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An Austro-Hungarian America: Emerson for Croatia, 1904–5


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Jukić, Tatjana. (2014). An Austro-Hungarian America: Emerson for Croatia, 1904–5. In: Cross-cultural Readings of the United States, May 24, 2014, Zagreb.

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It was principally through Antun Gustav Matoš (1873–1914) that Croatian literature received its modernity for the twentieth century, as well as its sense of Europeanness. His essay on Emerson (1904–5) can be analyzed as part of the same agenda, especially in view of its marked Nietzschean overtones; it is Nietzsche’s Emerson that Matoš brings to Croatian culture and, with it, a corresponding inflection of both Europe and philosophy. While this suggests that a Nietzschean America comes to shape the American phantasm for twentieth-century Croatian modernity, I propose to discuss another operation which is equally critical to this placement of Emerson: the way in which Austro-Hungarian cultural practices, definitive to Croatia at the time and at work in Matoš, decide Emerson’s profile and refract some of its Nietzschean features.

Item Type: Published conference work (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: America, Austria-Hungary, Antun Gustav Matoš, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche
Subjects: English language and literature > American Studies
English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 11:23
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 11:23

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