The Other Presences

Reading Literature Other-Wise after the Transnational Turn in American Studies

Florian Tatschner

The Other Presences

Florian Tatschner

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

376 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9781512603576 Published October 2019
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781512603484 Published October 2019

The Other Presences presents a radically new mode of engaging with the idea of otherness in contemporary American literature. Expanding on the earlier theories of poststructuralist and phenomenologist philosophers like Berhand Waldenfels and Jean-Francois Lyotard, Tatschner argues for a more performative style of reading, establishing new linguistic frameworks to reflect the concept of otherness in literature. His book introduces new transnational voices into the discourse on contemporary US literary studies, focusing heavily on the stories of immigrant and first-generation Americans. These new voices and presences push readers toward innovative possibilities for the written word.

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Donatello Izzo, University of Naples Orientale

The Other Presences is an intellectually complex and ambitious book that has much to offer its readers: a set of subtle and original theoretical arguments; an array of sophisticated and convincing readings of contemporary novels; and a prose of admirable clarity and rare intellectual and stylistic elegance.”

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