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AMERICAN STUDIES Reading List

Aaron, Daniel. The Americanist. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007.

Adams, Rachel. Sideshow U.S.A: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Adrian, Lynne M. “An American Studies Contribution to Social History.” Journal of Social History 23.4 (1990): 875-885.

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso, 1983.

Appel, John J. “Historiography and the Study of the American Image.” Mississippi Quarterly 16.1 (1963): 23-34.

Bauman, Richard, Roger D. Abrahams, and Susan Kalčik. “American Folklore and American Studies.” American Quarterly 28.3 (1976): 360-377.

Bederman, Gail. Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Bercovitch, Sacvan. The Puritan Origins of the American Self. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1975.

Berger, Peter L., and Thomas Luckmann. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1966.

Bérubé, Michael. “The Loyalties of American Studies.” American Quarterly 56.2 (2004): 223-233.
———. Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics. New York: Verso, 1994.

Boorstin, Daniel J. The Americans: The National Experience. New York: Vintage Books, 1965.

Brantlinger, Patrick. Crusoe’s Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Brickhouse, Anna. Transamerican Literary Relations and the Nineteenth-Century Public Sphere. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Buell, Lawrence. “It’s Good, but is it History?” American Quarterly 41 (1990): 496-500.
———. “Literary History without Sexism? Feminist Studies and Canonical Reception.” American Literature March (1987): 102-114.

Burgett, Bruce, and Glenn Hendler. Keywords for American Cultural Studies. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

Carby, Hazel V. Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Clifford, James. The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1988.

Davidson, Cathy N. Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Davis, Allen F. “The Politics of American Studies.” American Quarterly 42.3 (1990): 353-374.

Davis, Mike. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles. New York: Verso, 1990.

Deloria, Philip Joseph. Indians in Unexpected Places. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2004.
———. “American Indians, American Studies, and the ASA.” American Quarterly 55.4 (2003): 669-680.

Denning, Michael. The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century. New York: Verso, 1996.
———. Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Verso, 1987.
———. “‘The Special American Conditions’: Marxism and American Studies.” American Quarterly 38 (1986): 356-80.

Dent, Gina, and Michele Wallace, eds. Black Popular Culture. Seattle: Bay Press, 1992.

Dolby, Sandra K. “Essential Contributions of a Folkloric Perspective to American Studies.” Journal of Folklore Research 33.1 (1996): 58-64.

Dorson, Richard Mercer. The Birth of American Studies: Inaugural Address Delivered at the Opening of the American Studies Center, Warsaw University, October 5, 1976. Bloomington: Indiana University Publications, 1976.

Douglas, Ann. The Feminization of American Culture. New York: Knopf, 1977.

Edwards, Brent Hayes. The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Edwards, Brian T. Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2005.

Elliott, Emory. “Diversity in the United States and Abroad: What Does It Mean When American Studies is Transnational?” American Quarterly 59.1 (2007): 1-22.

Fisher, Philip. The New American Studies: Essays from Representations. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1991.

Giles, Paul. Virtual Americas: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlantic Imaginary. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2002.

Gillman, Susan. “The New Newest Thing: Have American Studies Gone Imperial?” American Literary History 17.1 (2005): 196-214.

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1993

Glassie, Henry. “Meaningful Things and Appropriate Myths: The Artifact’s Place in American Studies.” Prospects 3 (1977): 1-49.

Gruesz, Kirsten Silva. Ambassadors of Culture: The Transamerican Origins of Latino Writing. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2002.

Gutiérrez, Ramón A. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1991.

Halttunen, Karen. Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830-1870. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1982.

Halttunen, Karen; Buell, Lawrence (commentary); Deloria, Philip J. (reply). “Groundwork: American Studies in Place—Presidential Address.” American Quarterly 58.1 (2006): 1-15.

Haraway, Donna Jeanne. Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Huggins, Nathan Irvin. Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.

Isenberg, Nancy. “The Personal Is Political: Gender, Feminism, and the Politics of Discourse Theory.” American Quarterly 44.3 (1992): 449-458.

Isaac, Rhys. The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1982.
Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1991.

Jensen, Richard. “Quantitative American Studies.” American Quarterly 26.3 (1974): 225-240.

Johnson, Richard. “What is Cultural Studies, Anyway?” Social Text 16 (Winter 1986/87): 38-80.

Kaplan, Amy. “A Call for a Truce.” American Literary History 17.1 (2005): 141-147.
———. The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002.

Kaplan, Amy, and Donald E. Pease. Cultures of United States Imperialism. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1993.

Kasson, John F. Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man: The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America. New York: Hill and Wang, 2001.
———. Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America. New York: Hill and Wang, 1990.

Kasson, Joy S. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History. New York: Hill and Wang, 2000.

Katz, Seymour. “‘Culture’ and Literature in American Studies.” American Quarterly 20.2 (1968): 318-329.

Keenan, Deirdre. “Trespassing Native Ground: American Indian Studies and Problems of Non-Native Work.” The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 33.3 (Autumn 2000): 179-189.

Kelley, Mary. “Taking Stands: American Studies at Century’s End.” American Quarterly 52.1 (2000): 1-22.

Kelley, Robin D. G. Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class. New York: Free Press, 1994.

Kessler-Harris, Alice. “Cultural Locations: Positioning American Studies in the Great Debate.” American Quarterly 44.3 (1992): 299-312.

Kolodny, Annette. The Lay of the Land: Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1975.

Kouwenhoven, John Atlee. Made in America: The Arts in Modern Civilization. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1948.

Kroes, Rob. Predecessors: Intellectual Lineages in American Studies. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1999.

Kuklick, Bruce. “Myth and Symbol in American Studies.” American Quarterly 24.4 (1972): 435-450.

