By Sylvia Söderlind,James Taylor Carson

Wide ranging, interdisciplinary examine the emergence and endurance of the idea that of yankee Exceptionalism in US tradition and history.

An incisive and extensive ranging examine a strong strength and fantasy in American tradition and heritage, American Exceptionalisms finds the centuries-old endurance of the inspiration that the USA is an outstanding kingdom, in being either an instance to the area and exempt from the foundations of foreign legislations. students from North the US and Europe hint types of the rhetoric of exceptionalism via a large number of ancient, cultural, and political phenomena, from John Winthrop’s imaginative and prescient of the “cittie on a hill” and the Salem witch trials within the 17th century to The Blair Witch venture and Oprah Winfrey’s “Child Predator Watch checklist” within the twenty-first century. the 1st set of essays concentrate on constitutive historic moments within the improvement of the parable, rom early exploration narratives via political debates within the early republic to twentieth-century immigration debates. The latter essays tackle the position of exceptionalism within the “war on terror” and such cornerstones of recent pop culture similar to the horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft, the songs of Steve Earle, and the Oprah Winfrey show.

Sylvia Söderlind is affiliate Professor of English Language and Literature at Queen's college, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is the writer of Margin/Alias: Language and Colonization in Canadian and Québécois Fiction (Toronto: collage of Toronto Press, 1991) and articles on American, Canadian and Québécois fiction, “ghostmodernism” and translation, and the politics of metaphor released in, between others, Canadian assessment of Comparative Literature, Ariel, Essays in Canadian Writing, Voix et pictures, RS/SI, New Feminism assessment (Japan), ARTES (Sweden).

James Taylor Carson is Professor of background and affiliate Dean within the school of Arts and technology at Queen's college, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His scholarship specializes in the ethnohistory of local peoples within the American South, and he has released books at the topic, looking for the brilliant direction: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to elimination (Lincoln: collage of Nebraska Press, 1999) and Making an Atlantic global: Circles, Paths, and tales from the Colonial South (Knoxville: collage of Tennessee Press, 2007).

“…quality essays that replicate the hot willingness to problem exceptionalist dogma.” — magazine of yank History

Sylvia Söderlind is affiliate Professor of English at Queen’s collage in Canada. She is the writer of Margin/Alias: Language and Colonization in Canadian and Québécois Fiction.

James Taylor Carson is Professor of heritage and affiliate Dean within the school of Arts and technology at Queen’s college in Canada. he's the writer of constructing an Atlantic international: Circles, Paths, and tales from the Colonial South and looking for the intense course: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to Removal.

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