Founded In    2008
Published   annually
Language(s)   Multilingual (all titles and abstracts must be in English)
     

Fields of Interest

 

Interdisciplinary American Studies including cultural studies, media studies and new media, literature, visual arts, performance studies, music, religion, history, politics, and law

     
ISSN   1940-0764
     
Affiliated Organization   UC Santa Barbara's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center and Stanford University's Program in American Studies
     
Editorial Board

Our editorial board members are Shelley Fisher Fishkin
(Stanford University , USA); Alfred Hornung (Johannes Gutenberg University,
Germany); James K. Lee (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA);
Shirley Geok-lin Lim (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA);
Takayuki Tatsumi (Keio University, Japan); Greg Robinson (Universit� du
Qu�bec � Montr�al, Canada); and Nina Morgan (Kennesaw State University,
USA).

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

The Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS) encourages both established and emerging scholars to submit manuscripts throughout the year. Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication provided she or he owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words, must follow the Chicago Manual of Style, and include an abstract (not to exceed 250 words). All manuscripts are submitted electronically, and we prefer DOC or RTF files (although PDF files are allowed if all fonts are embedded and they are created using Adobe’s PDF Distillerinstead of PDF Writer).

     
Mailing Address
     

Journal of Transnational American Studies
American Cultures and Global Contexts Center
Department of English / 2607 South Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170

E-mail address: jtas.editor@gmail.com
Phone number: (805) 893-8711
Fax number: (805) 893-4622

» JTAS 8.1 is now live

The Fall 2017 issue of JTAS has more than 30 articles, featuring essays by Rejender Kaur, Robert G. Lee, Christopher Perreira, Sunny Yang and others, as well as excerpts from Karim Bejjit and Ulrich Adelt and exclusive excerpts from new book publications by Vaughn Rasberry, Wai Chee Dimock, and Vince Schleitwiler. This issue’s Special Forum focuses on la Floride franaise and examines the role of Florida in the French colonial project with special attention to Native American perspectives, the role played by Florida in the Haitian Revolution and the revolution’s impact in later centuries in the US, and the exchanges of language and culture as they travel between modern-day Haiti, Quebec, France, and Florida; articles by Frank Lestringant, Jane Landers, and Daniel Vitkus and others reveal, from varied disciplinary perspectives, a fascinating, perhaps disavowed, French diasporic presence in the United States. Visit http://escholarship.org/uc/acgcc_jtFall 2017 issue of JTASas

» Now out: JTAS’s Special Forum on La Floride franaise: Florida, France, and the Francophone World

This issue of JTAS’s Special Forum 2017 examines Florida in its interactions with France, Haiti, Spain, and the broader French-speaking world. The varied perspectives focus on the 1560s Franco-Spanish conflicts, the French colonial history, the impact of the Haitian Revolution, Quebecois snowbirds, and the Native American presence—enriching existing work on the French Atlantic (Marshall 2009) and offering ways to grasp the socio-cultural meanings of a disavowed French diaspora in the heart of the United States.

» Check out important new and forthcoming scholarship excerpted in JTAS’s Forward section

Forward collects important new work in transnational American studies and presents selected excerpts for JTAS readers. The latest issue features Vince Schleitwiler, Vaughn Rasberry, and Marco Mariano in English translation.

Journal of Transnational American Studies

The Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS) is a peer-reviewed online journal that seeks to broaden the interdisciplinary study of American cultures in a transnational context. JTAS is the first academic journal explicitly focused on what Shelley Fisher Fishkin in her 2004 American Studies Association presidential address called the “transnational turn” in American Studies.

JTAS functions as an open-access forum for Americanists in the global academic community, where scholars are increasingly interrogating borders both within and outside the nation and focusing instead on the multiple intersections and exchanges that flow across those borders. Moving beyond disciplinary and geographic boundaries that might confine the field of American Studies, JTAS is a new critical conduit that brings together innovative transnational work from diverse, but often disconnected, sites in the U.S. and abroad. In order to facilitate the broadest possible cultural conversation about transnational American Studies, the journal will be available without cost to anyone with access to the Internet.

JTAS brings together the vital contributions to transnational American Studies from scholars who focus on topics as diverse as cultural studies, media studies and new media, literature, visual arts, performance studies, music, religion, history, politics, and law, as well as scholarship that deals with ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and class.

Sponsored by UC Santa Barbara’s American Cultures and Global Contexts Center and Stanford University’s Program in American Studies, JTAS is hosted on the eScholarship Repository, which is part of the eScholarship initiative of the California Digital Library.

