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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 159–161.
Published: 01 March 2020
... arguably contributed the most to our understanding of the aesthetics of security, insecurity, and disaster—including science fiction, postapocalyptic fiction, and political thrillers—is particularly noticeable. Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature . By John Hay...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 205–206.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Claudia Milian Disaster Writing: The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe in Latin America . By Anderson Mark D. . Charlottesville : Univ. of Virginia Press . 2011 . x , 241 pp. Cloth , $49.50 ; paper , $22.50 ; e-book , $22.50 . Race, Ethnicity, and Nuclear War...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (1): 197–200.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Jennifer Glaser Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form . By Chute Hillary L. . Cambridge : Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press . 2016 . 359 pp. Cloth , $35.00 ; e-book, $35.00 . The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 159–184.
Published: 01 March 2016
... and colonization of Mars. Focusing on narrative scenarios and exercises that train officials to respond to natural disasters, this essay positions these preparedness documents as part of a system of affective management. They teach participants to cultivate a feeling of neutral detachment—to stay calm and cool so...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (3): 475–504.
Published: 01 September 2013
... symptomatically invoked the rhetoric of weather and natural disaster to negate the agency of the slaves on the Creole , Douglass uses natural phenomena to portray emancipation as a force of nature that controverts the geopolitical partitioning of freedom. Douglass’s objective, however, is not ultimately...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 767–797.
Published: 01 December 2014
... labor, technologically concretized, finds its demand for justice depicted through the retelling of an industrial disaster. Focusing on technology’s both literal and figural sources of social transmission, Rukeyser’s poem redirects our attention from assured Communist redemption toward more transitional...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 791–798.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Michael Bérubé Abstract In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this essay examines a variety of visions of apocalypse and civilizational collapse, asking how we can imagine a world without us (as in Alan Weisman’s book of that title), or whether we will merely eke out a post–climate disaster...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 389–411.
Published: 01 June 2011
... surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic are similar to those surrounding the history of African enslavement. In particular, Reid-Pharr criticizes the all-too-common assumption that the disasters of both slavery and AIDS have been a necessary precursor to the modernization—and maturation—of both blacks and “queers...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (3): 539–567.
Published: 01 September 2023
... diminution of racialized subjects as a result of US imperial and militaristic violence. Fire carries with it a destructive valence, and ash is taken as evidence of ruin and disaster. However, the explorations of fire and ash in both artists’ work not only attest to the various onto-epistemological...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 815–837.
Published: 01 December 2016
... sensing and imaging, satellite media often pass as uninterpreted weather reality for popular audiences, offering visual and textual narratives of weather crises that abstract the human from environmental disaster. This essay considers the twentieth-century turn toward uninterpreted and visually centered...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 415–418.
Published: 01 June 2016
... movement of black bodies across space and the relationship between black creative practice and social movements. In Backwater Blues , Richard Mizelle references Bessie Smith’s “Backwater Blues,” and the blues tradition broadly, to understand black experiences of disaster that become undocumentable due...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 390–393.
Published: 01 June 2020
... that the relocated would lose certain access rights to the Isle de Jean Charles. The imminence of the Isle de Jean Charles’s crisis didn’t erase entrenched legacies of injustice, nor did it justify a misguided narrative of totalizing disaster; the Isle de Jean Charles is home , not a barren landscape IDJC members...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 338–341.
Published: 01 June 2021
... of this study for parents, whose reproductive choices are so fraught, and for children, who stand to inherit a disaster, Morgenstern’s often dense theoretical language keeps her subject safely at arm’s length. Naomi Morgenstern considers the ways literature represents anxieties surrounding the decision...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 147–169.
Published: 01 March 2014
... Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster . New York : Basic Civitas Books . Eckstein Barbara . 2005 . Sustaining New Orleans: Literature, Local Memory, and the Fate of a City . New York : Routledge Books . Frank Thomas . 2005 . What’s the Matter with Kansas? How...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 401–404.
Published: 01 June 2016
... as a hybrid of the Puritan errand into the wilderness and Manifest Destiny eventually moving beyond a Western rendezvous with Frederick Jackson Turner. He then extends the figure, as evident in his main title, through such subsequent American disasters in globalistic meddling as the Vietnam and Desert Wars...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (3): 473–496.
Published: 01 September 2021
... “hold[] faith with the capacities of the novel.” 7 Nicole Seymour ( 2013 : 27) observes the “disingenuousness” of referring to Katrina as a “‘natural disaster’ when in fact most of its greatest harms resulted from social inequalities,” and Sharpe ( 2016 : 79) emphasizes the dehumanizing racial...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 677–705.
Published: 01 December 2008
...: The Indian Land Ces- sion Treaties of William Henry Harrison,” Journal of the Early Republic 22 (fall 2002): 405–35; Anthony F. C. Wallace, Prelude to Disaster: The Course of Indian-White Relations Which Led to the Black Hawk War of 1832 (Springfield: Illinois State Historical...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (3): 573–584.
Published: 01 September 2022
... oft-stated public desire to return to normal when pummeled by disasters natural, medical, and all too human. 5 Against this nostalgic wish for restoration, the dark, the fugitive, and the lumpen—all of the beneath and outside figures that Mills and Ford explore—point to a mode of construction...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (4): 747–778.
Published: 01 December 2002
... into a mere prelude to the simu- lated evacuations rehearsed by Advanced Disaster Management, a company relying on the philosophy that such simulations not only pre- pare for but actually prevent real disasters. Gladney discovers his own nine-year-old daughter impersonating a victim in one of these simula...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (3): 345–359.
Published: 01 September 2021
... disaster in United States history took place in New Mexico when the failure of a tailings dam at the United Nuclear Corporation’s Church Rock uranium mill led to the release of 1,100 tons of radioactive mill waste and 95 million gallons of highly acidic, highly radioactive liquid effluent into Pipeline...