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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 413–441.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Everett Hamner Hamner's essay analyzes Richard Powers's novel Generosity: An Enhancement as an example of genomic fiction, a genre-bending science fiction subgenre focused on relationships between biology and identity. Prefacing this study with brief readings of novels by Michael Crichton...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 381–408.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Heather Houser Houser’s essay argues for the centrality of sickness and affect to twenty-first-century environmental consciousness and therefore to ecocriticism, through an analysis of Richard Powers’s novel, The Echo Maker . The essay focuses on wonder, an essential affect for promoting...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 799–807.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in global care networks. It creates a crisis of care on multiple levels—the immediate, the dispersed, and the systemic—and it is exceedingly difficult to keep them all in focus. Although Richard Powers’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Overstory (2018), is not about illness or pandemic, it can illuminate...
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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 (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 (2009) 81 (4): 775–803.
Published: 01 December 2009
... invested in visual constructs. Ellison's work with visual media ranged from an apprenticeship with Richmond Barthé to his life-long work as a photographer. Tracing the development of his aesthetic back to his friendship with Richard Wright and Romare Bearden, Hill argues that Ellison's metaphor...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 379–407.
Published: 01 June 2005
... novels I discuss in this essay, Roger’s Version by John Updike (1986), Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers (1995), and Microserfs by Douglas Coupland (1995), convey a consciousness of the Frankensteinian implications of the machine that has ushered in what we have optimistically deemed the information age...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 204–206.
Published: 01 March 2016
..., metaphors, and narrative patterns,” she writes, cause affective responses in readers, and these responses can bring readers into environmental consciousness (15). With chapters on David Wojnarowicz and Jan Zita Grover, Richard Powers, David Foster Wallace, and Marge Piercy and Leslie Marmon Silko...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (4): 747–778.
Published: 01 December 2002
...- ferent novel, Richard Powers’s Gain, which examines risk in the con- text of complex global systems and thereby raises the question of how such systems can be effectively captured in narrative. These readings of particular texts may point the way toward some of the implications risk theory might have...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 869–873.
Published: 01 December 2016
... historical novel reflects and endorses a pluralistic reading of the world.” Löffler reads works by four contemporary novelists—Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, and Richard Powers—as the “end point” of a longer continuum toward “replacing universal models of history with particularist ones...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 866–868.
Published: 01 December 2016
... Hunt, Ben Marcus, and Richard Powers. Each author’s concerns are presented in a series of skillful, tightly focused close readings and accompanied by a selection of well-chosen critical concepts from the anticritique school (Bruno Latour, Rita Felski, and others). Like Anker, Smith argues...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 911–913.
Published: 01 December 2019
... fiction from comics like X-Men and Y: The Last Man to recent prose works by Margaret Atwood, Octavia E. Butler, and Richard Powers to filmic works like Orphan Black and Gattaca (1997). The “postsecular thinking” (30) produced by genomic knowledge seems to have a particular and unique resonance...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 877–879.
Published: 01 December 2019
... instability of neoliberalism, Shonkwiler turns to the process of financialization as her analytical lens. In her readings of realist novels, ranging from works by William Dean Howells and Henry James to those of Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, and Mohsin Hamid, “financialization” doesn’t always exactly map...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 237–249.
Published: 01 June 2011
... the persistence of this anxiety over ghettoization, however, critical attention to SF has grown steadily since the 1970s, and American literature syllabi rou- tinely feature those very writers, as well as such contemporary fig- ures as Richard Powers, William Gibson, and Nalo Hopkinson. Con- versely, SF...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 627–637.
Published: 01 September 2016
... is necessary to transform the metaphor of Richard Powers’s novel Gain (1998) as a “brundlefly” into an effective commentary on its bipartite structure with overtones of the irreversible nature of risk in the face of new technologies (99). His objects, in other words, quite frequently fail to communicate...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 233–241.
Published: 01 June 2012
... of the potential of any affect to mitigate environmental and economic crises. Filtering her account of wonder through an analysis of the eco-­sickness and cogni- tion theory so powerfully narrativized in Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker, Houser shows that if wonder can sharpen attention and per...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (4): 705–714.
Published: 01 December 2002
... and Richard Powers ostensibly advocate. Contemporary fiction, she observes, must find new forms—perhaps new media— through which to capture the challenges of new subjects and new subjectivities. For N. Katherine Hayles, those forms have already begun to emerge. In response to the literary challenge...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 881–890.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., including the work of Toni Morrison, Karen Tei Yamashita, Richard Powers, Lydia Davis, Lynne Tillman, and David Markson. Brief Mention  889 Collections Invisible Conversations: Religion in the Literature of America. Ed. Roger Lundin. Waco...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (4): 895–908.
Published: 01 December 2001
... in Contemporary American Fiction. By Arthur Saltzman. Columbia: Univ. of South Carolina Press. 2000. xiv, 232 pp. $39.95. Kathy Acker, Paul Auster, William Gass, Richard Powers, and John Updike are among the authors discussed in this study of ‘‘how the interplay of meta- phorical breakthrough and breakdown...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (4): 807–831.
Published: 01 December 2002
... the atomic bomb. Much better known is Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia (1993), in which two sets of literary-scientific characters, separated by more than 150 years, enact symmetrical dramas in the drawing room of an English country house.14 Another influential instance is Richard Powers’s The Gold Bug...