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Routledge Research is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Ranging in scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Research titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Our publishing program in Literature research has grown rapidly in recent years, and we are pleased to be offering books ranging from Medieval to Contemporary literature, and covering topics such as Postcolonial Literature, Children’s Literature, Atlantics Studies, American Studies, and Travel Writing.

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Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

Series Editor: Susan Castillo, Kings College London, UK

In an age of globalisation, it has become increasingly difficult to characterise the United States as culturally and linguistically homogenous and impermeable to influences from beyond its territorial borders.

This series seeks to provide more cosmopolitan and transnational perspectives on American literature, by offering:

  • in-depth analyses of American writers and writing literature by internationally based scholars
  • critical studies that foster awareness of the ways in which American writing engages with writers and cultures north and south of its territorial boundaries, as well as with the writers and cultures across the Atlantic and Pacific.
     
  1. American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature, Social Thought, and Political History

    By Peter Swirski

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    The United States today is afflicted with political alienation, militarized violence, institutionalized poverty, and social agony. Worst of all, perhaps, it is afflicted with chronic and acute ahistoricism. America insist on ignoring the context of its present dilemmas. It insists on forgetting...

    Published April 11th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Asian American Fiction, History and Life Writing

    International Encounters

    By Helena Grice

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    The last ten years have witnessed an enormous growth in American interest in Asia and Asian/American history. In particular, a set of key Asian historical moments have recently become the subject of intense American cultural scrutiny, namely China’s Cultural Revolution and its aftermath; the Korean...

    Published March 31st 2009 by Routledge

  3. Cities, Borders and Spaces in Intercultural American Literature and Film

    By Ana M. Manzanas, Jesús Benito Sanchez

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    Thus book examines the spatial morphologies represented in a wide range of contemporary ethnic American literary and cinematic works. Drawing from Henri Lefebvre’s theorization of space as a living organism, Edward Soja’s writings on the postmetropolis, Marc Augé’s notion of the non-place, Manuel...

    Published May 17th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Don DeLillo

    The Possibility of Fiction

    By Peter Boxall

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    One of the few available books of criticism on the topic, this monograph presents the fullest account to date of Don DeLillo's writing, situating his oeuvre within a wider analysis of the condition of contemporary fiction, and dealing with his entire work in relation to contemporary political and...

    Published April 10th 2006 by Routledge

  5. Fictions of the Black Atlantic in American Foundational Literature

    By Gesa Mackenthun

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This book is a significant contribution to existing research on the themes of race and slavery in the founding literature of the United States. It extends the boundaries of existing research by locating race and slavery within a transnational and 'oceanic' framework. The author applies critical...

    Published May 12th 2004 by Routledge

  6. Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature

    By Emma Staniland

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This book explores texts from across Central and South America in which the coming-of-age story ('Bildungsroman') offers a critique of gendered selfhood as experienced in the region’s socio-cultural contexts. Looking at a range of novels from the late twentieth century, the author ...

    To Be Published March 31st 2015 by Routledge

  7. Identity, Diaspora and Return in American Literature

    Edited by Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This volume combines literary analysis and theoretical approaches to mobility, diasporic identities and the construction of space to explore the different ways in which the notion of return shapes contemporary ethnic writing such as fiction, ethnography, memoir, and film. Through a wide variety of...

    Published September 15th 2014 by Routledge

  8. The Western Landscape in Cormac McCarthy and Wallace Stegner

    Myths of the Frontier

    By Megan Riley McGilchrist

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    The western American landscape has always had great significance in American thinking, requiring an unlikely union between frontier mythology and the reality of a fragile western environment. Additionally it has borne the burden of being a gendered space, seen by some as the traditional "virgin...

    Published December 9th 2009 by Routledge

  9. Mexican American Literature

    The Politics of Identity

    By Elizabeth Jacobs

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    Presenting an up-to-date critical perspective as well as a cultural, political and historical context, this book is an excellent introduction to Mexican American literature, affording readers the major novels, drama and poetry. This volume presents fresh and original readings of major works,...

    Published April 6th 2006 by Routledge

  10. Nabokov, History and the Texture of Time

    By Will Norman

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This book argues that the apparent evasion of history in Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction conceals a profound engagement with social, and therefore political, temporalities. While Nabokov scholarship has long assumed the same position as Nabokov himself — that his works exist in a state of historical...

    Published July 26th 2012 by Routledge

  11. Native American Literature

    Towards a Spatialized Reading

    By Helen May Dennis

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    Native American Literature underwent a Renaissance around 1968, and the current canon of novels written in the late twentieth century in American English by Native American or mixed-blood authors is diverse, exciting and flourishing. Despite this, very few such novels are accepted as part of the...

