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Keywords for American Cultural Studies Paperback – October 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0814799482 ISBN-10: 0814799485

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814799485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814799482
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Keywords for American Cultural Studies can and should be used as an essential handbook, but it really is more like a treasury of the intellect, bulging with sharp insights and lasting revelations.”

-Andrew Ross,author of Fast Boat to China

“Filled with lively and incisive contributions from leading scholars in the field, Keywords for American Cultural Studies will serve as a touchstone for American Studies and related fields for years to come.”

-Penny Von Eschen,University of Michigan

About the Author

Bruce Burgett is Professor and Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Bothell, and graduate faculty in the Department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of Sentimental Bodies: Sex, Gender, and Citizenship in the Early Republic.

Glenn Hendler is Associate Professor of English at Fordham University. He is the author of Public Sentiments: Structures of Feeling in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JPfromOH VINE VOICE on October 19, 2011
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As a teacher of American Studies courses I've looked for a volume like Keywords for American Cultural Studies for a number of years. Somehow, in the past I'd missed this 2007 publication. The title of the book might suggest that it is little more than a dictionary; however, that is not the case. Keywords for American Studies does define terms such as "Culture," "Class," "Abolition," "Queer," "Secularism," and so on, but each definition is a miniature essay that puts the term into context, and especially into the context of how it is used in the discipline of American Studies. It is an ideal supplement for any undergraduate American Studies course.
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It is a MUST HAVE for all Cultural Studies students.

It's a brief run through many major keywords, and if you're keen at Cultural Studies, you'll also detect a sense of how the essays themselves are affected by the priorities and specialties of the authors. Different scholars write each keyword and their multiple meanings and associations. It gives you a sense of history and impact. It's a really fun exercise to create your own keyword essays, but again, if you're into that sort of thing.
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By Morgan Tabizon on March 11, 2013
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Very interesting concepts in here, but rather dense. I don't mind dense reading if circumstances necessitate it be so, but in certain essays,. it felt like the authors were trying to hard to display knowledge and were being wordier than needed.
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"Keywords" is probably one of the handiest reference books in Cultural Studies, American Studies, and related disciplines as it offers fairly concise definitions of terms frequently used in these disciplines. While "Keywords" is intended more for students, scholars, and academics, it's not completely beyond the grasp of a lay person to comprehend. Granted these aren't terms to toss out in everyday conversation but they are frequently used in academia and scholarly papers and more and more frequently in the media, especially terms like trope and meme. In theory you could Google these terms or use Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary but I shomehow doubt most serious scholars would trust their validity. There are certain terms I'd like to see added such as Fordism, but I realize this is hardly a comprehensive glossary of terms. Useful indeed but it may become somewhat outdated as new terms are added and others fall from favor. My hunch is revised editions will follow before too long!
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By Jenn on December 7, 2012
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As a grad student and a teacher I like utilizing "keywords" to structure class. I enjoy the essays in the collection and recommend it as a reference for anyone interested in cultural and/or interdisciplinary studies.
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