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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 259–289.
Published: 01 June 2005
...Clayton Marsh Duke University Press 2005 Clayton Stealing Time: Poe’s Confidence Men Marsh and the ‘‘Rush of the Age’’ On 8 July 1849, the New York Herald reported the arrest of a petty watch thief, alias William Thompson, who called himself...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 723–753.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of 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 transports...
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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...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (2): 251–285.
Published: 01 June 2002
... and the corresponding diatribe against hypocrisy—the latter a threat to the American social order embodied in such figures as the confidence man and his female counterpart, the painted woman.23 Because the show of virtue that Warner stages in Ellen covers a heart throbbing with an unrighteous love of sway, the kiss...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 151–177.
Published: 01 March 2005
... makes this understanding clear in her ‘‘Author’s Appeal The physician writes his diary, and doubtless his means of dis- covering the hidden mysteries of life are great. The clergyman, whose calling inspires the deepest confidence, and into whose ear the tales of sorrow are unreservedly...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (4): 653–663.
Published: 01 December 2004
.... Reminding me of Henry Seidel Canby’s The Age of Confidence (1934)—on the ideological certainties of American elites in the 1890s—Gohdes had fixed faith in his values and judgments. At the desk he was himself enacting factuality and precision. His Columbia dissertation turned into The Periodicals...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (2): 345–372.
Published: 01 June 2002
... and untouched. Melville manifests a similar skepticism concerning wholly original or solipsistic thought in a short vignette in The Confidence-Man (1857). Here, a traveler approaches the confidence man of the title and offers a warning about a third party: ‘‘I conjecture him to be what, among the ancient...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (1): 59–86.
Published: 01 March 2000
..., patron and nation may confidently countenance an artist’s experimentation without fear of his oversteppingthe bounds of taste or threateningthe social order. In ‘‘Keramos’’ (1877), the figure of the master is personified...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 418.
Published: 01 June 2001
...- pened next, immediately on [Poe’s] arrival and for the ensuing twenty-four hours, no specific clue points the way. Yet here probability—strong probability, to be sure, amounting almost to certainty—confidently fills the gap’’ (112...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2019
..., a curiosity, and an attraction or object of voyeuristic interest. Their confidence in the hyper-readability of the queer men as definitively queer evokes the straight men’s desire to see the queer men as mirroring the straight men’s own sexuality, which they try to see as just as assured and readable...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 59–87.
Published: 01 March 2002
... a precarious matter of representa- tion predicated on a false confidence in the ability to discern racial type. The story enacts a panic about racial continuity by vexing the intersection of art and science, thus debunking Agassiz’s scientifically racist attempts to treat American culture as a natural fact...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (3): 563–572.
Published: 01 September 2022
... as “illustrating. . . . an important aspect of white anxiety,” but one could just as easily read her and the other hierarchies of whiteness in the novel—or in the world—as an aspect of white confidence and composure. Cora can feel her whiteness all the more because she can compare it to the less-white Bundrens...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 422–423.
Published: 01 June 2001
... that effectively brings an end to one’s own project, so thoroughly does it realize all one had fondly hoped to accomplish. Patterns for America, for me, is such a book, and my solace is that I am quite confident that had I...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 423–424.
Published: 01 June 2001
... had fondly hoped to accomplish. Patterns for America, for me, is such a book, and my solace is that I am quite confident that had I written it first, I would not have done so half as well. Hegeman brings...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 61–89.
Published: 01 March 2020
... 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 backdrop of “shared...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 672–674.
Published: 01 September 2019
... 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 children’s capacity for critical engagement. Sanders saves that question for last...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 153–155.
Published: 01 March 2020
... 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 cohesive methodology...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 879–881.
Published: 01 December 2018
...-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, remaining open to the world, and becoming attuned to strange...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 397–423.
Published: 01 June 2017
....” 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 writing faculty, feelings that still impede efforts...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 645–655.
Published: 01 September 2012
...) 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 subtle analysis of Melville’s “Hawthorne and His...