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Domesticating Foreign Struggles

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Author: Paola Gemme
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820343994
Size: 78.84 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 216
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Book Description: When antebellum Americans talked about the contemporary struggle for Italian unification (the Risorgimento), they were often saying more about themselves than about Italy. In Domesticating Foreign Struggles Paola Gemme unpacks the American cultural record on the Risorgimento not only to make sense of the U.S. engagement with the broader world but also to understand the nation’s domestic preoccupations. Swayed by the myth of the United States as a catalyst of and model for global liberal movements, says Gemme, Americans saw parallels to their own history in the Risorgimento--and they said as much in newspapers, magazines, travel accounts, diplomatic dispatches, poems, maps, and paintings. And yet, in American eyes, Italians were too civically deficient to ever achieve republican goals. Such a view, says Gemme, reaffirmed cherished beliefs both in the United States as the center of world events and in the notion of American exceptionalism. Gemme argues that Americans also pondered the place of “subordinate” ethnic groups in domestic culture--especially Irish Catholic immigrants and enslaved African Americans--through the discourse on Risorgimento Italy. Thus, says Gemme, national identity rested not only on differentiation from outside groups but also on a desire for internal racial and cultural homogeneity. Writing in a tradition pioneered by Amy Kaplan, Richard Slotkin, and others, Gemme advances the movement to “internationalize” American studies by situating the United States in its global cultural context.


American Literary Scholarship

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Author: James Leslie Woodress
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Size: 19.60 MB
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Category : American literature
Languages : en
Pages :
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Bibliographic Index

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Size: 74.63 MB
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Category : Bibliographical literature
Languages : en
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Journal Of American Studies

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Size: 76.52 MB
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Category : American literature
Languages : en
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Shafr Newsletter

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Author: Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
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Size: 43.34 MB
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Category : United States
Languages : en
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Newsletter

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Category : United States
Languages : en
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Esq

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Category : American literature
Languages : en
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American Risorgimento

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Author: Dennis Berthold
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Size: 52.97 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 291
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Book Description: Although Herman Melville is typically considered one of America's earliest cosmopolitan writers, scholarship has focused primarily on his involvement with the South Seas, England, and the Holy Land. In American Risorgimento: Herman Melville and the Cultural Politics of Italy, Dennis Berthold extends Melville's transnational vision both geographically and historically by examining his many references to Italy and Rome in the context of the Risorgimento, Italy's long quest for independence and political unity. Melville's contemporaries, notably Margaret Fuller and Henry T. Tuckerman, recognized the similarities between the Risorgimento and America's struggle for national identity, and the influx of exiles from the failed Italian revolutions of 1820 and 1831 made Melville's New York a hotbed of Risorgimento sympathies. Literary and political expostulations on Italy's plight combined to create a distinctively American view of the Risorgimento that Melville elaborated in his fiction through allusions, characterizations, and direct commentary on Roman history, Dante, Machiavelli, Pope Pius IX, and Giuseppe Mazzini. Melville followed the unfolding drama of Italian nationalism more closely than any other major American writer and found in it tropes and themes that fueled his turn to poetry, particularly after his visit to Italy in 1857. The Civil War, a crisis for American nationalism as urgent and profound as the Risorgimento, reinforced the symbolic parallels between the United States and Italy and led Melville to meditate on Giuseppe Garibaldi and other Italian patriots in one of his longest poems. Melville's literary appropriations of Italian history, art, and politics demonstrate that transnational cultural exchanges are not confined to later American writing but originate with the country's earliest authors and their recognition that any national literature worthy of the name must incorporate a broad international frame of reference. Dennis Berthold is professor of English at Texas A&M University, College Station.


Italian Americana

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Category : Italians
Languages : en
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Blacks On John Brown

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Author: Benjamin Quarles
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press
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Category : Abolitionists
Languages : en
Pages : 164
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America History And Life

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Category : Canada
Languages : en
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Book Description: Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.