Narratives of America and the Frontier in Nineteenth-century German Literature

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German literature about America has consistently occupied a marginal position in both German and American studies. This study attempts an overall interpretation of such nineteenth-century literature by charting its most significant narratives. Narratives are thus shown to be embedded and generated in a bicultural or multicultural setting derived from historical givens as well as from the possibilities inherent in fabrication. The result is the illumination of an area previously neglected in literature, revealing not only intricate literary creations, but also significant insights about culture, canonicity, and the construction of national identities.

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Contents

Charles Sealsfields Fable of the Republic
101
Charles Sealsfield and the Frontier Thesis
109
Reinhold Solgers Bildungsreise to the New World
127
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The Author: Jerry Schuchalter is the author of Frontier and Utopia in the Fiction of Charles Sealsfield (Peter Lang, 1986), co-author of The Frontiers of American Political Experience (1990), and Lacunaology (1995), as well as the editor of Interdependence and Interaction: English in Contact with Other Languages and Cultures (1995). Dr. Schuchalter has also written numerous essays on American literature, German literature, intercultural studies, and Jewish studies.

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