Nov 30, 2012, 4:00pm
Room 8201.01

Oceanic American Studies

Hester Blum

In the wake of the transnational or hemispheric "turn" in U.S. literary studies, we might ask what happens if our scholarly perspective is reoriented from the perspective of the sea. If methodologies of the nation and the post-nation have been land-locked, how would an oceanic turn allow us to explore new ways of thinking about familiar and unfamiliar texts in pre-1900 U.S. literature? Join Hester Blum (English, Pennsylvania State University) as she discusses "Oceanic American Studies" and considers more specifically the unexplored possibilities that the Arctic and Antarctic regions offer to hemispheric or transnational conversations, as well as to more recent calls to reorganize critical thinking from a planetary perspective.