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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 194–196.
Published: 01 March 2002
... 149 women, that she dubs ‘‘domestic detective fiction a blending of elements of domestic, gothic, and detective modes. In this labeling we see one of her key— and one of her most theoretically engaging—preoccupations: close attention to both the formal and ideological elements of genre, and what...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (4): 892–894.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Rafael Pérez-Torres Duke University Press 2006 Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Literary History, Genre, and Borders . By Héctor Calderón. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press. 2004. 312 pp. Cloth, $55.00; paper, $22.95. Life in Search of Readers: Reading (in...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 450–454.
Published: 01 June 2003
... the short-story cycle as a genre in which individual chapters can be read and even published as stand-alone stories that take on additional layers of mean- ing, however, when read within the context of the whole volume. While this...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 March 2004
...Sarah Robbins Duke University Press 2004 Sarah Periodizing Authorship, Characterizing Genre: Robbins Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Benevolent Literacy Narratives The favored class of society wrote Catharine Maria Sedgwick in 1848, ‘‘owe an...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (1): 222–223.
Published: 01 March 2000
...- istic genres of this poetry: the child elegy, the epitaph as exemplar of funer- ary art, and the ‘‘language’’ of flowers. She positions Dickinson in relation to selected contemporaries (Lydia H. Sigourney, Frances Sargent Osgood...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 213–215.
Published: 01 March 2011
...David Wyatt © 2011 by Duke University Press 2011 Making the Detective Story American: Biggers, Van Dine, and Hammett and the Turning Point of the Genre, 1925–1930. By J. K. Van Dover. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. 2010. ix, 221 pp. Paper, $35.00. Darkly Perfect World: Colonial...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (4): 866–868.
Published: 01 December 2001
... shared premise, Hamilton and Kete set out to excavate literary genres that have flown under the radar of most literary-historical grand narratives of the American nineteenth century, genres that occupied spaces coded as more intimate and private than the pub- lic arena of the novel. For Hamilton...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 59–90.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Jean M. Lutes Abstract The newspaper advice column has shaped the American imagination in unacknowledged ways. Using Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) as a lens into a wily, underestimated genre, I juxtapose West’s riff on the newspaper advice column with readings of the real thing. I...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 61–89.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Hannah Walser Abstract This essay analyzes the discourse of the fugitive slave advertisement (FSA) to argue that these texts form what I call a “genre of personhood.” Centered on physical and behavioral descriptions of escaped slaves, FSAs offer a window into the heuristics that slaveholders used...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 836–838.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Habiba Ibrahim Real Folks: Race and Genre in the Great Depression . By Retman Sonnet . Durham, NC : Duke Univ. Press . 2011 . ix , 322 pp. Cloth , $89.95 ; paper, $24.95 . Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression-Era African American Performance . By...
Published: 01 June 2020
Figure 1 A visualization of the similarities of “fiction” to other genres in the Crisis , 1911–17. In 1913, “articles,” “letters,” and “poetry” became more similar to “fiction,” before separating again. The scale, 0 to 1, indicates the degree of dissimilarity or similarity, respectively. Figure More
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American Literature (2021) 93 (1): 35–58.
Published: 01 March 2021
... reorientation of knowledge and subjectivity that ensues when disciplines adopt data analysis, or “informatics,” as a methodological best practice. N. Katherine Hayles’s How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (1999) was a groundbreaking early classic in the genre...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 361–389.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Monica Hanna Abstract Some of the most compelling and widely consumed US Latin@ literature being produced at the turn of the twenty-first century is literary journalism in the form of the chronicle, a transnational and transhistorical genre that draws on US and Latin American literary traditions...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 695–721.
Published: 01 December 2016
... essay theorizes how the novel genre functions within these publics by reconsidering the literary career of William Hill Brown, best known as the author of The Power of Sympathy (1789). Reading his lesser-known writings, I argue that Brown was an intellectual for a prominent network—often referred to as...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 331–354.
Published: 01 June 2011
...David M. Higgins Higgins argues that the depth of science fiction's engagement with imperial themes allows the genre to function as a critical literature of empire. As a literary mode engaged with imperial dream-work, science fiction addresses the operations of imperialism more fully than any other...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 707–738.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Elizabeth Dill In “That Damned Mob of Scribbling Siblings: The American Romance as Anti-Novel in The Power of Sympathy and Pierre ,” Elizabeth Dill discusses the eruption of genre chaos in early and mid-nineteenth century American works of fiction. In order to do so, she considers the connections...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 271–304.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Michael C. Cohen Cohen excavates the social history of the contraband song, a genre of poetry and music popular during the American Civil War. Written in the voices of “contrabands,” former slaves living under the protection of the Union army, contraband songs emerged in the intersections of...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 779–805.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Madhu Dubey Since the 1970s, African American novelists have persistently drawn on antirealist genres (including science fiction, fantasy, ghost stories, and magic realism) to revisit the history of slavery. Focusing on literary and mass-market fiction by authors such as Stephen Barnes, David...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 831–857.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Isaac Cates Cates's essay considers the benefits and constraints of genre within superhero comics and recent alternative comics that make use of the figure of the superhero. Individual superheroes (Batman, Superman, Spider-Man) emerge as nearly allegorical figures for particular ideas or ideologies...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 29–55.
Published: 01 March 2010
... the genre. Presentism as an early national orientation suggests an alternative to historical progressivism and antiquarianism, both of which depend on linear approaches to the study of early U.S. culture and literary history. Cooper, when read alongside his contemporary Neal, reveals a deeply...