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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 199–227.
Published: 01 June 2020
..., continuously, and on the move. Through readings of the manuscripts of John Washington, Margaret Fuller, and Walt Whitman, this article demonstrates how the pencil facilitated such exploration by configuring language, instrument, and corporeal gesture in ways that suited the modernizing nation. The essay draws...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 153–174.
Published: 01 March 2011
... and Incredibly Close , offer gestures toward formal innovation but ultimately support sentiments that are tied to a regressive view of history. Yet in turning to a less commonly considered work of September 11 fiction, Laird Hunt's experimental noir The Exquisite , the essay offers another way of thinking about...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (3): 419–445.
Published: 01 September 2013
... to insensibility, as well as the social marginalization this charge portended for idiots, hysterics, and the sensorially disabled—a promising gesture that, in Edgar Huntly , finally runs aground in race. © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 References Acerbi Joseph [Giuseppe] . 1802 . Travels...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 247–272.
Published: 01 June 2013
... to become strangers in return. In this way Douglass constructed a virtual realm conducive to encounters among strangers that were predicated on mutual self-revelation rather than cross-identification. The variable extant meanings of strangerhood in this period meant that such gestures were not without...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 279–304.
Published: 01 June 2017
... reparative gesture, enabling us to reckon with the ways in which higher education has abandoned us without requiring us, in turn, to abandon it. Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 kinship contagion risk pedagogy queer theory ecocriticism Picture the perfectly corporatized...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 83–109.
Published: 01 March 2018
... argue that cats emerge in Tom Sawyer as captive bodies (among many hard-to-see captives). In the constrained but spectacular movements of these captive bodies, the novel troubles the particularly American freedom actualized in Tom’s play and gestures to a fugitive or feral movement that, though...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 31–65.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Lindsay Reckson This essay tracks the gesture of touching a button across a series of early twentieth-century photographic and literary texts, mapping the uneven shock and pleasure of electrified contact as it emerges under the body politic of Jim Crow. Examining William Vander Weyde's images...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 799–807.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of pandemic, the overstory of Powers’s novel is the networks of interdependency that have put the world in grave danger and that gesture to an uncertain future. Copyright © 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 Pandemic has rearranged the environment in ways that could not have been anticipated...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (1): 115–143.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., Underground foregrounds the prosaic over the lyrical, veils the interiority of its characters, and unsettles the reader’s desire to feel with or for the humanity of the enslaved. The novel models an alternative way of engaging slavery as an infrastructure, gesturing toward a mode of fugitive affiliation...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 409–435.
Published: 01 June 2012
... of ecological consequence confounds the gestures of refusal and negation that have dominated recent queer theoretical treatments of the future. She then looks to Sarah Orne Jewett to suggest that the complex futurity of Silent Spring has a literary correlate in the indirect unfolding and muted tonality...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 867–869.
Published: 01 December 2018
... American literature most forcefully established realism as a corrective to sentimental writing. Realists, Dawson argues, engaged in a “taxonomic” approach to emotions and “displaced broad categories of emotion (sympathy, for example . . . ) with a series of interrogative gestures that subdivided emotional...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (3): 445–473.
Published: 01 September 2007
... attempt to capture the proceedings thus gives rise to experiments in translation and transcription, to new kinds of writing rooted in the encounter. Perhaps attempting to circumvent the linguistic barrier that has so frustrated Vimont, Kiotseaeton soon adds gestures to his...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (2): 221–250.
Published: 01 June 2018
... that circumscribe black textual practices within (racially) unmarked knowledge formations. In the past, such categorical gestures have underestimated the difference between black Marxism and historical materialisms that treat racial identity as epiphenomenal to class (Robinson 2000 ); they have misrecognized black...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (1): 85–119.
Published: 01 March 2001
... of the catalogs, their unrelenting loud- ness, or even the poet’s plain willingness to be tedious. Rather, one can easilybeunsettledbytheunhesitatingmannerwithwhichthispoet moves to proclaim the transparency of any imaginable occurrence, any possible vantage, to the vastness of his person. Such gestures...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (2): 307–333.
Published: 01 June 2007
... that playwriting was as alluring for James as screenwriting was for Faulkner and Fitzgerald.3 In trying to account for theater’s commercial success, James identified the ability of dramatic pictures to convey succinctly and yet strongly the impression of movement. An actor’s visual gestures...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 171–173.
Published: 01 March 2018
.... Hunter both emphasizes the primary role of physical gesture in the speech and the impossibility of fully conveying its meaning. Gunn takes Hunter’s text seriously, arguing that “Tecumseh’s use of gesture contained signed linguistic components” that were “misclassified as sublinguistic in the antebellum...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 307–327.
Published: 01 June 2021
.... Edelman’s ( 2019 : 16) critique is not only a theoretical but also a methodological one: “[R]ather than leading to more critique or to largely routinized gestures of ideological unmasking, the return of the aesthetic ‘discovers’ something just as predictable and predetermined: the imaginative elaboration...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 650–653.
Published: 01 September 2017
...) gesture, Konstantinou is diplomatic: “We should, in my view, remain critical of anyone who would pursue symbolic political projects at the expense of organizing efforts and coordinating activism, while also recognizing that there is no simple way to blithely differentiate between the real and symbolic...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 331–354.
Published: 01 June 2017
... . 1997 . “ They Are Our Grandmas .” positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 5 , no. 1 : 255 – 74 . Koshy Susan . 1996 . “ The Fiction of Asian American Literature .” Yale Journal of Criticism 9 , no. 2 : 315 – 46 . Lee Chang-rae . 1999 . A Gesture Life . New York...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 389–398.
Published: 01 June 2013
..., by the 1950s these poets were aware of a culture industry that could incorporate revolutionary aesthetic gestures with such speed that the gestures were soon critically exhausted. Silverberg’s account of the poets’ relationship to abstract expressionism is thus consider- ably conflicted, since abstract...