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American Literary Scholarship (2003) 2001 (1): 281–304.
Published: 01 September 2003
... that informed contemporary theories and policies on race and ethnicity are especially good in bringing together the threads of debate that shaped American pragmatism not only as an academic interest but as a method of thinking that informed movements of social and political reform. The book is a valuable...
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American Literary Scholarship (2011) 2009 (1): 3–29.
Published: 01 September 2011
... reform activities, his conception of citizenship, or any other social issues in his work sooner or later comes up against the Emerson dilemma (to bor- row the title of T. Gregory Garvey’s valuable collection [see AmLS 2001, p. 4 the tension Emerson wrote and lived between inspiration and action...
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American Literary Scholarship (2022) 2020 (1): 221–233.
Published: 01 September 2022
... they often begin by lamenting a work as forgotten or neglected, then reveal why this artifact has been neglected and why it is now socially relevant. In emphasizing cultural relevance, formal elements of literature (structure, style, complexity, paradox, ambiguity, and irony) become secondary, as do...
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American Literary Scholarship (2005) 2003 (1): 275–308.
Published: 01 September 2005
... to issues that naturalism adopts. The labor crisis is central to Andrew Rennick’s ‘‘ ‘A Good War Story’: The Civil War, Substitution, and the Labor Crisis in Howells’ A Hazard of New Fortunes’’ (ALR 35: 247–61). Rennick considers whether literature may a√ect social change by demonstrating, through...
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American Literary Scholarship (2006) 2004 (1): 223–240.
Published: 01 September 2006
... efforts to comprehend God. Elisabeth Ceppi’s “Elizabeth Ashbridge’s Epistle to the Goshen Monthly Meeting” (Legacy 21: 141–55) features a 1754 holograph letter in which its author speaks unequivocally as a Quaker minister invested with social and spiritual authority. In this letter Ashbridge...
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American Literary Scholarship (2001) 1999 (1): 221–242.
Published: 01 September 2001
... independence corresponded with the de- cline of family economics resulting from the rise of post-Revolutionary coastal capitalism is the subject of Elaine Forman Crane’s Ebb Tide in New England: Women, Seaports, and Social Change, 1630–1800 (North- William J. Scheick 227...
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American Literary Scholarship (2017) 2015 (1): 219–234.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., and Paul Lawrence Dunbar and focusing an increasing number of studies on lynching and Reconstruction. Another investiga- tive trend that shines a light on current social problems is evidenced by a growing interest in utopian works, particularly the writings of Edward Bellamy and Charlotte Perkins...
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American Literary Scholarship (2011) 2009 (1): 127–152.
Published: 01 September 2011
..., Patrick Mullen a psychological one. Nick Bromell, Ann Pat- ten, Griffith, and Jenny Wahl examine economics, politics, and social practices and theories of democracy. Willa Cather scholarship this year continued to offer work drawn from the study of new materials: archival, textual, and contextual...
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American Literary Scholarship (2017) 2015 (1): 195–218.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of the period will be pleased with a number of books and articles that provide keen insights on the period’s literature. Books on topics such as the “social lives” of poems, the relationship of sentimentality and fear in antebellum antislavery literature, the potential for language to break down...
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American Literary Scholarship (2003) 2001 (1): 445–459.
Published: 01 September 2003
... the established tenets of dialectical materialism; some propose newer ideas about class, labor, and the social position of art and the artist. Collectively, they testify to the formidable challenges presented by the topic and to several questions deserving renewed attention in the coming...
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American Literary Scholarship (2003) 2001 (1): 187–210.
Published: 01 September 2003
... the conceit that it is theirs to sell and continues, tracing the social history of Lafayette County, Mississippi, through the 1920s. Al- though Doyle steers clear of textual interpretation, the history he writes poses numerous challenges for Faulkner’s readers and critics. Settlement in northern...
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American Literary Scholarship (2009) 2007 (1): 3–34.
Published: 01 September 2009
... and Solitude as the prod- uct of one of Emerson’s most active and vigorous periods as a public intellectual, challenging the notion of the book as a genteel swan song. Bosco shows its kinship to The Conduct of Life as an expression of the pragmatically inflected ethical and social philosophy...
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American Literary Scholarship (2011) 2009 (1): 449–463.
Published: 01 September 2011
... disparaged cultural studies as ineptly done history or sociology, scholarship that depends on too narrow an archive. Be that as it may, one of the most notable features of this year’s work is attention to the relations between literature and social science and an attendant expectation that each can...
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American Literary Scholarship (2002) 2000 (1): 253–272.
Published: 01 September 2002
... 256 Late-19th-Century Literature reinforces the ideas of holding true to racial (here meaning African American) identity and the ethical and moral value in choosing alle- giance to an identity over any possible loss of social progress. Chesnutt uses biblical...
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American Literary Scholarship (2021) 2019 (1): 223–238.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Roark Mulligan Copyright © 2021 Duke University Press 2021 Late- th-Century Literature Roark Mulligan Literary studies have increasingly focused on works that are culturally relevant. Examining forgotten authors, neglected artifacts, and popu- lar culture, scholars have a clear social purpose...
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American Literary Scholarship (2014) 2012 (1): 21–32.
Published: 01 September 2014
... upon evolutionary theory to unpack Hawthorne’s classic tale, examining “the social context in which such favoritism manifests itself” to argue that the story sheds light on the “preferential treatment of rela- tives.” Saunders uses biological principles, specifically the ideas of kin selection...
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American Literary Scholarship (2005) 2003 (1): 123–143.
Published: 01 September 2005
... workings of culture, class, gender, and race. Of special interest are Wharton’s interests in nationhood, her World War I writings, and her innovations in the gothic tradition. Cultural studies as well as psychoanalytic approaches inform the scholarship, with critics examining Wharton’s social...
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American Literary Scholarship (2006) 2004 (1): 241–269.
Published: 01 September 2006
... and innovative and fill important gaps, especially in matters of race and social history, women and print cul- ture, and transnationalism. Poe dominates again with a new edition of Eureka, two significant book-length treatments, and many substantive, critically varied, and innovative essays. In African...
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American Literary Scholarship (2012) 2010 (1): 115–138.
Published: 01 September 2012
... later fiction, and A Small Boy and Others. Wendy Graham, “Social Science and the Disciplines” ( pp. 310–20), points out that James was of neces- sity an autodidact in such emerging fields as economics but notes the applicability of Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class to a number...
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American Literary Scholarship (2006) 2004 (1): 453–469.
Published: 01 September 2006
....” Combining an interest in social and political history, literary form, and literary history, Marianne DeKoven makes a compelling case for the relation between the 1960s and the development of postmodern- ism in Utopia Limited: The Sixties and the Emergence of Postmodernism (Duke). The book focuses...