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American Literature (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 (2019) 91 (2): 357–383.
Published: 01 June 2019
... his toughness in dealing with his colleagues” (Duiker 2000 , 505). In her historical fiction, Duong uncovers a shrouded crime to dispute official state historiography that glorifies Le Duc Tho and Tran Quoc Hoan. By including the rape and murder of Xuan in her novel, Duong wields her literary...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 908–910.
Published: 01 December 2019
... available to comics scholars. Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics . By Kate Polak . Columbus : Ohio State Univ. Press . 2017 . xiii, 238 pp. Cloth, $134.95 ; paper, $29.95 ; e-book, $19.95 . Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page . By Blair Davis...
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American Literature (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 (2021) 93 (1): 59–85.
Published: 01 March 2021
... Dunbar’s grievously understudied 1901 novel The Fanatics , a historical fiction of the war years that focuses on the white North and argues that the Unionists who battled the Confederacy did so only because they wrongly believed that the war’s purpose had nothing to do with enslaved Black Americans. The...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (1): 196–199.
Published: 01 March 2004
... Book Reviews The Freedom to Remember: Narrative, Slavery, and Gender in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction. By Angelyn Mitchell. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press. 2002. xiv, 170 pp. Cloth, $59.00; paper, $20.00. Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony. By Dwight...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 621–624.
Published: 01 September 2008
... Memorial; museums in Monroe, Michigan, Custer’s hometown; Washita Battlefield National Historic Site; a convention of Custerphiles held in the shadow of the contested Black Hills; and summer reenactments of the Little Bighorn Battle in rural Montana. His chapter “Testimony in Transla- tion” visits...
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American Literature (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 (2007) 79 (4): 835–838.
Published: 01 December 2007
... serious philosopher very much in tune with America’s “inward turn” from historical fiction, with its emphasis on the content of national experience, to the portrayal of psychological states of mind—“tran- sition states” that mediated and reflected the cultural contradictions of ante...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 223–225.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Kenneth M. Roemer © 2010 by Duke University Press 2010 Future West: Utopia and Apocalypse in Frontier Science Fiction . By William H. Katerberg. Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas. 2008. ix, 281 pp. $45.00. Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women . By Jeffrey...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 634–637.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Kent A. Ono © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 Dying Planet: Mars in Science and the Imagination . By Robert Markley. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press. 2005. 456 pp. Cloth, $89.95; paper, $24.95. Mesmerists, Monsters, and Machines: Science Fiction and the Cultures of Science...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 153–174.
Published: 01 March 2011
... September 11 Fiction 155 cal perspective or lack of aesthetic ingenuity. In what follows, I will show that the difficulty of channeling the traumatic force of 9/11 in a way that encourages new ways of thinking, feeling, and creating is intimately linked to the historical conditions of the post-9/11...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 137–157.
Published: 01 March 2015
... surveys contemporary fictions of alternate history, particularly Philip Roth’s The Plot against America ( 2004 ). The essay contends that historical fantasy offers a particular mode of engagement with the past—one that steers a middle course between nationalist chauvinism and revisionist debunking...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 553–584.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Taylor Evans Abstract The steam man is a trope of early US science fiction, one inaugurated by the first dime novel Edisonade, Edward Ellis’s 1868 story The Steam Man of the Prairies . Focusing on early steam man stories as well as the historical origin of the trope—Zadoc Dederick’s 1868 invention...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 619–647.
Published: 01 September 2019
... African American literary tradition, these novels take on a nihilistic tone to raise questions about how the black community might effectively (if at all) achieve civil progress in the contemporary age. Ultimately, these satirical novels reimagine historically necropolitical spaces, such as the basketball...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 27–54.
Published: 01 March 2018
... the market. They achieved this double effect by materializing in their fiction the abstract components of creative intellectual labor, rendering them intelligible as part of a larger midcentury economy. In what follows, by tracing historical shifts in the way cultural work and cultural commodities...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 200–202.
Published: 01 March 2015
... writing. Each chapter focuses on fiction and poetry by a different Native woman writer: E. Pauline Johnson, Esther Beling, Joy Harjo, and Silko. Goeman situates each author in her historical context to consider how she refutes colonial poli- cies of her era and exposes their gendered dimensions...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (2): 408–409.
Published: 01 June 2006
...Alex Feerst 2006 Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions . By A. Robert Lee. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, with University of Edinburgh Press. 2003. x, 307 pp. Cloth, $50.00; paper, $19.95. Urban Triage...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 677–679.
Published: 01 September 2012
...David M. Higgins Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation . By Chu Seo-Young . Cambridge : Harvard Univ. Press . 2010 . 306 pp. $39.95 . The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction . By Csicsery-Ronay Istvan Jr. Middletown, CT...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 186–188.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Andreá N. Williams Whether in local book clubs and classrooms or in recent literary scholarship, fictional narratives of slavery and the civil rights era stoke our fascinations and frustrations with the past. Three recent studies analyze how this “historical turn” in black literary production...