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American Literature (2001) 73 (4): 879–880.
Published: 01 December 2001
... committed to an encompassing antiwar and antifascist ethic at home and abroad. Like Mullen, Sanders contextualizes African American cultural work and public identity as it shapes and is shaped by political, artistic, labor, and civic histories of the 1930s and 1940s. However, Sanders is more...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 253–273.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Timo Müller The essay offers a new perspective on the resurgence of Afro-modernism in the 1940s, arguing that the vernacular sonnet—specifically Langston Hughes’s “Seven Moments of Love: An Un-Sonnet Sequence in Blues” and the sonnets of Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Hayden—played a crucial role in...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 353–379.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Cristanne Miller Marianne Moore's war poems of the 1940s, and in particular “In Distrust of Merits,” have frequently been read as a compendium of didactic, clichéd, pious, overstated public pronouncements brought on by the immediate urgency of the war, “show[ing] too much the pressure of news...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 613–615.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Christopher C. Freeburg © 2009 by Duke University Press 2009 Freedom's Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640–1940 . By Laura Doyle. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press. 2008. xii, 578 pp. Cloth, $99.95; paper, $27.95. The French Atlantic Triangle...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 423–425.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Nancy Glazener © 2010 by Duke University Press 2010 Sex Expression and American Women Writers, 1860–1940 . By Dale M. Bauer. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press. 2009. xi, 277 pp. Cloth, $55.00; paper, $21.95. Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (2): 393–394.
Published: 01 June 2006
... Primitive, 1878-1940 . By Ronald E. Martin. Newark: Univ. of Delaware Press; Cranbury, N.J.: Associated Univ. Presses. 2005. 280 pp. $53.00. Book Reviews Black and White Women’s Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations. Cheryl J. Fish. Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida. 2004. xiii, 183 pp...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (3): 612–615.
Published: 01 September 2004
..., Washington University, St. Louis Civil Wars: American Novelists and Manners, 1880–1940. By Susan Goodman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. 2003. xvii, 198 pp. $40.00. Social Reform, Taste, and the Construction of Virtue in American Literature, 1870– 1910. By Janice H. Koistinen-Harris. Lewiston...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 209–212.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Adam Sonstegard Imagining New York City: Literature, Urbanism, and the Visual Arts, 1890–1940 . By Christoph Lindner . New York : Oxford Univ. Press . 2015 . xii, 228 pp. Cloth, $105.00 ; paper, $30.95 ; e-book available. The Language of Vision: Photography and Southern...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 874–876.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Andrea Stone Undisciplined: Science, Ethnography, and Personhood in the Americas, 1830–1940 . By Nihad M. Farooq New York : New York Univ. Press . 2016 . xiv, 343 pp. Cloth, $89.00 ; paper, $30.00 . Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (2): 424–426.
Published: 01 June 2007
...John Lowe Duke University Press 2007 Masculinist Impulses: Toomer, Hurston, Black Writing, and Modernity . By Nathan Grant. Columbia: Univ. of Missouri Press. 2004. xi, 239 pp. $44.95. Paternalism Incorporated: Fables of American Fatherhood, 1865-1940 . By David Leverenz...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (2): 430–431.
Published: 01 June 2000
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 859–861.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Brad Evans © 2009 by Duke University Press 2009 Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness . By Matt Wray. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press. 2006. 213 pp. Paper, $21.95. The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 1880–1940 . By Julian B...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 158–159.
Published: 01 March 2002
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 27–54.
Published: 01 March 2018
... more capacious critical term, one that can help us to understand our own work as literary historians. Copyright © 2018 by Duke University Press 2018 1940s mystery Marxism A third of the way through Raymond Chandler’s 1949 novel, The Little Sister , Philip Marlowe takes some time out...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 275–302.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Lisa Hollenbach In the late 1940s and early 1950s, large-scale population shifts, urban-development projects, and new media transformed New York City in ways that were heard as much as seen. In this context, Langston Hughes and sound documentarian Tony Schwartz each experimented with techniques of...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 811.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Curtis Marez Marez’s author statement introduces a Scalar project titled “Cesar Chavez’s Video Collection,” which finds in Chavez’s store of graphics, photos, films, and videos from the 1940s to the 1990s evidence of farm workers’ appropriation of visual technologies to project social alternatives...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 817–818.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Jentery Sayers Sayers’s author statement introduces a Scalar project titled “Making the Perfect Record.” This project unpacks the often ignored, pre-1940s history of magnetic recording, with particular attention to how—through an interweaving of print fiction, sound transduction, storage media...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 151–176.
Published: 01 March 2013
... Carl “Lucy” Owens (“Man of All Work”) as a result of Wright's extensive interviews with and research on the female domestic servants in the Bronx and Brooklyn in the 1930s and 1940s. Wright's decision to meet and talk directly with the women of the so-called modern slave markets results in a remarkable...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 61–86.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Susan Louise Edmunds This essay reads Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940) against Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), the New Deal, and the intervening history of white women’s sentimental activism. It argues that Native Son is a work of domestic fiction that self-consciously engages...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 87–115.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Sonnet Retman In this essay, Retman explores Sterling Brown’s radical use of signifying ethnography in his posthumous collection A Negro Looks at the South (2007), a work of mostly unpublished essays written in the early 1940s when Brown journeyed as a participant observer to take stock of African...