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American Literature (1 June 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 (1 December 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 (1 September 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 (1 December 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 (1 June 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 (1 March 2014) 86 (1): 186–189.
Published: 01 March 2014
... Melville’s The Confidence- Man (1857) emerges from the contextualization presented so far. Neverthe- less, the drift to authors (Williams, Fern, Melville), the stretches of literary criticism (balloons in Poe as symbolic of puffing), the lost thread of literary nationalism, the assertions that speed by...
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American Literature (1 June 2017) 89 (2): 397–423.
Published: 01 June 2017
... literary criticism “no longer accepts its traditional status as an adjunct 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...
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American Literature (1 September 2012) 84 (3): 645–655.
Published: 01 September 2012
... Melville’s fiction from Typee (1846) to The Confidence-­Man (1857), along with Melville’s response to that reception, revealing an author who conceived of his writing in relation to readers of his time, even as he also wrote for an “audience of the future” (172). Crucial to Machor’s reading is a...
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American Literature (1 March 2019) 91 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2019
... being and desire are not reducible to his heterosexuality. Again, the ostensibly straight man has confidence that he can read the queer man as queer, but he has less confidence in his own reading of himself. The queer man’s abrupt departure, before Cass can rouse himself to respond to the man’s...
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American Literature (1 December 2017) 89 (4): 697–726.
Published: 01 December 2017
... increasingly symbolized: the location of sexual relations and naked bodies. Yet in Pierre quite forcefully, as well as in such texts as “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and The Confidence-Man , Melville also seeks ways to represent a type of privacy that resists chronobiopolitics by focusing attention on the...
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American Literature (1 December 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 (1 December 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 (1 March 2014) 86 (1): 207–214.
Published: 01 March 2014
.... Carosso examines cultural narratives from the 1950s that speak to the con- flict between a perception of America as “a prosperous and confident nation” and a national sense of “fear, rebellion, and inequality.” Seeking to complicate our own narrative of the 1950s as an “age of consensus,” Carosso...
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American Literature (1 September 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 (1 December 2015) 87 (4): 739–768.
Published: 01 December 2015
...  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 seduce an “electrically” beautiful white girl, who is in fact his...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 399–401.
Published: 01 June 2013
... invocations merely support a nostalgia for an unambiguously self-confident and righteous United States, or Book Reviews  405 can that tradition be called into the service of a self-critical practice? The three books under review give varied...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 402–404.
Published: 01 June 2013
... invocations merely support a nostalgia for an unambiguously self-confident and righteous United States, or Book Reviews  405 can that tradition be called into the service of a self-critical practice? The three books under review give varied...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 404–407.
Published: 01 June 2013
... invocations merely support a nostalgia for an unambiguously self-confident and righteous United States, or Book Reviews  405 can that tradition be called into the service of a self-critical practice? The three books under review give varied...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 407–409.
Published: 01 June 2013
... identity and policy. Do these invocations merely support a nostalgia for an unambiguously self-confident and righteous United States, or Book Reviews  405 can that tradition be called into the service of a self-critical practice? The three...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 409–412.
Published: 01 June 2013
... identity and policy. Do these invocations merely support a nostalgia for an unambiguously self-confident and righteous United States, or Book Reviews  405 can that tradition be called into the service of a self-critical practice? The three...