Transatlantic crossings and transformations : German-American cultural transfer from the 18th to the end of the 19th century

Mueller-Vollmer, Kurt, author

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  • Creator Kurt Mueller-Vollmer
  • Format Books
  • Publication Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang Edition, [2015]
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  • Physical Details
    • 418 pages ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9783631651063, 3631651066, 9783653041729
  • OCLC ocn902986118


  • "This volume attempts for the first time a comprehensive view of the momentous process of German-American cultural transfer during the 18th and 19th centuries, which played an important part in the formation of an American national and cultural identity, a process to which the New England Transcendentalists contributed some of the decisive ingredients, but which has largely escaped the attention of German and American scholarship. In each chapter a specific problem is treated systematically from a clearly defined perspective, deficiencies of existing translation theories are exposed, so that in the concluding chapters 13 and 14 (with an unpublished memorandum by Alexander von Humboldt) a cohesive view of the entire process emerges. A comprehensive bibliography will facilitate further scholarly pursuits"--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references.


  • German missionaries, Native Americans and the multicultural origin of American linguistics and ethnology -- Anglo-American literature and the challenge of Germany : transcendentalism as a problem in literary history -- Urwälder und Prärien machen keine National Literatur : Übersetzungen aus dem Deutschen in den Vereinigten Staaten, 1820-50 : Grundzüge einer historischen Topographie -- Herder, Bancroft, and the importation of cultural nationalism in the early republic -- Übersetzen wohin? : zum Problem der Diskursformierung in Frau von Staël's Deutschlandbuch und im amerikanischen Transzendentalismus -- The significance of Anne Germaine de Staël's Germany for a new program and a new direction of Anglo-American literature -- Cultural transfer and the German presence in the literary life of the American transcendentalists -- Regionalismus, Internationalismus, Nationalität : amerikanischer Transzendentalismus und Deutsche Romantik -- How Brockhaus' Conversations-Lexicon became the Encyclopaedia Americana : a fresh look at nineteenth-century German-American cultural transfer -- James Marsh, cultural mediator and transcendentalist thinker : understanding "reason and understanding" -- Nationalism versus transculturalism : the road from patriotism to transcendentalism in post-colonial New England -- Translating transcendentalism in New England : the genesis of a literary discourse -- Transcendentalist writing : transfers, inscriptions, and transformations -- 1855, a window in time : German philosophy in the New World at mid-century : with an unpublished memorandum by Alexander von Humboldt and the facsimile of the original document -- Chronology of German-American cultural transfer
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