Virtual Americas: Transnational Fictions and the by Paul Giles

By Paul Giles

Arguing that restricted nationalist views have circumscribed the serious scope of yankee reviews scholarship, Virtual Americas advocates a comparative feedback that illuminates the paintings of recognized literary figures via defamiliarizing it—placing it in unexpected contexts. Paul Giles appears to be like at a couple of canonical 19th- and twentieth-century American writers through targeting their interactions with British tradition. He demonstrates how American authors from Herman Melville to Thomas Pynchon were compulsively interested in negotiate with British tradition in order that their nationalist agendas have emerged, sarcastically, via transatlantic dialogues. Virtual Americas eventually means that conceptions of nationwide identification in either the us and Britain have emerged via engagement with—and, usually, planned exclusion of—ideas and imagery emanating from around the Atlantic.

Throughout Virtual Americas Giles makes a speciality of particular examples of transatlantic cultural interactions comparable to Frederick Douglass’s stories and attractiveness in England; Herman Melville’s satirizing fictions of U.S. and British nationalism; and Vladimir Nabokov’s critique of ecu excessive tradition and American pop culture in Lolita. He additionally reverses his point of view, the illustration of San Francisco within the paintings of British-born poet Thom Gunn and Sylvia Plath’s poetic responses to England. Giles develops his concept in regards to the have to defamiliarize the research of yank literature via contemplating the cultural legacy of Surrealism in its place family tree for American reviews and by way of studying the transatlantic dimensions of writers resembling Henry James and Robert Frost within the context of Surrealism.

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