'Relations Stop Nowhere': The Common Literary Foundations of German and American Literature 1830-1917 (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und

'Relations Stop Nowhere': The Common Literary Foundations of German and American Literature 1830-1917 (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und

By: Hugh Ridley (author)Paperback

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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.

About Author

Hugh Ridley was professor of German at University College Dublin for twenty-six years, and visiting professor at the University of Essen. His books include studies of major German authors - Thomas Mann (1987, 1995), Rilke (with Herbert Herzmann 1992) and Gottfried Benn (1990) - together with work encompassing broad sweeps through European and German culture: Industrie und deutsche Literatur (with Keith Bullivant, 1975) and Images of Imperial Rule (1983). His numerous essays include work on the Vormarz, Nietzsche, Weimar Republic, Walter Benjamin and the GDR, on system theory and the techniques and ideology of literary history.


Preface Part One: German and American Literary History Chapter 1: Introduction to National Literatures Chapter 2: The Early Years of German and American Literary History Chapter 3: Literary History and Democratic Nation Building Chapter 4: Democracy and Realism Chapter 5: Hunting for American Aesthetics Chapter 6: Exclusions from the Canon Chapter 7: Literary History and Anthropology Part Two: The Mid-Atlantic Space Chapter 8: The American Heart of Darkness: Charles Sealsfield and the West Chapter 9: American Idylls beyond Buffalo Bill Chapter 10: Emerson in the German and American Traditions Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789042021839
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 317
  • ID: 9789042021839
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 9042021837

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