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Raab, Josef, Sebastian Thies, Daniela Noll-Opitz (eds.) Screening the Americas/Proyectando las Amércias: Narration of Nation in Documentary Film/Narración de la nación en el cine documental. 2011

This collection of essays addresses the role of documentary film in negotiations of national identity throughout the Western Hemisphere. Twenty essays by scholars from Latin America, the U.S.A., and Europe analyze narrations of nation in this genre, focusing on documentary … Continue reading

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Raussert, Wilfried, Michelle Habell-Pallán (eds.) Cornbread and Cuchifritos: Ethnic Identity Politics, Transnationalization, and Transculturation in American Urban Popular Music. 2011

With a nod to the recent shift to postnational and postnationalistic studies of the Americas the editors consider the study of popular music as paradigmatic for the shift from a purely national to transnational American Studies. After all, sounds travel … Continue reading

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Butler, Martin, Jens Martin Gurr, Olaf Kaltmeier (eds.) EthniCities: Metropolitan Cultures and Ethnic Identities in the Americas. 2011

As highly complex and dynamic systems, cities in the Americas not only serve as habitats for the majority of people and constitute economic and political centers linking peripheral regions with globalizing markets; they also function as nuclei for the hybridization … Continue reading

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Gurr, Jens Martin, Wilfried Raussert (eds.) Cityscapes in the Americas and Beyond: Representations of Urban Complexity in Literature and Film. 2011

‘Complexity’ has long been recognized as a key characteristic of urban life and has recently even been proposed as the key characteristic of the city suitable to serve as an integrating paradigm for urban research generally. However, despite a widely … Continue reading

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Kirschner, Luz Angélica (ed.) Expanding Latinidad: An Inter-American Perspective. 2012

Latin@s/Hispanics constitute the largest and fastest-growing minority in the U.S.A. Constructions of an “illegal” and “disorderly” latinidad are common in public discourse, but the difficulty in pigeonholing Latin@s/Hispanics according to binary U.S. American racial categories and the allegedly low levels … Continue reading

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