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Dwelling in American cover Dwelling in American: Dissent, Empire, and Globalization

John Muthyala

Dartmouth College Press, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Trustees of Dartmouth College

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Globalization is not the Americanization of the world, argues John Muthyala. Rather, it is an uneven social, cultural, economic, and political process in which the policies and aspirations of powerful nation-states are entangled with the interests of other empires, nation-states, and communities. Dwelling in American: Dissent, Empire, and Globalization takes up a bold challenge, critiquing scholarship on American empire that views the United States as either an exceptional threat to the world or the only hope for the future. It does so in order to provincialize America, to understand it from outside the borders of nation and location, and from inside the global networks of trade, power, and culture. Using comparative frames of reference, the book makes its arguments by examining the work of a diverse range of writers including Arundhati Roy (War Talk, Power Politics), Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), and Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat).


About the Author

JOHN MUTHYALA is an associate professor of English and department chair at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of Reworlding America: Myth, History, and Narrative.


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Published by University Press of New England Hanover, NH, 2012. ISBN 9781611682489, 238 pages.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1349/ddlp.1925
Print edition: E183.7 .M88 2012


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