By Waldemar Zacharasiewicz
Even supposing German american citizens quantity virtually forty three million and are the biggest ethnic team within the usa, students of yankee literature have paid little recognition to this influential and ethnically assorted cultural staff. In a piece of unheard of intensity and diversity, Waldemar Zacharasiewicz explores the cultural and historic historical past of the various photographs of Germany and Germans in the course of the prior centuries. utilizing an interdisciplinary strategy referred to as comparative imagology, which borrows from social psychology and cultural anthropology, Zacharasiewicz samples a vast spectrum of unique assets, together with literary works, letters, diaries, autobiographical debts, travelogues, newspaper stories, motion pictures, or even cartoons and political caricatures. В В В beginning with the suggestion of Germany because the excellent web site for tutorial learn and shuttle within the 19th century and concluding with the twentieth-century photograph of Germany as an competitive state, this leading edge paintings examines the ever-changing picture of Germans and Germany within the writings of Louisa may perhaps Alcott, Samuel Clemens, Henry James, William James, George Santayana, W. E. B. Du Bois, John Dewey, H. L. Mencken, Katherine Anne Porter, Kay Boyle, Thomas Wolfe, Upton Sinclair, Gertrude Stein, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, William Styron, Walker Percy, and John Hawkes, between others. В В В
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The Berlin-born Staub looks down upon both the French, who, in his view, are not capable of taking revenge, and on the degenerate Anglo-Saxons. He is certainly closely related to the type of character whose literary genealogy Horst Kruse explored in “Dr. ”47 He has nothing in common with the typical German professor of earlier decades who was dreaming in his ivory tower. His diagnostic practice mirrored in his letters to a colleague in Göttingen betrayed the cynical worldview of an early supporter of the ideas of the master race.
His increasing unease in the face of Prussian arrogance was later expressed in travelogues and in his ﬁction by his depiction of disagreeable German characters. ”41 Henry’s scorn for the architecture of Munich contrasts with Warner’s affection for the city. In 1873 Henry’s growing rejection of Germany manifested itself in the literary transformation of his experiences during two months in Bad Homburg, which were in reality quite productive. This took the form of two vignettes included in his Transatlantic Sketches.
The search for a reformed educational system in the United States before the middle of the nineteenth century received an important boost through several missions made by American educational reformers. Horace Mann (1796–1859) in his Report of an Educational Tour in Germany, and Parts of Great Britain and Ireland (1844) underlined the model character of the German educational system and, like Calvin Stowe’s (1802–1886) Report on Elementary Public Instruction in Europe (1837, rpt. 1838), emphasized the exemplary character of this aspect of cultural life in Germany.