“Amerika gibt es nicht” – On the Semiotics of Literary America in the Twentieth Century

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“Amerika gibt es nicht” – On the Semiotics of Literary America in the Twentieth Century

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dc.contributor.author Simons, Oliver
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-13T16:58:58Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Simons, Oliver. 2009. "Amerika gibt es nicht" - On the semiotics of literary America in the twentieth century. Trans. by Daniel Bowles. German Quarterly 82(2): 196-211. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0016-8831 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:5130442
dc.description.abstract From Alexis de Tocqueville's arrival in Manhattan and his amazement at the artificial façades of houses on the East River, we can observe a specific semiotic model in depictions of America: America does not exist, which is to say, the referent often becomes questionable in these texts. All the more frequently descriptions of America hew to a metonymic mode of writing; they deal with signs which refer to other signs, with accounts reporting mostly what has been read elsewhere. With Franz Kafka and Wolfgang Koeppen this essay shows how America has become the setting of poetological self-determination; America is a textual construct in which the significatory nature of language is itself negotiated. Under these conditions, how can another America novel be written at the end of the 20th-century? In the concluding passages, this essay discusses how contemporary authors Thomas Meinecke and Michael Roes succeed in resurrecting America's narrative possibilities. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Germanic Languages and Literatures en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1111/j.1756-1183.2009.00045.x en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.title “Amerika gibt es nicht” – On the Semiotics of Literary America in the Twentieth Century en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal German Quarterly en_US
dash.depositing.author Simons, Oliver
dc.date.available 2011-09-13T16:58:58Z

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