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By Antje Dallmann, Eva Boesenberg, Martin Klepper

Written and edited through a world group of authors dependent essentially in Europe, the e-book is split into 4 thematically-organised sections. the 1st half delineates the evolution of yankee reports over the process the 20th century, the second one elaborates on how American reviews as a box is located in the wider humanities, and the 3rd inspects and deconstructs well known tropes reminiscent of myths of the West, the self-made guy, take place future, and representations of the President of the us. The fourth half introduces theories of society equivalent to structuralism and deconstruction, queer and transgender theories, border and hemispheric reviews, and important race concept which are relatively influential inside American stories.

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The imagining of the North American continent as “the new world,” as “virgin land,” resonated with the transatlantic Romantic impulse and its fascination with pastoral, untouched beauty and the natural sublime. At the same time, this perception of North America as untamed wilderness contributed central ideas and ideals to an emerging discourse of nation-building that imagined the United States as “nature’s nation” (Hebel 310–12). “The term ‘environment’ in its broadest sense indexes contested terrains located at the intersections of political, social, cultural, and ecological economies.

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