Shades of the Planet : American Literature as World Literature / Lawrence Buell, Wai Chee Dimock.

Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2018]
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De Gruyter University Press Library.

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American literature -- Foreign influences.
American literature -- History and criticism.
Boundaries in literature.
Globalization in literature.
In English.
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In a globalizing age, studying American literature in isolation from the rest of the world seems less and less justified. But is the conceptual box of the nation dispensable? And what would American literature look like without it?Leading scholars take up this debate in Shades of the Planet, beginning not with the United States as center, but with the world as circumference. This reversed frame yields a surprising landscape, alive with traces of West Africa, Eastern Europe, Iran, Iraq, India, China, Mexico, and Australia. The Broadway musical Oklahoma! has aboriginal antecedents; Black English houses an African syntax; American slavery consorts with the Holocaust; Philip Roth keeps company with Milan Kundera; the crime novel moves south of the border; and R. P. Blackmur lectures in Japan. A national literature becomes haunted by the world when that literature is seen extending to the Pacific, opening up to Islam, and accompanying African-American authors as they travel. Highlighting American literature as a fold in a planet-wide fabric, this pioneering volume transforms the field, redrawing its institutional as well as geographical map.The contributors are Rachel Adams, Jonathan Arac, Homi K. Bhabha, Lawrence Buell, Wai Chee Dimock, Susan Stanford Friedman, Paul Giles, David Palumbo-Liu, Ross Posnock, Joseph Roach, and Eric J. Sundquist.
Introduction: Planet and America, Set and Subset / Dimock, Wai Chee
PART ONE: The Field, the Nation, the World
Chapter 1: Global and Babel: Language and Planet in American Literature / Arac, Jonathan
Chapter 2: The Deterritorialization of American Literature / Giles, Paul
Chapter 3: Unthinking Manifest Destiny: Muslim Modernities on Three Continents / Friedman, Susan Stanford
PART TWO: Eastern Europe as Test Case
Chapter 4: Mr. Styron's Planet / Sundquist, Eric J.
Chapter 5: Planetary Circles: Philip Roth, Emerson, Kundera / Posnock, Ross
PART THREE: Local and Global
Chapter 6: World Bank Drama / Roach, Joseph
Chapter 7: Global Minoritarian Culture / Bhabha, Homi Κ.
Chapter 8: Atlantic to Pacific: James, Todorov, Blackmur, and Intercontinental Form / Palumbo-Liu, David
Chapter 9: Ecoglobalist Affects: The Emergence of U.S. Environmental Imagination on a Planetary Scale / Buell, Lawrence
Chapter 10: A t the Borders of American Crime Fiction / Adams, Rachel
Chapter 11: African, Caribbean, American: Black English as Creole Tongue / Dimock, Wai Chee
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Buell, Lawrence, editor.
Dimock, Wai Chee, editor.
De Gruyter.
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10.1515/9780691188256 doi
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