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American Modernism's Expatriate Scene: The Labour of Translation

Daniel Katz


This study takes as its point of departure an essential premise: that the widespread phenomenon of expatriation in American modernism is less a flight from the homeland than a dialectical return to it, but one which renders uncanny all tropes of familiarity and immediacy that ‘fatherlands’ and ‘mother tongues’ are traditionally seen as providing. In this framework, similarly totalising notions of cultural authenticity are seen to govern both exoticist mystification and ‘nativist’ obsessions with the purity of the ‘mother tongue.’ At the same time, cosmopolitanism, translation and multilinguali ... More

Keywords: expatriation, modernism, modern tongues, cultural authenticity, cosmopolitanism, translation, multilingualism, Henry James, Ezra Pound

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625260
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Katz, author