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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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Migration Systems And Literary Production

Migration Systems And Literary Production

The Global Routes of Abraham Cahan and Knut Hamsun

(p.127) Chapter Four Migration Systems And Literary Production
The Mediating Nation

Nathaniel Cadle

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the role played by literature in the movement of immigrants, one of the more prominent and controversial processes of globalization at the turn of the twentieth century. It looks at immigration as a process of circulation rather than absorption, involving not only one-way trips to the United States but also physical and cultural returns to the homeland. The chapter analyzes the transnational circulation of American money, products, and culture tackled by Abraham Cahan in The Rise of David Levinksy as well as Knut Hamsun's descriptions of U.S. society upon his return to Europe. It considers how migrant communities, through the routes of physical and material movement that they created and maintained, contributed to U.S. cultural hegemony while also acting as a medium for resisting and critiquing that same cultural imperialism.

Keywords:   immigrants, literature, globalization, immigration, United States, money, Abraham Cahan, The Rise of David Levinksy, Knut Hamsun, cultural imperialism

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