Through Other Continents: American Literature across Deep by Wai Chee Dimock

By Wai Chee Dimock

What we name American literature is sort of usually a shorthand, a simplified identify for a longer tangle of relations." this is often the argument of Through different Continents, Wai Chee Dimock's sustained attempt to learn American literature as a subset of global literature.

encouraged by means of an unorthodox archive--ranging from epic traditions in Akkadian and Sanskrit to people paintings, work through Veronese and Tiepolo, and the tune of the thankful Dead--Dimock constructs a protracted background of the realm, a heritage she calls "deep time." The civilizations of Mesopotamia, India, Egypt, China, and West Africa, in addition to Europe, depart their mark on American literature, which seems to be dramatically varied while it's faraway from a strictly nationwide or English-language context. Key authors resembling Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Ezra Pound, Robert Lowell, Gary Snyder, Leslie Silko, Gloria Naylor, and Gerald Vizenor are reworked during this gentle. Emerson emerges as a translator of Islamic tradition; Henry James's novels develop into long-distance relations to Gilgamesh; and Black English loses its ungrammaticalness whilst reclassified as a creole tongue, meshing the enter from Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

all through, Dimock contends that American literature is answerable to not the geographical region, yet to the human species as a complete, and that it appears to be like dramatically assorted whilst faraway from a strictly nationwide or English-language context.

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