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By Daniel Katz

This examine takes as its element 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 usually visible as supplying. during this framework, equally totalising notions of cultural authenticity are obvious to control either exoticist mystification and 'nativist' obsessions with the purity of the 'mother tongue.' whilst, cosmopolitanism, translation, and multilingualism develop into usually eroticised tropes of violation of this version, and as a result, concurrently courted and abhorred, in a move which, if crystallised in expatriate modernism, persisted to make its presence felt beyond.

Beginning with the overdue paintings of Henry James, this e-book is going directly to learn 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 principal to the entire writers involved, whereas the publication continues to be in consistent discussion with key fresh works on transnationalism, transatlanticism, and modernism.

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