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Leo Marx

What’s the State of American Studies?

What might we call a field that, as Leo Marx writes, “subject[s] the historical record of the society and culture of the U.S. to a measured, critical assessment”? What is a field that uses intellectual history and as well as literary theory; engagement with politics and economics and popular culture and social theory and religion? Is it a mess or a revolution in scholarship that continues to renew it self. Should we call it American Studies? And have many of us at this blog been studying the machinations of this field because, in the end, we see within it the Read more