Marked by exceptionalism as endemic characteristic, America's cultures, literary and otherwise, conform to the history of humans globally. American (especially U.S. American) exceptionalism is a paradoxical trait of inevitable conformity. Thus, America's self-estimation as incomparable may be its most comparable trait. This essay explores some of the diverse symptoms and literary manifestations of this perennial hemispheric irony.
DJELAL KADIR; America's Exceptional Comparabilities: An Instance of World Literature. Comparative Literature 1 June 2009; 61 (3): 209–219. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00104124-2009-011
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