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Transnationalism in Practice

Essays on American Studies, Literature and Religion

Paul Giles

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Transnationalism in Practice brings together fourteen essays written by Paul Giles between 1994 and 2009 on the subjects of American studies, literature and religion.

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Copyright Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Evolution of Critical Transnationalism
1. Reconstructing American Studies: Transnational Paradoxes, Comparative Perspectives (1994)
2. Transnationalism in Practice (2001)
3. Post-liberalism: George W. Bush and the Internationalization of American Studies (2004)
4. E Pluribus Multitudinum: The New World of Journal Publishing in American Studies (2005)
5. Historicizing the Transnational: Robert Coover, Kathy Acker, and the Rewriting of British Cultural History, 1970-1997 (2007)
6. F. O. Matthiessen: Comparative Criticism and the Rhetoric of Violence (2001, revised 2009)
7. Henry James Athwart: Deterritorialization in The Sacred Fount (2003)
8. "The Magnet Attracting": Dreiser's Literary Style (2004)
9. The Literary Culture of Colonial America: Theology and Aesthetics (2005)
10. The Abjection of American Literature: Jamaica Kincaid and the Ghosts of Postcolonialism (2009)
11. Catholic Ideology and American Slave Narratives (1997)
13. The Intertextual Politics of Cultural Catholicism: Tiepolo, Madonna, Scorsese (1997)
13. "Like a Black Bell": Henry Carlile and the Negative Theology of Place (2007)
14. The Springsteen Affect: Religion in American Studies (2009)

About the Author

Paul Giles has taught at the Universities of Nottingham and Cambridge as well as Portland State University in Oregon. From 2002 to 2009, he was Professor of American Literature and Director of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, while also serving (between 2005 and 2007) as President of the International American Studies Association. In 2010, he moved to the University of Sydney, Australia, as Challis Chair of English Literature.


Individually and collectively the essays gathered in Transnationalism in Practice have played crucial roles in every significant transformation of American literary studies over the past two decades, and they explain why Paul Giles is considered the chief cartographer of its transnational turn.
- Donald Pease, Founding Director of the Futures of American Studies Institute

...showcases a powerful combination of breadth and focus, thorough research and knack for distinctions that hold water historically no less than theoretically.

- Christian Moraru, University of North Carolina, The Comparatist

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