    Published November 21st 2006 by Routledge

  12. Nature, Class, and New Deal Literature

    The Country Poor in the Great Depression

    By Stephen Fender

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    Working through close rhetorical analysis of everything from fiction and journalism to documents and documentaries, this book looks at how popular memory favors the country Depression over the economic crisis in the nation’s cities and factories. Over eighty years after it happened, the Depression...

    Published August 24th 2011 by Routledge

  13. New Woman Hybridities

    Femininity, Feminism, and International Consumer Culture, 1880–1930

    Edited by MARGARET BEETHAM, Ann Heilmann

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    Since the 1970s, the literary and cultural politics of the turn-of-the-century New Woman have received increasing academic attention. Whether she is seen as the emblem of sexual anarchy, an agent of mediation between mass market and modernist cultures, or as a symptom of the consolidation of...

    Published February 25th 2004 by Routledge

  14. Remapping Citizenship and the Nation in African-American Literature

    By Stephen Knadler

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    Through a reading of periodicals, memoirs, speeches, and fiction from the antebellum period to the Harlem Renaissance, this study re-examines various myths about a U.S. progressive history and about an African American counter history in terms of race, democracy, and citizenship. Reframing 19th...

    Published September 7th 2009 by Routledge

  15. Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture

    Static Heroes, Social Movements and Empowerment

    By Ana M. Manzanas, Jesús Benito Sanchez

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture inscribes itself within the spatial turn that permeates the ways we look at literary and cultural productions. The volume seeks to clarify the connections between race, space, class, and identity as it concentrates on different occupations and...

    Published April 27th 2014 by Routledge

  16. The Construction of Irish Identity in American Literature

    By Christopher Dowd

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This book examines the development of literary constructions of Irish-American identity from the mid-nineteenth century arrival of the Famine generation through the Great Depression. It goes beyond an analysis of negative Irish stereotypes and shows how Irish characters became the site of intense...

    Published July 16th 2010 by Routledge

  17. The Literary Quest for an American National Character

    By Finn Pollard

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    "What then is the American, this new man?" This question is explored here through the lives and writings of a sequence of imaginative authors each of whom confronted a crucial moment in the evolution of the new nation (from Crevecoeur and the Revolution, through Washington Irving and...

    Published November 20th 2008 by Routledge

  18. The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction

    John Updike, Philip Roth and Don DeLillo

    By Catherine Morley

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This volume explores the confluences between two types of literature in contemporary America: the novel and the epic. It analyses the tradition of the epic as it has evolved from antiquity, through Joyce to its American manifestations and describes how this tradition has impacted upon...

    Published September 24th 2008 by Routledge

  19. The Transnationalism of American Culture

    Literature, Film, and Music

    Edited by Rocío Davis

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This book studies the transnational nature of American cultural production, specifically literature, film, and music, examining how these serve as ways of perceiving the United States and American culture. The volume’s engagement with the reality of transnationalism focuses on material examples...

    Published November 13th 2012 by Routledge

  20. Toni Morrison's 'Beloved'

    Origins

    By Justine Tally

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This work expands the scope of Morrison’s project to examine the ways and means of memory in the preservation of belief systems passed down from the earliest civilizations (both the Classical Greek and the Ancient Egyptian) as a challenge to the sterility of modernity. Moreover, this research...

    Published November 19th 2008 by Routledge

  21. Transnationalism and American Literature

    Literary Translation 1773–1892

    By Colleen G. Boggs

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    What is transnationalism and how does it affect American literature? This book examines nineteenth century contexts of transnationalism, translation and American literature. The discussion of transnationalism largely revolves around the question of what role nationalism plays in the...

    Published April 18th 2007 by Routledge

  22. Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction

    By Patricia Okker

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction explores the vibrant tradition of serial fiction published in U.S. minority periodicals. Beloved by readers, these serial novels helped sustain the periodicals and communities in which they circulated. With essays on serial fiction published from the...

    Published September 19th 2011 by Routledge

  23. Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction

    By Aliki Varvogli

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This book offers a critical study and analysis of American fiction at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It focuses on novels that ‘go outward’ literally and metaphorically, and it concentrates on narratives that take place mainly away from the US’s geographical borders. Varvogli draws on...

    Published October 9th 2011 by Routledge

  24. Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction

    By Judie Newman

    Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

    This book examines the quest for/failure of Utopia across a range of contemporary American/transnational fictions in relation to terror and globalization through authors such as Susan Choi, André Dubus, Dalia Sofer, and John Updike. While recent critical thinkers have reengaged with Utopia, the...

    Published January 15th 2013 by Routledge