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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 685–712.
Published: 01 December 2021
... in democracy as one between synecdoche and metonymy. The article then theorizes a new form of democratic politics through an engagement with Jacques Rancière before turning to Ocean Vuong’s “Notebook Fragments” (2016) and “Self-Portrait as Exit Wounds” (2016) as articulations of a democratic aesthetics...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 400–402.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association . By Gray Jonathan W. . Jackson : Univ. Press of Mississippi . 2013 . ix , 164 pp. Cloth , $55.00 ; paper , $30.00 . Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (4): 643–672.
Published: 01 December 2007
...Lara Langer Cohen Duke University Press 2007 Lara Democratic Representations: Langer Puffery and the Antebellum Print Explosion Cohen Must expose the wires.—Edgar Allan Poe, notes for “The Living Writers of America...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 281–303.
Published: 01 June 2009
... primarily in terms of its communicative practices. On the one hand, a deliberative democracy would appear to need some minimal “common standards” of what constitutes reasoned communication. On the other, it also seeks to allow as much genuine difference to enter into democratic deliberations as possible...
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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 (1): 33–60.
Published: 01 March 2013
... vegetarians such as Graham and Thoreau restricted appetite for animal foods and commodities in order to reform, reshape, and remake what they viewed as a flawed democratic body, reimagining the limits of citizenship and civic participation in the process. © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 247–272.
Published: 01 June 2013
... their risks. Yet Douglass undertook to construct a new account of the human in which a reformed vision of strangerhood could found a revitalized democratic culture. © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 References Agamben Giorgio . 1998 . Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life . Translated...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of the peaceable transformation of society in order to recuperate the reputation of the radical Equal Rights Democrats, or “Locofocos,” after the 1837 New York Flour Riot. At the same time, however, Forrest’s performance was “ghosted” by the blood-stained rebels he had portrayed on stage, especially Spartacus...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 583–610.
Published: 01 September 2014
... it today were first taking shape. At this fluid historical moment, Herrick stages a competition between two contrasting possibilities for what that system would, or should, look like in the new century. One possibility consists of a democratic profusion of health-care providers and options, all of which...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (2): 323–356.
Published: 01 June 2019
... explores the imperfect correspondence between pedagogic aims and fantastical form, the fissures that arise in turning to nonhuman figures to express adult anxieties over racial difference. Anthropomorphic animals reconcile the paradox of diversity at the millennium: envisioning democratic inclusion without...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 429–455.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Emily Banta Abstract This essay considers how rowdy theater audiences contributed to a broader cultural understanding of democratic politics in the early United States, showing how raucous and occasionally riotous theater patrons enacted a form of popular rule that was predicated on the paying...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 543–570.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Emily Gowen Abstract This article examines the circulation and reception of cheap nineteenth-century American abridgments of Robinson Crusoe (1719). This essay shows that the American canonization of Daniel Defoe’s narrative was a function of commercial printing and the democratic reading practices...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 571–599.
Published: 01 December 2021
... that supported his claims for elite cultural status and full democratic citizenship. Cedar Hill allowed Douglass to claim both legal and symbolic possession over the landscape, establishing his connection with nature in ways that rivalled southern agrarian plantations and responded to his and other African...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (2): 273–299.
Published: 01 June 2022
... works in order to envision a radical fluidity of the American self. Writing on the periphery of US literary production, the authors studied in this article Judaize, Yiddishize, and queer Shakespearean characters, insisting on both the semantic and semiotic ways in which translations can democratize...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (2): 301–329.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Stephen Knadler Abstract “Neurodiverse Afro-Fabulations” focuses on the neglected cognitive biopolitics in post-Reconstruction debates over African American progress and full democratic citizenship, in order to trace an unmarked African American neurodiverse disability history, or the antiableist...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 775–801.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Francesca Sawaya This essay focuses on the writings of Charles Chesnutt in order to rethink the expressivist and democratizing assumptions about the market that literary historians in the United States have borrowed from classical economics. In particular, it analyzes the discourse of friendship...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 93–125.
Published: 01 March 2009
... capacity of a variety of prephotographic visual technologies, including portraiture, woodcuts, stereotypes, and the camera obscura. Douglass and Jacobs lived in the midst of a photographic revolution. Douglass repeatedly commented on photographic technology and celebrated its democratic potential. But both...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 127–152.
Published: 01 March 2009
..., arguing that liberty achieved its truest expression when free people mixed their labor with nature in the pursuit of self-reliance. Democratic access to arable land was a precondition of real emancipation, which required reversing capitalism's expropriation of the commons. Douglass fictionalized...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 265–292.
Published: 01 June 2008
.... The novel's diverse challenges to antebellum preaching defied social and religious hierarchies with a brio that implicitly called for broader democratic empowerment. The radicalism of the novel's sermonizing becomes especially clear when juxtaposed with that of the fiery, ultra-liberal Theodore Parker...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (3): 509–545.
Published: 01 September 2011
... democratic rhetoric of citizenship education, even as they praised the schools for making them who they were. Both the visual and verbal accounts Cooper discusses speak to subaltern students' ability to express individuality in the face of an evolutionary framework that sought to systematize their identities...