By Huck Gutman
This choice of unique essays strains the cultural influence of yankee literature on and in different societies. Written by means of authors from fifteen countries, from east to west, north and south, the essays learn not just what's studied, translated, and taught by means of students in each one nation but in addition what's learn through the final public.
At a time while the conventional American literary canon is present process an intensive reevaluation, As Others learn Us provides a massive cross-cultural standpoint. through studying the position of culture, govt coverage, and forms in selecting which texts are learn and esteemed, the participants enhance our knowing of the formation and propagation of different literary canons. through examining the effect of yank literary texts at the values and aspirations of electorate from different international locations, the essayists extra remove darkness from the complicated courting among literature and politics.
Though recognizable, the literary panorama that emerges during this publication is in lots of methods astonishingly assorted from the only with which so much american citizens are conventional. whereas Poe, James, Faulkner, and Hemingway, for example, loom huge as significant figures on a global level, so too do Jack London and Charles Bukowski. There are different surprises besides. Who may think that Faulkner's South could intrigue eastern readers, that Israeli scholars could have a penchant for Puritan and colonial American literature, or that the chinese language will be entranced through the writings of either Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Hailey?
Essay after essay during this distinct assortment unearths how one tradition usually unearths reflections of itself within the old niches of one other culture's improvement.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data As others read us : international perspectives on American literature / edited by Huck Gutman. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. American literatureAppreciationForeign countries. American literatureHistory and criticism. Gutman, Huck, 1943 . 9dc20 90-47299 CIP British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. Page v Contents Acknowledgments vii Introduction Huck Gutman 3 Britain Dean Acheson and the Potato Head Blues; or, British Academic Attitudes to America and Its Literature Robert Lawson-Peebles 17 Bulgaria One More Window to the World: American Literature in Bulgaria Natalia Klissourska 34 China Progress and Problems: American Literary Studies in China during the Post-Mao Era Xiao-huang Yin 49 Denmark The American Within: Danes and American Literature Jan Nordby Gretlund 65 France American Literature in France: Pleasures in Perspective Marc Chénetier 79 Germany Stepping out of Hitler's Shadow to Embrace Uncle Sam?
These essays provide important lessons and perspectives to those who are interested in American literature. They reveal the diversity of America's literary landscape, not only pointing to overlooked or unexplored peaks and promontories but also providing a whole topography that can be revealed only to those who view American literature with critical distancelooking at it from outside the culture which produced it. Although there are benefits to the native-born critic of any national literaturean easy familiarity with nuances of the culture's language and its idioms, an intuitive sense of which images and symbols have an enduring presence, a deep fund of daily experience against which to measure its representations of the realit is clear that no American can obtain the distance from American culture that is available to those not totally immersed in it.
This book is for her. AUGUST 1990 BURLINGTON, VERMONT Page 3 Introduction Huck Gutman In 1608 Captain John Smith, an explorer and leader of the first British colony in the New World, published the first English description of what would later become the United States. Remarkably, at the moment of its very inception the embryonic new nation was already being transformed into a literary text which was consumed abroad. Thus, the production of American literature, and its ensuing circulation in nations eager to discover what the New World promised or portended, dates from the first European colonization of the North American continent.
As others read us: international perspectives on American literature by Huck Gutman