Transnational Longfellow: A Project of American National Poetry

Transnational Longfellow: A Project of American National Poetry


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This study marks a decisive advance in Longfellow studies. Instead of making do with documenting the poet’s literary contacts in a biographical context, as has been the custom in the past, the authors inquire into the uses he made of European works for the English-American literature in the making. Focusing on Longfellow’s widely famous poem, Evangeline, and the internationally most ambitious poet’s anthology, Tales of a Wayside Inn, they demonstrate that the poet-professor’s program and practice of an integrative, transnational American poetry that includes translations adapts the model that the Schlegel Brothers recommended for German literature – a cultural late-comer as was that of the U.S.A. In the process, they identify a number of correlative works so far overlooked.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631535165
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/18/2005
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Authors: Armin Paul Frank, Professor Emeritus of English Philology, was founding director of Sonderforschungsbereich 309, the Göttingen Center for Advanced Studies in Literary Translation, and also directed cooperative projects on comparative American literary historiography.
Christel-Maria Maas, after taking her State Examination in English and German Philology in 1999 and obtaining her Dr. phil. degree in American Studies in 2004, now pursues advanced teacher training (Referendarausbildung) and also teaches in the American Studies Program at the University of Göttingen.

Table of Contents

Contents: From British Associationism to German Integrative Internationalism – Evangeline: A Composite American Historical Pastoral and Feminine Quest Epyllion – Tales of a Wayside Inn: A Poet’s Anthology – The Translation and Transformation of Tales: The Falcon of Ser Federigo – The Translation and Transformation of Tales: An American Version of Karolus, the Emperor – Longfellow’s Poetry and Poetics in American Literary History: A Suggestion – The International Range of Tales of a Wayside Inn - A Documentation.

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