American Studies

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Vol. 60 No. 3/4 (2021)
Published January 21, 2022

American Studies (AMSJ) is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Mid-America American Studies Association, the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of American Studies, and KU Libraries. American Studies (AMSJ) first appeared in 1959, and has 1,000 current subscribers. In 2005 it merged with American Studies International (ASI), and welcomes submissions with an international perspective. ASI, a journal for American Studies scholars outside the U.S., was published by the American Studies Department at George Washington University for over forty years. Beginning with Vol. 45 (2004), ASI ceased publication as an independent journal, and merged with AMSJ, with the agreement that AMSJ would devote at least one issue a year (or the equivalent) to transnational American Studies scholarship, international American Studies authors, and would maintain a significant showing of scholars outside the U.S. on its editorial board. The “On Teaching” forum, now on the AMSJ blog, originated as an ASI feature.

With an editorial board from a number of areas of study, the journal offers provocative perspectives on a variety of issues. Frequent special sections and special issues create a space for a broad discussion on a single topic. Articles on pedagogy inform the American Studies classroom. The book review section aims at keeping readers conversant with contemporary scholarship. This electronic edition provides free access to the back issues of the journal. The most recent three years are available via print subscription only.


Register Now for "Our Shared Planet" Webinar November 30, 2021, 1-2:30 Central Time (2-3:30 Eastern; 11-12:30 Pacific)

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Webinar celebrating the launch "Our Shared Planet" Special Double Issue of AMSJ, with Guest Editors Hee-Jung S. Joo, Pacharee Sudinaraset, Walidah Imarisha, Michelle Yates, and Timo Muller, and AMSJ Editors Randal M. Jelks and Sherrie Tucker

Register now! Virtual webinar: November 30, 1-2:30 pm Central time (2-3:30 Eastern; 11-12:30 Pacific), for the webinar with the four guest editors of the forthcoming special double issue, “Our Shared Planet” (60 3/4 2021).

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November 16, 2021

Emily Lutenski's article wins Don D. Walker Prize!

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Lutenski who was awarded the Don D. Walker Prize by the Western Literature Association,for her essay, “Dickens Disappeared: Black Los Angeles and the Borderlands of Racial Memory,” published in the special issue, “New Directions in Black Western Studies” in American Studies 58.3 (2019). 


April 13, 2021

Our Shared Planet: Side B

Hee-Jung S. Joo, Pacharee Sudhinaraset
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Walidah Imarisha
Creative Introduction
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Reynaldo Anderson, Sheree Renée Thomas
Curating the End of the World, Red Spring, and 2nd-wave Afrofuturism
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Celiese Lypka
Métis Survivance: Land, Love, and Futures in Cherie Dimaline's Dystopian Novels
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Darcie Little Badger
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Dani McClain
Homing Instinct
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Hannah Regis
Trajectories of Resilience: Indigenous Healing Folkways in the Selected Short Stories of Wilson Harris
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A.J. Hudson
The End of the World, for Whom? or, Whose World? Whose Ending? An Afrofuturist and Afropessimist Counter Perspective on Climate Apocalypse
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Alexis De Veaux, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Walidah Imarisha
"Writing New Worlds," Allied Media Conference 2020 Plenary
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Smaran Dayal
Octavia Butler and the Settler Colonial Speculative: Xenogenesis and Planetary Loss
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Ifeoluwa Adeniyi
Speculative World-Building as a Refracting Prism: An Interview with Rebecca F. Kuang
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Ananda Gabo
A Bio Lab in Chinatown
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D.E. St. John
Our Toxic Transpacific: Hydro-Colonialism, Nuclearization, and Radioactive Identities in Post-Fukushima Literature
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Edmond Y. Chang
"Do They See Me as a Virus?": Imagining Asian American Environmental Games
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Tatiana Height, Olivia T. Ngadjui, Fushcia-Ann Hoover, Jasmine A. Dillon
The 2020 Social and Environmental Apocalypse: Reimagining Black America
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Mariame Kaba
Picturing a World Without Prisons
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Kaanchi Chopra
Brown Skin Goddess
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