© 2014

The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature

  • Editors
  • Reingard M. Nischik

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Charting the Territory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rachel Adams
      Pages 33-45
  3. Perspectives on Multiculturalism

  4. French-Language and English-Language Cultures in North America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Monika Giacoppe
      Pages 165-181
  5. Regions and Symbolic Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Claudia Sadowski-Smith
      Pages 185-197
    3. Florian Freitag
      Pages 199-218
    4. Christina Kannenberg
      Pages 219-235
    5. Caroline Rosenthal
      Pages 237-254
  6. National, Transnational, Global Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Jutta Ernst
      Pages 257-276

About this book


A first of its kind, The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature provides an overview of Comparative North American Literature, a cutting-edge discipline. Contributors make important interventions into multiculturalism in North America and into U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border literatures.


America American studies Amerikanische Literatur Canada fiction Modernism postmodernism USA

About the authors

Rachel Adams, Columbia University, USA.  Mita Banerjee, University of Mainz, Germany.  Georgiana Banita, University of Bamberg, Germany.  Julia Breitbach, University of Konstanz, Germany.  Jutta Ernst, University of Mainz, German.y Florian Freitag, University of Mainz, Germany.  Monika Giacoppe, Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA.  Eva Gruber, University of Konstanz, Germany.  Christina Kannenberg, University of Konstanz, Germany.  Jean Morency, University of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.  Caroline Rosenthal, University of Jena, Germany.  Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Arizona State University, USA.  Katja Sarkowsky, University of Münster, German.y Sabine Sielke, University of Bonn, Germany.  Marie Vautier, University of Victoria, Canada.  Lorraine York, McMaster University, Canada.

Bibliographic information


“The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature will appeal to scholars and students interested in the manifold interrelations and transactions between the literatures of north America. Its articles are highly informative, well written and researched. They all summarize important debates and research traditions in their respective fields. The Handbook will also be helpful for readers with a specific interest in the politics that have shaped American studies as a discipline in the last couple of decades.” (Julia Straub, Anglia, Vol.135 (2), June, 2017) 

(Translated from German)

“The present volume, edited by the Americanist and Canadianist Reingard Nischik (Konstanz), pursues the ambitious and original goal of surveying and analyzing the various North American literatures from a comparative and transcultural perspective. ... It is a concise, readable, carefully edited, and t

hematically coherent handbook, which furthermore capably joins theoretical considerations and concepts to the analysis of extensive text corpora from various languages and cultures. It thus lays the foundations for further comparative as well as inter- and transcultural research and the didactic treatment of the literatures of North America.” (Hans-Juergen Luesebrink, Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien, Volume  66, 2017)

“Reingard M. Nischik has assembled a rich, informative, and critically astute collection of essays, which will be an indispensable reference work for Canadianists, Americanists and students of world literature alike. Meticulously researched and carefully edited, the chapters in this Handbook offer innovative approaches to their subjects, while at the same time providing a reliable compendium of information on cultural-historical backgrounds and developments. ... the volume combines comprehensiveness and detailed analysis in a remarkably balanced manner.” (Martin Löschnigg, Anglistik, Vol. 27 (1), March, 2016)

“This collection provides those in Canada and the United States who work on Canadian and American literature and culture with the opportunity to see what their field looks like from the other side of the Atlantic. … Reingard M. Nischik … has brought together seventeen essays that work together to demonstrate the viability of comparative North American literature.” (Susan Ingram, University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 58 (3), 2016)

“This volume offers exciting and insightful approaches to the study of American and Canadian literatures … . The essays included all open up interesting and wider perspectives that will provide food for thought for all future students of (not only comparative) North American literatures.” (Martin Kuester, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, Vol. 168 (2), 2016)

“[T]his volume is an outstanding contribution to comparative studies on the US and Canada . . . R

eingard Nischik's introduction to comparative North American studies should be required reading for scholars working in this field.” (Susan Castillo Street, Comparative American Studies, Vol. 13 (1-2), June, 2015)

“The volume is ambitious, even groundbreaking, and deserves serious scholarly attention.” (Andrea Caba, Canadian Literature, No. 222, Autumn, 2014)