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Palgrave Macmillan

The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature

ISBN 9781137413895
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

A first of its kind, The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature provides an overview of the cutting-edge discipline of Comparative North American Literature. Using both literary and cultural studies to present fundamental research areas that are especially relevant to the United States and Canada, this book reshapes our conceptions of the individual countries and cultures and affirms that the concept of nation is of continuing significance.

Reingard M. Nischik is Professor and Chair of American Literature at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Her many books include the prize-winning Engendering Genre: The Works of Margaret Atwood, History of Literature in Canada: English-Canadian and French-Canadian, and The Canadian Short Story: Interpretations.

1. Introduction: Comparative North American Studies and Its Contexts; Reingard M. Nischik

2. Imagining North America; Rachel Adams

3. Multiculturalism in the United States and Canada; Sabine Sielke

4. Comparing Native Literatures in Canada and the United States; Katja Sarkowsky

5. Comparative Race Studies: Black and White in the United States and Canada; Eva Gruber

6. Naturalization and Citizenship in North America; Mita Banerjee

7. Comparative Canadian/Québécois Literature Studies; Marie Vautier

8. Québécois Literature and American Literature; Jean Morency

9. North America's Francophone Borderlands; Monika Giacoppe

10. The Literatures of the Mexico-U.S. and Canada-U.S. Borders; Claudia Sadowski-Smith

11. Regionalism in American and Canadian Literature; Florian Freitag

12. The North in English Canada and Quebec; Christina Kannenberg

13. North American Urban Fiction; Caroline Rosenthal

14. Modernism in the United States and Canada; Jutta Ernst

15. Postmodernism in the United States and Canada; Julia Breitbach

16. Literary Celebrity in the United States and Canada; Lorraine York

17. North American Literature and Global Studies: Transnationalism at War; Georgiana Banita

Rachel Adams, Columbia University, USA
Mita Banerjee, University of Mainz, Germany
Georgiana Banita, University of Bamberg, Germany
Julia Breitbach, University of Konstanz, Germany
Jutta Ernst, University of Mainz, Germany
Florian Freitag, University of Mainz, Germany
Monika Giacoppe, Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA
Eva Gruber, University of Konstanz, Germany
Christina Kannenberg, University of Konstanz, Germany
Jean Morency, University of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Caroline Rosenthal, University of Jena, Germany
Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Arizona State University, USA
Katja Sarkowsky, University of Münster, Germany
Sabine Sielke, University of Bonn, Germany
Marie Vautier, University of Victoria, Canada
Lorraine York, McMaster University, Canada


