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American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 151–176.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Julieann Veronica Ulin Over the course of the debate concerning Wright's depiction of black women, critics have ignored the manuscript and extensive body of research to which Wright immediately turned after Native Son , a project Wright explicitly identified as female-centered and for which his...
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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 (2020) 92 (4): 653–680.
Published: 01 December 2020
... history of the South. While hints of criticism toward northern segregation appeared in those early works, Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940) offered the first intensive prognostication and condemnation of the ad hoc, discriminatory, and de facto system of segregation appearing in cities like Chicago in...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 151–179.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Mikko Tuhkanen Tuhkanen argues that Richard Wright, with his references to dreaming in Native Son , Black Power , and elsewhere, develops a theory of postcolonial becoming, where the world's extant realities are challenged by the different “speeds” of the oneiric realm. In the controversial travel...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 463–466.
Published: 01 June 2011
... sentiments (38). A par- ticularly compelling chapter addresses the ideal of sympathy as it came under challenge from capitalist pressures in the Romantic-­era writings of William Cullen Bryant and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cavitch offers a sensitive reading of Emerson’s “Threnody,” his elegy for his son...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 641–643.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Virginia Kennedy © 2009 by Duke University Press 2009 Listening to the Land: Native American Literary Responses to the Landscape . By Lee Schweninger. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press. 2008. ii, 242 pp. Cloth, $59.95; paper, $19.95. The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 194–197.
Published: 01 March 2015
... century, to determine carefully what and how humans might know. Across the Atlantic, Descartes 192  American Literature says “I think, therefore I am” in the very same year (1637) that Anne Hutchin- son proclaims that she knows the Spirit “by direct revelation.” However differ- ent, “each is a...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 611–614.
Published: 01 September 2014
... Reviews  619 Liberalism and the Culture of Security: The Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric of Reform. By Katherine Henry. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press. 2011. xiv, 213 pp. Cloth, $36.50; e-book, $36.50. Downwardly Mobile: The Changing Fortunes of American Realism. By Andrew Law- son. New York...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 449–451.
Published: 01 June 2011
... sentiments (38). A par- ticularly compelling chapter addresses the ideal of sympathy as it came under challenge from capitalist pressures in the Romantic-­era writings of William Cullen Bryant and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cavitch offers a sensitive reading of Emerson’s “Threnody,” his elegy for his son...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (3): 475–500.
Published: 01 September 2007
... writing as both a guide to taste and to establish their own tastefulness. Woe to the writer who may represent what is even a sea- son out of fashion. What will such a writer lose? Status, almost cer- tainly, but Cooper’s metaphor reveals a deeper anxiety: legal entitle- ment is threatened. Cooper...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 162–164.
Published: 01 March 2002
...- son Occom, who replaced ‘‘the infantilizing language of the missionaries with language that emphasized personal agency, action, and control’’ (126). A review in New England Quarterly (December 2000) alleges several factual errors in Wyss’s chapter on the Christian Indian settlement of Stockbridge...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 183–185.
Published: 01 March 2002
...- son Occom, who replaced ‘‘the infantilizing language of the missionaries with language that emphasized personal agency, action, and control’’ (126). A review in New England Quarterly (December 2000) alleges several factual errors in Wyss’s chapter on the Christian Indian settlement of Stockbridge...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 140–142.
Published: 01 March 2002
... salvation, and emphasizes in- stead their corrupting influence’’ (118)—a message similar to that in Apess’s ‘‘An Indian’s Looking-Glass for the White Man In her fourth chapter, Wyss describes similar rhetorical reversals by Mohegans Joseph Johnson and Sam- son Occom, who replaced ‘‘the infantilizing...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 841–843.
Published: 01 December 2008
...-grade” camera (112). These authors’ evident fascination with the photographer’s gaze and the photographic image subtends Blair’s rereading of Native Son and Invisible Man as visually informed texts. Looking at Native Son and Uncle Tom’s Children, Blair (follow- ing Wallace) reveals that...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 185–187.
Published: 01 March 2008
..., preferably Christian, are superior to modernist texts that lack one, such as Richard Wright’s Native Son. Coleman is at his best when he analyzes religion’s presence in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. What begins in that novel as a criticism of Christianity—its oppression of women, its...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (4): 888–889.
Published: 01 December 2001
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 654–656.
Published: 01 September 2010
... obstacle to aesthetic achievement, Tolentino demonstrates the importance of sociology to intellectuals of color, as both an academic disci- pline and a nationalist discourse that calls into question U.S. domination at home and abroad, in her readings of Wright’s Native Son, Carlos Bulosan’s America...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (2): 408–409.
Published: 01 June 2006
... traces a notable pattern of implicit racial conservatism in color-line fiction, running through classic American texts by white authors (Twain, Faulkner, McCullers, Harper Lee), with contrapun- talreadingsofInvisible Man and Native Son. Abernathy’s argument amounts to a deconstruction of sorts, as he...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 416–419.
Published: 01 June 2008
... category.Matter, Magic, 418  American Literature and Spirit focuses on the ascription of nonmaterial powers to material objects associated with African Americans and Native Americans. While compari- son for its own sake is not the primary purpose of the book, it is indeed a focused study in...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 192.
Published: 01 March 2008
... texts through editing has often sought to control these life narratives as well as a larger realm of Native knowledge production. The well-known volume, Son of Old Man Hat: A Navaho Autobi- ography, is central for Brill de Ramírez as an “exemplary ethnography” that may not ultimately...