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The Mediating Nation

Late American Realism, Globalization, and the Progressive State

Nathaniel Cadle (author)

ISBN: 9781469618456

Publication Date: Oct 2014

Format: Paperback

By the early twentieth century the US had become both the literal embodiment of all the earth's peoples and a nation representing all other nations and cultures through its ethnic and cultural diversity. This idea of connection with all peoples, Nathaniel Cadle argues, allowed American literary writers to circulate their work internationally, in turn promoting American literature and also the nation itself.
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By the early twentieth century, as Woodrow Wilson would later declare, the United States had become both the literal embodiment of all the earth's peoples and a nation representing all other nations and cultures through its ethnic and cultural diversity. This idea of connection with all peoples, Nathaniel Cadle argues, allowed American literary writers to circulate their work internationally, in turn promoting American literature and also the nation itself. Reexamining the relationship between Progressivism and literary realism, Cadle demonstrates that the narratives constructed by American writers asserted a more active role for the United States in world affairs and helped to shift global influence from Europe to North America.

From the novels of Henry James, William Dean Howells, and Abraham Cahan to the political and social writings of Woodrow Wilson and W. E. B. Du Bois, Cadle identifies a common global engagement through which realists and Progressives articulated a stronger and more active cultural, political, and social role for the United States.
Illustrations 1 halftone
Pages 304
Dimensions 235 x 156mm
Date Published 30 Oct 2014
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Subject/s Literary companions   Social & cultural history   Literary studies: from c 1900 -   Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies  
Nathaniel Cadle is assistant professor of English at Florida International University.

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