Martin Griffin

earned his doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has taught American literature and culture at UCLA, Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University. He has recently completed a book on the role of memory and commemorative politics in Northern American literature after the American Civil War, entitled Ashes of the Mind.


In the globalized world of the last fifteen years, “international” has given some ground to the term “transnational”. It is loosely used in formulations like “transnational studies” and “transnational projects”. Avoiding the negative implications of “globalization,” transnational suggests something more fluid, beyond the concept of nation. Lurking in the newer term, however, may be both a threat to the legacy of the international age and also a way of disguising its tenacity.

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