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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 439–462.
Published: 01 September 2017
... to the skyscraper by reading formalist theories by the father of modern architecture, Louis Sullivan, alongside a work of African American modernist fiction, Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929). Reading Sullivan alongside Larsen explains how skyscrapers and blackness together have defined what gets seen as modern...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (4): 833–869.
Published: 01 December 2004
...Cherene Sherrard-Johnson Duke University Press 2004 Cherene ‘‘A Plea For Color Nella Larsen’s Sherrard- Iconography of the Mulatta Johnson The Negro poet portrays our group in poems, the Negro musician portrays our group in jazz, the Negro...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 509–540.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Barbara Hochman Abstract When Nella Larsen’s story “Sanctuary” appeared in the Forum in 1930, readers noted its similarity to “Mrs. Adis,” a tale by the popular British writer Sheila Kaye-Smith. Scholars concur that “Sanctuary” turns a story about British class-consciousness into a story of African...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 93–119.
Published: 01 March 2013
...-care disparities and environmental racism. Knadler then turns to a close reading of Nella Larsen's Quicksand (1928) to show how its unruly, unsanitized domestic allegory exposes and destabilizes this interworking of medical language, affect, and gendered risk within racial uplift. Quicksand testifies...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 653–680.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Bo McMillan Abstract Early twentieth-century Black literature on the city from the likes of Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, and Nella Larsen pondered questions of what it meant to be Black and urbane and also how to reformulate Black identity from a new position removed from the violent...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 281–303.
Published: 01 June 2009
...Nick Bromell Bromell's essay argues that Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth and Nella Larsen's Passing both represent and enact a core problem in theories of deliberative democracy: how to assess the value of differences among citizens (of race, gender, or age) when democracy is understood...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 217–220.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Lorca’s encounter with the enigmatic New Negro author Nella Larsen. When Lorca met Larsen at a party in 1929, the year she published Passing , he “witnessed a rather rigorously scripted racial theater in which the wholly ambiguous figure of Nellie Walker/Nella Larsen (Imes) modeled a newly established...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (2): 291–319.
Published: 01 June 2000
.... Eugenics was the underpinning not only for James Vayle’s uplift dis- course in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand 17 but also for the discourse of other ‘‘race men’’ during the 1920s and 1930s—including, and perhaps espe- cially, W. E...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (3): 633–640.
Published: 01 September 2007
... of curiosity.” The “New Negro” in the Old World: Culture and Performance in James Weldon Johnson, Jessie Fauset, and Nella Larsen. By Lena Ahlin. Stockholm: Lund University. 2006. 205 pp. $79.50. This study examines how the concept of the New Negro was articulated in the United States in and through...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 434–435.
Published: 01 June 2001
... creative work by U.S. women who have looked to Nature as an alternative to social and cultural trammels. Surveying the work of authors as diverse as Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Austin, Nella Larsen...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 433–434.
Published: 01 June 2001
... as Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Austin, Nella Larsen, Leslie Silko, and Octavia Butler, and of visual artists Barbara Kruger and Ana Mendieta, Alaimo draws attention to texts that ‘‘inhabit nature in order...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 419–422.
Published: 01 June 2016
... Johnson, but proceeds to place jazz and later, higher modernism—by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Nella Larsen—back at the center of inquiry, targeting “the temporal and formal schematics through which two sets of novels . . . , one African American and one Anglo-American...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 153–155.
Published: 01 March 2020
... in detail proves as impressive as his use of philosophy for insight and understanding. He brings together studies of Johnson, Melville, Nella Larsen, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Edward Albee. Most startling for this reviewer at least, Toth commingles these studies with zombie narratives...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (1): 145–147.
Published: 01 March 2021
... by Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Eulalie Spence and in music by Robert Johnson, Billie Holiday, and Betty Carter. Contesting along the way the very provincialism of the term “Harlem Renaissance,” Schleitwiler opens modern African American culture to transpacific associations...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 889–891.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., and race. Cardon shows this most powerfully in her analysis of black women’s fashion represented in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand (1928). Here Helga Crane’s desire for bold colors, sensual fabrics, and primitivist patterns butts up against expectations that middle-class black woman dress conservatively...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (1): 203–215.
Published: 01 March 2004
... of Gnosticism, and his familiarity with the French Symbolists in this study of Henry Miller’s life and work, especially Miller’s magnum opus, The Colossus of Maroussi. Black Family (Dys)Function in Novels by Jessie Fauset, Nella Larsen, and Fannie Hurst. By Licia Morrow Calloway. New York: Peter Lang...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 609–612.
Published: 01 September 2020
... frame in the US South, along with the assumptions that only “native-born writers” produce southern literature (22) and that the South is a “fixed, rooted, regional place” (26). Where the New World Is focuses primarily on novels by US-based authors— Hurston, Nella Larsen, John Oliver Killens...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 462–464.
Published: 01 June 2003
.... Paul Laurence Dunbar, Nella Larsen, and Wallace Thur- man are examples of the spirituals; Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Petry, and Ralph Ellison signify the blues; and Toni Morrison, Albert Murray, and John Edgar...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (3): 622–624.
Published: 01 September 2015
... of citizens to accept their “margin[s] of unknowability” (65) in Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929) and James Baldwin’s Another Country (1962). Unlike Emerson who espoused a zero-sum choice between self-reliance and conformity, unlike Whitman who encouraged empathy but suppressed the value of unbridgeable...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 451–458.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Stringer. New York: Fordham Univ. Press. 2010. viii, 177 pp. $45.00. Nineteenth-century slavery plays a central role in numerous twentieth- century U.S. modernist novels and photographs. Stringer turns to novels such as William Faulkner’s Sanctuary and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand...