Look Abroad, Angel: Thomas Wolfe and the Geographies of Longing (New Southern Studies) (Hardcover)

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Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) was one of the most influential southern writers, widely considered to rival his contemporary, William Faulkner--who believed Wolfe to be one of the greatest talents of their generation. His novels-- including Look Homeward, Angel (1929); Of Time and the River (1935); and the posthumously published The Web and the Rock (1939) and You Can't Go Home Again (1940)--remain touchstones of U.S. literature.

In Look Abroad, Angel, Jedidiah Evans uncovers the "global Wolfe," reconfiguring Wolfe's supposedly intractable homesickness for the American South as a form of longing that is instead indeterminate and expansive. Instead of promoting and reinforcing a narrow and cloistered formulation of the writer as merely southern or Appalachian, Evans places Wolfe in transnational contexts, examining Wolfe's impact and influence throughout Europe. In doing so, he de-territorializes the response to Wolfe's work, revealing the writer as a fundamentally global presence within American literature.

About the Author


JEDIDIAH EVANS is an associate lecturer in writing studies at the University of Sydney.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780820356464
ISBN-10: 0820356468
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2020
Pages: 252
Language: English
Series: New Southern Studies