This is a pioneering work in comparative European literature by a leading American scholar. So-called Local Color Literature emerged in the mid nineteenth century, both in the United States and Europe. The US tradition has received scholarly attention, most notably by Donovan herself, whose pioneering work opened up the field. Her new book, on the European tradition, fills a significant gap in the literary history of Western culture. It covers the German ("Dorfgeschichten" - more or less "village histories"), French ("Contes" or "stories"), Irish, and Scottish traditions in detail, with a chapter devoted to each. In Germany, the tradition has been neglected by critics and commentators because of an unfair association with the Nazi heimet (home) literature. A final chapter will limn the European influence on the American local colorists - an influence not studied before. In an age of globalization, with the fears we all have of conformity and homogenization, interest in local-color literatures is growing. This book will help bring these literatures and their tradition back to life.
"Donovan does an admirable job of directing her readers' attention to many relatively unfamiliar, nineteenth-century works from these two countries, as well as from France and Germany. The incisive comparisons she draws between all these stories highlight various ways in which local-color literature represented a locus for political and cultural dissent during a period when European thought was saturated with the totalizing force of a post-Enlightenment drive toward modernization. This pioneering study opens the way for further informed comparative analysis of the origins, forms, and influences of this distinctive form of writing." --Anne Markey; Trinity College, Dublin; Comparative Literature Studies
"Full of clever literary insights and draws comparisons between texts written in different languages in ambitious and intelligent ways." --James Moran, University of Nottingham, Comparative Critical Studies
Preface; Introduction; Chapter One: Local-Color Literature and the Colonizations of Modernity; Chapter Two: The Irish National Tale; Chapter Three: The Scottish National Tale; Chapter Four: Dorfgeschichte: The German Village Tale; Chapter Five: Romans Champetres: French Provincial Literature; Epilogue: A Sketch of the Local-Color Movement in Other Countries; Works Cited and Other Relevant Titles.
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1