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America Where? Transatlantic Views of the United States in the Twenty-first Century gathers essays by distinguished American Studies scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. The articles address changing representations of `America' in their many and mutual transnational exchanges, both in the Americas and in Europe. Atlanticism, neo-liberalism, transnationalism, borders, racism, prisons, labor, war and intercultural relations compose the range of approaches to be found in this book. While paying close attention to the geopolitical, social, and cultural fabric of the United States as a nation in its intercultural, cross-border time-spaces, this work brings to question the location of `America' in our time. How does this `America' - both the material, secular nation in the economic and political world, and the mythical, sacred, and spiritual entity, enormously charged with symbolic power - present itself today in the Western and Eastern Hemispheres? The book's provisional answer is that the most productive "America" is to be found in the conversations that the cultures of the United States encourage and engage in, both nationally and internationally.
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Contents: Irene Ramalho Santos: `America' Here There and Everywhere: The Challenges of American Studies in Our Time - Heinz Ickstadt: `Our America': Transnational (and Transatlantic) Mirrors and Reflections - Rob Kroes: Cultural Bonds, Cultural Bounds: Atlanticism Revisited - Ana Manzanas Calvo: What Are You Bringing from Mexico? Border Dialogues in Process - Maria Jose Canelo: `America', a View from the South - Liam Kennedy: Looking for America - Teresa F. A. Alves: What We Talk about When We Talk about America - Ruth Wilson Gilmore: `America's Addiction to Prisons': From Golden Gulag (2007) - Isabel Caldeira: Who Has the Right to Claim America? - Ann Ducille: Periracism: Blackness and the American Imagination - Amy Kaplan: Transnational Melville - Stephen Wilson: Greeks to their Romans, Freedom, Independence, and All That Jazz: Tales of the Anglophone Empire - Irene Ramalho Santos: America in Poetry.

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Isabel Caldeira is Associate Prof. of English and American Studies at the Faculty of Letters and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Maria Jose Canelo is Assistant Prof. of English and American Studies at the Faculty of Letters and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Irene Ramalho Santos is Prof. Emerita of English and American Studies and Feminist Studies at the Faculty of Letters. She is also Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, and International Affiliate of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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