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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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From Cosmopolitanism To World-Salvation

From Cosmopolitanism To World-Salvation

The Transnational Imaginary and the Idea of the Progressive State

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(p.29) Chapter One From Cosmopolitanism To World-Salvation
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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/9781469618456.003.0002

This chapter explores the relationship between shifting notions of literary cosmopolitanism, emerging discourse about internationalism, and the concept of world-salvation. It looks at the efforts of intellectuals and elite literary figures to articulate the role of the state in an increasingly globalized society at the turn of the twentieth century. More specifically, it considers the literary use of cosmopolitanism, internationalism, and world-salvation within a wider social and political context, focusing on how these words were deployed by prominent intellectuals such as William James and W. E. B. Du Bois. It also discusses cosmopolitanism in relation to contemporaneous discussions of world literature. Finally, the chapter examines Progressivism in the United States as well as the political and social context in which late realism was embedded and sought to intervene.

Keywords:   literary cosmopolitanism, internationalism, world-salvation, intellectuals, state, William James, W. E. B. Du Bois, world literature, Progressivism, realism

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