 

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Fall 2017, Volume 8, No. 1

The Fall 2017 issue of JTAS has more than 30 articles, featuring essays by Rejender Kaur, Robert G. Lee, Christopher Perreira, Sunny Yang and others, as well as excerpts from Karim Bejjit and Ulrich Adelt and exclusive excerpts from new book publications by Vaughn Rasberry, Wai Chee Dimock, and Vince Schleitwiler. This issue’s Special Forum focuses on la Floride franaise and examines the role of Florida in the French colonial project with special attention to Native American perspectives, the role played by Florida in the Haitian Revolution and the revolution’s impact in later centuries in the US, and the exchanges of language and culture as they travel between modern-day Haiti, Quebec, France, and Florida; articles by Frank Lestringant, Jane Landers, and Daniel Vitkus and others reveal, from varied disciplinary perspectives, a fascinating, perhaps disavowed, French diasporic presence in the United States.

Note from the Editor-in-Chief


Introduction by JTAS's new Editor-in-Chief

Introduction: Transnational American Studies in the "Age of Trump"


This issue represents our journal's first appearance after the onset of what multiple Americanists have referred to, and not in overly positive fashion, as the "Age of Trump." A central theme of Trump administration discourse is its strident defense of physical borders manifested in harshly exclusionary policies, most notably the administration's abandoning of the existing DACA program, as well as fostering increased visibility of white nationalist groups and openly racist discourse. At the same time, the White House, led by the president, has distinguished itself by its nationalist attacks on international trade and multilateral diplomacy. As scholars of American Studies based outside the United States, we both feel a special responsibility to make use of our position to investigate and discuss the larger forces at play here. One thing that larger transnational approaches can help reveal is the complex interface between national identity, domestic politics, and state policy, especially in regard to international relations.

Articles

Rajender Kaur, "The Curious Case of Sick Keesar: Tracing the Roots of South Asian Presence in the Early Republic"

Colleen Tripp, "Beyond the Black Atlantic: Pacific Rebellions and the Gothic in Herman Melville's 'Benito Cereno'"

Christopher Perreira, "'Suppose for a moment, that Keanu had reasoned thus': Contagious Debts and Prisoner-Patient Consent in Nineteenth-Century Hawai'i"

Bryan Yazell, "Governable Travelers: International Comparison in American Tramp Ethnography"

Robert G. Lee, "Red Turbans in the Trinity Alps: Violence, Popular Religion, and Diasporic Memory in Nineteenth-Century Chinese America"

Sunny Yang, "Fictions and Frictions of the "Panama Roughneck": Literary Depictions of White, US Labor in the Canal Zone"

Caroline M. Riley, "'Strengthen the Bonds': The United States on Display in 1938 France"

Stacey Andrew Suver, "Interzone's a Riot: William S. Burroughs and Writing the Moroccan Revolution"

Daniel Lanza Rivers, "Dangerous Playgrounds: Hemispheric Imaginaries and Domestic Insecurity in Contemporary US Tourism Narratives"

SPECIAL FORUM: La Floride franaise: Florida, France, and the Francophone World


This issue's Special Forum focuses on la Floride franaise and examines the role of Florida in the French colonial project with special attention to Native American perspectives, the role played by Florida in the Haitian Revolution and the revolution's impact in later centuries in the US, and the exchanges of language and culture as they travel between modern-day Haiti, Quebec, France, and Florida; articles by Frank Lestringant, Jane Landers, and Daniel Vitkus and others reveal, from varied disciplinary perspectives, a fascinating, perhaps disavowed, French diasporic presence in the United States.

Forward

Excerpts from new book publications by Yanoula Athanassakis, Kristina Bross & Laura M. Stevens, Wai Chee Dimock, Perin E. Gürel, Marco Mariano, Peter O'Neill, Leigh Raiford & Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Vaughn Rasberry, Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue, Vince Schleitwiler, Gary Totten, and Christopher Vials.

Reprise

Selected excerpts from work by Ulrich Adelt, Karim Bejjit, and Catherine Ceniza Choy.

Other Issues

Fall 2016, Volume 7, Number 1
March 2015 , Volume 6, Issue 1
Journal of Transnational American Studies, Volume 3, Number 1
Journal of Transnational American Studies: 2.1, Volume 2, Number 1
Inaugural Issue: Journal of Transnational American Studies, Volume 1, Number 1