Charting Identity and Belonging in the Americas

The 18 essays collected in the volume explore the notion of cultural difference as it is expressed in spaces, communities, and discourses that extend from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean to Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. The essays examine literary texts, films, television, performance art, murals, and music as well as language contact, political agendas, and indigenous rights. These paradigmatic case studies deepen and diversify our understanding of the ways in which spaces, communities, and discourses are constructed in the Americas, while also discussing the effects of those constructions.

"At a time when 'gobalists' and 'antiglobalists' seem doomed to ending their conflicts with each other in exhaustion, Spaces-Communities-Discourses leads out of the globalist impasse into a brilliant focus on (in Raab's words) 'neither same nor separate,' both America and Americas, individual talent and belonging. The contributors to this volume work forcefully in inter-hemispheric perspectives, arising from inter-American dwelling on border and borderlands, confluence and singularity. From the first words of the introduction to the last syllable of the book, each of these eighteen essays is so richly provocative that the volume ultimately presents iteslf as the seedbed of eighteen books. Full of suggestion, this collection has the power to influence a generation of scholars and readers to think--and then think again. The conversation begun here will, I trust, continue."--Jay Martin, Edward S. Gould Professor of Humanities, Claremont McKenna College.

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About the series Inter-American Studies/Estudios Interamericanos

Copublished by WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier and Bilingual Press in collaboration with the International Association of Inter-American Studies, this interdisciplinary series creates a forum for a critical academic dialogue between North and South on the cultures, societies, and histories of the Americas, promoting an inter-American paradigm that shifts the scholarly focus from methodological nationalism to the wider context of the Western Hemisphere.

Josef Raab, Saskia Hertlein
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