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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 563–587.
Published: 01 September 2012
...John Lowney Lowney’s essay examines how Langston Hughes’s cultural work in the 1950s and early 1960s illustrates the challenge of developing a progressive black transnationalist literary culture. It concentrates especially on Hughes’s longest and most ambitious poem, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 501–526.
Published: 01 September 2008
... politics of visual spectatorship, the essay analyzes Cliff's novel Free Enterprise (1993); the central scene is an unveiling of this painting. Destabilizing Ruskin's reading of the painting's sublimity and asking what it means to “take pleasure in looking at images of terror,” Cliff's novel inserts a black...
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American Literature (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 (2013) 85 (4): 689–717.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Jeff Scheible In the context of the proliferation of textuality in the new media age, and the changing demands of adequately analyzing it, Scheible’s essay explores the possibilities of a reading strategy that asks how we might take parentheses as starting points for critical thinking, looking...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 629–654.
Published: 01 December 2021
... by health care fictions are foreclosed by anxieties about collective reform and government intervention in health care. So, this article asks why some of the most sustained literary treatments of capitalist medicine in US literature ultimately retreat from the structural critiques that they themselves raise...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 121–151.
Published: 01 March 2011
... the play accessible, emotional, and persuasive also sets real limits on how audience members are asked think about personal and social responsibility. Some of these efforts include a focus on the wrongly convicted instead of the guilty, a balance of white and black interviewees in the face of a racially...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 775–801.
Published: 01 December 2011
... about “free” markets that we have unconsciously relied on in our literary histories, while also showing how a focus on the social practices of patronage and philanthropy helps us ask new questions about the relation of literature to corporate capitalism. © 2011 by Duke University Press 2011...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 301–325.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Janet Fiskio In light of Ursula Heise’s recent critiques of the concept of a “sense of place” in ecocriticism as well as the vibrant social movement for food justice emerging in the United States, Fiskio asks whether the concept of place can be reformulated in ways that are inclusive of communities...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (4): 769–795.
Published: 01 December 2012
... women writers in the post–Civil War era; more specifically, and perhaps more importantly, it positions one woman’s composition, publication, and circulation practices within a literary marketplace that paradoxically asked women poets to be simultaneously of and beyond the market—amateurs...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 225–252.
Published: 01 June 2009
... it means to act rationally in mid-nineteenth-century America. By focusing on chance, we can understand Poe less as a proto-poststructuralist and more as a writer who anticipates the rise of pragmatism. It has long been recognized that Poe asks some of the hardest philosophical questions. His encounters...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 659–685.
Published: 01 December 2009
... of the relations between privacy and personhood, as inscribed by the recent Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas and the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy. Rather than tracking the curve along which U.S. notions of privacy transformed during the antebellum period and after, Insko's essay explores...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 755–786.
Published: 01 December 2016
... more broadly asking how Haitian writers revised Stowe’s conceptualization of nationhood. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 transnationalism hemispheric Haiti Harriet Beecher Stowe Pierre Faubert It would take a very selective, if not careless, reading of Uncle Tom’s Cabin...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 737–743.
Published: 01 December 2020
... competing rights, this essay argues that such debates are first about competing visions of reality, in which the individual is asked to substitute a collective understanding of their body for their own personal experience of their body. Understanding this first layer of the ethics debate in such healthy...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 791–798.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Michael Bérubé Abstract In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this essay examines a variety of visions of apocalypse and civilizational collapse, asking how we can imagine a world without us (as in Alan Weisman’s book of that title), or whether we will merely eke out a post–climate disaster...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 305–329.
Published: 01 June 2017
... explores how lives are shaped by metaphors, comparisons, erasures, elisions, and gaps, and how the elliptical, unsaid, implied, and occluded might be deployed, instead, to build a better present. In one writing assignment, Rich ( 2013 , 2:9) asks students to analyze their neighborhood—to connect...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 337–349.
Published: 01 June 2023
... of particular communities as users, adapters, and designers of AI and its associated functions: machine learning technologies, data management, and storage. Blockchain Chicken Farm models how to approach questions of ecology and AI by asking the crucial question of “for whom,” countering tendencies to see AI...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (3): 541–561.
Published: 01 September 2005
.... The Spokane must learn not to resist the spiders but to use them and the power they contain. Alexie presents the poet as a descendant of the spiders, a modern spinner. In the volume’s first poem, the poet asks his beloved for ‘‘per- mission / to weave a story / from your hair’’ that will keep them...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 666–668.
Published: 01 September 2017
... continued investment in Western rationality and hierarchies of knowledge. With a focus on the plantation form, we ask how a black posthumanism transforms concepts of biopolitics and bare life to explain “how particular populations are rendered vulnerable to processes of death and devaluation over...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 874–876.
Published: 01 December 2016
... to the necropolitics and biopolitics of plantation slavery. We ask, what are the links between Western humanism and racialization in the context of the conditions and legacies of plantation slavery? Essays might consider (non)human modes of being and critique orders of knowledge and value from any place within...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 174–176.
Published: 01 March 2018
... with their plagiarizing, their love affairs, their quarrels with neighbors, their lawsuits, their acts of domestic violence, their rumored incestuous relationships, and their moral grandstanding. Students of the nineteenth century have long been aware of such scandals, but two new books ask us to think about these crises...