"The emergence of the first internationally recognized authors from the United States as well as an initial burgeoning of hemispheric thought within the national imagination" (Brickhouse 2004, 2) in the very period of the American Renaissance might indeed seem counterintuitive to U.S. literary scholars, and yet these studies are rich in examples of popular translations of Longfellow in Latin America, the important literary production of Cuban Jos Mara Heredia while in exile in the United States, the significance of New Orleans as a contact zone between U.S. and Latin American cultures, the dialogue among intellectuals of color in the Francophone Caribbean and the U.S. South, and so on.
The American Renaissance and the Mexican Renacimiento The Long Critical Disconnect in the Americas Robert McKee Irwin University of California, Davis The mid–nineteenth century marked the moment of the United States’ “coming to its first maturity and affirming its rightful heritage in the whole expanse of art and culture” (Matthiessen 1941, vii). The m
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