By Daniel Katz
This learn takes as its aspect of departure an important premise: that the common phenomenon of expatriation in American modernism is much less a flight from the fatherland than a dialectical go back to it, yet one that renders uncanny all tropes of familiarity and immediacy which 'fatherlands' and 'mother tongues' are typically visible as offering. during this framework, equally totalising notions of cultural authenticity are noticeable to control either exoticist mystification and 'nativist' obsessions with the purity of the 'mother tongue.' whilst, cosmopolitanism, translation, and multilingualism develop into frequently eroticised tropes of violation of this version, and as a result, concurrently courted and abhorred, in a flow which, if crystallised in expatriate modernism, persevered to make its presence felt beyond.
Beginning with the overdue paintings of Henry James, this booklet is going directly to research at size Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein, to finish with the uncanny regionalism of mid-century San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer, and the deterritorialised aesthetic of Spicer's peer, John Ashbery. via an emphasis on modernism as an area of generalized interference, the perform and trope of translation emerges as primary to the entire writers involved, whereas the publication continues to be in consistent discussion with key contemporary works on transnationalism, transatlanticism, and modernism.
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