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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 904–907.
Published: 01 December 2017
...J. Peter Moore Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture . By Epstein Andrew . New York : Oxford Univ. Press . 2016 . xi, 364 pp. Cloth , $65.00 ; e-book available. The Lyric in the Age of the Brain . By Skillman Nikki...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 224–226.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Zachary Martin The Cruft of Fiction: Mega-Novels and the Science of Paying Attention . By David Letzler . Lincoln : Univ. of Nebraska Press . 2017 . vii, 303 pp. Cloth, $60.00 ; e-book, $60.00 . All studies framed by genre distinctions run the risk that some of their...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 305–332.
Published: 01 June 2010
... works, merits greater attention as a counternationalist meditation on the origins of U.S. culture. Because it was written before the political events of the early 1850s and Melville's falling-out with the New York literary establishment, Redburn focuses our attention on a different context for the...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 739–767.
Published: 01 December 2008
... in the public arena of the lecture hall, as compared with the private arena of intimate relationships, carries mixed results when attention to his body rather than his ideas becomes the focus of his success. Second, celebrity accentuates the tension between interest in public persons and the social...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 629–660.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of literary and media history, drawing attention to what contemporary German media theorists refer to as cultural techniques , a complex term that combines an attention to media with a focus on the elementary techniques (reading, writing, and counting) that historically and logically precede the...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 303–331.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Spencer Morrison Morrison’s essay calls for closer scholarly attention to Faulknerian geography in its historical specificity by demonstrating the effects of post-WWII urban crisis on Faulkner’s Cold War writing. To this end, the article reads Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun (1951) as not only a...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 551–581.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Jonathan David Shelly Schroeder Schroeder’s essay works to draw critical attention to the aesthetic history of local color, and, more broadly, to the underrecognized relation between local color and realism. In returning local color to its long aesthetic history within painting, Schroeder argues...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 589–615.
Published: 01 September 2012
... the aesthetic problems he raised in his work that were specific to his awareness of the diaspora. Melehy then turns his attention to some of Kerouac’s lesser-known novels, especially two that focus mainly on French-Canadian culture and identity, Dr. Sax (1959) and Satori in Paris (1966). Proceeding to...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 121–149.
Published: 01 March 2010
... Courier , has not attracted much attention from modern critics, largely due to the uncomfortably violent racial scenarios it depicts. Yet, as Taketani's essay suggests, to address such seemingly objectionable scenarios is to confront the origins of black internationalism in the race war fantasy that...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 111–140.
Published: 01 March 2008
... attention to the elements of the novel that made it unpublishable for almost fifty years. Attending closely to this tension brings forward the novel's insistent depiction of the historical impossibility of both subjectivity and literary production in the 1930s. The novel critiques and ironizes both of these...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 799–830.
Published: 01 December 2008
... conceptions of artistic production that sought to reconcile the modern scientific view of human interiority with a modernist celebration of human creative agency, and at the same time to distance themselves from women's nature work while continuing the nature worker's task of drawing attention to the vital...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 93–125.
Published: 01 March 2009
... writers also devoted sustained attention in their texts to pre- or nonphotographic forms of visual representation. In so doing, they articulate a major, yet understudied, argument about the intersections between visual and textual representation during the period. In letters, editorials, and slave...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 273–301.
Published: 01 June 2013
... Lovingood: Yarns Spun by a Durn’d Fool (1867)— arguing for a new point of departure from the level of locality and with special attention to democratic decision making. Most nation-oriented readings portray the humor of the Old Southwest either as a regional subset supplementing nationalization via print...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 817–818.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Jentery Sayers Sayers’s author statement introduces a Scalar project titled “Making the Perfect Record.” This project unpacks the often ignored, pre-1940s history of magnetic recording, with particular attention to how—through an interweaving of print fiction, sound transduction, storage media...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 121–149.
Published: 01 March 2013
... Their Eyes 's creation of the horizon-space that Janie, the novel's protagonist, uses to animate her geographical search for the unpresentable. Attentiveness to the novel's varied reliances on insular and archipelagic forms helps make accessible Their Eyes 's investments in critiquing and ironizing the...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 31–59.
Published: 01 March 2014
... relation to issues of empire surrounding the US-Mexico war, the essay refocuses attention on broader discourses of settler colonialism. Attending to the recurrence embedded in the ostensibly linear forms of these works, and to images in which they confront US settlement of lands that contain other...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 61–86.
Published: 01 March 2014
... the history of sentimental and domestic discourse in the United States and the pivotal role that discourse played in the formation of a two-track US welfare state. Attentive to the racist effects of the New Deal’s long-term provisions for African Americans, Wright’s novel gives us the story of a...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 683–711.
Published: 01 December 2014
... alibi, a false descriptor, a failed promise, an expiring explanation of enduring historical transformations—literature may prove to be an exemplary domain for investigations into the historiography of secularism. Moreover, the study of literature at the present time is attentive not only to the form of...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 767–797.
Published: 01 December 2014
... labor, technologically concretized, finds its demand for justice depicted through the retelling of an industrial disaster. Focusing on technology’s both literal and figural sources of social transmission, Rukeyser’s poem redirects our attention from assured Communist redemption toward more transitional...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 255–278.
Published: 01 June 2017
... that value open access and have operated in opposition to hierarchically controlled content distribution and educational systems. Both analog and digital forms of open-access woman of color pedagogy promote the free circulation of knowledge and call attention to the literary and social labor of...