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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 188–190.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Andy Doolen © 2011 by Duke University Press 2011 Rome Reborn on Western Shores: Historical Imagination and the Creation of the American Republic. By Eran Shalev. Charlottesville: Univ. of Virginia Press. 2009. xiii, 311 pp. $45.00. The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 745–779.
Published: 01 December 2013
... accessible the material effects of the American military-industrial-media-entertainment network on historical consciousness. Braid adopts the affordances of game form to develop a formally experimental analytic of processing—one that is aesthetic, affective, and interactively experiential as opposed to...
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American Literature (1 June 2019) 91 (2): 357–383.
Published: 01 June 2019
... “everywhere” (89), and Vietnamese exiles who know the map of Paris by heart (93–94)—details that follow historical accounts of Ho’s life. Truong here reaches back to the tumultuous openness of 1920s and 1930s colonial Vietnam—the period before the Geneva Accords of 1954 divided the country in half—and writes...
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American Literature (1 March 2002) 74 (1): 187–190.
Published: 01 March 2002
... this complex study of detective fiction by American women writers from the Victorian period through early modernism, Catherine Ross Nickerson ex- pands our knowledge of the historical progression of detective fiction and pro- vides invaluable insights into the ways that progression intersected with...
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American Literature (1 June 2002) 74 (2): 428–430.
Published: 01 June 2002
... relationship between self and other. Ziff and Russell focus on very different archives in drawing their conclusions about this dialec- tic of the foreign and the familiar, which accounts perhaps for their divergent approaches to the culture of travel: one emphasizes historical context while the other relies...
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American Literature (1 June 2005) 77 (2): 418–421.
Published: 01 June 2005
..., Wilmer con- textualizes these fine case studies with the sort of historical summaries that one might encounter in high school history books. Of Native Americans, for example, we learn that w]hen the advent of the white settlers began to affect their lifestyles, the American Indians devised numerous...
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American Literature (1 March 2015) 87 (1): 137–157.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Michael A. Elliott The proliferation of historical commemoration in the United States has led to the willful, overt manipulation of historical facts through imaginative fantasy. This essay argues that a strong literary tradition can help us understand this mode of historical fantasy. The essay...
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American Literature (1 December 2015) 87 (4): 833–835.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Paul Giles Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies . By Underwood Ted . Stanford, CA : Stanford Univ. Press . 2013 . viii , 199 pp. $35.00 . Where Is American Literature? By Levander Caroline F. . Malden, MA : Wiley...
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American Literature (1 June 2003) 75 (2): 460–462.
Published: 01 June 2003
... Lisa Walker. New York: New York Univ. Press. 2001. xvii, 279 pp. Cloth, $50.00; paper, $18.50. Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall. By Christopher...
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American Literature (1 March 2010) 82 (1): 29–55.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Joseph J. Letter Letter investigates the impact of the present in early historical fictions and how that present is manifested in the elaborate allegorical structures of the first popular novels to emerge after the War of 1812. Specifically, the figure of the suffering Revolutionary soldier...
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American Literature (1 March 2010) 82 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2010
... that Melville's turn to poetry originates not in a politico-aesthetic reversal or withdrawal—as some critics have argued—but rather in a revised understanding of historical change. In his experience of the Civil War, Melville comes to perceive history as an agent of destructive repetition. This altered...
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American Literature (1 June 2017) 89 (2): 225–253.
Published: 01 June 2017
... educational value can help us better understand today’s debates about fiction’s role in the classroom, because they reveal just how much is taken for granted in our contemporary arguments about fiction. The article argues that recent work on fictionality (and on historical poetics generally) allows us to come...
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American Literature (1 December 2014) 86 (4): 683–711.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Jordan Alexander Stein This essay posits that scholars interested in studying the history of secularism might avail themselves of the tools attendant upon the study of another well-worn historically important but empirically fraught object: literature. Precisely because secularism is a story—a bad...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 153–174.
Published: 01 March 2011
... traumatic events produce formal changes in narrative strategies that reflect transformations in historical and political thinking, but many 9/11 novels, like Don DeLillo's Falling Man , do not demonstrate significant formal departures from pre-9/11 works. Others, like Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud...
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American Literature (1 March 2018) 90 (1): 27–54.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Will Norman Abstract In this article I argue for a new understanding of the term hard-boiled by tracing the relationship between literary style and historical shifts in intellectual labor in the mid-twentieth-century United States. Novels representing the culture industry, such as Raymond...
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American Literature (1 March 2008) 80 (1): 111–140.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Leif Sorensen This essay argues that Américo Paredes's George Washington Gómez is structured by a dynamic tension between the forms of the corrido and the bildungsroman. Drawing on recent studies of the Chicano/a literary-historical recovery and accounts of late modernism, this essay calls...
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American Literature (1 September 2008) 80 (3): 555–581.
Published: 01 September 2008
... the emotional trauma wrought by the war and a proposal for how the modern world might recover and move forward. Cannily manipulating time within the accessible form of the historical novel, Wharton makes readable a version of modern consciousness in which behavior and emotion, public time and private...
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American Literature (1 September 2009) 81 (3): 469–495.
Published: 01 September 2009
... which are just as clearly significant to the historical development of modern sexuality. Expanding the repertoire of sexuality to include the cultivation of sensations makes it possible to connect sexuality with other phenomena to which sexuality is generally considered to be unrelated. Representations...
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American Literature (1 December 2009) 81 (4): 719–745.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Nicholas Gaskill Gaskill's essay situates Stephen Crane's well-known fascination with color within the historical and philosophical contexts of the late-nineteenth century. The invention of bright synthetic dyes and pigments and their applications within emerging advertising culture combined with...
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American Literature (1 September 2014) 86 (3): 493–521.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Regina Schober The network is a figure of thought that began to emerge as a concrete physical formation and as a conceptual model long before the digital revolution. Following recent scholarship on historical network epistemology, this essay traces such network thinking in nineteenth-century US...