Transnational American Cultures: Stories, Objects, Spaces (4/15/2011)

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Prof. Rocio G. Davis
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Essays are sought for a collection entitled "Transnational American Cultures: Stories, Objects, Spaces." Taking as a point of departure Shelley Fisher Fishkin's notion of the "transnational turn" in American Studies, this volume aims to engage the "the multidirectional flows of people, ideas, and goods and the social, political, linguistic, cultural, and economic crossroads generated in the process." The essays in the volume will focus on how stories, objects, and spaces circulate either physically or through narrative and become emblems of a particular way of perceiving America and American cultures. Thus, papers might, for example, focus on the evolution, recreation, or modification of particular narrative forms, characters, or metaphors; on food, music, fashion, or art; on created or transplanted spaces and border-crossings. By centering on a specific aspect, the articles will trace the ways transnational cultures or perspectives have developed, or how our understanding of objects under study might require a view that attends to multidirectional flows of persons, imagery, and capital. Though transnational perspectives invite interdisciplinary methodologies, the volume will privilege essays on literature and texts such as film and media.

Please send inquiries or abstracts to the volume editor, Professor Rocio G. Davis ( on or before March 15, 2011. Final essays (5,000-6,000 words) will be due on June 30, 2011.