The Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn by Brooke L. BlowerThe Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn by Brooke L. Blower

The Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn

EditorBrooke L. Blower, Mark Philip Bradley

Paperback | June 4, 2015

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In The Familiar Made Strange, twelve distinguished historians offer original and playful readings of American icons and artifacts that cut across rather than stop at the nation's borders to model new interpretive approaches to studying United States history. These leading practitioners of the "transnational turn" pause to consider such famous icons as John Singleton Copley’s painting Watson and the Shark, Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph V-J Day, 1945, Times Square, and Alfred Kinsey’s reports on sexual behavior, as well as more surprising but revealing artifacts like Josephine Baker’s banana skirt and William Howard Taft’s underpants. Together, they present a road map to the varying scales, angles and methods of transnational analysis that shed light on American politics, empire, gender, and the operation of power in everyday life.Contributors: Brooke L. Blower, Boston University; Mark Philip Bradley, University of Chicago; Nick Cullather, Indiana University; Brian DeLay, University of California–Berkeley; Matthew Pratt Guterl, Brown University; Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor; Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University; Mary A. Renda, Mount Holyoke College; Daniel T. Rodgers, Princeton University; Andrew J. Rotter, Colgate University; Brian Rouleau, Texas A&M University; Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University

Brooke L. Blower is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. She is the author of Becoming Americans in Paris: Transatlantic Politics and Culture between the World Wars. Mark Philip Bradley is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Vietnam at War and Imagining Vietnam an...
Title:The Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational TurnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.51 inPublished:June 4, 2015Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

by Brooke L. Blower and Mark Philip Bradley1. Watson and the Shark
by Brian DeLay2. "Oh! Susanna"
by Brian Rouleau3. "Mary Lyon, Massachusetts"
by Mary A. Renda4. William Howard Taft's Drawers
by Andrew J. Rotter5. Josephine Baker's Banana Skirt
by Matthew Pratt Guterl6. V-J Day, 1945, Times Square
by Brooke L. Blower7. The Kinsey Reports
by Naoko Shibusawa8. The Quiet American
by Fredrik Logevall9. That Touch of Mink
by Nick Cullather10. The Immigration Reform Act of 1965
by Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof11. President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Address
by Mark Philip BradleyConclusion
by Daniel T. RodgersNotes

Editorial Reviews

"In this smart, exuberant, and often provocative set of essays, a renowned group of historians set themselves the task of making transnationalism work. I was struck by how often a transnational lens also required truly interdisciplinary approaches—artistic analysis, economics, cultural history, and international affairs are necessarily cohabiting here. For scholars, students, and teachers, this offers a capacious sense of possibility. It is a priceless collection." - Melani McAlister, author of Epic Encounters