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American Literature (2021) 93 (3): 445–472.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Rebecca Evans Abstract This essay argues that contemporary African American novels turn to the gothic in order to dramatize the uncanny infrastructural and spatial afterlives of the plantation through a literary strategy it identifies as geomemory : a genre friction between mimetic and gothic modes...
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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...
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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 (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...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (4): 866–868.
Published: 01 December 2001
... 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, the missing genre in our...
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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 (2002) 74 (1): 194–196.
Published: 01 March 2002
... 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 happens to those elements when genres merge to express historical (especially gender...
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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...
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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...
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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 (2021) 93 (1): 35–58.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., 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, and the contemporary philosopher Colin Koopman has advanced the conversation with stunning...
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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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Published: 01 June 2020
Figure 2 A visualization of the similarities of “articles” and “letters” to other genres in the Crisis , 1911–17. “Articles” and “letters” share a high degree of similarity. Figure courtesy of author Figure 2 A visualization of the similarities of “articles” and “letters” to other genres More
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Published: 01 June 2020
Figure 3 A comparison of the race topic (“negro white people men man negroes race”) across four genres shows that it was most prevalent in “letters.” Figure courtesy of author Figure 3 A comparison of the race topic (“negro white people men man negroes race”) across four genres shows More
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American Literature (2021) 93 (3): 391–416.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Jamin Creed Rowan Abstract This essay suggests that hard-boiled crime fiction in the United States has developed the kind of “deep infrastructural ethic” that John Durham Peters says is present in much modern thought. The essay attempts to illuminate the genre’s infrastructural ethic and its...
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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 (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 (2016) 88 (4): 695–721.
Published: 01 December 2016
.... This 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...
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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...