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American Modernism's Expatriate SceneThe Labour of Translation$
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Daniel Katz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625260

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625260.001.0001

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American Modernism's Expatriate Scene

Daniel Katz

Edinburgh University Press

This book explores how ‘translation’ of text between languages forms part of a larger modernist project of cultural translation, and the role of the latter in certain modernist textual subjectivities. It would be consonant with Jahan Ramazani's eloquent call to reconceptualise the study of modern and contemporary poetry from the assumption – one he brilliantly argues – that for this period ‘transnationalism’ is ‘primary rather than incidental’, which implies a break with contextualisations, in both the classroom and the critical literature, which are all too often facilely ‘subdivided along national lines’. The book also hopes to show certain key problems regarding cultural appurtenance and linguistic identity, expatriation and exoticism, translation and a specifically ‘American’ literary idiom. It finally presents an overview of the chapters of which it is comprised.

Keywords:   translation, American literary idiom, poetry, transnationalism, linguistic identity, expatriation, exoticism

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