a journal of critical literary studies



Forthcoming special issue on "Native/Asian Encounters" guest-edited by Cari M. Carpenter and K. Hyoejin Yoon

This special issue focuses on the interaction between Native American and Asian Americans in order to move beyond the settler-indigenous binary and generate a more fruitful consideration of other forms of contact. Much existing scholarship in American studies has revolved around a foundational encounter that defines our understanding of the history and culture of the United States and the New World in general, namely “first contact”—or the encounter between Anglos and indigenous populations. Instead, the contributors to this issue of College Literature seek to elaborate upon Paul Lai and Lindsey Smith’s concept of “alternative contact”: that is, they work in the words of Jodi Byrd to “decenter the vertical interactions of colonizer and colonized” by exploring “horizontal struggles among peoples with competing claims to historical oppressions.” Attention to the complexity of such relationships allows us to envision Native Americans and Asian Americans as actors in an ongoing and urgent historical context, rather than as mere projections of the dominant culture.

New introduction to the work of Edward Said published by Conor McCarthy, Associate Editor of College Literature.

Conor McCarthy recently published The Cambridge Introduction to Edward Said. This book serves both as an introduction to a major critic and public intellectual of the last 40 years, and draws out themes and continuities in Said's work, from Beginnings (1975) through his Orientalism (1978) to Culture and Imperialism (1993), his work on late style, and his lifelong work on Palestine. McCarthy shows how Said wove together strands from Romance philology, Western Marxism and post-structuralism to produce a striking body of critical and intellectual work of ongoing cultural and political relevance.

Further details at Cambridge University Press