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A Metaphor for the Institution?: The Frontier and U.S. Literature
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
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2004 (English)In: Trans: Internet journal for cultural studies, 2004Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In my contribution I explore the concept of "frontier" in relation to the history of U.S. literature frpm three points of time: 1928 when it was discussed in The Reinterpretation of American Literature as a governing statement for the national, literary discipline-to-be; 1955, when Robewrt E. Spiller forwarded the idea of the second frontier of U.S. Literature; the 1990s when "la frontera" or "the borderland" was recognized as significant for literary change. Out of the three points of time I will discuss the "frontier" as a metaphor for both continuity and change and argue that because of its dichotomous applicability it has become a usable and unusable concept for the institution of U.S. literature both in its domestic development and in its relation to other literatures of the world.

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2004.
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frontier
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-6221Local ID: 1828OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-6221DiVA, id: diva2:31260
Available from: 2009-07-24 Created: 2009-07-24Bibliographically approved

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