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Shima, Alan
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Shima, A. (2009). "The Fictive Force of Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father". American Studies in Scandinavia, 41(1), 3-22
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"The Fictive Force of Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father"
2009 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 3-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Barack Obama's memoir Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995) has been an enormous public success since it was re-issued in 2004. Obama's narrative is a powerfully crafted account of a personal quest that rhetorically transverses over geographical boundaries and literary genres. What interests me about this work is how it poetically plaits personal history with cultural myth, unbolting fact with imagination. Textually contiguous with other African American stories of self-representation and liberation, Dreams from My Father strikes me as a potent narrative of self-inscription. To put it in its simplest performative expression, the narrator of this book asks "who am I" and in doing so writes itself into place, not as an identity found but as the subject in writing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Odense, Denmark: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2009
Keywords
Barack Obama - personal narrative - self-inscription- memoir - autobiography -story telling - bildungsroman - Shelby Steele
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5126 (URN)000269336300002 ()2-s2.0-70349805183 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2009-08-27 Created: 2009-08-27 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Shima, A. (2007). Reading ethically: teaching and Caryl Phillips's Crossing the River. Moderna Språk, 101(2), 108-114
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reading ethically: teaching and Caryl Phillips's Crossing the River
2007 (English)In: Moderna Språk, ISSN 0026-8577, Vol. 101, no 2, p. 108-114Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-990 (URN)000252371600002 ()
Available from: 2007-12-05 Created: 2007-12-05 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Shima, A. (2004). Lessons for a Larger Context: Patricia Williams's The Alchemy of Race and Rights. In: Kerstin W. Shands, Rolf Lundén, Dag Blanck (Ed.), Notions of America: Swedish Perspectives (pp. 137-145). Huddinge: Södertörns högsk.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lessons for a Larger Context: Patricia Williams's The Alchemy of Race and Rights
2004 (English)In: Notions of America: Swedish Perspectives / [ed] Kerstin W. Shands, Rolf Lundén, Dag Blanck, Huddinge: Södertörns högsk. , 2004, p. 137-145Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högsk., 2004
Series
English Studies 2, ISSN 1651-4165 ; 15
Keywords
American politics, rhetoric, writing pedagogy
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-11241 (URN)91-89315-31-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Shima, A. (2004). Mary Rowlandson and the Removes of Writing. American Studies in Scandinavia, 36(2), 1-16
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mary Rowlandson and the Removes of Writing
2004 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2589 (URN)000225745400001 ()
Available from: 2008-01-15 Created: 2008-01-15 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Shima, A. (2004). No Beginning, No End: The Legacy of Absence in Jamaica Kincaid's The Autobiography of My Mother. Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 26(2), 61-73
Open this publication in new window or tab >>No Beginning, No End: The Legacy of Absence in Jamaica Kincaid's The Autobiography of My Mother
2004 (English)In: Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing, ISSN 0106-5734, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 61-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2588 (URN)
Available from: 2007-09-06 Created: 2007-09-06 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Shima, A. (2004). Orders of Power: The Authority of Babo in Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno". Nordic Journal of English Studies, 3(3), 301-317
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Orders of Power: The Authority of Babo in Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno"
2004 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 301-317Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2590 (URN)
Available from: 2007-09-06 Created: 2007-09-06 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Shima, A. & Marston, P. (1999). Boundary walking: teaching English in the Baltic. Studia Multiethnica Upsaliensia, 24-25, 15-18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Boundary walking: teaching English in the Baltic
1999 (English)In: Studia Multiethnica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0282-6623, Vol. 24-25, p. 15-18Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-3951 (URN)
Available from: 2009-03-18 Created: 2009-03-18 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Shima, A. & Löfgren, H. (Eds.). (1998). After Consensus: Critical Challenge and Social Change in America. Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>After Consensus: Critical Challenge and Social Change in America
1998 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

It has now been several decades since the image of American Culture as a melting pot first came under attack.  But the multiculturalist discourse of the 1980s and the break-up of Cold War politics at the end of the decade have produced a new challenge to the idea of the United States as an indivisible nation. Concurrently, the need to promote, construct or theorize the unity of American culture has to some become increasingly urgent. While there is no agreement on the nature of these new political and culture conditions, many seem to respond, whether negatively or positively, to the notion that Americans now find themselves “after consensus.” We must also ask, however, if there every truly was consensus. Is the consensus debate merely a new way of speaking about a characteristic American problem, or is it symptomatic of more fundamental changes?

Originating as papers presented at the 1997 Conference of the Nordica Association for American Studies held at Göteborg University, the essays in this volume address the “after consensus” theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 1998. p. 224
Series
Gothenburg Studies in English, ISSN 0072-503X ; 72
Keywords
American studies, American history, American politics, American literature
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-11230 (URN)91-7346-335-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Löfgren, H. & Shima, A. (Eds.). (1998). After Consensus: Critical Challenges and Social Change in America. Göteborg: Acta Universitas Gothoburgensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>After Consensus: Critical Challenges and Social Change in America
1998 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Acta Universitas Gothoburgensis, 1998. p. 224
Series
Gothenburg Studies in English, ISSN 0072-503X ; 72
Keywords
American studies, cultural studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2593 (URN)91-7346-335-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2007-09-06 Created: 2007-09-06 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Shima, A. & Löfgren, H. (1998). American Studies in the Nordic Countries. Uppsala: The Swedish Institute for North American Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>American Studies in the Nordic Countries
1998 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: The Swedish Institute for North American Studies, 1998. p. 101
Series
Uppsala American Studies Reports, ISSN 0284-0774 ; 14
Keywords
American studies, graduate studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2594 (URN)91-506-1279-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2007-09-06 Created: 2007-09-06 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
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