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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 409–435.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Sarah Ensor In this essay, Ensor suggests that the figure of the spinster can help resolve the problems of futurity that confront queer ecocriticism insofar as the spinster practices an avuncular form of stewardship, tending the future without contributing directly to it. By looking at a series of...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 668–670.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Tara T. Green Sanctuary: African Americans and Empire . By Waligora-Davis Nicole A. . New York : Oxford Univ. Press . 2011 . xx , 218 pp. $65.00 . The Problem of the Future World: W. E. B. DuBois and the Race Concept at Midcentury . By Porter Eric . Durham, NC...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (1): 223–225.
Published: 01 March 2007
...Stacey Peebles Duke University Press 2007 Strange Future: Pessimism and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots . By Min Hyoung Song. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press. 2005. xii, 285 pp. Paper, $22.95. The Edge of Modernism: American Poetry and the Traumatic Past . By Walter Kalaidjian...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (1): 225–226.
Published: 01 March 2000
.... xv, 127 pp. $24.95. William Dowlinghas been a staunch public defender of the future of the monograph against the ravages of commercial publishing. And at first glance Literary Federalism would seem...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 223–225.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Kenneth M. Roemer © 2010 by Duke University Press 2010 Future West: Utopia and Apocalypse in Frontier Science Fiction . By William H. Katerberg. Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas. 2008. ix, 281 pp. $45.00. Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women . By Jeffrey...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 855–857.
Published: 01 December 2010
... toward unity. Writers such as Josiah Strong, Frederick Jackson Turner, and Henry James undertake to resolve the difficulty by suppressing difference and by projecting a national future in which such unity will exist. But this future can only come into existence through willful...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 892–894.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Future of American Cultural Studies . By Smith Jon . Athens : Univ. of Georgia Press . 2013 . xv, 176 pp. Cloth , $69.95 ; paper, $24.95 ; e-book, $24.95 . Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 On the surface these authors employ vastly different methodologies: John Lowe’s...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 761–789.
Published: 01 December 2017
... depictions of risk to realistic ones, this essay examines fictions of nuclear waste commissioned by the Department of Energy to show that a risk-based realism is used to maintain the status quo of settler colonialism. It then turns to a countermodeling of the futures of nuclear waste by Leslie Marmon Silko...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 898–901.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Benjamin Bateman Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission . By Kevin Ohi . Minneapolis : Univ. of Minnesota Press . 2015 . 326 pp. Cloth, $96.50 ; paper, $27.50 ; e-book available. Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility . By Alexis Lothian...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (2): 347–375.
Published: 01 June 2018
... the representation in order to reframe possibilities of women’s healthy sexual subjectivity. Injurious pasts and irreconcilable desires do not preclude joyous futures. Painful pasts enable the eponymous lost girls’ agency, creating the conditions that help them find homosocial and queer belonging with...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 767–779.
Published: 01 December 2020
... implications of this ambiguous temporality, suggesting that COVID-19 has made visible a new heterotemporality, wherein real time, history, and the future intermesh. The paper concludes by focusing on Hong Kong, a former British colony and Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 29–55.
Published: 01 March 2010
... conflicted temporal sensibility, one as much concerned with past losses as it is hopeful of future gain. Historical allegories, because they articulate between past and present, offer an important discursive frame for studying the emerging significance of novels in early national culture. © 2010 by Duke...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 779–805.
Published: 01 December 2010
...—that began to gain momentum in the 1970s. Dubey argues that the suspicion of history found in speculative fictions of slavery bespeaks a strong sense of uncertainty and pessimism about future prospects for racial politics in post–Civil Rights decades. © 2010 by Duke University Press 2010 Madhu...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 493–521.
Published: 01 September 2014
... figure for future self-reflection and -definition at a time particularly shaped by cultural renewal and social reform. The network, as combining both concrete, material reality and epistemological, theoretical discourses, thus represents a central image in the project of (re)defining personal and...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (2): 361–389.
Published: 01 June 2014
... view of American history. These writers oppose exceptionalism by linking the United States to a broader and deeper history defined by slavery, empire, and ruin, while at the same time offering a prophetic vision of a future beyond the “empire of slavery.” © 2014 by Duke University Press 2014...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 767–797.
Published: 01 December 2014
... utopian politics of social redemption urged Left-aesthetics to respond to newly uncertain political futures, Rukeyser’s documentary-epic renewed a social imaginary for political redemption in ways resonant with Walter Benjamin’s theories of sociopolitical messianism. In Rukeyser’s poem, exploited human...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (1): 57–89.
Published: 01 March 2017
... experts, saving “future citizens” by rescuing them “out of a life of crime” and into white, middle-class domesticity, at the same time articulating the child’s biological mother as criminal and nonwhite. 9 Wexler ( 2000 , 109) discusses the convention of “before and after” photographs in relation to...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 159–184.
Published: 01 March 2016
... that they can react automatically and repeatedly when disaster strikes. This emphasis on detachment and repetition reveals the political stakes of preparedness as a national security paradigm: to maintain the status quo by extending the always-catastrophic present into the future. The essay's second...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 361–389.
Published: 01 June 2016
... cultural assimilation. The essay argues that an examination of how this genre portrays the present and imagines the future allows for an investigation into the current shape, possibilities, and limits of Latinidad as imagined by US Latin@ writers. Studying the chronicle’s genealogies, areas of thematic...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 669–695.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., did more to shape future political conflicts than to describe those of its own time. By examining how Adams’s Democracy even further developed this formal nonpartisanship, I show what the political stakes were for this shift in the nineteenth century, how it related to the abandonment of...