The Fiction of America

The Fiction of America

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The Fiction of America juxtaposes classic literature of the American Renaissance with twentieth-century popular culturea€”pairing, for instance, Ralph Waldo Emerson with Finding Nemo, Walt Whitman with Spiderman, and Hester Prynne with Madonnaa€”to investigate how the a€œAmericannessa€ of American culture constitutes itself in the interplay of the cultural imaginary and performance. Conceptualizing a€œAmericaa€ as a transhistorical practice, Susanne Hamscha reveals disruptive, spectral moments in the narrative of a€œAmerica, a€ which confront American culture with its inherent inconsistencies.Emersona#39;s seminal essay a€œSelf-Reliancea€ can be read as a complement to a€œThe American Scholar, a€ as it picks up precisely these themes and develops them further, leading Emerson to finally establish self-reliance as the scholara#39;s mostanbsp;...

Title:The Fiction of America
Author:Susanne Hamscha
Publisher:Campus Verlag - 2013-05


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