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The Image of America in Postwar German Literature: Reflections and Perceptions

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Alfred L. Cobbs

This study examines the German perception of America in postwar works of prose, drama, and non-fiction. In viewing works by Brecht, Frisch, Koeppen, Weiss, and others, against the traditional utopian picture of America popularized in the nineteenth century, Professor Cobbs shows how a critical image of the USA has evolved in response to America's economic and social structure. Particular emphasis is given to America's postwar role in world power politics.
Contents: Chapter 1: Brecht's Image of America - Chapter 2: The United States as A World Power - Chapter 3: The American in Germany - Chapter 4: The Experience of the Contemporary Scene.