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Internationality in American Fiction

Henry James- William Dean Howells- William Faulkner- Toni Morrison


Armin Paul Frank and Rolf Lohse

This collection of essays is part of a project that surveys American literatures in terms of the writers’ responses to international literature. Among English American novelists, 1860s to 1990s, James and Howells contributed significantly to the programmatic «Great American Novel» by broadening the internationality they engaged with to include French and Russian books among the works to which they related their own. Faulkner is a key figure of a later phase when a number of American authors, while drawing upon a similar breadth of internationality, in turn became exemplary abroad in various countries. Morrison, interpreted as contributing to intra-American internationality, and the French Canadian writer Hébert, discussed in a summarizing essay, represent responses to Faulkner.
Contents: Armin Paul Frank: Introduction – Armin Paul Frank: James’s The American: A Tragedy of Intercultural Bafflement – Birgit Wetzel-Sahm: New England Versions of the Femme Fatale: Howells’ Deviating Responses to Turgenev – Markus Koch: The Hand Writing Beyond the Wall: Faulkner and an American Cultural Cringe – Marietta Messmer: Intra-American Internationality: Morrison Responding to Faulkner – Rolf Lohse: Internationality Emancipated: Hébert and Faulkner (Summary).