Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, And The Cultures Of Greater Mexico (New Americanists)
- Publish Date: 2011-12-21
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Jos David Saldvar
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A founder of U.S.-Mexico border studies, Jos David Saldvar is a leading figure in efforts to expand the scope of American studies. In Trans-Americanity, he advances that critical project by arguing for a transnational, antinational, and outernational paradigm for American studies. Saldvar urges Americanists to adopt a world-system scale of analysis. Americanity as a Concept, an essay by the Peruvian sociologist Anbal Quijano and Immanuel Wallerstein, the architect of world-systems analysis, serves as a theoretical touchstone for Trans-Americanity. In conversation not only with Quijano and Wallerstein, but also with the theorists Gloria Anzalda, John Beverley, Ranajit Guha, Walter D. Mignolo, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Saldvar explores questions of the subaltern and the coloniality of power, emphasizing their location within postcolonial studies. Analyzing the work of Jos Mart, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy, and many other writers, he addresses concerns such as the unspeakable in subalternized African American, U.S. Latino and Latina, Cuban, and South Asian literature; the rhetorical form of postcolonial narratives; and constructions of subalternized identities. In Trans-Americanity, Saldvar demonstrates and makes the case for Americanist critique based on a globalized study of the Amricas.
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