Ghosts in the Archive: Re-Vis(ion)ing Transnational Perspectives with Anna Lee Walters’s Ghost Singer and Diana Taylor’s The Archive and the Repertoire

Florian Tatschner

Abstract


This essay probes the limitations of current transnational perspectives in American studies by drawing attention to an often disregarded internal transnationalism. Via a reading of Anna Lee Walters’s novel Ghost Singer, based on performance scholar Diana Taylor’s concepts of the archive and the repertoire, the analysis negotiates Western and Native American epistemologies regarding concepts of perception, haunting, and temporality that entail challenging implications for transnational scholarship.

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