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The term American studies encompasses a vast range of disciplines, all of which, in one way or another, are trying to describe the cultures of the United States. In recent years American studies has also incorporated comparative studies of Canada and Latin America; and indeed a transnational, global perspective on American culture has become one of the leading currents in the field as we begin the twenty-first century. Where, after all, do the borders of America stop, when its influence was, throughout the twentieth century, so pervasive on world cultures?
We feature this month three new articles on Transnationalism and American studies, offering complementary perspectives on this important topic: the first, by John Carlos Rowe, examines the genesis of the transnational turn and the intellectual impetus behind it; the second, by Greg Robinson, analyzes the transnational model in terms of its roots and also its institutional growth; and the third, by Alfred Hornung, looks at transnational American studies from a foreign perspective. Consider them together as a kind of isosceles triangle, sharing some common elements, but offering different angles of view. The articles will added to the EAS Online soon.
The EAS Forum features periodic online discussions of topics relating American Studies, public scholarship, and teaching. We begin with a discussion on Encyclopedias and American Studies with Simon Bronner, Michael Cowan. David Gerstner, and Miles Orvell.
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