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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 819–821.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Jesse Alemán From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature . By Fuller Randall . New York : Oxford Univ. Press . 2011 . x, 251 pp . $29.95 . The Literatures of the US-Mexican War: Narrative, Time, and Identity . By Rodríguez Jaime Javier...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 633–636.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Jane Anna Gordon The Oracle and the Curse: A Poetics of Justice from the Revolution to the Civil War . By Smith Caleb . 2013 . Cambridge : Harvard Univ. Press . xiii , 264 pp. Cloth , $35.00 ; e-book , $35.00 . Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 281–307.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Todd Carmody Abstract This essay traces the cultural legacy of the Port Royal Experiment, the Civil War–era social experiment in free labor conducted by Union forces on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Whereas literary and cultural historians typically focus on the “discovery...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 555–582.
Published: 01 September 2009
... citi- zenship. In contrast, De Forest imagines Southern earth entering and denationalizing the body of the Union soldier. As Timothy Sweet notes in his extensive treatment of the uses of nature in Civil War poetry and photography, Whitman uses “the solid ground of a typified, pastoral image...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (4): 639–669.
Published: 01 December 2023
... For Edwards, the idea of the Spanish battlefield was generalizable. The civil war enabled Edwards to connect Benito Mussolini’s invasion and subsequent occupation of Ethiopia in 1935 with General Francisco Franco’s fascist takeover of the legitimate government of Spain a year later. In a letter to US...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (3): 399–438.
Published: 01 September 2022
... of life writing to consider what we can learn about disability and poverty even when the writing fails to point us to any sense of a coherent and “authentic” identity behind the page. A final challenge in studying Civil War disability mendicant texts, and in fact texts sold directly for economic...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 629–660.
Published: 01 December 2013
... distinctions they generate. Drawing on archival material related to Bierce’s experience as a topographical engineer in the Civil War—maps, telegrams, circulars, and other official war documents—Carey reengages Bierce’s style in a mutually constitutive relationship with the cultural techniques that marked it up...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 271–304.
Published: 01 June 2010
... a distinctive vantage on the chaotic 1860s: as mediations of a shifting wartime social imagi- nary, contraband songs allow us to see Civil War culture as a con- tested field continually negotiating the unprecedented public crisis of the war.5 Unlike the privatized, complex expressions...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 529–556.
Published: 01 September 2017
... in his work. In Melville’s writings, we discover an alternative affective register for the characteristic emotionalism of US literary culture in the decades surrounding the nation’s Civil War. Meanwhile, apathy continues to pose a challenge to the emotionally implicated modes of reading, reception...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 553–584.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., dubbed the Newark Steam Man—this essay argues that the course of US science fiction and US technology more generally was shaped by the racial discourses of the Reconstruction. Coming on the heels of the Civil War, the steam man stories, like Dederick’s patent, drew on extant black caricatures...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (3): 447–473.
Published: 01 September 2013
... they had ended to discern other, related patterns of protest and repression in the slavery crisis of the 1850s, in the Civil War, and in the rise and fall of Radical Reconstruction. His reflections on these rebellions thereby shuttle between times and locations, weaving together disparate places and events...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 751–781.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Gregory Laski Abstract This essay reconsiders the politics of African American literature after the Civil War by focusing on revenge as a response to the wrong of slavery. Though forgiveness dominates literary and historical scholarship, I assemble an archive of real and imagined instances...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 669–695.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of Reconstruction, and why it is important today to consider the novel’s role in its development. Mark Twain Henry Adams political novel US Civil War partisanship In The Gilded Age (1873), a novel written by Mark Twain with Charles Dudley Warner, 1 a powerful fictional scene at the US Capitol bears...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 382–384.
Published: 01 June 2020
... efforts of African American performers, intellectuals, and activists (in Davis) and queer white writers of literary humor (in Pugh) to challenge that construction and remake southern identity into something more fluid and inclusive. Focusing particularly on cultural memories of the US Civil War, Davis...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (3): 603–606.
Published: 01 September 2023
... debates surrounding racial identity and national history. Part 2 details print circulation and publication histories. Part 3 attends to the cache and transformations of public speech. Lastly, an epilogue recasts the foregoing material in light of the US Civil War. Up from the Depths: Herman Melville...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (2): 237–262.
Published: 01 June 2019
..., beginning in British representations as early as 1803 and extending to the US Civil War. Taken together they should make us suspicious of Ian Baucom’s ( 2005 , 21–22) claim that “as time passes the past does not wane it intensifies; as history repeats itself it repeats in neither attenuated nor farcical...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 594–598.
Published: 01 September 2020
...,” they offer nothing less than “an emotional history of the Civil War” (10). Hager focuses on those for whom letter writing was something new and often required “ad hoc literacy education” (12), as they learned to use a conventionalized form that they “knew to be bound by explicit and implicit rules they did...
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American Literature 11218872.
Published: 07 March 2024
.... of North Carolina Press. Bollet, Alfred J. 2002. Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs. Tucson, AZ: Galen Press. Bramstedt, Katrina A. 2016. The Use of Visual Arts as a Window to Diagnosing Medical Pathologies. AMA Journal of Ethics 18, no. 8: 843 54. Cappello, Mary. 1994. Looking About Me...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (1): 59–85.
Published: 01 March 2021
... seem to be an unusual manner, opting to write a novel that foregrounded white characters—a “white-life” fiction, to use a contemporary term—and that would sometimes be faulted for its relative lack of attention to Black Americans. His project bore little resemblance to the Civil War histories that had...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 389–391.
Published: 01 June 2015
... Is Very Brave begins from the claim that criti- cal priorities, derived from modernism and the New Criticism it spawned, have prevented us from realizing a basic fact: the most important literary genre for mid-century Americans was poetry. “To analyze American Civil War cul- ture without...