Past ASN Conference Papers

“Localizing the Global: Shifting Centers”

By Wang Jianping, Institute of American Studies, Northeastern University, 2006

Wang Jianping’s “Localizing the Global: Shifting Centers” explores the evolution and expansion of American Studies programs, noting that its growth has far surpassed any previous period. Wang goes on to analyze the role of globalization and argues that foreign literature has become more marginalized due to the mass consumer culture. Furthermore, American Studies is both post-national and de-territorialized: it has become increasingly difficult to study American literature without situating it, and the cultures from which it emerged, in transnational histories linked to globalization.