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American Literature (2024) 96 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 March 2024
...Kyle Keeler Abstract This article draws on Native American theory and archival sources, and colonial archival sources, to reframe land as an agent, partner in cultural production, and ally in resistance to colonialism. The article explains how land structures Haudenosaunee and Mohegan society...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 331–360.
Published: 01 June 2016
... theory war literature This article started out with a small mystery. While leafing through an archive of memoranda and reports from the British Directorate of Army Psychiatry and other psychiatry-related units within the British War Office, I unexpectedly came across a carbon copy of a dispatch...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 775–803.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Lena M. Hill Hill examines how art theory and plastic art objects facilitate Ellison's presentation of African American consciousness in Invisible Man . When considered alongside manuscripts of the novel in addition to letters and other archival material, the published text emerges as heavily...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 519–551.
Published: 01 September 2010
... (1880)—a text that constantly signals its own inability to reproduce the speech and music of New Orleans's Afro-Creole community—in order to illustrate the growing sense among late-nineteenth-century U.S. writers that the written word was fundamentally inadequate as a sound archive. The second half...
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American Literature 11218879.
Published: 07 March 2024
...Cynthia J. Davis Abstract In this essay, novels by Kate Chopin and Edith Wharton serve to elucidate more widely resonant value-laden distinctions between publicly embodied and quietly internalized responses to pain and pleasure. This fictional archive denigrates the demonstrativeness it associates...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 615–628.
Published: 01 December 2013
... supplement or replace others. While most of the contributors situate themselves within American literary studies, they are also in conversation with media studies, the digital humanities, archive stud- ies, critical theory, and cultural studies. Issues of technique (markup, visualization, editing...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 305–319.
Published: 01 June 2023
...-page collection that features sixty-one keyword entries, altogether providing a Raymond Williams–style vocabulary for critical studies of data and AI. Considering big data as an uncertain archive—drawing from archival theory and critical data studies while thinking about the latent possibilities...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 606–608.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of feminist materialist theories applied to critiques of books for young people, especially for adolescent girls. In so doing, it reminds us how criticism of literature can be a feminist act in itself. The book includes close visual and textual readings of well-chosen archival materials. The images...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 661–688.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Theory in the Early Republic . Cambridge : Harvard Univ. Press . Drucker Johanna . 2011 . “ Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display .” Digital Humanities Quarterly 5 , no. 1 . www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/5/1/000091/000091.html . Elmer Jonathan . 1998 . “ The Archive...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (2): 407–438.
Published: 01 June 2018
... purchasing calendars and other items. Not only do Bechdel and de Lauretis theorize each other, but we can build from them a theory of the archives that contain these works. Explicitly queer and queer-adjacent archives are the frame around Bechdel that further sustains these “conditions of visibility...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (4): 755–782.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Hayley C. Stefan Abstract This article outlines a crip archival analysis of Karen Tei Yamashita’s creative family memoir Letters to Memory (2017) and the separate Yamashita Family Archives; the analysis revolves around the concept of disorder. The book and digital archives move the daily lived...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 645–680.
Published: 01 December 2015
... Vocabulary archive displays telling instances of cross-cultural mistranslation as indigenous words spill beyond Jefferson's rules of orthography and beyond the word list itself in formal defiance of Jefferson's goal of recording the ancient and pure sounds of “primitive” America. This essay argues...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 211–222.
Published: 01 March 2009
... and concerns of the field: “Desire for the Other,” “Afro-Latino/a Poetics,” “Archives, Histories, and Genealogies,” and “Ideology and Labor.” An introduction by the editors considers the possibilities and limitations of literary theory for Latino/a studies...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (3): 569–596.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Shouhei Tanaka Abstract This article examines how literary imaginaries of the haptic in Black speculative fiction attend to the racial politics of the Anthropocene and the centrality of sensory praxis to ecological thought. Reading Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s M Archive and N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (2): 197–219.
Published: 01 June 2018
.... As this broad sketch of comics’ queer attachments suggests, rather than needing to be queered, comics themselves “queer” the archive of US culture. Encounters between queer theories and comics studies potentially offer broader historical assessments of how the literary medium of comics, and its larger aesthetic...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (1): 135–150.
Published: 01 March 2023
... the temporal bounds of a “live” option. Her archive requires understanding the multigenerational and international flow of ideas from Europe as well as the Black world that shape mid-twentieth-century theories of existence in the United States. Here I mean twist to evoke the Chubby Checker and, before...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (4): 639–669.
Published: 01 December 2023
... Teeth about 1936 Harlem. Using archival research, this article analyzes the collage aesthetic of the scrapbook that the activist Thyra J. Edwards compiled in 1937 to record the actions of the Negro People’s Committee to Aid Spain. In sum, this article demonstrates the integral role of African American...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 719–744.
Published: 01 December 2013
... communications studies in which Chang’s work and new theories of information converge through the figure of Wilbur Schramm. Schramm, cofounder of the Iowa Writers Workshop and “father” of modern communications studies, worked with Chang via the USIA. In sum, Chang’s story sheds light on how the US state’s...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (3): 614–616.
Published: 01 September 2015
... America is a far cry from Castiglia and Reed’s largely post-1981, global North American queer cul- ture; and the staunchly literary archive at the center of Coviello’s monograph appears formally and aesthetically distant from Castiglia and Reed’s broad study of queer public culture, which skips...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 501–526.
Published: 01 September 2008
... such constructions, complicating the relationship between history and memory. Engaging with the archives of American history, Cliff's novel restores the resistant acts that have been pushed into the background, focusing on rewriting the history of Mary Ellen Pleasant. Between the two national identities Jamaican...