James, moby-dick, and the emergence of transnational american studies i publish my protest with my book on melville because, as i have shown, the book as written is part of my experience. It is also a claim before that american people, the best claim i can put forward, that my desire to be-come a citizen is not a frivolous one. James, moby-dick, and the emergence of transnational american studies donald pease is avalon foundation chair of the humanities, professor of english and american. Today, jamess reading of moby-dick resonates even more strongly, as we face not only bombers and burning cities but rising oceans. For those who slept through high school english, moby-dick is a loose and high-flown epic that follows a nantucket whaling crew as they track the eponymous sperm whale. Isbn 074532343x 9780745323435 0745323421 9780745323428 oclc number 69659434 description 202 pages 22 cm contents c. James, genre and cultural politics nicole king --summer of hummer c. James, american civilization, and the (necro)political crisis eric porter --c. James, moby-dick, and the emergence of transnational american studies donald e. The authors reinvigorate jamess inspiring critical output, with particular reference to the impact he has had on cultural studies. Examining james overlap with other theorists, such as lacan and gramsci, the book also shows how racial identity and cultural politics are key themes in his work, not to mention his unique writings on cricket. Clr james his life and work, is the first full length study of his multi-faceted life and international influence. Edited by paul buhle, it provides an invaluable perspective on the rich diversity of jamess work, assessed in articles, memoirs, interviews and reviews by a wide range of well-respected contributors such as walter rodney, manning marable, robert hill, sylvia wynter, darcus.