By Neil Campbell, Alasdair Kean

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This 3rd version of American Cultural Studies has been up to date all through take into consideration the advancements of the final six years, supplying an advent to the primary issues in glossy American tradition and explores how those subject matters may be interpreted.

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  • discussion of Barack Obama’s upward thrust to energy and the tip of the ‘Bush Years’
  • consideration of ‘Hemispheric American experiences’ and the expanding debates approximately globalisation and the position of the us
  • up-to-date case-studies, comparable to The Wire and Nurse Jackie,
  • more on suburbia, the Mexican-border crossing, the Twilight phenomena and so forth
  • updated further-reading lists.Accompanying website.

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He must’ve had dreams but he never did anything about them . . he could have heard voices but he sure didn’t listen to them. . He never did one spontaneous thing in all the years I knew him. I’m afraid of that happening to me. Ray says, ‘I’m scared to death of turning into my father’ because the father is the Past, but not one to be restored or repeated as in the mythic return so prevalent in the American Dream. Rather, the father is a signifier of waste, of the failure of the dream rather than its fulfilment.

Eds) (1990) Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. J. (1986) ‘Ethnicity and the Postmodern Arts of Memory’ in J. Clifford and G. Marcus (eds) Writing Culture, Berkeley: University of California Press. Fishkin, Shelley Fisher (2005) ‘Crossroads of Cultures: The Transnational Turn in American Studies – Presidential Address to the American Studies Association, November 12, 2004’, American Quarterly, vol. 57, no. 1, March, pp. 17–57. Foucault, M. (1980) Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings 1972–77, London: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

They’ll watch the game and it’ll be like they dipped themselves in magic waters, the memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. This field, this game is part of our past . . it reminds us of all that was once good and could be good again. There is, of course, a link back to Gatsby here, for Shoeless Joe Jackson, who returns to the baseball field, was cast out from the game by the 1919 World Series fixing scandal. In Fitzgerald’s novel, it is Gatsby’s friend, Meyer Wolfshiem, who is said to have fixed the series and represents the dark individualism, the dream’s inversion, corrupt and yet entrepreneurial, for as Gatsby says, ‘he just saw the opportunity’ (Fitzgerald 1974: 80).

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