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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 799–823.
Published: 01 December 2015
..., retrospectively, be described as neoliberalism. The neoliberal style this essay explicates allows for subjects under neoliberalism to inhabit a position that limits politics to the confines of individual entrepreneurialism and consumerism, thus broadcasting politics as not a collective enterprise but instead...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 203–231.
Published: 01 June 2008
... also want to underline the limitations of secular civil society insofar as it trans- forms beliefs and convictions into interests. Two Franklins and One More Two Franklins dominate recent scholarship, both grounded firmly in civil society: entrepreneurial Franklin and public...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (4): 903–906.
Published: 01 December 2003
... of the ‘‘ideal average prudent man’’ (76), Clarence Darrow’s culturalist effort to attri- 6986 AMERICAN LITERATURE / 75:4 / sheet 217 of 255 bute blame to the environment rather than the individual can lead to an absur- dity, with mitigating circumstances erasing all culpability...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 591–626.
Published: 01 September 2017
... at the 1940 Commonwealth Literary Contest, a government-funded literary competition organized by the Philippine Writers’ League that explicitly encouraged realistic works of fiction: writings that, according to the contest’s rules, “deal with the social and economic problems of the individual and of society...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (1): 29–58.
Published: 01 March 2023
... protagonist is a “hood boy.” The reference to Jay-Z mobilizes an entrepreneurial individualism, a “hustler” mentality, and aligns with a hip-hop generation, simultaneously endorsing a neoliberal logic and critiquing the status quo. The choice of the spectacularly styled socialist icon Che Guevara—a Marxist...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 61–89.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Both Block and Irene Tucker ( 2012 ) helpfully emphasize the cycles of collective description, classification, and theorization that make it possible to see , for instance, a “black woman” in the unique and constantly changing body of an individual. This essay analyzes the form of almost 1,900...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 397–423.
Published: 01 June 2017
... depicted by Paul Revere in his famous engraving of the Boston Massacre. All struggle with unity in a country of significant differences (John Winthrop), with self-governance as individualism and urbanization erode traditional disciplinary mechanisms (Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Beecher Stowe...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (4): 855–866.
Published: 01 December 2012
...—offers an occasion for the private individual, through the aesthetic object, to claim a substantiality for which he or she lacks validation. The aesthetic object is constitutive, not reflective, of identity and as such imagines social potentialities otherwise unavail- able to consciousness. Recent...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 613–641.
Published: 01 September 2018
... entrepreneurial project with “Black Is Beautiful.” But it also quickly established itself as a popular forum for debating rival interpretations of the slogan from black capitalist, black nationalist, and black feminist perspectives (Rooks 2004 , 144; Gumbs 2012 , 96–97). Pitched to “young, urban, inquisitive...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 839–854.
Published: 01 December 2016
... literary realism in order to represent “the way the histories of individual ethnic groups may impact their interaction with one another” (Anderson, 37). I want to suggest how Chang-rae Lee’s narrative and his experimentation with familiar tropes in speculative and dystopic fiction not only illustrate...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (4): 887–909.
Published: 01 December 2002
... the new, entrepreneurial style of scientists like human genome sequencer Craig Venter, who conduct their work with an eye on the profit margin. Indeed, it could be argued, Wu’s employment by Ham- mond requires that he adapt an entrepreneurial outlook. As the two novels together make clear, however...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 111–137.
Published: 01 March 2002
... sentimental discourse 114 American Literature will also recognize the nostalgic dimension of this kind of bachelor reminiscence, as the married male enacts scenes of self-memorial as the effect of individual, if only temporary, freedom. Early-nineteenth-century writing about the American bachelor re...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 307–327.
Published: 01 June 2021
... opportunity to think about what is gained and lost in casting black collectivity or individuality in terms of the affective dialectics of pessimism and optimism. While none of these projects have as their primary motivation a direct intervention into that particular framing of black studies, their treatments...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 305–319.
Published: 01 June 2023
... adopted the “laboratory” (in our name and practice) to account for our highly ambivalent yet deeply entangled position in relation to ongoing attempts to upgrade and entrepreneurialize the humanities and scholarship and higher education broadly. The laboratory is a place of labor, but where labor...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 701–724.
Published: 01 December 2010
... on the fields they once worked as slaves. Without land or a political voice, what would become of individuals who were no longer enslaved but not yet citizens?1 In the midst of December’s uncertainty, a press in Cambridge, Massachusetts, began production of a slim cloth-bound volume...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 611–635.
Published: 01 September 2010
... this decline in educational outcomes. In making this argument I will rely particularly on data from William Bowen, Matthew Chingos, and Michael McPher- son’s Crossing the Finish Line, which rests on data sets that its authors constructed with unusual access to individual student records (CFL, ix...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (1): 35–58.
Published: 01 March 2021
...,” and the social arrangements outside a novel, arrangements designed for the same end. From the standpoint of practical criticism, what this suggests is that we might want to focus less on the actions and psychologies of individual characters and more on their aggregate configuration: their mutualities...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 March 2007
... mostly Northern, entrepreneurial men whose race or class position American Captivity in Barbary  made the sea attractive. They were representative of a “Yankee” ethos that would later come to define the entire country by the end of the antebellum era...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (3): 473–496.
Published: 01 September 2022
... of the individual he address[es]” (9). Rather than offering his customers the full slate of options, he curates his offerings according to demographic speculation. When a bespectacled clergyman arrives from out of town, Rufus correctly identifies him as someone who would be interested in reading Horace Greeley’s...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 811–839.
Published: 01 December 2019
... and between individuals and their local and national communities. In the face of unstable economic conditions and populations experiencing rapid shifts and migration, national institutions no longer provide stable anchors for securing cultural life. These texts grapple with the social changes resulting from...