Thursday, March 1, 2012

Journal of Transnational American Studies: "Circa 1898: Overseas Empire and Transnational American Studies"

The Editors of the Journal of Transnational American Studies, a peer-reviewed online, open-access journal published by the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center at the University of California-Santa Barbara and the Program in American Studies at Stanford University, are pleased to announce the publication of the journal's latest issue as we move to a biannual publication schedule.

JTAS 3.2 may be accessed without charge at

This issue features our first Special Forum entitled "Circa 1898: Overseas Empire and Transnational American Studies," guest-edited by Hsuan L. Hsu (University of California, Davis, USA). As the newest section of the journal, Special Forums are collections of critical responses to US transnational subjects, guest-edited by American Studies scholars and vetted by the editorial board.

JTAS 3.2 contains contributions from scholars based all around the globe with article topics as varied as Cecil B. DeMille's film The Cheat and Eastern European adoption. Other topics range from an examination of Hannah Arendt's transnationality to an ambitious call for "Deep Maps" in American Studies, from an analysis of the turn-of-the-century publication Colored American Magazine to a transnational reading of John Updike's 2006 novel Terrorist.

The journal also contains excerpts from newly published books in transnational American studies (in the Forward section), and select re-publication of significant contributions to the field (in the Reprise section).

JTAS welcomes submissions of articles and proposals for special forums.

Please consult the Call for Papers section of our website for details.

Eric L. Martinsen
Managing Editor
Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS)


Journal of Transnational American Studies Vol 3, No 2 (2011) Table of Contents

Editor's Note

The Shape of Transnational American Studies: Good and Excellent News
Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Special Forum

Circa 1898: Overseas Empire and Transnational American Studies
Hsuan L. Hsu

Staging Unincorporated Power: Richard Harding Davis and the Critique of Imperial News

Nirmal Trivedi

Discontiguous States of America: The Paradox of Unincorporation in Craig Santos Perez's Poetics of Chamorro Guam

Paul Lai

" from achiote"; " from tidelands"; " from The Micronesian Kingfishers"

Craig Santos Perez

Empire's Mastheads: Rewriting the "Correspondents' War" from the Edge of Empire

James Berkey

Racial Geographies, Imperial Transitions: Property Ownership and Race Relations in Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1894-1899

Bonnie Lucero

Obtaining "Sympathetic Understanding": Gender, Empire, and Representation in the Travel Writings of American Officials' Wives,

Cecilia Samonte

A New Factor in American Destiny : Visions of Porfirio Díaz and the Politics of "Logical Paternalism"

Jason Ruiz

Colonial Photography Across Empires and Islands

Mark Rice

"The future holds more than the past has yielded": T. S. Eliot's Invention of Tradition and the St. Louis Exposition of 1904

Paul Stasi

Post-1898 Imaginative Geographies: Puerto Rico Migration in 1950s Film

Cynthia Tolentino

Being Blue in Hawai'i: Politics, Affect, and the Last Queen of Hawai'i

Bruce Harvey

Confirmed: Sonia Sotomayor and Latino Political Incorporation

Frances Negrón-Muntaner


Forward Editor's Note
Greg Robinson

Excerpt from Dead Stars: American and Philippine Literary Perspectives on the American Colonization of the Philippines

Jennifer M. McMahon

Excerpt from Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific

Setsu Shigematsu, Keith L. Camacho

Excerpt from Pluralist Universalism: An Asian Americanist Critique of U.S.

and Chinese Multiculturalisms
Wen Jin

Excerpt from Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity

David J. Vázquez

Excerpt from Subverting Exclusion: Transpacific Encounters with Race, Caste, and Borders, 1885-1928

Andrea Geiger

The Several Lives of Joan the Spinner

Brendan Shanahan


Cultural Nationalism, Orientalism, Imperial Ambivalence: The Colored American Magazine and Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins
Yu-Fang Cho

Threatening "the Good Order": West Meets East in Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat and John Updike's Terrorist

Bradley M. Freeman

"All for the sake of Freedom": Hannah Arendt's Democratic Dissent, Trauma, and American Citizenship

Frank Mehring

Neoliberalism, Global "Whiteness," and the Desire for Adoptive Invisibility in US Parental Memoirs of Eastern European Adoption

Claudia Sadowski-Smith

"Deep Maps": A Brief for D igital P alimpsest M apping P rojects (DPMPs, or "Deep Maps")

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

The Propositional Logic of Mapping Transnational American Studies-A Response to "'Deep Maps': A Brief for D igital P alimpsest M apping P rojects"

Karen Elizabeth Bishop


Reprise Editor's Note
Nina Morgan

Locas al Rescate: The Transnational Hauntings of Queer Cubanidad

Lázaro Lima

Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere

Pia Wiegmink

"A garden in the middle of the sea": Henry James's The Aspern Papers and Transnational American Studies

Nicole Waller

The Politics of Transnational Memory in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

Silvia Schultermandl


Reproduced with permission from the European Association of American Studies.

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