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.can, a€ others would readily identify Emersona#39;s figure of the a#39;scholara#39; as the embodiment of the a#39;true, a#39; a#39;real, a#39; or a#39;modala#39; American.3 The figure of the scholar runs through Emersona#39;s essay like a red thread and was, from the mid-1830s on, alsoanbsp;...

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

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