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American Mythologies: Essays on Contemporary Literature

William Blazek and Michael K. Glenday

Abstract

In its more than three decades of existence, the discipline of American studies has been reliably unreliable, its boundaries and assumptions forever shifting as it continuously repositions itself to better address the changing character of American life, literature, and culture. This book looks at the current reinvention of American studies, a reinvention that has questioned the whole notion of what ‘American’ – let alone ‘American studies’ – means. The chapters range widely in considering these questions, from the effect of Muhammad Ali on Norman Mailer's writings about boxing, to the interac ... More

Keywords: American studies, American literature, American culture, Norman Mailer, Jayne Anne Phillips, Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Louise Erdrich

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780853237365
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312540

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Blazek, editor

Michael K. Glenday, editor

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