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Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 1 “Old Indian Hymn” from Indian Melodies (1845). Courtesy of the Kim-Wait/Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library ( https://acdc.amherst.edu/view/asc:479052 ) More
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American Literature (2023) 95 (4): 607–638.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Figure 1 “Old Indian Hymn” from Indian Melodies (1845). Courtesy of the Kim-Wait/Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library ( https://acdc.amherst.edu/view/asc:479052 ) ...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 863–870.
Published: 01 December 2010
... of such an approach turn on the sovereignty of the text, that is, the text’s “life and death in and through reading.” As the book conveys the “sturm und drang” of reading, it redoubles the very experience of reading Melville’s prophetic novel. Emily Dickinson and Hymn Culture: Tradition and Experience...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 623–652.
Published: 01 December 2020
...: whether “Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms” or “church hymns or anthem folk songs” (quoted in Joyce 2005 : 89). Owen Dodson emphasizes his own aesthetic innovations upon his poetic forebears, Countee Cullen and Hughes, through an analogy that hinges upon Beethoven: “if you listen to Haydn at his maturity...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 477–507.
Published: 01 September 2016
.... One song in particular appeals to Iola’s uncle, Robert, who identifies her song as his “mother’s hymn” (Harper 1988 , 140). The sonic trace of the “mother’s hymn” traverses physical and temporal distances as a recitative practice “ handed . . . by the mother” to her children (Spillers 2003a , 228...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 175–177.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Helmet (1951) and Battle Hymn (1957), and works by three Korean American novelists, Park explores how these representations negotiate and renegotiate the meaning of Korean and the role of the Korean American. Wisely, Park does not turn the friendly into a concrete symbol; rather, she shows how...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (3): 600–602.
Published: 01 September 2023
...), Morrison avers that the Catholic church delivered an aesthetic dimension—“I was taken by the liturgy and the beauty”—that came through as well in hymns and sermons, but that it was the beauty of her mother’s singing (“the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard in my life, better than everybody else...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 824–826.
Published: 01 December 2013
... the poem but rather creates “ontological openings,” where “Being” is “but an ear,” an intersubjective self intertwined with others at the level of speaking and hearing (42). As in bal- lads and hymns, the poem’s “I” is not Dickinson herself but a subjectivity voiced by any reader of the poem...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 319–347.
Published: 01 June 2005
... floats in triumph ‘gainst the sky! 77 The rising rhythms of this poem—not unlike ‘‘Battle Hymn of the Republicdraw on the martial meters of inspirational rally songs. If the note of triumph sounds odd in an elegy that cannot take con- solation in conventional pieties, we should remember that the Hay...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 247–274.
Published: 01 June 2003
..., and Quakers; by members of Washington’s intimate circle and by strangers who had not always been well-wishers. Their elegies are formally diverse, including odes, hymns, sonnets, acrostics, ballads, and even prose...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (4): 783–811.
Published: 01 December 2003
... to wander, Lord, I feel it from the hymn ‘‘Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing with her sister (SW, 210). The original passage from Susan Warner does not allude to the hymn; it only uses the word ‘‘prone Anna’s almost anxious...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (2): 251–285.
Published: 01 June 2002
..., an event Warner represents in elaborate detail (32–36). And she spends hours learning, discuss- ing, and singing hymns. Perhaps most significantly, however, Ellen shapes her own behavior as a text to be read. Struggling toward self- less Christian perfection, she offers herself as an evangelical narra...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (3): 573–584.
Published: 01 September 2022
... that establishes a postbellum national “new normal” grounded in the noblesse oblige of white sacrifice, a movement captured in the melodic transfer of the abolitionist anthem “John Brown’s Body” to the more nationalist “Battle-Hymn of the Republic.” Ford alerts us to Du Bois’s repatriation of Brown’s remains...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (2): 335–361.
Published: 01 June 2007
... express their yearning for “the glad day of deliverance of the millions of my brethren in bonds,” while in the double-voiced idiom of slave hymns, deliverance speaks of both God’s forgiveness and an escape from earthly bondage.30 The poem “Moses: A Story of the Nile” (1869), in which Frances E. W...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 571–584.
Published: 01 September 2020
... . . . reflect a broader intersection of aesthetics and politics” (17). Yet to ask readers to think about “verse parodies, mock epics and epic fragments, ironic celebratory odes, and earnest martial hymns” is to limit the audience in a rather interesting way given the intersections of New Historicism...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 841–854.
Published: 01 December 2018
... Congregationalist Eleazar Wheelock, published a book of religious hymns he authored in the style of Isaac Watts, and preached, missionized, and ministered in what we can call a late flowering of a tradition of Native Puritanism. We need to hearken to what figures like Occom and his contemporary Phillis Wheatley...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (3): 571–601.
Published: 01 September 2002
... of Douglass’s reader that Garri- son anticipates seems strikingly similar to the kind of animated- ness Harriet Beecher Stowe assigns to racialized subjects in Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852): T]he negro mind, impassioned and imaginative, always attaches itself to hymns and expressions of a vivid and picto- rial...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 335–365.
Published: 01 June 2003
... tric an ostensible hymn to physical perfection that becomes more concerned with diffusion than with a cohering identity when it comes to consider the ‘‘female form ‘‘Mad filaments, ungovernable shoots playoutofittheresponse...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 111–140.
Published: 01 March 2008
... sentimental, and a rousing Mexi- can song would make him feel like yelling. The Mexican national hymn brought tears to his eyes, and when he said “we” he meant the Mexican people. “La Capital” did not mean Washington D.C., for him but Mexico City. Of such matter were made the basic cells...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 755–786.
Published: 01 December 2016
.... For example, in the same January 29, 1853, issue in which Lemoinne’s introduction appears, Madiou prints a hymn written for Soulouque by an imperial schoolteacher: Qu’Haïti sèche enfin ses larmes; Oublions nos malheurs passés; Faustin met fin à nos alarmes Par lui nos maux sont reparés...