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Special Issue Introduction

Vol. 4 No. 2 (2023): Digital America

Digital America: Introduction

April 19, 2024


This introduction to the special issue "Digital America" sketches some of the ways in which "the digital" has influenced both American culture and American studies scholarship before summarizing the contributions to this issue.


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  2. Baraka, Imamu Amiri. "Technology & Ethos." In Raise, Race, Rays, Raze: Essays Since 1965, 155-57. New York: Random House, 1972.
  3. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Directed by Ryan Coogler. New York: Marvel Studios, 2022.
  4. Brock, André. "From the Blackhand Side: Twitter as a Cultural Conversation." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 56, no. 4 (2012): 529-49.
  5. Bryant, John. The Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.
  6. Bryant, John. "Where Is the Text of America? Witnessing Revision and the Online Critical Archive." In The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, edited by Amy E. Earhart and Andrew Jewell, 145-68. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011.
  7. Carney, Nikita. "All Lives Matter, but so Does Race: Black Lives Matter and the Evolving Role of Social Media." Humanity & Society 40, no. 2 (2016): 180-99.
  8. Chanen, Brian W. "Surfing the Text: The Digital Environment in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves." European Journal of English Studies 11, no. 2 (2007): 163-76.
  9. Eco, Umberto. The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979.
  10. Fishkin, Shelley Fisher. "Crossroads of Cultures: The Transnational Turn in American Studies—Presidential Address to the American Studies Association, November 12, 2004." American Quarterly 57, no. 1 (2005): 17-57.
  11. Giles, Paul. Virtual Americas: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlantic Imaginary. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002.
  12. Gray, Kishonna L. "Intersecting Oppressions and Online Communities: Examining the Experiences of Women of Color in Xbox Live." Information, Communication & Society 15, no. 3 (2012): 411-28.
  13. Kadir, Djelal. "Defending America Against Its Devotees: Presidential Address, First World Congress of the International American Studies Association, Leiden, The Netherlands, 22–4 May 2003." Comparative American Studies: An International Journal 2, no. 2 (2004): 135-52.
  14. Kaplan, Amy. "The Tenacious Grasp of American Exceptionalism: A Response to Djelal Kadir, 'Defending America Against Its Devotees.'" Comparative American Studies: An International Journal 2, no. 2 (2004): 153-59. 10.1177/1477570004042982
  15. Mirzoeff, Nicholas. "Artificial Vision, White Space and Racial Surveillance Capitalism." AI & Society, no. 36 (2021): 1295-1305.
  16. Nakamura, Lisa. Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet. New York: Routledge, 2002.
  17. Pease, Donald E. "New Americanists: Revisionist Interventions into the Canon." boundary 2 17, no. 1 (1990): 1-37.
  18. Ray, Rashawn, Melissa Brown, and Wendy Laybourn, ed. "The Evolution of #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter: Social Movements, Big Data, and Race." Special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies 40, no. 11 (2017).
  19. Sanjay, Sharma. "Black Twitter? Racial Hashtags, Networks and Contagion." New Formations, no. 78 (2013): 46-64.

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