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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 879–881.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Rebecca McWilliams Evans Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times . By Stacy Alaimo . Minneapolis : Univ. of Minnesota Press . 2016 . 242 pp. Cloth, $94.50 ; paper, $27.00 ; e-book available. The Child to Come: Life after the Human Catastrophe . By...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 723–735.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Plantationocene. Turning to the historical revolutionary figure of François Makandal, the essay explores alternative knowledge systems that help us to understand modes of human-environmental connection, semiotics of relation, and text networks of literature and oral history. These alternative ways of knowing the...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (3): 624–627.
Published: 01 September 2006
.... Transamerican Literary Relations and the Nineteenth-Century Public Sphere . By Anna Brickhouse. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press. 2004. xi, 329 pp. $70.00. Hemispheric Imaginings: The Monroe Doctrine and Narratives of U.S. Empire . By Gretchen Murphy. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press. 2005. Cloth, $74.95...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 198–200.
Published: 01 March 2010
...), nonetheless becomes for him merely an instruction that actions (and not motivations) matter when at issue is the “kill- ing of another human being” (210). And his insistence that complicated think- ing necessarily leads to pacifism, and that pacifism is the only morally tenable politics, would dismay...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 214–215.
Published: 01 March 2010
...), nonetheless becomes for him merely an instruction that actions (and not motivations) matter when at issue is the “kill- ing of another human being” (210). And his insistence that complicated think- ing necessarily leads to pacifism, and that pacifism is the only morally tenable politics, would dismay...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 446–448.
Published: 01 June 2011
... neurologically networked human body, with its astonishing capacities for thought and appreciation, at [the] center” of realist fiction (21). Her pursuit of this ambition is grounded in the psy- chology, neurology, and theories of William James, above all, but also Pierre Janet, John Dewey...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 381–408.
Published: 01 June 2012
.... Karin’s case is evidence for the possibility that, with personality cleansed, humans might form mutually salutary relations with their environments. This scene shows that sensation revived through aestheticized environmental wonder fosters ecological engagement as Karin’s commitment to...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 309–341.
Published: 01 June 2020
..., related to, and resided in their more-than-human worlds. This article focuses on two generations of writer-activists. In the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Adelina Otero-Warren and Fabiola Cabeza de Baca situated themselves in the Precarious Desert, an imagined environment of constraints, contingencies, and...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 851–879.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the environmental humanities—and considering cultural artifacts from Smith’s tracts and Herman Melville’s fiction to Cheryl Savageau’s poetry and the underwater sculpture of Jason deCaires Taylor—the essay reads the commodification and consumption of these creatures as constitutive elements of an...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 623–625.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness (1993) and Robert Weisbuch’s Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson (1989). Miller’s French Atlantic Triangle charts the trafficking of human bodies as it was handled by French slave...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (3): 489–516.
Published: 01 September 2015
... science to cultivate sentimental abolitionism. At the turn of the nineteenth cen- tury the issue of plant “sensibility” was a matter of dispute within American scientific circles. Do plants feel? Do they have intelligence? How closely are they related to humans and animals? For Stowe and her...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 413–441.
Published: 01 June 2011
... little apparent relation to its size or complexity, so that pufferfish can have a genome one-­tenth the human size, but single-­celled protista a genome four hundred times larger. And it is when popular science glosses over puzzles like plei- otropy, whereby a single gene is responsible for many...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 815–837.
Published: 01 December 2016
... imagination, the amelioration of which depends on finding better ways of imaging nature and humanity’s relation to it.” His observation helps us contemplate the circuitous ties between the material environmental crisis and the environmental imaginaries that emerge somewhere between the experience and its...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 761–789.
Published: 01 December 2017
... and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global . Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press . Hora Stephen C. , Von Winterfeldt Detlof , and Trauth Kathleen M. 1991 . Expert Judgment on Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant . Albuquerque, NM...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 769–798.
Published: 01 December 2015
... the legitimation crisis of the regulatory state. Highsmith repudiates a narrative world governed by structural or environmental conditions and—in contrast to literary naturalists like Theodore Dreiser and John Steinbeck—presents the darker corners of human experience as phenomena of the largely...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 361–388.
Published: 01 June 2010
... human beings reflects a skepticism regarding the ideo- logical underpinnings of emotions and a deeper analysis of the relation between the emotions and consumer capitalism. Yet despite a recent explosion of work currently being done under the rubric of empathy in cognitive science, medicine...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 713–736.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., the theorization of what would come to be known as “deep time,” Gould asserts, we learned the unimportance of man in relation to the earth, since the sheer immensity of geological time mocks any human claim to triumphalism. This effect, he proposes, earns deep time a place on the list of...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (1): 31–60.
Published: 01 March 2012
... necessarily normative for men. In sum, Russett concludes, “The relative autonomy of the humanities and social sciences in relation to the natural sciences is surely one of the more striking features of intellectual life in our time.”1 Yet what happens, then, when the historical story reverses...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 355–388.
Published: 01 June 2011
... radioactive materials, scientific experimentation, or extensive physi- cal training. Under the guidance of world-­class telepath Professor Charles Xavier, the X-­Men honed their abilities while exploring the complex and often contentious relations between human beings and an emergent mutantkind...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 153–174.
Published: 01 March 2011
... birth and death, generation and extinction, that touches human beings and fish alike. Yet on the other hand, there is a disturbing aestheticization of violence at work in the image that relies on its detachment and isola- tion, and this dark underside to the beauty of the image will not allow...