81. The American Jeremiad at Thirty-Five: The State of the Americanist Field
Friday, 3 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Independence East, Sheraton
A special session
Presiding: Christopher Looby, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Speakers: Jonathan Arac, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Nancy Bentley, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Nan Goodman, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Gerald Graff, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Michael P. Kramer, Bar-Ilan Univ.; Patricia Williams, Columbia Univ.
The thirty-fifth anniversary and the 2012 republication of Sacvan Bercovitch's American Jeremiad provide an occasion to reconsider its claims in the wake of the various turns taken by Americanist criticism since 1977. Is there still a place for synthetic, totalizing interpretations of what Bercovitch called "the meaning of America"?
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