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The Resource Through other continents : American literature across deep time, Wai Chee Dimock

Through other continents : American literature across deep time, Wai Chee Dimock

Label
Through other continents : American literature across deep time
Title
Through other continents
Title remainder
American literature across deep time
Statement of responsibility
Wai Chee Dimock
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What we call American literature is quite often a shorthand, a simplified name for an extended tangle of relations." This is the argument of Through Other Continents, Wai Chee Dimock's sustained effort to read American literature as a subset of world literature. Inspired by an unorthodox archive--ranging from epic traditions in Akkadian and Sanskrit to folk art, paintings by Veronese and Tiepolo, and the music of the Grateful Dead--Dimock constructs a long history of the world, a history she calls "deep time." The civilizations of Mesopotamia, India, Egypt, China, and West Africa, as well as Europe, leave their mark on American literature, which looks dramatically different when it is removed from a strictly national or English-language context. Key authors such as Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Ezra Pound, Robert Lowell, Gary Snyder, Leslie Silko, Gloria Naylor, and Gerald Vizenor are transformed in this light. Emerson emerges as a translator of Islamic culture; Henry James's novels become long-distance kin to Gilgamesh; and Black English loses its ungrammaticalness when reclassified as a creole tongue, meshing the input from Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Throughout, Dimock contends that American literature is answerable not to the nation-state, but to the human species as a whole, and that it looks dramatically different when removed from a strictly national or English-language context."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dimock, Wai-chee
Dewey number
810.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS157
LC item number
.D56 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Globalization in literature
  • Comparative literature
  • Comparative literature
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Label
Through other continents : American literature across deep time, Wai Chee Dimock
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [197]-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
62525244
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780691114491
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005057723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780691114491
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Through other continents : American literature across deep time, Wai Chee Dimock
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [197]-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
62525244
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780691114491
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005057723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780691114491
Other physical details
illustrations

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