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American Literature (1 September 2009) 81 (3): 527–554.
Published: 01 September 2009
... especially notable because Delany, the African American doctor, antislavery lecturer, journalist, and author, had never set foot in Central America. Mattox's essay examines archival accounts of the actual election that took place in San Juan del Norte, including items in the African American press; in the...
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American Literature (1 September 2015) 87 (3): 547–574.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Cynthia J. Davis This essay examines the cultural pursuit of a painless ideal as a neglected context for US literary realism. Advances in anesthesia in the final decades of the nineteenth century shared with influential religious ideologies including the New Thought an assumption that a comfortable...
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American Literature (1 June 2017) 89 (2): 397–423.
Published: 01 June 2017
...David M. Stewart Abstract The first part of this article identifies major problems facing college English in Taiwan, including declining enrollment, reduced funding, and widespread contingent hiring, linking them to similar problems associated with the humanities crisis in the United States. The...
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American Literature (1 June 2008) 80 (2): 381–406.
Published: 01 June 2008
... dominant readings of America Is in the Heart as setting the limits by which Filipinos are excluded by discourses of race in the U.S. national polity, this essay argues that Luce's definition of U.S. expertise as patriotic work resonated deeply with Filipino American writers, including Bulosan, in their...
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American Literature (1 March 2010) 82 (1): 57–90.
Published: 01 March 2010
... include humorous asides from Samuel Ringgold Ward during an 1853 address of the Congregational Union in England, Douglass's speech “The Proclamation and a Negro Army” (1863), and several of Douglass's statements about the racial and political value of his hair from various sources. © 2010 by Duke...
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American Literature (1 March 2010) 82 (1): 151–179.
Published: 01 March 2010
...)coloniality. It also links his thinking to Western philosophy, including Edmund Husserl's phenomenology, in which the task of thought is frequently understood in terms of an awakening. Tuhkanen suggests that in Wright and Husserl the slippery distinction between dreaming and wakefulness is best represented by...
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American Literature (1 June 2010) 82 (2): 333–360.
Published: 01 June 2010
... best known, Emerson came to embrace even the most extreme forms of militancy—up to and including terroristic violence—as legitimate means to engage in the modern secular political process. Representing Brown's abolitionism as an approved form of zealotry, Emerson began to praise historical religious...
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American Literature (1 December 2010) 82 (4): 701–724.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Anna Stewart Stewart examines the narrative construction of Harriet Jacobs in 1865, when her former editor Lydia Maria Child included a revised selection from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) in The Freedmen's Book , a reader Child was developing to help newly freed slaves learn to read...
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American Literature (1 December 2010) 82 (4): 725–752.
Published: 01 December 2010
...—modeled on African American spirituals—could be appreciated and sung by readers of various ethnic backgrounds. This essay argues that their musicality and performability were ultimately intended to promote interracial empathy and to elide racial difference. Other topics of the essay include turn-of-the...
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American Literature (1 December 2010) 82 (4): 779–805.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Madhu Dubey Since the 1970s, African American novelists have persistently drawn on antirealist genres (including science fiction, fantasy, ghost stories, and magic realism) to revisit the history of slavery. Focusing on literary and mass-market fiction by authors such as Stephen Barnes, David...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 121–151.
Published: 01 March 2011
... to make the play accessible, emotional, and persuasive also sets real limits on how audience members are asked think about personal and social responsibility. Some of these efforts include a focus on the wrongly convicted instead of the guilty, a balance of white and black interviewees in the face of...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 661–688.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Lauren F. Klein In recent years, scholars from across the humanities, including literary critics Stephen Best and Saidiya Hartman, have theorized about how best to account for the silences endemic to the archive of American slavery. These critics call for a shift away from what Best has described...
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American Literature (1 March 2013) 85 (1): 93–119.
Published: 01 March 2013
... health care activists, including C. V. Roman, founding member of the National Medical Association (1895) and the first editor of the Journal of the National Medical Association , E. Elliott Rawlins, health columnist for the Amsterdam News , and Mary Fitzbutler Waring, chair of the Committee for Health...
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American Literature (1 March 2013) 85 (1): 121–149.
Published: 01 March 2013
... archipelago that W. E. B. DuBois, in his description of the planetary color line, referred to as “the islands of the sea.” The insular spaces upon which the novel relies include Key West, Palm Beach, the Caribbean, Hellas, the Malay Archipelago, and others. Each of these spaces exerts parallax influence upon...
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American Literature (1 December 2017) 89 (4): 821–849.
Published: 01 December 2017
... contrast to accounts that emphasize the speed of propaganda, political operatives in America loyal to the Crown deliberately sought to slow the flow of information, including the stream of satire, rumor, and diatribe that inevitably accompanied it. Broadsides, pamphlets, and poems written in reaction to...
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American Literature (1 March 2018) 90 (1): 141–170.
Published: 01 March 2018
... broader effort to decenter the bildungsroman (including the work of Maxine Hong Kingston and Gloria Naylor), Cisneros’s text can help us do so, if we can learn to read it otherwise. Copyright © 2018 by Duke University Press 2018 Sandra Cisneros Latina/o literature social mobility ethnic...
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American Literature (1 December 2018) 90 (4): 753–784.
Published: 01 December 2018
...—the scholarly acts that stand, ultimately, behind nearly any interpretation of any literary text, including genre classification, editorial presentation, and genealogical authentication—have often been versions of what Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick described in the late 1980s as “the extremely elusive and...
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American Literature (1 June 2018) 90 (2): 407–438.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Margaret Galvan Abstract Alison Bechdel’s renown has been building since the success of Fun Home (2006). While scholars have focused on her contemporary production, her comics work within grassroots periodicals, including her long-running strip, Dykes to Watch Out For (1983–2008), has received...
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American Literature (1 June 2018) 90 (2): 221–250.
Published: 01 June 2018
... black popular cultural production of the knowledge practices that inspire Black Panther ’s depiction of an African utopia. The intertexts involved include histories, travel writings, and other comics. Focusing on the divergent treatments by authors Christopher Priest (1998–2003) and Ta-Nehisi Coates...
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American Literature (1 September 2008) 80 (3): 527–554.
Published: 01 September 2008
... time, the temperance plot was updated to include the idea that such habituations might be nervous illnesses afflicting modern professional workers. Through its addicted protagonist Martin Jocelyn, Roe's novel engages these unevenly developing medical, reform, and popular early representations of...