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Inspired by the foreign policy entanglements of recent years, William V. Spanos offers a dramatic interpretation of Twain’s classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, providing a fresh assessment of American exceptionalism and the place of a global America in the American imaginary. Spanos insists that Twain identifies with his protagonist, particularly in his defining use of the spectacle, and thus with an American exceptionalism that uncannily anticipates the George W. Bush administration’s normalization of the state of exception and the imperial policy of “preemptive war,” unilateral “regime change,” and “shock and awe” tactics. Equally stimulating is Spanos’s thoroughly original ontology of American exceptionalism and imperialism and his tracing of these forces, through a chronological examination of Twain studies and criticism over the past century.As an examination of an overlooked text, and a critical history of American studies from its origins in the nation-oriented Myth and Symbol school of the Cold War era to its present globalizing or transnationalizing perspective, Shock and Awe will appeal to a broad audience of American literature scholars and beyond.

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9781611684612 | Dartmouth College, October 1, 2013, cover price $85.00

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9781611684629 | Dartmouth College, October 1, 2013, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: Inspired by the foreign policy entanglements of recent years, William V.

Exiles in the City: Hannah Arendt and Edward W. Said in Counterpoint, by William V. Spanos, explores the affiliative relationship between Arendt’s and Said’s thought, not simply their mutual emphasis on the importance of the exilic consciousness in an age characterized by the decline of the nation-state and the rise of globalization, but also on the oppositional politics that a displaced consciousness enables. The pairing of these two extraordinary intellectuals is unusual and controversial because of their ethnic identities. In radically secularizing their comportment towards being, their exilic condition enabled them to undertake inaugural critiques of the culture of the nation-state system of Western modernity. As variations on the theme of exile, the five chapters of this book constitute reflections on what is foundational and abiding in both Arendt’s and Said’s work. They not only document the heretofore unnoticed affiliation between the two thinkers. They also shed light on Arendt’s and Said’s proleptic activist explorations of the urgent “question of Palestine,” especially on the fraught present situation, which bears increasing witness to the irony that the Israeli nation-state’s “solution” has, from the beginning, systematically repeated the degradations the Jewish people suffered at the hands of German nationalism. 

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9780814292945 | Cdr edition (Ohio State Univ Pr, July 30, 2012), cover price $14.95
9780814211939 | Ohio State Univ Pr, July 30, 2012, cover price $62.95 | About this edition: Exiles in the City: Hannah Arendt and Edward W.

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Product Description: Critics predominantly view Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor as a "testament of acceptance," the work of a man who had become politically conservative in his last years. William V. Spanos disagrees, arguing that the novella was not only a politically radical critique of American exceptionalism but also an eerie preview of the state of exception employed, most recently, by the George W...read more

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9780801898495 | Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, December 28, 2010, cover price $65.00 | About this edition: Critics predominantly view Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor as a "testament of acceptance," the work of a man who had become politically conservative in his last years.

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9780199522613, titled "American History in an Atlantic Context: An Inaugural Lecture Delivered Before the University of Oxford on 3 June 1993" | Oxford Univ Pr, June 1, 1996, cover price $15.01 | also contains American History in an Atlantic Context: An Inaugural Lecture Delivered Before the University of Oxford on 3 June 1993

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Product Description: Like so many soldiers of his generation, William V. Spanos was not much more than a boy when he went off to fight in World War II. In the chaos of his first battle, what would later become legendary as the Battle of the Bulge, he was separated from his antitank gun crew and taken prisoner in the Ardennes forest...read more

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9780803226814 | Univ of Nebraska Pr, April 1, 2010, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Like so many soldiers of his generation, William V.

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Product Description: Argues that Herman Melville's later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U.S. -led global "war on terror.

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9780791475638 | State Univ of New York Pr, September 4, 2008, cover price $80.00 | About this edition: Oriented by the new Americanist perspective, this book constitutes a rereading of Herman Melville s most prominent fiction after Moby-Dick.

