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American Literature (1 March 2017) 89 (1): 155–184.
Published: 01 March 2017
... in the historically male-centered canon of US metafiction, Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) conscientiously engages the power relations of watching. In the background of the novel and at its chronological center are the 9/11 attacks and also, incidentally, the launch of the iPod. In a sense...
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American Literature (1 June 2009) 81 (2): 281–303.
Published: 01 June 2009
... primarily in terms of its communicative practices. On the one hand, a deliberative democracy would appear to need some minimal “common standards” of what constitutes reasoned communication. On the other, it also seeks to allow as much genuine difference to enter into democratic deliberations as possible...
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American Literature (1 September 2017) 89 (3): 497–527.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Sandra Tomc Abstract This essay examines early nineteenth-century US literature that fought for increased compensation and copyright protection for authors. Instead of dismissing this literature as a form of complaint, as many scholars do, I take writers’ concerns seriously, but I also look at the...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 121–151.
Published: 01 March 2011
... reception reveal the challenges of creating art that is aimed at social reform and confirm the difficulty in assessing the political function or, in Fredric Jameson's sense, the political unconscious of American literature. As a celebrated example of political theater, The Exonerated also provides a forum...
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American Literature (1 December 2012) 84 (4): 769–795.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Jennifer Putzi Published in 1860 under the pseudonym “Florence Percy,” “Rock Me to Sleep” quickly became one of the most popular and widely circulated poems of the nineteenth century. It also became the subject of a heated literary controversy, with multiple claimants coming forward to insist that...
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American Literature (1 March 2008) 80 (1): 57–81.
Published: 01 March 2008
... acoustics of white power, this laughter also found a significant place in the poetry of Claude McKay, Sterling Brown, and Langston Hughes. In what Emily Thompson has called an “increasingly `sound-conscious'” era, these poets registered and analyzed the emergence of this new, combative black laugh and...
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American Literature (1 March 2009) 81 (1): 127–152.
Published: 01 March 2009
... ideas in his only novella, “The Heroic Slave” (1853), in which Madison Washington, leader of the 1841 Creole mutiny, declares his independence in a forest glade that functions as a chapel of natural rights. This kind of radical republican pastoralism also shapes My Bondage, My Freedom (1855). The...
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American Literature (1 March 2010) 82 (1): 151–179.
Published: 01 March 2010
...)coloniality. It also links his thinking to Western philosophy, including Edmund Husserl's phenomenology, in which the task of thought is frequently understood in terms of an awakening. Tuhkanen suggests that in Wright and Husserl the slippery distinction between dreaming and wakefulness is best represented by...
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American Literature (1 March 2019) 91 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2019
... money or food, for example, took a variety of forms, and they also took on erotic connotations. This article reads the erotics of begging in little-known literature from the Great Depression, especially Tom Kromer’s Waiting for Nothing (1935), and argues that when a man on the down and out “makes” a...
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American Literature (1 March 2017) 89 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2017
... Harriet Monroe. The essay also brings to light the connections between this promotional brochure and back issues of Monroe’s Poetry: A Magazine of Verse , further underscoring the close ties between commercial tourism and literary modernism. Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 Fred Harvey...
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American Literature (1 December 2016) 88 (4): 787–814.
Published: 01 December 2016
... noxious “smellscapes” structures Norris’s Vandover and the Brute (1914), I move on to consider the use of smell in key scenes in the writings of Ann Petry and Helena Viramontes. While environmental justice novels extend Norris’s interest in connections between smell, health, and stratified air, they also...
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American Literature (1 September 2016) 88 (3): 509–540.
Published: 01 September 2016
... American race loyalty. This essay suggests that the intertextuality of Larsen’s “Sanctuary” extends beyond “Mrs. Adis” to a neglected 1903 novella by Edith Wharton, also titled Sanctuary , and that in writing her last story Larsen “blackens up”—imitating, mocking, and distortedly mirroring both sources...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 153–174.
Published: 01 March 2011
... thinking about the role of form in relation to political change. Hunt's work shows that formal innovations—in this case, a particularly strange use of ecological metaphor—need not merely reflect historical ruptures, but can also be understood to produce bodily affects that are themselves constitutive of...
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American Literature (1 June 2011) 83 (2): 279–303.
Published: 01 June 2011
... the Reade novels, however, also contains motifs that resist direct analogues to imperialism. Senarens's earliest stories frequently feature elements that undermine the conceptualizations of race and nationalism that enabled U.S. global territorial expansion. This approach reaches its fullest...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 217–246.
Published: 01 June 2013
... scope and range—in fact, superseding the interests of the national body politic—Douglass and Melville also had to conceptualize how conflict was attendant with this enforcement, how conflict manifested both on a grander scale and in specific instances and intensities. The figure of the fugitive allowed...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 629–660.
Published: 01 December 2013
... marked it up. In the midst of media, the idiosyncratic mark of Bierce’s style emerges not only as an aesthetic quality, but also as a strategically deployed technology for tagging, marking, and remixing points and properties on paper. The essay reminds us that procedures of markup are not new, only newly...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 247–272.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Lloyd Pratt Pratt’s essay explores how Frederick Douglass responded to the expanding racial segregation of the United States and the inhospitality to “colored” strangers that it represented by occupying and then refiguring the persona of the stranger. Douglass, Pratt notes, also asked his readers...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 661–688.
Published: 01 December 2013
..., techniques that derive from the fields of computational linguistics and data visualization—can further illuminate these mysteries. It also describes how the unique demands of the archive of slavery pose challenges to the field of digital humanities as it is currently conceived. By contrasting a set of...
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American Literature (1 September 2013) 85 (3): 447–473.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Cody Marrs When revolutions rocked Europe in 1848, Frederick Douglass responded almost immediately by framing these movements across the Atlantic in global terms, connecting class strife in the Old World to the struggle over slavery in the New. Yet he also used the revolts of 1848 long after they...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 689–717.
Published: 01 December 2013
... across three primary media sites: Jacques Derrida’s writing, criticism of the televisual laugh track, and Miranda July’s 2005 film Me and You and Everyone We Know . Proposing we consider not only parentheses as textual marks but also “parentheticality” as a relational structure, Scheible’s essay weaves...