The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature

Section 1 Charting the Territory Comparative North American Studies and Its Contexts: IntroductionSurveying the field(s): “America" versus American Studies, “Canada" versus Canadian Studies, “North America" versus North American StudiesContinentalist approach, hemispheric studies/inter-American studies, border studiesGlobal studiesComparative Literature, comparative methodologyMajor issues of Comparative North American StudiesNotesImagining North AmericaSection 2 Perspectives on Multiculturalism Multiculturalism in the United States and CanadaDifferent but equal? Multiculturalism and racial conflict in the United StatesVive la difference? Multiculturalism and separatism in CanadaAre we multiculturalists yet? Alterity, equality, recognition in US American and Canadian cultureConclusionNotesComparative Race Studies: Black and White in Canada and the United StatesRace as a concept and as a lived realityRace in history and society in Canada and the United StatesRecent literary perspectives on race in Canada and the United StatesConclusionNotesComparing Indigenous Literatures in Canada and the United StatesApproaching Native North AmericaAnalyzing Native North America: Literary histories and theoretical conceptsWriting Native North America: LiteratureReading Native North America across bordersNotesNaturalization and Citizenship in North AmericaUS histories of naturalizationSeeking access to “Gold Mountain": Toward a North American conception of immigration and naturalizationAgainst “Queer Domesticity": Naturalizing Chinese immigrant subjectsConclusionNotesSection 3 French-Language and English-Language Cultures in North AmericaComparative Canadian/Quebecois Literature StudiesChronological overview of comparative Canadian/Quebecois literature studiesState of Comparative Canadian/Quebecois Literature todayNotesQuebecois Literature and American LiteratureThe diverse origins of Quebecois literatureThe first half of the twentieth century: A new vision emergesAn outline of the 1950-2000 periodConclusionNotesNorth America's Francophone BorderlandsLouisiana CreoleAcadia, north and southLittle Canadas: Francophone Maine and northern New EnglandConclusionSection 4 Regions and Symbolic SpacesThe Literatures of the Mexico-US and Canada-US BordersMexico-US border fictionCanada-US border literaturesConclusionNotesRegionalism in American and Canadian LiteratureRegion, regionalism, and regional writingRegionalism and nationalism: Sectionalism, nationalist regionalism, and national regionsTransnational phenomena: Local color and cross-border regionsRegionalism in literary theoryConclusion: Regionalism and the Comparative North American Studies approachNotesThe North in English Canada and QuebecLocating NorthThe English Canadian idea of NorthThe Quebecois imaginaire du NordSeasonal nordicityConclusionNotesNorth American Urban FictionThe storied cities of nationsHistories of spatiality in the United States and CanadaNorth American city fiction at the turn of the centuryNorth American urban fiction at the turn of the millenniumNotesSection 5 National, Transnational, Global Perspectives Modernism in the United States and CanadaAnglo-American modernismCanadian modernismUS American and Canadian modernism: Cross-border connections and comparative perspectiveNotesPostmodernism in the United States and CanadaWhat is/was postmodernism?Comparing US American and Canadian postmodernism: state of researchPostmodernity and postmodernism in the United StatesPostmodernity and postmodernism in CanadaComparing US American and Canadian postmodernism: Conclusion and outlookNotesLiterary Celebrity in the United States and CanadaNotesNorth American Literature and Global Studies: Transnationalism at WarPromises and limits of the transnational turn in North American literary studiesPostnational, postmortem: War as paradigmThe Afghanistan paradox: Tony Kushner's Homebody/KabulSanctuary North AmericaConclusionNotesContributorsWorks Cited
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