Should American studies study itself?

Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images —TS. Eliot, “The Waste Land”

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An earlier version of this essay was presented at the plenary session of the American Studies International Conference in Nagorkot, Katmandu on 26 September 2001. Professor Hartley thanks Divya Mathur for her invaluable research assistance.

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Hartley, J.E. Should American studies study itself?. Acad. Quest. 17, 33–44 (2004).

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