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Redeemer Nation In the InterregnumAn Untimely Meditation on the American Vocation$
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William V. Spanos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823268153

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823268153.001.0001

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“The Center Will Not Hold”

“The Center Will Not Hold”

The Widening Gyre of the New, New Americanist Studies

(p.74) Chapter 3 “The Center Will Not Hold”
Redeemer Nation In the Interregnum

William V. Spanos

Fordham University Press

This chapter constitute a cultural critique of a growing left-oriented momentum in the U.S. that privileges world literature at the expense of the critical imperatives of the actual interregnum. The chapter claims this globally-oriented momentum that abandons the local “the nation-state system” is premature. In this interregnum, in which the U.S. continues its unilateral exceptionalist “errand [in the world's] wilderness,” it claims critics must continue to perceive their task as one in which the waning nation-state and the global community struggling to be born are indissolubly connected in a struggle.

Keywords:   errand, globalization, interregnum, nation-state, world literature

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