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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 (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 (2010) 82 (2): 333–360.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Michael Ziser Under the influence of Calvinist and radical abolitionist John Brown, Ralph Waldo Emerson reconsidered the value of political activism rooted in absolutist and sectarian religious beliefs. Retreating from the earlier declarations of secular and democratic individualism for which he...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2014
... to emphasize his relationship to the Democratic Party and its working-class constituency. Yet disagreement persists over the extent to which Forrest exploited political affiliation for personal gain or supported Jacksonian causes such as Indian removal or the dissolu- tion of the Bank of the United...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 553–581.
Published: 01 September 2010
...-democratic metrics of inclusion, its meta- World War I Narrative and the U.S. Political Imaginary 561 physics imposed forms of “administrative rationality” flexible enough to organize the many competing “semi-citizenships” of a diverse cul- tural bloc.29 Culling from “forgotten...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 305–332.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Christopher Hager In a standard narrative of Herman Melville's career, the author's initial tendency toward cultural nationalism—most famously displayed in his 1850 essay “Hawthorne and His Mosses”—gave way during the early 1850s to political misgivings and increasingly dark novels. The Democratic...
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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. Michelle C. Embodied Politics: Neely...
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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 (2009) 81 (1): 127–152.
Published: 01 March 2009
... with nature in the pursuit of self-reliance. Therefore democratic access to arable land was a precondition of substantive political and economic emancipation. Abolishing the exploitation of labor, both slave and wage, would require reversing the process whereby capital- ism expropriated...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (2): 273–299.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Danny Luzon Abstract This article explores the American Yiddish theater’s creative reworkings of William Shakespeare, a practice epitomized by the presumed parodic dictum “translated and improved” ( fartaytsht un farbessert ). It argues that this theater’s translational politics of chutzpah strives...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (4): 687–717.
Published: 01 December 2004
... by publishing essays of political criti- cism concerning the democratic excess he saw threatening America. Although subject to fainting spells and frail from the lingering tuber- culosis that would finally kill him in 1808, he wrote tirelessly to warn of the unruly passions of the demos and to promote...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 871–873.
Published: 01 December 2019
... at the paranormal as it relates to the project of Enlightenment. Theoretically, this period saw the advancement of scientific knowledge and democratic political discourses, each, in time, marking the end of provincial superstitions across the West. However, as Braudy and Ogden make clear, the old ways of seeing...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (3): 431–457.
Published: 01 September 2006
.... Although I have so far treated this disruption of the equation be- tween voice and identity primarily as a psychoanalytic issue, involv- ing individual identity, it has important political implications. Radical democratic theorists like Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, espe- cially, have made Lacan’s...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 303–331.
Published: 01 June 2013
... of capitalism and of the American democratic political system.” Yet Archer also observes that the “crushing conformity” of suburbia’s mass-produced housing caused 1950s social theorists to fear “that the uniformity of America’s spread- ing tract development foretold a capitulation to the socialist threat...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 33–63.
Published: 01 March 2005
...- ablerelationstothecivicbodyofanationthatexcludedthematits formal political levels. Women’s genius was a mobile formation, mov- ing across discourses of aesthetics and politics as well as those of deeply subjective experience. It developed in dialogue with the aes- thetic innovations of Euro-American romanticism and gave precise democratic...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 273–301.
Published: 01 June 2013
... into the national framework evoked by the allusion to Jackson, this passage distinguishes between local instances of direct democratic politics and national narratives of a homogeneous imagined community united through representative, procedural government and abstracting cul- tural forms. The tale...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 669–695.
Published: 01 December 2017
... for political kickbacks (2001, 146), and the narrator’s snide and unaffiliated tone assures us that the only difference between a regular senator and a “high moral senator” (200) is that the moral ones cost more. Although the novel clearly lampoons the Democratic Tweed ring in its thinly veiled Weed ring...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 29–57.
Published: 01 March 2011
..., in Surveys from Exile: Political Writings, Volume 2, ed. David Fernbach (New York: Vin- tage, 1974), 239. 62 Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (London: Verso, 2001), xiii. 63 Ibid., xi...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 775–801.
Published: 01 December 2011
..., more, for every man at all times equality with those who are no wiser or better than he; fraternity for only with this can equality or true friend- ship exist” (ES, 167, my emphasis).30 To Chesnutt, only within the con- text of democratic political structures can there be true...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (4): 643–672.
Published: 01 December 2007
... with the greatness of our political system. . . . [W]e cannot but exult that we have lived to see the day when American liberty and American literature walk hand in hand.”5 By 1842, it was no longer a matter of infusing literature with the alien spirit of democracy. This time the Democratic Review simply...