Book Reviews The Mediating Nation: Late American Realism, Globalization, and the Progressive State by Nathaniel Cadle. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2014. 266 pp. Paper, $32.95; ebook, $25.95. Nathaniel Cadle's book takes its title from a speech delivered by President Woodrow Wilson on April 20, 1915. In that speech, delivered at the annual Associated Press luncheon, Wilson defended his administration's isolationism, arguing that, in Cadle's words, "remaining disentangled from [World War I] allows the United States to continue improving its domestic affairs and thus to be in a stronger position to help Europe arbitrate peace and rebuild once the war ends." Describing the United States as "the mediating nation," Wilson's isolationism, in Cadle's analysis, is evidence of an "aesthetic conceptualization of the nation that is characterized by polyvocality, the ability to give expression to other nations' `sentiments' and `passions.'" Cadle convincingly argues that Wilson's conception of the United States as "the mediating nation," as a nation through which global finance, international policy, and immigration would be articulated in the twentieth century, is an idea developed during late nineteenth- and early twentiethcentury realism, as writers of novels, reportage, literary reviews, and local color fiction represent the United
American Literary Realism – University of Illinois Press
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