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Palgrave Macmillan

American Writers in Europe

1850 to the Present

ISBN 9781137340016
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

American Writers in Europe explores the impartial critical outlook that American writers acquired in different parts of Europe, from 1850 to the present, and used as a lens to view Europe and America. Focusing on some less familiar writers, it reveals intriguing aspects of the lives and works of American writers than those of the customarily anthologized expatriates. Offering a broad range of American experiences in Europe in an extensive span of time, the volume widens the history of the transatlantic cultural and literary dialogue between America and Europe.

Ferdâ Asya is Associate Professor of English and Director of Gender Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her current research involves the political aspects of Edith Wharton's fiction, on which she published essays in the Edith Wharton Review and Studies in Short Fiction.

Foreword; Diane Johnson
Introduction; Ferda Asya
1. The Search for Legitimacy in Nathaniel Parker Willis's Paul Fane; Udo Nattermann
2. "God permits the tares to grow with the wheat": E.D.E.N. Southworth in Great Britain, 1859-1862; Ann Beebe
3. Gertrude Atherton's Europe: Portal or Looking Glass?; Windy Counsell Petrie
4. The London Making of a Modernist: John Cournos in Babel; Marilyn Schwinn Smith
5. Toward a Brighter Vision of "American Ways and Their Meaning": Edith Wharton and the Americanization of Europe After the First World War; Jenny Glennon
6. American Writers in Paris Exploring the "Unknown" in Their Own Time: Edith Wharton's In Morocco and Diane Johnson's Lulu in Marrakech; Ferda Asya
7. "Homeland strangeness": American Poets in Spain, 1936-1939; Robin Vogelzang
8. Fulbright Poems: Locating Europe and America in the Cold War; Diederik Oostdijk
9. Allen Ginsberg and the Beats in Literary Paris, or Apollinaire through the Door of Ginsberg's Mind; Richard Swope
10. Almost French: Food, Class, and Gender in the American Expatriate Memoir; Malin Lidstrom Brock

Ann Beebe, University of Texas at Tyler, USA
Jenny Glennon, University of California, Berkeley, USA and Brasenose College, Oxford University, UK
Malin Lidström Brock, Luleå University, Sweden
Udo Nattermann, University of Indianapolis, USA
Diederik Oostdijk, American Literature at VU University, the Netherlands
Windy Counsell Petrie, Colorado Christian University, USA
Marilyn Schwinn Smith, Five Colleges, Inc., USA
Richard Swope, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Robin Vogelzang, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium


"Professor Asya's interesting essay collection begins with American writers abroad in 1850 and comes close to the present time. A wide group of essay writers comments on not only the texts of works by E.D.E.N. Southworth, Gertrude Atherton, John Cournos, and Edith Wharton as well as poems by Ginsberg, Rich, Rukeyser, Rolfe, Ashbery and others; they also discuss the impetus for travel, the comfort levels of expatriates, and the quality of writing produced. This book provides a useful starting point for further discussions." - Linda Wagner-Martin, Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA, and author of Sylvia Plath: A Biography (1987), 'Favored Strangers': Gertrude Stein and Her Family (1995), and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: An American Woman's Life (2004)
"An exciting volume of essays, with transnational perspectives that add to the fields of global studies and American studies. Contributors stress the significance of the expatriate experience in the evolution of American and European cultures as well as in the careers of writers from 1850 to the present. Edith Wharton emerges as a major force in transatlantic literature, helping to define through her expatriate vision a critical independence shared by diverse Americans writing from abroad." - Carol J. Singley, Professor of English, Rutgers University-Camden, USA, and author of Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit and Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature "This fascinating collection of essays on American writers in Europe makes a significant contribution to our understanding of what drew writers as diverse as Langston Hughes, John Cournos, Gertrude Atherton, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, Diane Johnson and countless others to 'the old world.' The editor, Ferdâ Asya, and the international group of scholars who contributed to the volume are to be commended for their freshness of approach, and for their selection of writers who, in the main, have not received much notice as European sojourners. Each chapter illuminates what Europe meant for the American writers in residence there, and how they translated their experiences abroad into their creative work. This is a 'must read' for anyone interested in American expatriates or in how American Literature was shaped by European travels." - Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno, author of The Continual Pilgrimage: American Writers in Paris, 1944-1960 and An Invisible Spectator: A Biography of Paul Bowles "From the time of Irving and Cooper, travels abroad have provoked important reflections on nation, race, and culture in American writing. Past studies have understandably privileged the expatriates of the twenties, but with the exception of two chapters on Wharton, this eclectic volume mostly explores earlier or later instances of the transformative effect of dépaysement on literary consciousness. It ranges from mid-nineteenth century American novelists (Willis and Southworth) to the post-World War II 'Fulbright poets' and the Beats, with a discussion of recent food memoirs added for good measure. What connects these diverse essays is the paradoxical need to escape the United States to understand the complications and contradictions of American identity." - J. Gerald Kennedy, Boyd Professor of English, Louisiana State University, USA, and author of Imagining Paris; Exile, Writing, and American Identity
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