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This study of German fiction about America in the nineteenth century concentrates in detail on three writers: Charles Sealsfield (Carl Postl, 1793–1864), an escaped Moravian monk who came to New Orleans in 1823 and wrote the first major German novels about the United States; Friedrich Gerstäcker (1816–1872), who, among his many experiences in America as a young man, lived as a backwoodsman in Arkansas and who later produced a large body of fiction, travel reportage, and emigration advice; and Karl May (1842–1912), who, though he knew nothing about America beyond what he could read in books, wrote famous adventure stories set in an imaginary West and became the best-selling writer in the German language. Sammons provides biographies of the authors and discusses how each differs in their mimetic and ideological approach. He pays particular attention to how the authors address issues of race, gender and politics in the United States. Sammons interweaves his discussion of these three writers with excurses into the emergence of the German Western and anti-Americanism in German fiction.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. Cover
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  1. Half-title
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  1. Series Note
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Part I. Ideology: Charles Sealsfield
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  1. 1. The Sealsfield Riddle
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  1. 2. What Is an Austrian Jacksonian? Sealsfield’s Political Evolution from The Indian Chief (1829) to Der Legitime und die Republikaner (1833)
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  1. 3. Slavery, Race, and Nation: The Antebellum Southern Context
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  1. 4. The Shape of Freedom in the Plantation Novels
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. 5. Die Deutsch-amerikanischen Wahlverwandtschaften: An Attempt at a Social Novel
  2. pp. 79-89
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  1. Excursus I. The Emergence of the German Western: Balduin Möllhausen and Friedrich Armand Strubberg
  2. pp. 90-110
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  1. Part II. Mimesis: Friedrich Gerstäcker
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  1. 6. The Revealed Vocation
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  1. 7. The Multicultural Bear Hunt: An Introduction to Gerstäcker’s Narrative Devices
  2. pp. 136-150
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  1. 8. Gerstäcker’s America: Social and Political Observations
  2. pp. 151-176
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  1. 9. The Immigration Trilogy: Nach Amerika!, Gold!, In Amerika
  2. pp. 177-200
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  1. Excursus II. Anti-Americanism? Talvj, Ferdinand Kürnberger, Reinhold Solger
  2. pp. 201-225
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  1. Part III. Fantasy: Karl May
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  1. 10. Germany’s Americans: Old Shatterhand and Winnetou
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  1. 11. On the Absence of Germany’s Americans in America
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  1. Outlook
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469656717
Related ISBN
9781469656700
MARC Record
OCLC
1155224568
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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