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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 737–743.
Published: 01 December 2020
... In 1907, Mallon, an Irish immigrant living in New York City, was working as a cook for a local family when a public health official, Doctor George Soper, swooped into her place of employment, pronounced she was killing those around her with typhoid fever, and demanded a sample of her fecal matter. Mallon...
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...
American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 851–879.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the cod and the tortoise, it makes a desirable soup—for nineteenth-century whalers the shark was pure waste. Containing no value of its own, the shark in Moby-Dick presents a threat to the value the whalers pursue and thus can be killed with impunity. With Stubb’s whale tied alongside and the crew...
American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 665–693.
Published: 01 December 2016
... willing, intending, or foreseeing it, into a catalyst of and causal contributor to her brother’s self-violence. In this climax, she is not “restored” to herself as she was when she threw down the knife in an earlier scene, disgusted with her moral readiness to kill her brother to preserve her own life...
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...
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...
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...
American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 689–696.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., and the people who are its protected citizens—white Americans—to kill. We hear that COVID-19 is more deadly to African Americans because we are more vulnerable; our “underlying conditions” and our “comorbidities” render us more susceptible to succumbing to the disease. In spite of the lingering imprint...
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...
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...
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...
American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2010
... service), begin- ning on 13 July these rioters looted stores, burned homes, attacked police, cracked heads against lampposts, and lynched random Afri- can Americans in the streets, eventually killing nineteen people. Eric Foner notes that it was “the largest civil insurrection in American...
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...
American Literature (2005) 77 (3): 541–561.
Published: 01 September 2005
... the American Indians’ journey and the damaging inﬂux of white culture and technology.15 The poet in ‘‘Elegies however, moves beyond the lure of death and the white technology that helps him pursue it by allowing his former self to embrace death and thus break free of it. In a blazing car wreck, he kills...