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American Literature (1 March 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...
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American Literature (1 September 2013) 85 (3): 419–445.
Published: 01 September 2013
... clung 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...
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American Literature (1 June 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...
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American Literature (1 March 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 (1 June 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...
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American Literature (1 March 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 of...
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American Literature (1 June 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 (1 December 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 (1 March 2018) 90 (1): 171–173.
Published: 01 March 2018
... Tecumseh’s speech to the Osages in the winter of 1811–12. 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...
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American Literature (1 September 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 (1 June 2001) 73 (2): 441–442.
Published: 01 June 2001
... and, with this gesture, threatens a phallus-centered discourse thus bringing 6363 AMERICAN LITERATURE 73:2 / sheet 216 of 232 about a feminization of the western genre. Smith’s casting of Clint Eastwood in this role is a critical maneuver to be admired...
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American Literature (1 June 2001) 73 (2): 442–443.
Published: 01 June 2001
... and, with this gesture, threatens a phallus-centered discourse thus bringing 6363 AMERICAN LITERATURE 73:2 / sheet 216 of 232 about a feminization of the western genre. Smith’s casting of Clint Eastwood in this role is a critical maneuver to be admired...
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American Literature (1 December 2003) 75 (4): 883–884.
Published: 01 December 2003
...- sion of everything from pantomime to musicals. An understanding of the porous ways that representations flow from music to text to performance to culture would need, at the very least, to gesture toward these important prac...
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American Literature (1 June 2018) 90 (2): 221–250.
Published: 01 June 2018
.... 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 feminist mobilizations as inimical to black liberation and women’s...
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American Literature (1 March 2001) 73 (1): 85–119.
Published: 01 March 2001
... the transparency of any imaginable occurrence, any possible vantage, to the vastness of his person. Such gestures, while they do provide for a bravado not without its appeal, seem to require a degree of nuance and finesse that not every passage in ‘‘Song of Myself’’ achieves—and which some, in fact...
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American Literature (1 September 2007) 79 (3): 445–473.
Published: 01 September 2007
... barrier that has so frustrated Vimont, Kiotseaeton soon adds gestures to his spoken words. Most likely, the Iroquois diplomat is using some form of sign language, a lingua franca commonly used in intertribal diplomacy to circumvent linguistic barriers. Such gesture-language occurs, for...
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American Literature (1 June 2016) 88 (2): 398–400.
Published: 01 June 2016
... fantasies about US exceptionalism. Freeburg’s study is a fascinating and important contribution to Melville scholarship. Yet the lack of an epilogue, afterword, or coda amounts to a missed opportunity. A conclusion that gestured to whether or not Melville’s aesthetics of apocalyptic blackness are...
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American Literature (1 September 2017) 89 (3): 647–649.
Published: 01 September 2017
... relations between its own intrinsic elements and independent of the effects it may produce on those who behold it (43). But postmodern art and theory, including John Cage’s 4′33″ and Roland Barthes’s notion of the photographic punctum , take this logic to an absurd point, celebrating gestures that...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 389–398.
Published: 01 June 2013
... skeptical about the continuing utility of the historical avant-garde’s critical method. In his account, 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...
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American Literature (1 June 2017) 89 (2): 331–354.
Published: 01 June 2017
... importance of teaching about “comfort women”/military sex slaves/ halmoni in an effort to address the conflation of US patriotism with an uncritical embrace of the military establishment. 4 With this insight, she gestures to how crucial it is to perform ethical alienation as a critical as well as a...