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Transnational American Memories

Ed. by Hebel, Udo

Series:Media and Cultural Memory / Medien und kulturelle Erinnerung 11

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    September 2009
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    The volume gathers twenty original essays by experts of American memory studies from the United States and Europe. It extends discussions of U.S. American cultures of memory, commemorative identity construction, and the politics of remembrance into the topical field of transnational and comparative American studies. In the contexts of the theoretical turns since the 1990s, including prominently the pictorial and the spatial turns, and in the wake of multicultural and international conceptions of American history, the contributions to the collection explore the cultural productivity and political implications of both officially endorsed memories and practices of oppositional remembrance. Reading sites of memory situated in or related to the United States as crossroads of transnational and intercultural remembering and commemoration manifests their possibly controversial function as platforms and agents in the processes of cultural exchange and political negotiation across the spatial, temporal, and ideological trajectories that inform American Studies as Atlantic Studies, Hemispheric Studies, Pacific Studies. The interdisciplinary range of issues and materials engaged includes literary texts, personal accounts, and cultural performances from colonial times through the immediate present, the significance of war monuments and ethnic memorials in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., films about 9/11, public sculptures and the fine arts, American world’s fairs as transnational sites of memory.

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    vii, 460 pages
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    Cultural Memory; Commemorative Identity Construction; Politics of Remembrance; American Memories

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    Udo J. Hebel, University of Regensburg, Germany.


    "This, then, is a rich and varied and highly stimulating volume."
    Chris Saunders in 12/2 (2011)

    "Transnational American Memories is an ambitious book which unites concepts of Memory Studies with those of transnational American Studies. [...] The innovative contributions succeed in bringing Memory Studies beyond the focus on local or national sites without losing the idea of American national identity formation. Thus the book becomes particularly useful for scholars of American Studies, and those who focus on Memory Studies will find many turns and conclusions of the texts surprising and enriching."
    Andrea Zittlau in: KULT online 27/2011

    "Transnational American Memories is an extremely valuable addition to the innovative “Media and Cultural Memory” series [...]: It provides a broad overview over the current scholarship and gives a glimpse of the transnational future of memory studies."
    Kathleen Loock in: Amerikastudien/ American Studies 3/2009

    "[...] this is a rich, thoughtful, and thought-provoking collection – very competently edited and handsomely produced. It will prove an important resource for students and scholars of Amercian literature, history, and culture; and it is also of considerable interest to students and teachers of postcolonial literature and narrative theory."
    Jakob Lothe in: American Studies in Scandinavia, Vol. 42, 4/ 2010

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