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Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction

George Blaustein


Nightmare Envy and Other Stories is a study of Americanist writing and institutions in the twentieth century. Four chapters trace four routes through an “Americanist century.” The first is the hidden history of American Studies in the United States, Europe, and Japan. The second is the strange career of “national character” in anthropology. The third is a contest between military occupation and cultural diplomacy in Europe. The fourth is the emergence and fate of the “American Renaissance,” as the scholar and literary critic F. O. Matthiessen carried a canon of radical literature across the Ir ... More

Keywords: American studies, cultural diplomacy, European reconstruction, American exceptionalism, national character, American literature, Salzburg Seminar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190209209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190209209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Blaustein, author
Assistant Professor, Amsterdam University