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By Sylvia Söderlind,James Taylor Carson

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

An incisive and large ranging examine a strong strength and fable in American tradition and heritage, American Exceptionalisms unearths the centuries-old endurance of the thought that the U.S. is an outstanding kingdom, in being either an instance to the area and exempt from the foundations of overseas legislations. students from North the United States and Europe hint types of the rhetoric of exceptionalism via a mess of historic, 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 record” within the twenty-first century. the 1st set of essays specialize in constitutive old 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 deal with the position of exceptionalism within the “war on terror” and such cornerstones of recent pop culture corresponding 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 collage, 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 evaluate of Comparative Literature, Ariel, Essays in Canadian Writing, Voix et photographs, RS/SI, New Feminism evaluation (Japan), ARTES (Sweden).

James Taylor Carson is Professor of heritage and affiliate Dean within the college of Arts and technology at Queen's college, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His scholarship makes a speciality of the ethnohistory of local peoples within the American South, and he has released books at the topic, trying to find the intense direction: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to elimination (Lincoln: college of Nebraska Press, 1999) and Making an Atlantic international: Circles, Paths, and tales from the Colonial South (Knoxville: collage of Tennessee Press, 2007).

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

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

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

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