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Paul Giles

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640492

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.001.0001

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Historicizing the Transnational: Robert Coover, Kathy Acker and the Rewriting of British Cultural History, 1970–1997

Historicizing the Transnational: Robert Coover, Kathy Acker and the Rewriting of British Cultural History, 1970–1997

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(p.108) Chapter 5 Historicizing the Transnational: Robert Coover, Kathy Acker and the Rewriting of British Cultural History, 1970–1997
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Transnationalism in Practice
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Paul Giles

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the historisation of transnationalism and the rewriting of British cultural history during the period from 1970 to 1997. It considers the ways in which this era functioned as a bridge between the middle part of the twentieth century, when the public institutions of nationalism were still in full cry, and the turn of the new millennium, by which time the effects of globalisation and postnationalism had become widely prevalent and visible. The chapter reviews the relevant works of Robert Coover and Kathy Acker and argues that rather than implying the demise of the nation as an instrument of legislative control, transnationalism instead suggests that borders should no longer be located on the margins of a national sphere but seen as structurally inherent within it.

Keywords:   transnationalism, British cultural history, nationalism, globalisation, postnationalism, Robert Coover, Kathy Acker, legislative control, nation

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