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The Mediating NationLate American Realism, Globalization, and the Progressive State$
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Nathaniel Cadle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618456

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618456.001.0001

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Transnational Circulation In The Age Of Realism And Progressivism

Transnational Circulation In The Age Of Realism And Progressivism

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(p.1) Introduction Transnational Circulation In The Age Of Realism And Progressivism
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The Mediating Nation
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Nathaniel Cadle

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618456.003.0001

This book examines conceptualizations of globalization that coalesced in American culture during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as the intersection between late realism and Progressivism. Citing Woodrow Wilson's concept of the United States as a mediating nation, which he articulated in his April 1915 speech, the book explores how some of the most articulate writers and intellectuals of the period—such as William Dean Howells, Henry James, Abraham Cahan, Knut Hamsun, Jane Addams, W. E. B. Du Bois, Louis Brandeis, and Randolph Bourne—explained and exploited America's growing global power. It demonstrates how realism emerged as a literary mode that represented the increasingly global currents of U.S. society and culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how the modes of transnational circulation that preoccupy Wilson in his speech were exploited to help define or redefine the United States' role in the world.

Keywords:   globalization, realism, Progressivism, Woodrow Wilson, United States, mediating nation, William Dean Howells, Henry James, Knut Hamsun, transnational circulation

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