• Editors' Acknowledgments  xi
    Introduction. Archipelagic American Studies: Decontinentalizing the Study of American Culture / Brian Russell Roberts and Michelle Ann Stephens  1
    Part I. Theories and Methods for an Archipelagic American Studies
    1. Heurestic Geographies: Territories and Areas, Islands and Archipelagoes / Lanny Thompson  57
    2. Imagining the Archipelago / Elaine Stratford  74
    Part II. Archipelagic Mappings and Meta-Geographies
    3. Guam and Archipelagic Black Global Imaginary / Craig Santos Perez / 97
    4. The Archipelagic Black Global Imaginary: Walter White's Pacific Island Hopping / Etsuko Taketani  113
    5. It Takes an Archipelago to Compare Otherwise / Susan Gillman  133
    Part III. Empires and Archipelagoes
    6. Colonial and Mexican Archipelagoes: Remiagining Colonial Caribbean Studies / Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel  155
    7. Invisible Islands: Remapping the Transpacific Archipelago of US Empire in Carlos Bulosan's America Is in the Heart / Joseph Keith  174
    8. "Myth of the Continents": American Vulnerabilities and "Rum and Colca-Cola" / Nicole A. Waligora-Davis  191
    Part IV. Islands of Resistance
    9. "Shades of Paradise": Craig Santos Perez's Transpacific Voyages / John Carlos Rowe  213
    10. Insubordinate Islands and Coastal Chaos: Pauline Hopkins's Literary Land/Seascapes / Cherene Serrard-Johnson  232
    11. "We Are Not Americans": Competing Rhetorical Archipelagoes in Hawai'i / Brandy Nalani McDougall 259
    Part V. Ecologies of Relation
    12. Performing Archipelagic Identities in Bill Reid, Robert Sullivan, and Syaman Rapongan / Hsinya Huang  281
    13. Archipelagic Trash: Despised Forms in the Cultural History of the Americas / Ramón E. Soto-Crespo  302
    14. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch as Metaphor: The (American) Pacific You Can't See / Alice Te Punga Somerville  320
    Part VI. Insular Imaginaries
    15. The Tropics of Josephine: Space, Time, and Hybrid Movements / Matthew Pratt Guterl  341
    16. The Stranger by the Shore: The Archipelization of Caliban in Antillean Theatre / J. Michael Dash  356
    Part VII. Migrating Identities, Moving Borders
    17. The Governors-General: Caribbean Canadian and Pacific New Zealand Success Stories / Birte Blascheck and Teresia Teaiwa  373
    18. Living the West Indian Dream: Archipelagic Cosmopolitanism and Triangulated Economies of Desire in Jamaican Popular Culture / Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo  390
    19. Offshore Identities: Ruptures in the 300-Second Average Handling Time / Allan Punzalan Isaac  411
    Afterword. The Archipelagic Accretion / Paul Giles
    Selected Bibliography  437
    Contributors  453
  • Birte Blascheck

    J. Michael Dash

    Paul Giles

    Susan Gillman

    Matthew Guterl

    Hsinya Huang

    Allan Punzalan Isaac

    Joseph Keith

    Brandy Nalani McDougall

    Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel

    Ifeoma Nwankwo

    John Carlos Rowe

    Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

    Alice Te Punga Somerville

    Ramón E. Soto-Crespo

    Elaine Stratford

    Etsuko Taketani

    Teresia Teaiwa

    Lanny Thompson

    Nicole A. Waligora-Davis

  • "With some of the best essays collected on the subject. this volume opens up new spaces for the fields of Caribbean and of American studies. This is a pathbreaking edited volume." — Anthony Bogues, Brown University

    "Archipelagic American Studies offers an expansive, liberating vision of archipelagic, island, and American studies as well as the discourses and material relations that implicate US imperialism and the locations and articulations of power." — Gary Y. Okihiro, author of, Island World: A History of Hawai`i and the United States

    "Brilliant, transformative, and a model of engaging scholarship, Archipelagic American Studies offers a bracing challenge to reevaluate and reimagine the ways in which we structure knowledge in American studies. A conceptually innovative and highly imaginative work." — Shelley Fisher Fishkin, author of, Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee

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    Departing from conventional narratives of the United States and the Americas as fundamentally continental spaces, the contributors to Archipelagic American Studies theorize America as constituted by and accountable to an assemblage of interconnected islands, archipelagoes, shorelines, continents, seas, and oceans. They trace these planet-spanning archipelagic connections in essays on topics ranging from Indigenous sovereignty to the work of Édouard Glissant, from Philippine call centers to US militarization in the Caribbean, and from the great Pacific garbage patch to enduring overlaps between US imperialism and a colonial Mexican archipelago. Shaking loose the straitjacket of continental exceptionalism that hinders and permeates Americanist scholarship, Archipelagic American Studies asserts a more relevant and dynamic approach for thinking about the geographic, cultural, and political claims of the United States within broader notions of America.
    Birte Blascheck, J. Michael Dash, Paul Giles, Susan Gillman, Matthew Pratt Guterl, Hsinya Huang, Allan Punzalan Isaac, Joseph Keith, Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo, Craig Santos Perez, Brian Russell Roberts, John Carlos Rowe, Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Ramón E. Soto-Crespo, Michelle Ann Stephens, Elaine Stratford, Etsuko Taketani, Alice Te Punga Somerville, Teresia Teaiwa, Lanny Thompson, Nicole A. Waligora-Davis

    About The Author(s)

    Brian Russell Roberts is Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University.
    Michelle Ann Stephens is Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
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