On Friday 6 October 2023, the RIAS is hosting the presentation of Harry Stecopoulos’s new book, Telling America’s Story to the World: Literature, Internationalism, Cultural Diplomacy  (OUP, 2022)

From the hemispheric cultural diplomacy of the Good Neighbor era to the new millennium public relations campaign in the Middle East, the US government has employed US writers to shore up the nation’s international image and promote US policy overseas. Telling America’s Story to the World is the first study to demonstrate that US cultural diplomacy played an important role in the making of postwar US literature.

Stecopoulos is Professor of English at the University of Iowa. He teaches courses on modern US literature, African American literature, transnational American Studies, the energy humanities, and creative writing. In addition to Telling America’s Story to the World: Literature, Internationalism, Cultural Diplomacy  (Oxford, 2022), his publications include Reconstructing the World: Southern Fictions and US Imperialisms, 1898-1976  (Cornell, 2008), and the edited collection A History of the Literature of the U.S. South  (Cambridge, 2021). He is currently working on two book projects: “A Keen Sense of Power: Richard Wright, Energy, and the Violence of Extraction” and “Entangled Words: Diplomacy and the Making of American Literature.”

The invitation can be downloaded here.

  • Author:                Harry Stecopoulos
  • Commentator: Giles Scott-Smith
  • Date:                      Friday 6 October 2023, 4:30-5:30 pm CEST
  • Location:             Online (Zoom link will be provided upon registration)

To attend the book presentation, please register here.