American Studies journal publishes first issue

L.A. Cicero Fisher Fishkin

The Journal of Transnational American Studies, the brainchild of English Professor Shelley Fisher Fishkin, has launched its inaugural issue.

The Journal of Transnational American Studies, the brainchild of English Professor Shelley Fisher Fishkin, has launched its inaugural issue.

The peer-reviewed online journal is sponsored by the American Studies Program at Stanford, of which Fishkin is director, and the American Cultures and Global Contexts Program at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Fishkin is also founding editor of the journal, which can be viewed free online at http://repositories.cdlib.org/acgcc/jtas.

The first issue includes contributions from scholars and writers based in Germany, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. It includes selections from forthcoming or recently published books on Asian American art, Thurgood Marshall in Kenya and constructions of race in the United States and Brazil.

The first issue also features articles exploring such subjects as appropriations of African American culture in Poland, contrasting political imaginings of the Internet in the United States and Europe, links between the language of 1890s urban reform and the language of 1890s imperial expansion, chop suey as an invented Chinese food and new perspectives on transnational dimensions of work by writers including Mark Twain, John Berryman and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Several Stanford faculty are on the advisory board: Stephen Hong Sohn, assistant professor of English; Ramon Saldivar, the Hoagland Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences; and history Professor Gordon Chang, whose scholarship is also featured in the first issue. Modern Thought and Literature Program graduate students Nigel Hatton and Steven Lee, who is now an assistant professor of English at UC-Berkeley, are associate managing editors. Senior Fagan Nigel Harris, who is also vice president of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU), is an intern on the journal.

In its first week, the abstracts and full-text articles in the journal were opened 2,371 times online—a daily average of about 340 hits.