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Transatlantic aliens : modernism, exile, and culture in midcentury America / Will Norman.

Norman, Will, 1978- [Browse]
  • Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
xii, 263 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Hopkins studies in modernism. [More in this series]
Summary note:
"This book is about how a set of European writers, intellectuals, and artists encountered and negotiated American culture in the mid-twentieth century. The "Intellectual Migration" of the 1930s and '40s has long been recognized as one of the most important moments in twentieth-century cultural history, but it has often been narrowly understood as a clash between a rarefied European modernist sensibility and a debased American mass culture. Transatlantic Aliens adopts a more capacious understanding of this encounter as a pivotal crisis point for modernism and culture more broadly, one at which claims for the autonomy of high culture became increasingly untenable, the geographical center of cultural authority was displaced, and the governing principles of the American cultural field went through a phase of dramatic instability. Transatlantic Aliens takes the form of a series of interlinked case studies, each addressing individual or paired transatlantic figures, from C.L.R. James and Simone de Beauvoir to George Grosz and Vladimir Nabokov. Detailed attention to individual artworks, novels, and works of criticism is combined with more distant readings that seek to understand their function within larger intellectual histories and cultural formations, spanning time and space. The objective in each case is to explore what the transatlantic trajectories of particular figures tell us not only about the development of their own practices but also about the fate of European high culture in the American century"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-250) and index.
Introduction -- Homeless aliens and dialectical culture critique: C.L.R. James and Theodor Adorno -- The yankee from Berlin: George Grosz -- The big empty: Raymond Chandler's transatlantic modernism -- The taste of freedom: Simone de Beauvoir, Vladimir Nabokov and the intellectual road trip -- Saul Steinberg's vanishing trick: modernism, the state, and the cosmopolitan intellectual -- Conclusion: not to grin is a sin.
Other title(s):
Modernism, exile, and culture in midcentury America
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  • 1421420945 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
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