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Region, Environment, and Community in American Literary Short Forms
Ina Bergmann
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Region, Environment, and Community in Short Forms
Würzburg American Studies “Then” and “Now”

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A region is at the same time a geographic area distinguished by similar features and a cultural space with social, economic, and ecological implications (Fresonke; Zagarell, “Region”). Literary regionalism had its starting point in the late nineteenth century, when writers connected their specific region’s character to its nature, people, and history (Baym). “New England” is generally seen “as the source of regionalist writing, Sarah Orne Jewett as the paradigmatic regional writer, and her [The] Country of the Pointed Firs [1896] as the defining work of American literary regionalism” (Baym 303). Regarding its relevance in a global community, nineteenth-century literary regionalism has been reassessed (Fetterley and Pryse; P. Joseph), increasingly through the lens of Critical Regionalism (Benesch; Lösch, Paul, and Zwingenberger), a concept defined by Kenneth Frampton in “Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance” (1983). Moreover, a surge of m...

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Ina Bergmann

Ina Bergmann is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany. She is the author of two monographs, And Then the Child Becomes a Woman: Weibliche Initiation in der amerikanischen Kurzgeschichte 1865-1970 (2003) and The New Historical Fiction: The Nineteenth Century Revis(it)ed (2020). She has also (co-)edited several volumes of essays and special sections of journals, among them Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Writing (2015) and Intermediality, Life Writing, and American Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives(2018), as well as a frequent contributor to peer-reviewed journals and international book projects. She is currently working on a monograph tentatively entitled A Cultural History of Solitude in the USA.

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