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American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American by Neil Campbell, Alasdair Kean

By Neil Campbell, Alasdair Kean

Drawing on literature, artwork, movie theatre, song and masses extra, American Cultural experiences is an interdisciplinary creation to American tradition for these taking American reports. This textbook: * introduces the whole variety and diversity of yank tradition together with problems with race, gender and formative years* presents a really interdisciplinary technique* indicates and discusses a number of techniques to review* highlights American specialty* attracts on literature, artwork, movie, theatre, structure, tune and extra* demanding situations orthodox paradigms of yank stories. This is a fast-expanding topic zone, and Campbell and Kean's e-book will surely be a staple a part of any cultural reports student's examining vitamin.

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In many respects, as we discussed in the Introduction, this sense of ‘a space where cultures conflict, contest, and reconstitute one another’ (Smith 1993:169) is a description of American culture itself; multiple and dynamic. And it is in this precise environment of possibility that Anzaldua imagines her new, hybrid subjectivity, the mestiza, constituted by the acts of crossing and recrossing the border until ‘a new life begins’ (Anzaldua 1987:49). For her, the old ideas of being assimilated as an ‘American’ are meaningless, for ‘she learns to juggle cultures.

19), thus establishing a monologue in which other voices were ignored, destroyed or marginalised. The first ‘new beginning’ ignored what the New World had to say and closed its mind to the wisdom of the place and its particular energies, preferring instead to view the land as ‘empty’ and awaiting the arrival of the European mind to ‘write’ itself onto the continent. : 29), because the idea of American identity remains fluid. : 34). : 48). This ‘home’ can be a new beginning, ‘a motif 38 NEW BEGINNINGS for a culture that values difference and thrives on its own diversity’ (Rutherford 1990:25) but rejects the static ‘dream’ of some lost time.

The very ‘Americanness’ of Fitzgerald’s novel has much to do with its internal conflicts and contradictions, as if within itself a whole drama of American uncertainty and division is played out. Rather like Marshall Berman’s definition of modernity, The Great Gatsby presents a world ‘that promises…and at the same time,…threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are’. It is a world of ‘disintegration and renewal, of struggle and contradiction, of ambiguity and anguish’ (Berman 1983:15).

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