'Relations Stop Nowhere': The Common Literary Foundations of German and American Literature 1830-1917
Rodopi, 2007 - 317 lappuses
This book attempts for the first time a comparative literary history of Germany and the USA in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its material does not come from the familiar overlaps of individual German and American writers, but from the work of the literary historians of the two countries after 1815, when American intellectuals took Germany as a model for their project to create an American national literature. The first part of the book examines fundamental structural affinities between the two literary histories and the common problems these caused, especially in questions of canon, realism, aesthetics and in the marginalization of popular and women's writing. In the second part, significant figures whose work straddle the two literatures from Sealsfield and Melville, Whitman and Thomas Mann to Nietzsche, Emerson and Bellow are discussed in detail, and the arguments of the first part are shown in their relevance to understanding major writers. This book is not merely comparative in scope: it shows that only international comparison can explain the course of American literary history in the nineteenth and twentieth century. As recent developments in American Studies explore the multi-cultural and 'hybrid' nature of the American tradition, this book offers evidence of the dependencies which linked American and German national literary history.
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'Relations Stop Nowhere': The Common Literary Foundations of German and ...
Ierobežota priekšskatīšana - 2007
aesthetic Alkalde American critics American culture American literary history American literature American national literature American Studies anthropology approach argument Beißel canon chapter Charles Sealsfield civilization classic colonial comparison contemporary context countries critique democracy democratic discussion Doktor Faustus elements Emerson Emerson and Nietzsche essay Europe European experience fact focus Fontane Fontanes forms frontier German and American German literature Germanistik Gerstäcker Gervinus Goethe Goethes Grimm Henry James historians Howard Mumford Jones ideas identified identity ideological important instance intellectuals less Madame de Staël Manns Melville Melvilles merely modern moral Morse national culture nature Nietzsche Nietzsche and Emerson Nietzsches nineteenth century novel observed political popular literature primitive problem question radical readers realism reality relationship remarks represented Riehl Robert Prutz romance Sealsfield shows situation social society story theme Thomas Mann tradition twentieth century understanding University Press utopian Van Wyck Brooks Volkskunde Vormärz Whitman writers