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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 359–385.
Published: 01 June 2015
... particularly on Evan Wright’s Generation Kill , this piece investigates the consequences of American soldiers’ encounters with the global familiar—goods and spaces within the war zone that unsettle distinctions due to the homogenizing forces of the global market. Encounters with the global familiar, the essay...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 439–467.
Published: 01 September 2009
... English forces torched the fort and killed between four hundred and seven hundred people, including women and children. Nor is there much dispute about a series of smaller campaigns by New Englanders and their Native American allies—Narragansetts and the breakaway Mohegans led...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 121–151.
Published: 01 March 2011
... for thinking through the contemporary terms and framework of conversations about state killing. Ryan argues that the play stimulates reform and elicits sympathy by substituting a false rhetoric of universal vulnerability for a more accurate assessment of imprisonment and judicial murder. The attempt to make...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 597–626.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Katherine Henninger Abstract This essay uses insights from Southern and childhood studies—particularly Robin Bernstein’s performative theories of racial innocence—to analyze Lee’s newly complicated contributions to understanding US racial histories. I argue that where To Kill a Mockingbird (1960...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (2): 287–313.
Published: 01 June 2002
..., but the destruction of their fortress precipitated their involvement. In January 1676, hoping to wipe out the new enemy before the survivors could regroup and join the war, the English sent a detachment to pursue and kill those Narragansetts who had fled the Great Swamp. The detachment failed to complete its...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 395–425.
Published: 01 June 2003
... killing here, perhaps enough to satisfy all male black readers She also mocked Wright’s ‘‘tone-deaf’’ rendition of African Ameri- can Southern dialect and decried his Communist didacticism, which she paraphrased...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 737–743.
Published: 01 December 2020
... completely, finding work under an assumed name. To this day, aside from some revisionist histories which are generally scholarly texts, Mallon is often invoked in popular public memory as a selfish and irresponsible woman, indifferent to the fact she was killing others. I, however, tend to see her more...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 111–140.
Published: 01 March 2018
... on the top tiers, where the rafters burned furiously, could not be rescued in time. Three hundred twenty-two prisoners were killed, and more died days later, when an insurrection among the survivors was met with lethal force by authorities. One of the fire’s survivors was twenty-one-year-old Chester Himes...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 851–879.
Published: 01 December 2017
...,” Captain John Smith ([1616] 2006 , 17) knew that the real selling point of his promotional Description of New England was the seemingly inexhaustible abundance of the Atlantic cod. The fish was so plentiful in Smith’s estimation that it would be “a very bad fisher” who failed to “kill in one day...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 351–363.
Published: 01 June 2023
... that the work of surveillance and killing gets segmented and dispersed through technical systems. For example, the book’s fifth and final chapter, titled “Pioneer,” revisits a description of a 1992 targeted killing carried out by Israeli forces. Here Chandler notes that “RPV [remotely piloted vehicle] operators...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 665–693.
Published: 01 December 2016
... (a scenario that happens to evoke the climax of Wieland as well as Brown’s short fiction piece, “A Case of Murder” [1850]). Someone sets dinner knives around a table before a meal, and during the meal a diner picks up one of the knives and stabs another diner, killing him (Feinberg 1970 , 166). Normally...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (2): 305–331.
Published: 01 June 2014
... are to be valued. Haraway’s (2007, 80) belief that we must consider the ways in which certain lives are made “kill- able” implicitly asks us to differentiate between an apathetic or even malicious attitude about the fate of human and nonhuman animals and an attitude that makes possible our simultaneous...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (4): 721–750.
Published: 01 December 2000
... he is killed, letting out a wild beast, with an intent to do mischief, or inciting a madman to commit murder, so that death thereupon ensues; in every [one] of these cases the party offending is guilty...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 172–175.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Security. In Remembering World War I in America , Kimberly J. Lamay Licursi confronts the puzzle of why a war that killed 116,000 Americans and wounded 200,000 has such a slight presence in American cultural memory or, in her phrase, “such a light footprint” (xv). Developing her argument through chapters...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 381–395.
Published: 01 June 2023
... but not generally encouraged). Several of these kills, unsurprisingly, involved imaginations of sexual harassment or assault (Dirque 1990 ). Early bots such as Gloria and Julia are direct precursors of AI “assistants” such as Apple’s Siri, technology briefly discussed in Rhee’s and Atanasoski and Vora’s books...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 689–696.
Published: 01 December 2020
...: the indifference to Black life. Black people were, and are, treated as dispensable. As other scholars have suggested, the denial of the right to life doubles as an affirmative declaration of the right of the state, and the people who are its protected citizens—white Americans—to kill. We hear that COVID-19...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2015
... notori- ety. This novella, set in the French colony of St. Domingue, tells the story of an enslaved African youth who not only survives his owner’s attempt on his life, but kills him, returning in disguise many years later to court and marry the owner’s widow before turning her into a vampire...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 769–797.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Jodi Melamed “The Killing Joke of Sympathy” reconstructs the centrality of the “race novel” for the consolidation of racial liberalism as an official and limited state of antiracism in the United States after World War II. In particular, it considers the evidentiary and emotional values ascribed...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (3): 431–457.
Published: 01 September 2006
... Wieland becomes convinced that he has heard the voice of God, who demands the sacrifice of his family as proof of his faith. Wieland kills his wife and their children and is on the verge of murdering his sister when he is stopped by Carwin, whose ventriloquized commands cause Wieland to doubt his...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 893–914.
Published: 01 December 2011
...- tics of Catastrophe, 223–25. Ryan, Katy. “State Killing, the Stage of Innocence, and The Exonerated,” 121–51. Ryan, Susan. “Stowe, Byron, and the Art of Scandal,” 59–91. Sawaya, Francesca. “‘That Friendship of the Whites’: Patronage, Philan- thropy, and Charles Chesnutt’s The Colonel’s Dream...