Lasch, Christopher. The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations. New York: Norton, 1978.
———. The New Radicalism in America, 1889-1963: The Intellectual as a Social Type. New York: Knopf, 1965.

Lears, T. J. Jackson. “The Concept of Cultural Hegemony: Problems and Possibilities.” American Historical Review 90 (June 1985): 567-593.

Lenz, Guenter H. “‘Ethnographies’: American Culture Studies and Postmodern Anthropology.” Prospects 16 (1991): 1-40.
———. “American Studies and the Radical Tradition from the 1930s to the 1960s.” Prospects 12 (1987): 21-58.

Levander, Caroline Field, and Robert S. Levine. Hemispheric American Studies. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Levine, Lawrence W. Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.

Lewis, R. W. B. The American Adam: Innocence, Tragedy, and Tradition in the Nineteenth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955.

Limerick, Patricia Nelson. “Insiders and Outsiders: The Borders of the USA and the Limits of the ASA—Presidential Address.” American Quarterly 49.3 (1997): 449-469.

Lipsitz, George. American Studies in a Moment of Danger. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.
———. “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the ‘White’ Problem in American Studies.” American Quarterly 47.3 (1995): 369-387.

Lott, Eric. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Lowe, Lisa. Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1996.

Maddox, Lucy. Locating American Studies: The Evolution of a Discipline. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Marx, Leo. “On Recovering the ‘Ur’ Theory of American Studies.” American Literary History 17.1 (2005): 118-134.
———. “American Studies: A Defense of an Unscientific Method.” New Literary History 1.1 (1969): 75-90.
———. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1964.

Matthiessen, F. O. American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. New York: Oxford University Press, 1941.

May, Elaine Tyler. “The Radical Roots of American Studies—Presidential Address.” American Quarterly 48.2 (1996): 179-200.

Menand, Louis. American Studies. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002.

Miller, Angela L. The Empire of the Eye: Landscape Representation and American Cultural Politics, 1825-1875. New York: Cornell University, 1993.

Miller, Perry. Errand into the Wilderness. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956.

Muthyala, John. “Reworlding America: The Globalization of American Studies.” Cultural Critique 47 (Winter 2001): 91-119.

Nash, Roderick. Wilderness and the American Mind. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1967.

Parrish, Susan Scott. “The ‘Hemispheric Turn’ in Colonial American Studies.” Early American Literature 40.3 (2005): 545-553.

Pease, Donald E. “From American Studies to Cultural Studies: Paradigms and Paradoxes.” European Journal of American Culture 19.1 (2000): 5-11.

Pease, Donald E., and Robyn Wiegman. The Futures of American Studies. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2002.

Roediger, David R. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. New York: Verso, 1991.

Rollins, Peter C. “Film, Television, and American Studies.” American Quarterly 31.5 (1979): 724-749.

Rose, Tricia. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Hanover, N.H.: Wesleyan University Press, University Press of New England, 1994.

Rowe, John Carlos. Post-Nationalist American Studies. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000.
 
Said, Edward W. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978.

Saldívar, José David. Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1997.

Sanchez, George. “Working at the Crossroads: American Studies for the 21st Century: Presidential Address.” American Quarterly 54.1 (2002): 1-23.

Schlereth, Thomas J. “American Studies and American Things.” Pioneer America 14.2 (1982): 47-66.

Schmidt, Peter. “The Liberty Weathervane Points Left.” Mississippi Quarterly 57.2 (2004): 313-327.

Shukla, Sandhya, and Heidi Tinsman. “Introduction,” in Shukla and Tinsman, eds., Imagining Our Americas: Toward a Transnational Frame. 1-33. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2007.

Sklar, Robert. “The Problem of an American Studies ‘Philosophy’.” American Quarterly 27.3 (1975): 245-262.

Slotkin, Richard. Regeneration through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1973.

Smith, Henry Nash. “Can American Studies Develop a Method?” American Quarterly 9 (1957): 197-208
———. Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth. New York: Vintage Books, 1950.

Spiller, Robert E. “Unity and Diversity in the Study of American Culture: The American Studies Association in Perspective.” American Quarterly 25.5 (1973): 611-618.

Sykes, Richard E. “American Studies and the Concept of Culture: A Theory and Method.” American Quarterly 15.2 (1963): 253-270.

Tate, Cecil F. The Search for a Method in American Studies. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1973.

Taylor, William Robert. Cavalier and Yankee: The Old South and American National Character. New York: G. Braziller, 1961.

Thompson, Emily Ann. The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002.

Tompkins, Jane P. Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Trachtenberg, Alan. Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol. New York: Oxford University Press, 1965.

Ulrich, Laurel. A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. New York: Knopf, 1990.

Walzer, Michael. What It Means to Be an American. New York: Marsilio, 1992.

Washington, Mary Helen. “Disturbing the Peace: What Happens to American Studies If You Put African American Studies at the Center?—Presidential Address.” American Quarterly 50.1 (1998): 1-23.

Watts, Steven. “The Idiocy of American Studies: Poststructuralism, Language, and Politics in the Age of Self-Fulfillment.” American Quarterly 43.4 (1991): 625-660.

Wexler, Laura. “Language and Difference in American Studies: The View from Here.” Massachusetts Review 25.4 (1984): 673-679.

Williams, Raymond. Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. London: Croom Helm, 1976.
———. Marxism and Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977.

Wilson, Christopher. “Containing Multitudes: Realism, Historicism, American Studies.” American Quarterly 41 (1990): 466-495.

Wise, Gene. “An American Studies Calendar.” American Quarterly 31.3 (1979): 407-447.

Last revised 11/2007