards

in Globalizing American Studies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226185064
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226185088 | DOI:
American Studies in Motion

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This chapter discusses experience of engaging with American studies in Tehran, Hyderabad, and Cairo which suggests that the archive of American studies itself has to be radically reconfigured for the field to be relevant in the twenty-first century. The way American history, literature, and society are perceived, interpreted, and reconfigured outside the United States, and the problems and possibilities that emerge from engagement with those who bring an outsider's regard to the trajectory of the United States, must be considered by the field at large. The understanding of this perception requires comparative, multilingual American studies work and the circulation of scholars of “America” along multiple pathways. This understanding requires scholars of all nationalities at times to stagger around looking for common ground.

Keywords: American studies; literature; Tehran; multilingual; scholars

Chapter.  10377 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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