The Imaginary and Its Worlds collects essays that boldly rethink
the imaginary as a key concept for cultural criticism. Addressing
both the emergence and the reproduction of the social, the
imaginary is ideally suited to chart the consequences of the
transnational turn in American studies. Leading scholars in the
field from the United States and Europe address the literary,
social, and political dimensions of the imaginary, providing a
methodological and theoretical groundwork for American studies
scholarship in the transnational era and opening new arenas for
conceptualizing formations of imaginary belonging and subjectivity.
This important state-of-the-field collection will appeal to a broad
constituency of humanists working to overcome methodological
The Imaginary and Its Worlds: An Introduction - LITERARY
IMAGINARIES - Imagining Cultures: The Transnational Imaginary in
Postrace America - Ramon Saldivar - The Necessary Fragmentation of
the (U.S.) Literary-Cultural Imaginary - Lawrence Buell -
Imaginaries of American Modernism - Heinz Ickstadt - SOCIAL
IMAGINARIES - William James versus Charles Taylor: Philosophy of
Religion and the Confines of the Social and Cultural Imaginaries -
Herwig Friedl - The Shaping of We-Group Identities in the African
American Community: A Perspective of Figurational Sociology on the
Cultural Imaginary - Christa Buschendorf - Russia's Californio
Romance: The Other Shores of Whitman's Pacific - Lene Johannessen -
Form Games: Staging Life in the Systems Epoch - Mark Seltzer -
POLITICAL IMAGINARIES - Real Toads - Walter Benn Michaels - Obama
Unwound: The Romanticism of Victory and the Defeat of Compromise -
Christopher Newfield - Barack Obama's Orphic Mysteries - Donald E.
Pease - Coda. The Imaginary and the Second Narrative: Reading as
Transfer - Winfried Fluck - Contributors - Index
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