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9780791475645 | State Univ of New York Pr, July 1, 2009, cover price $28.95 | About this edition: Argues that Herman Melville's later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U.

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Product Description: With the untimely death of Edward W. Said in 2003, various academic and public intellectuals worldwide have begun to reassess the writings of this powerful oppositional intellectual. Figures on the neoconservative right have already begun to discredit Said’s work as that of a subversive intent on slandering America’s benign global image and undermining its global authority...read more

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9780252033889 | Univ of Illinois Pr, January 12, 2009, cover price $73.00 | About this edition: With the untimely death of Edward W.

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9780252075728 | Univ of Illinois Pr, January 12, 2009, cover price $26.00 | About this edition: With the untimely death of Edward W.

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Product Description: In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V. Spanos explores three writers Graham Greene, Philip Caputo, and Tim O Brien whose work devastatingly critiques the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and exposes the brutality of the Vietnam War...read more

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9780791472897 | State Univ of New York Pr, January 4, 2008, cover price $89.50 | About this edition: In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V.

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9780791472903 | State Univ of New York Pr, January 4, 2008, cover price $33.95 | About this edition: In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V.

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Product Description: A study of imperialism that stretches from ancient Rome to the post-Cold War World, this provocative work boldly revises our assumptions about the genealogy of the West. Rather than locating its source in classical Greece, William V...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780816633371 | Univ of Minnesota Pr, December 1, 1999, cover price $67.50 | About this edition: A study of imperialism that stretches from ancient Rome to the post-Cold War World, this provocative work boldly revises our assumptions about the genealogy of the West.

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9780816633388 | Univ of Minnesota Pr, May 1, 2000, cover price $24.50 | About this edition: A study of imperialism that stretches from ancient Rome to the post-Cold War World, this provocative work boldly revises our assumptions about the genealogy of the West.

Product Description: The essays collected in this issue of boundary 2 were written in response to a call for papers that would treat the contemporary university, in various regions and stages of formation around the world, in light of the interaction between local and global realities...read more
By William V. Spanos (contributor)

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9780822364863 | Duke Univ Pr, February 25, 2000, cover price $14.00 | About this edition: The essays collected in this issue of boundary 2 were written in response to a call for papers that would treat the contemporary university, in various regions and stages of formation around the world, in light of the interaction between local and global realities.

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Product Description: In The Errant Art of Moby-Dick, one of America’s most distinguished critics reexamines Melville’s monumental novel and turns the occasion into a meditation on the history and implications of canon formation. In Moby-Dick—a work virtually ignored and discredited at the time of its publication—William V...read more

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9780822315841 | Duke Univ Pr, June 1, 1995, cover price $94.95 | About this edition: In The Errant Art of Moby-Dick, one of America’s most distinguished critics reexamines Melville’s monumental novel and turns the occasion into a meditation on the history and implications of canon formation.

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9780822315995 | Duke Univ Pr, June 1, 1995, cover price $26.95 | About this edition: In The Errant Art of Moby-Dick, one of America’s most distinguished critics reexamines Melville’s monumental novel and turns the occasion into a meditation on the history and implications of canon formation.

Product Description: Book by Spanos, William

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9780816620968 | Univ of Minnesota Pr, July 1, 1993, cover price $90.00 | About this edition: Book by Spanos, William

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9780816620975 | Univ of Minnesota Pr, June 1, 1993, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: Book by Spanos, William

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Product Description: The University of Minnesota Press is to be commended for its critical perceptiveness and its courage in inaugurating its new series with this brilliant critique of liberalism, humanism, and the university. Spanos holds that the events culminating in the Vietnam War revealed the essential contradict...read more

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9780816619559 | Univ of Minnesota Pr, January 1, 1993, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: The University of Minnesota Press is to be commended for its critical perceptiveness and its courage in inaugurating its new series with this brilliant critique of liberalism, humanism, and the university.

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