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American Literature (2006) 78 (4): 889–891.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Kirsten Silva Gruesz Duke University Press 2006 Informal Empire: Mexico and Central America in Victorian Culture . By Robert D. Aguirre. Minneapolis: Univ. Minnesota Press. 2005. xxix, 198 pp. Cloth, $67.50; paper, $22.50. Writing to Cuba: Filibustering and Cuban Exiles in...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 387–412.
Published: 01 June 2001
...Ana Patricia Rodríguez Duke University Press 2001 Ana Patricia Refugees of the South: Central Americans in Rodríguez the U.S. Latino Imaginary 6363 AMERICAN LITERATURE 73:2 / sheet 161 of 232 In the corrido ‘‘Tres veces mojado...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 807–834.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Chadwick Allen Allison Hedge Coke's remarkable sequence of two narrative and sixty-four persona poems, Blood Run , gives voice to the traditions of Indigenous North American mound-building cultures and, most strikingly, to Indigenous earthworks themselves. Central to this project is the poet's...
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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 (2008) 80 (4): 769–797.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Jodi Melamed “The Killing Joke of Sympathy” reconstructs the centrality of the “race novel” for the consolidation of racial liberalism as an official and limited state of antiracism in the United States after World War II. In particular, it considers the evidentiary and emotional values ascribed to...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 305–331.
Published: 01 June 2009
...David H. Evans Grotesque or damaged bodies play a central role in a number of Flannery O'Connor's most powerful stories. One route for interpreting their significance is to approach them by way of a rare psychological condition that has been named apotemnophilia. Apotemnophiliacs experience an...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 527–554.
Published: 01 September 2009
... especially notable because Delany, the African American doctor, antislavery lecturer, journalist, and author, had never set foot in Central America. Mattox's essay examines archival accounts of the actual election that took place in San Juan del Norte, including items in the African American press; in the...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 583–611.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Chicano Viet Nam war literature of analogizing Chicanos and Vietnamese revolutionaries, a potentially radical kinship undercut by the material realities of national and cultural loyalties. Patricia Santana's 2002 novel Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility suggests the centrality of the war for a...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 805–832.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., and theorized a new way forward for the avant-garde. This scene has been the subject of anthologies, academic studies, and now memoirs that present the history of Language poetry largely on its own terms. Kaplan's essay argues, however, that central positions associated with Language poetry first took...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 29–55.
Published: 01 March 2010
..., central to both James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy and John Neal's Seventy-Six , serves as a contemporary allegorical expression of historical change, a figure best explained by Walter Benjamin's definition of the allegorical ruin. The suffering soldier complicates national origins and resists narrative...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 March 2019
... the centrality of criticism to nineteenth-century social and political life in the United States. Drawing on an expanded archive of eclectic critical forms, this essay denaturalizes and expands our sense of antebellum critical culture, examining the ways Frederick Douglass exploited the material...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (2): 347–375.
Published: 01 June 2018
... the taboo or obscene in order to address sexual and gender inequalities. These comics suggest that the obscene can push against purity narratives attached to womanhood, narratives that potentially stigmatize all girls and women. Lost Girls keeps the taboos of children’s sexuality and incest central to...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 553–584.
Published: 01 September 2018
... explicitly racialize their central invention, vividly illustrating the afterlife of slavery at the birth of America’s machine culture. Late one day in January 1868, a clanging metallic creature stalked the streets of Newark, New Jersey. Dressed in “pantaloons, coat and vest, of the latest styles,” standing...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (3): 517–545.
Published: 01 September 2015
... as a primary identity category between 1820 and 1900, this essay argues that age offers an especially pertinent lens for nineteenth-century literary scholars. Louisa May Alcott's 1873 novel Work makes the political and social significance of age its central subject. Work acknowledges age as a newly...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 March 2017
... . In so doing, it suggests that in the late nineteenth century, the term queer , as a signifier of distorted time, became central to debates over race and the nature of folkloric belonging. The stakes of determining such a historical vantage point were especially high in studies of African American...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 331–354.
Published: 01 June 2017
... pedagogical practices. This article considers the centrality of ethics to a postidentity Asian American studies, suggesting how ethical alienation—signaled both by the figuration of “comfort women”/military sex slaves/ halmoni and our own estrangement from it—can create productive classroom and...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 519–551.
Published: 01 September 2010
... overlapping arguments. On the one hand, Hochman makes a case for the centrality of anthropological theories of sound (especially the emergence of sound technology) to Cable's work and thought. On the other, he demonstrates more broadly that the phonograph's documentary authority evolved out of late-nineteenth...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 389–419.
Published: 01 June 2010
... inattention and misreading has been a result of failing to see how Lin's engagement with the discourse on technology (and especially his decades-long attempt to invent an electric Chinese typewriter) was central to both his literary work and its transnational circulation. Whereas some scholars have argued...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 279–303.
Published: 01 June 2011
... valorizing Cuban sovereignty in the era just prior to U.S. imperial involvement in Cuba after the Spanish-American war, Frank Reade, Jr., in Cuba demonstrates how central elements of the boy inventor novel simultaneously imagine technocratic expansion while subverting foundational concepts of empire...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 493–521.
Published: 01 September 2014
... figure for future self-reflection and -definition at a time particularly shaped by cultural renewal and social reform. The network, as combining both concrete, material reality and epistemological, theoretical discourses, thus represents a central image in the project of (re)defining personal and...