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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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Modernism, Multiculturalism, and the Legacy of the Mediating Nation

Modernism, Multiculturalism, and the Legacy of the Mediating Nation

(p.192) Coda Modernism, Multiculturalism, and the Legacy of the Mediating Nation
The Mediating Nation

Nathaniel Cadle

University of North Carolina Press

This coda considers the continuing legacy of “the mediating nation” during the modernist era and beyond. It begins by looking at Edmund Wilson's 1967 memoir A Prelude, in which he describes his experiences during World War I and stressed the United States' importance to the international community as well as the centrality of immigrants to U.S. society. It also explains how Wilson positioned himself as a living link between the internationalism of early twentieth-century America and the self-aware multiculturalism of the late 1960s. Finally, it examines global concerns that shaped late realism during the Progressive era and how modernists such as Gertrude Stein complicate the notion of late realism's decisive break from modernism.

Keywords:   mediating nation, Edmund Wilson, A Prelude, United States, immigrants, internationalism, multiculturalism, realism, Progressive era, modernism

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