"The volume is ambitious, even groundbreaking, and deserves serious scholarly attention." - Canadian Literature "[T]his volume is an outstanding contribution to comparative studies on the US and Canada . . . Reingard Nischik's introduction to comparative North American studies should be required reading for scholars working in this field." - Comparative American Studies
"An admirably edited volume, The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature is a highly useful collection that will encourage practitioners of American Studies and Canadian Studies to think of their fields as mutually enriching and not shaped by immovable geopolitical definitions. Taken together, these essays demonstrate the enormous potential derived from a look across not only physical but also disciplinary boundaries." - Christoph Irmscher, Provost Professor of English, Indiana University, USA
"This wide-ranging collection of essays performs the long-overdue task of bringing American Studies and Canadian Studies into productive critical conversation. Through its astute understanding of the cultural conditions that have shaped the development of these areas and its transnational remapping of 'Comparative North American Literature,' Nischik's collection will help to transform both the American and Canadian fields." - Paul Giles, Challis Professor of English, University of Sydney, Australia
"Reingard Nischik's editorial acumen and comparative vision have produced a volume that should be essential reading for those interested as much in American as in Canadian literature, as well as in hemispheric studies. Not merely a 'handbook' that invites us to read these literatures through each other and across various thematic rubrics, thanks to the high caliber of the contributors, this book also makes a major critical intervention in how to read comparatively and through different critical lenses that will have a lasting significance." - Smaro Kamboureli, Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature and Professor of English, University of Toronto, Canada
"Provocative, comprehensive, and a pleasure to read. Collectively, the essays in this handbook develop new perspectives on hemispheric American studies, North American studies, continental studies, and globalization. And with its important emphasis on Canada, the expertly written essays in this handbook press us to rethink the very terms of transnational American studies." - Robert S. Levine, Distinguished University Professor of English, University of Maryland, USA, and co-editor of Hemispheric American Studies and general editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature
"The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature is rare and exciting: it both surveys and defines what we mean by comparative literature in North America and is a groundbreaking and stimulating critical intervention that, at every turn, shapes and determines the direction of its field. Its comparative readings of Canadian, U.S. and Mexican texts bring alive debates about nation and territory, identity and belonging, and about what we mean by North America. The essays here provide a scintillating examination of the intellectual and cultural territory of North American literature and provide new models for traversing the contested ground that it occupies." - Nick Selby, Professor of American Literature, University of East Anglia, UK
"The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature is the product of a rich and rewarding international collaboration. Under Nischik's expert direction, a new and brave step has been taken in the emerging (and flourishing) field of comparative North American cultural studies. All the new and necessary Canada/US bases are ably covered by this innovative collection: multiple perspectives (national, transnational, postnational, hemispheric, global), peoples (Indigenous, diasporic, multicultural), languages and literatures (Anglophone, Francophone), in addition to all the historical, political, and economic contexts that come into play." - Linda Hutcheon, University Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, Canada
"Nischik's The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature is a timely and exciting multidisciplinary intervention in the field of comparative North American literary and cultural studies. The volume includes work by Humanities scholars from Germany, Canada and the USA who provide clear methodological parameters for new approaches to the field that resist narrow national concepts of North American culture as defined by traditional borders, disciplines, and familiar bilateral comparisons. Especially promising is the contributors' focus on literature and the arts as a way to avoid entrenching dominant narratives of identity by opening out investigation to include minority literatures, histories, and experiences. The result is a volume that celebrates cultural diversity through diverse analytical approaches." - Sherrill Grace, OC, University Killam Professor of English, University of British Columbia, Canada
"A unique group of scholars from Germany, Canada, and the US under the overall guidance of Reingard Nischik addresses North American cultures and literatures in comparative perspective. Much is to be gained from the new disciplinary framework this collection proposes - Comparative North American Studies - and much is to be learned from this superb collection about individual and collective constructions of identity and difference in North America that it so brilliantly probes and analyzes." - Heike Paul, Professor of North American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
"In The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature, Nischik brings together essays by scholars from universities in Germany, the United States, and Canada to create a comprehensive and illuminating overview of the exciting field of comparative studies of the literatures of North America. These essays unsettle long-standing conceptions of literature from diverse places as they present models for continental studies. Troubling concepts of nation and border, the writers consider texts in surprising juxtapositions. Multiculturalism and regionalism take on new parameters when seen as continental phenomena. Transnational and global perspectives provide new contexts for understanding texts and imbue texts from marginalized cultures with unexpected values." - Carol L. Beran, Professor of English, Saint Mary's College of California, USA
"This excellent collection of essays offers a fresh and insightful approach to literary and cultural production in 21st century North America. Its proposal for a Comparative North American Studies framework promises to enrich Canadian Studies - as well as American Studies, hemispheric studies, and global studies - with its clear and articulate discussion of these fields, and of related issues such as colonization/decolonization, nation and nationalism, Indigenous cultures, immigration, multiculturalism, citizenship, regionalism, borderlands, and technology." - Christl Verduyn, Davidson Chair and Director, Centre for Canadian Studies, Mount Allison University, Canada
"Covering a range of subjects, this volume is a unique project that demonstrates an exceptional discussion of borders. Moreover, undergrads, particularly in literature and cultural studies classrooms, will especially benefit from this collection." - Sara Humphreys, Assistant Professor of English, Trent University Oshawa, Canada
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