Numer 10 (1/2017)
Redaktor: RIAS Editors


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Pobrań
Paweł Jędrzejko
A Timeline of the Decade
5 – 7
PDF (19)

Afiliacja

Uniwersytet Śląski
Giorgio Mariani
International American Studies and the question of World literature. An Introduction
9 – 17
PDF (17)

Afiliacja

Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Paul Giles
World Literature and International American Studies: Convergence, Divergence, and Contest
19 – 28
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Słowa kluczowe

World Literature, Comparative Literature, International American Studies, globalization

Streszczenie

This paper considers the relation between the institutional formations of World Literature and International American Studies. It compares and contrasts the association between World Literature and Comparative Literature to that between International American Studies and the American Studies movement emerging out of the United States. It goes on to argue that World Literature is anchored to a universalist teleology, one linked historically to an idealist intellectual genealogy. By contrast, International American Studies involves a more materialist, multidirectional emphasis that differentiates it from the US appropriation of globalization to further its own strategic interests.

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University of Sidney, Australia
Cristina Giorcelli
The Difference that Language Makes: A Response to Paul Giles’ “World Literature and International American Studies: Convergence, Divergence, and Contest”
29 – 33
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formation of International American Studies, World Literatures, academic politics

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University of Rome III, Italy
Ulfried Reichardt
Theories of the Global, Global Literature, and American Literature in a Globalizing Age
35 – 53
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World Literature, globalization and literature, theories of the global, concepts of the “world”, digitalization

Streszczenie

The paper discusses theories of the global and approaches to the concept of the world, presents definitions of literature in a globalizing age, and examines proposals how to approach world literature in literary scholarship, including ones that regard world literature as a system and ones that focus on individual texts. Finally, the essay argues that in our digitally restructured knowledge world, contemporary novels reflecting on the transformations of media and of knowledge formation have to be considered as versions of world literature as well.

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University of Mannheim, Germany
Marina Camboni
The Limitations of Theory: A Response to Ulrich Reichardt’s “Theories of the global, Global Literature, and American Literature in a Globalizing Age”
55 – 58
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Limitations of theory, globalization, global literature, American Literature

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Università Degli Studi di Macerata, Italy
Cristina Iuli
Figuring Atlantic Legacies: Impossible Archives, Missing Histories, Literary Counter-Memories
59 – 82
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trans-Atlantic, archive, critical memory, American Literature

Streszczenie

This paper considers how neo- or trans- Atlantic studies conceives of the Atlantic and its legacies in relation to the idea of the archive, that is, of a body of works related to traces of a trans-Atlantic American past, to its principle of organization and analysis for literary studies, and to the critical descriptions of American Cultures in the context of a long trans-Atlantic network. It addresses how recent works on critical race studies and decoloniality, on performativity and memory and on comparative circum-Atlantic spectrality frame an original way to address how the literary imagination challenges the historical voids produced by modern Western amnesia.

Afiliacja

Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Ugo Rubeo
Building a Counterarchive: A Response to Cristina Iuli’s “Trans-Atlantic American Studies and the Transatlantic Pedagogies: Some Methodological Perspectives and Questions”
83 – 86
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archive, counterarchive, Memory, Trans-Atlantic Studies, Cristina Iuli

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Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Mena Mitrano
American Studies as Italian Theory
87 – 110
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American Studies, literary and cultural theory, Italian American Studies, Italian Theory

Streszczenie

Considering Roberto Esposito’s narrative of Italian Theory, according to which Italian Theory first started as a US-based phenomenon and only later irradiated in other parts of the world, this paper explores the consequences of that narrative and the questions that it might raise for American Studies: Might Italian Theory rightfully belong to the Americanist’s domain of inquiry? If so, what impact might it have on the identity of the Americanist? What is an Americanist? The paper argues that this new wave of theory illuminates the confluence of American Studies and critical thought, both involved in a simultaneous movement of deterritorialization that pushes them outside their established boundaries.

Afiliacja

Loyola University Chicago, USA
Carlo Martinez
Dispersing the Field as “Reciprocal Healing”: A Response to Mena Mitrano “American Studies as Italian Theory”
111 – 116
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American Studies, reflexivity, American studies as Italian Theory, literary theory, cultural theory, the New Americanists

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Università “Gabriele d’Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Djelal Kadir
Agnotology and the Know-Nothing Party: Then and Now
117 – 131
PDF (38)

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media, agnotology, doublespeak, empire, epistemology, hegemony, realpolitik, xenophobia

Streszczenie

Belligerent ignorance has always proved strategic in the hegemonic goals of empire. The imperial history of the present is no exception. The Know-Nothing Party was founded in the USA in 1843, a pivotal year in America’s history of territorial expansion. It was disbanded as a national political party in the no-less pivotal year of 1860, a year in which patriotic gore would turn on itself as the grossly misnamed Civil War. Nonetheless, the political and ideological tenets of the Know-Nothing Party endure with global repercussions in the twenty-first century. The literary and historiographic diagnoses of this deliberate bellicosity founded on the cultivation of ignorance have ranged from poetic to critical discourse starting in the nineteenth century. Nonetheless, in the twentyfirst century, what the Germans termed schrecklichkeit (“ruthless terror”) to describe the horrors of World War I continues to be visited on peoples and nations targeted by imperial hubris and economic rapacity through a cynical strategy of expediently manufactured ignorance.

Afiliacja

Pennsylvania State College of Liberal Arts, USA
Manuel Broncano Rodríguez
The Long History of “Doublethink”: A Response to Djelal Kadir’s “Agnotology and the Know-Nothing Party: Then and Now”
133 – 138
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World Literature, American Studies, humanities, state control, ignorance, American Literature, world culture, Comparative Studies

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Texas A&M International University, USA
Markha Valenta
Abandoning America the Better to Save American Studies: A Proposal
139 – 171
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democracy, globalization, politics, America, American Studies

Streszczenie

This paper argues that the most fruitful future for American Studies is one that subsumes it to global projects, critical sensibilities, political, intellectual and aesthetic fields greater than itself. Correspondingly, the prime referent of American Studies ought not to be a reified “America” but rather the paradoxes, tensions and contestations between democratic and inhumanely extractive relations that gave birth to and continue to shape the US/Americas, even as their reach and flow far exceed “America.” The US—as icon, social field and political actor—is as much the effect as the source of global forces. The most important of these today are ones that qualify, selectively dissolve, concentrate and reconfigure constitutive elements of the nation-state and political geography. Taking this seriously—as the US follows in the footsteps of other countries that have been producing one chauvinist strongman leader after another—means making American Studies not about either “America” or the US but about the world. One particularly promising avenue entails scholarship engaging and contributing to a radical, globalizing democratic culture that is, in fact, deeply aligned with some of the most important traditions and sensibilities in American Studies itself.

Afiliacja

Radboud University, The Netherlands
Giorgio Mariani
Subsuming “America” to the “Global.” A Response to Markha Valenta’s “Abandoning America the Better to Save America”
173 – 177
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Słowa kluczowe

democracy, American Studies, transnational turn, internationalization of American Studies, refocusing American studies, globalization

Afiliacja

Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Pobierz cały numer
1 – 192
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International American
https://www.journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/RIAS
ISSN: 1991-2773 (Print)
Studies Association
https://doi.org/10.31261/RIAS.x.xxxx.xx
ISSN: 1991-2773 (Online)