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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 259–289.
Published: 01 June 2005
... becomes a grotesque ‘‘campaign’’ in self-advertisement as he displays each of his appendages with the unctuous courtesy of a peddler selling ‘‘Kickapoo’’ snake oil.43 For example, speaking of and with the machinery that gives his voice its ‘‘rich melody and strength Smith confides: There isn’t...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 723–753.
Published: 01 December 2016
... the cultural amnesia that flows from America’s intoxicating confidence in the transformative power of industrial technology. To counter the temporal imbalance of an industrializing nation drunk with the spirit of innovation, Hawthorne’s “temperance” tales ultimately offer a distillation of time that...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 637–640.
Published: 01 September 2017
... readings of such texts has further marginalized forms of cultural expression and knowledge. In confidently identifying this oversight, Ybarra proposes decoloniality as an alternative rubric that at once eludes the “allure of devising global-scale theories that satisfy utopic inclinations” (10) and...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 879–881.
Published: 01 December 2018
... unpredictability of present and future alike, of the “near-uncontrollability of nature” (Sheldon 105). What follows, Alaimo argues, is that “the anthropocene is no time for transcendent, definitive mappings, transparent knowledge systems, or confident epistemologies” (3), but instead it is for “staying low...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 672–674.
Published: 01 September 2019
... “reliability” (the delivery of clear facts). Even “the best nonfiction should never ask its readers to depend on it with full confidence” (198), he remarks, as Almost Astronauts ultimately does. Chapter 7 considers the place of sentimentality and empathy, while the conclusion turns to the question of...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 153–155.
Published: 01 March 2020
... tensions of the insufficiency of language to express what is beyond language and the inexorable conflicts of the self, the other, and society. He writes with conviction and power, successfully melding writers and thinkers into a dynamic and coherent study. He confidently weaves diverse disciplines into a...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (2): 435–437.
Published: 01 June 2019
... security” (195) that encompasses rumored Iraqi bioweapons, Guantánamo as the site of “the world’s first AIDS concentration camp” (172), and animal research labs in the Caribbean. Ahuja confidently situates his study amid multiple theoretical discourses, including animal studies, science studies, refugee...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 656–659.
Published: 01 September 2019
... book.” Five chapters, moving from the 1880s to the 1930s, track an increasing crisis of confidence within US institutions in the idea of government, journalism, and education as forces for the common good. Examining writing by Walter Lippmann, John Dewey, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 369–372.
Published: 01 June 2020
... confident, eye-opening analysis of biopower’s influence from the nineteenth century into our own, as we continue to participate in a “zero-sum game that disposes of some bodies to safeguard others” and, as current events daily prove, cast “the suffering and death of others as the grounds of our own virtue...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 186–189.
Published: 01 March 2014
... feminization of fraudulence,” and the career of Fern—the pseudonym of the prolific Sara Payson Willis—is shown to convert “fraudulence’s stigma into a wildly popular product” (135, 21). A final coda on Melville’s The Confidence- Man (1857) emerges from the contextualization presented so far. Neverthe...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 397–423.
Published: 01 June 2017
... to ‘creative’ or ‘imaginative’ literature.” If postwar confidence made such assertions seem practicable in places like Wisconsin, forsaking writing left English departments exposed as enrollments fell and filling seats became a priority. It also caused a “deep legacy of anger, hurt, and guilt” among...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 689–696.
Published: 01 December 2020
... met and consulted how to act on so truly alarming and melancholy an occasion. After some conversation, we found a freedom to go forth, confiding in him who can preserve in the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Sensible that it was our duty to do all the good we could to our suffering fellow mortals...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 645–655.
Published: 01 September 2012
... because they failed to respond to and appreciate the genius and complexity of his novels” (xi). Working with what he terms a “historical herme- neutics” of reception (x), Machor painstakingly surveys the reception 648 American Literature of Melville’s fiction from Typee (1846) to The Confidence...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2019
... with the Depression-specific history of ramped-up anxiety about the fragility of conventional models of breadwinning, confident, unwavering, heterosexual, cisgender masculinity. And so when we read all these examples together as a collective portrait, they queer the masses of down-and-out unemployed...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 61–89.
Published: 01 March 2020
...) has argued that FSAs “attempted to use print to bolster confidence in slavery, rather than confidence in African Americans and their allies,” Block ( 2018 : 7) correctly points out that “the advertisements were not explicitly focused on explaining racial ideologies” and took place instead against a...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 697–726.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Burger Thomas , with Lawrence Frederick . Cambridge, MA : MIT Press . First published 1962. Halttunen Karen . 1982 . Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830–1870 . New Haven, CT : Yale Univ. Press . Hewitt Elizabeth . 2004...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 908–916.
Published: 01 December 2017
... both extratextual evidence and close reading, this book details specific incidents that connected Melville with Balzac, including the impact of Hawthorne, and then analyzes connections to Balzac in such works as Moby-Dick , Pierre (1852), and The Confidence-Man (1857). Although Melville sought to...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 855–862.
Published: 01 December 2018
... writes beyond the frame of her redemption, beyond even her reintegration into a godly community of friends. She brings the reader to her wakeful pillow, where she is kept keen in the night. Her open eye stares at a fearsome mystery. And there she confides a privacy: now it is other ways with me...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (3): 455–488.
Published: 01 September 2015
... of Twenty-First-Century Storytelling . Stanford, CA : Stanford Univ. Press . Halttunen Karen . 1982 . Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830–1870 . New Haven : Yale Univ. Press . Heidegger Martin . (1971) 1977 . “The Origin of...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 739–768.
Published: 01 December 2015
... boulevards” The Paris Paradox  747 (Wright 2000, 23). Fishbelly would learn French “in the bed from a girl,” he claims (19). Jacques’s friendship is soon revealed to be a sham, part of a confidence game, whereby he pretends to help his American friend to...