ENGL 3351 Lecture Notes - Lecture 29: Transnationalism

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Citizen: An American Lyric
American litature now
o Discourses of post- and transnationalism
o Narratives of post-9/11 united states
Impossibility of articulating the trauma of the event
Competing efinitions of patriotism (new nationalism?)
Effects of foreign wars/occupations
o Effects of information culture
De-centralizations/digitalization of information creates crisis for notion of
an “expressive subject” or “localized self”
Literature goes digital (composed, disseminated, and read on computers)
o Understanding the “Great Recession”
Late-late-capitalism
New iconography of economic crisis
Resurgence of activist literature (around Iraq War, Occupy, etc.)
o Relation of US literature to discourses about racial equality
Literature and black lives matter
Discourses about race and the avant-garde
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