In a globalizing age, studying American literature in isolation from the rest of the world seems less and less justified. But is the conceptual box of the nation dispensable? And what would American literature look like without it? This book takes up this debate.
Wai Chee Dimock is William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. Her most recent book is Through Other Continents: American Literature across Deep Time (Princeton). Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. His many books include Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the United States and Beyond .