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A New Introduction to American Studies [Paperback]

Christopher Bigsby , Howard Temperley
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10 Nov 2005 0582894379 978-0582894372 1

A New Introduction to American Studies provides a coherent portrait of American history, literature, politics, culture and society, and also deals with some of the central themes and preoccupations of American life. It will provoke students into thinking about what it actually means to study a culture.

Ideals such as the commitment to liberty, equality and material progress are fully examined and new light is shed on the sometimes contradictory ways in which these ideals have informed the nation's history and culture.

For introductory undergraduate courses in American Studies, American History and American Literature.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (10 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582894379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582894372
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A NEW INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES conveys, through 16 broad-ranging and superbly written essays, the continuing importance of American Studies and the excitement to be gained from its study. Replacing the classic AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES, this new book provides a comprehensive and clear-sighted re-evaluation of America's place in the world and the often tangled paths that led her there. All the essays have been newly commissioned for this edition and draw on the expertise of younger scholars, whose ideas reflect the changes that have transformed the discipline in the last 25 years. A NEW INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES thus provides a wholly contemporary view of the central themes and pre-occupations of American life. Ideals such as the commitment to liberty, equality and material progress are fully examined and new light is shed on the sometimes contradictory ways in which these ideals have informed the nation's history and culture.

Vital, engaged and thoroughly engaging, A NEW INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES is essential reading for all students of America, it's history, literature and politics. The general reader, too, will find much of interest in this sophisticated and subtle exploration of the diverse factors that have shaped - and continue to shape - the America we think we know today.

Howard Temperley is Emeritus Professor of American History at the University of East Anglia. Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Arthur Miller Centre at the University of East Anglia.

 


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3.0 out of 5 stars in the middle 4 Nov 2013
By Jessica
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for a £16 book it was kept in very poor condition, even though it stated it looked like new
the actual book is very helpful however
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for American Studies students! 29 May 2013
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Most universities have this on their compulsory reading lists for American Studies or American History anyway, but if your university is lacking this on their book list I recommend it thoroughly! Worth buying, and it will help with all American history, politics and literature needs for references in essay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Sep 2014
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I use it as a reference as an American author living abroad.
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2.0 out of 5 stars True Colonist's Book 15 May 2011
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I read only the Contents. I did not think that such books were written these days. Native Americans come on stage in Chapter 5, when they're gone.
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