Writing Back American Expatriates' Narratives of Return / Susan Winnett.

By: Winnett, SusanContributor(s): Project Muse [distributor]Material type: TextTextSeries: Project MUSEPublisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013Manufacturer: Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2012Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (304 p.)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781421407821; 1421407825Subject(s): Identity (Psychology) in literature | Expatriate authors -- Psychology | AutobiographyDDC classification: 810.9/492 LOC classification: PS366.A88 | W56 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction: writing back: American expatriates' narratives of return -- Framing the un-scene/writing the wrongs : Henry James's text of America -- An intellectual is being beaten : the escape and return of Harold E. Stearns -- Wo Mama war, soll Dada werden : Malcolm Cowley's odyssey of legitimation -- Everybody's autobiography : the remaking of an American -- Postcript.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: writing back: American expatriates' narratives of return -- Framing the un-scene/writing the wrongs : Henry James's text of America -- An intellectual is being beaten : the escape and return of Harold E. Stearns -- Wo Mama war, soll Dada werden : Malcolm Cowley's odyssey of legitimation -- Everybody's autobiography : the remaking of an American -- Postcript.

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Winnett, a professor of American studies and herself an expatriate who lives and teaches in Germany, investigates the intellectual and emotional processes of repatriation of four US writers: Henry James, Harold Stearns, Malcolm Cowley, and Gertrude Stein. Each left for Europe seeking a more invigorating cultural climate than the vulgarity and materialism they lamented in their native land; all hoped that both their creative work and their identities would flourish abroad. James and Stein were lionized writers by the time they returned, late in their careers. Stearns returned hoping to revive the reputation as cultural critic that he enjoyed before leaving for France. Cowley saw himself as representative of the Lost Generation, returning from exile. For these writers, the process of returning, Winnett argues, impelled them to defend the benefits of their expatriation, to reflect on their feeling of strangeness in a changed country, and to redefine themselves as Americans. Winnett examines four texts that illuminate the writers' experiences: James's The American Scene, Stearns's autobiography The Street Where I Live, Cowley's Exile's Return, and Stein's Everybody's Autobiography. Even scholars familiar with these works will find Winnett's reading fresh, erudite, and insightful. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. L. Simon Skidmore College

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Susan Winnett is University Professor of American Studies at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Germany). She is the author of Terrible Sociability: The Text of Manners in Laclos, Goethe, and James .

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