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As 'American dream' became a cliché, the contrary 'American nightmare' was inevitable. This study of Americanist thought in the 20th century excavates the cultural currents of the American Century.

Boekomslag Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction

Many modern myths of the United States and Europe were formed during war and occupation. Some saw the U.S. as culture’s redeemer. Others saw a stereotypical America, rich in civilization but poor in culture, overtake a stereotypical Europe, rich in culture and equally rich in disaster. Others, reading in the ruins, found wisdom in Moby-Dick. To be an Americanist was to navigate an era of transatlantic projection, disparity, recrimination, and longing.

Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction

  • George Blaustein
  • Oxford University Press, 2018
  • ISBN: 9780190209216