U.S. Intellectual History Blog


American NietzscheJennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, winner of the first annual S-USIH book prize, has also won the Morris D. Forkosch Book Prize for best first book in intellectual history from the Journal of the History of Ideas.  This highly regarded book, American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (University of Chicago Press, 2012), has been reviewed widely and won great praise from the S-USIH book award committee: “American Nietzsche is a masterful historical demonstration of reception theory that brings together high and popular culture.  Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen allows us to see how Americans of many sorts came to understand their own worlds through coming to terms with or rejecting Nietzsche.  By shifting the primary focus from Nietzsche’s thought to how Americans understood his meanings, she ingeniously demonstrates how important Nietzsche was to twentieth-century American intellectual history.”  Ratner-Rosenhagen is the Merle Curti Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  For more information please visit her website.Jennifer-Ratner-Rosenhagen