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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 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 March 2017) 89 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2017
... commercial work. The essay focuses on a promotional brochure produced for the Harvey Company’s sightseeing “Indian Detour” experience. The brochure, distributed to passengers on the Indian Detour, featured essays and poetry contributed by modernist writers including Witter Bynner, Alice Corbin Henderson, and...
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American Literature (1 June 2016) 88 (2): 361–389.
Published: 01 June 2016
.... This essay elucidates the genre’s contemporary contours in the work of US Latin@ writers, including Héctor Tobar, Sonia Nazario, Daniel Alarcón, and Daniel Hernandez, whose lives and writings traverse multiple American borders as they cover issues like undocumented migration, narcopolitics, and...
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American Literature (1 September 2017) 89 (3): 463–496.
Published: 01 September 2017
... comprised of nation-states with entangled nationalist rhetorics and narratives—including Columbus’s “discovery”—underwrites the biography’s unprecedented critiques of nationalist historiography. Examining the politics motivating this work offers new insights for discussions of the textual morphologies of...
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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 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 March 2014) 86 (1): 87–115.
Published: 01 March 2014
... different from the white-authored Southern histories that preceded it. Indeed, A Negro Looks bears witness to the myriad ways in which Brown’s own mobility is constrained within the segregated spaces of the South, including its official monuments and markers. This is an ethnography that, in part, dramatizes...
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American Literature (1 September 2015) 87 (3): 433–454.
Published: 01 September 2015
... in the Western tradition: where the feeling of friendship comes from, the nature of the feeling itself, and how we ought to practice it. Situating the verses in relation to literary and philosophical writings on friendship including those of Socrates, Michel de Montaigne, Friedrich Nietzsche...
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American Literature (1 March 2015) 87 (1): 79–105.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Korea, they remind us, that provided the rationale for building a permanent standing military and a global network of more than seven hundred military installations around the world. Those mining this history include some of the most acclaimed American novelists writing today: Ha Jin in War Trash ( 2004...
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American Literature (1 September 2015) 87 (3): 455–488.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Alex Beringer It is widely assumed that the American comic strip “begins” in the 1890s with the multipanel sequences appearing in Sunday newspapers. This essay challenges this periodization by looking to an archive of humor magazines from the 1850s and 60s. As early as 1852, artists including Frank...
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American Literature (1 December 2012) 84 (4): 797–826.
Published: 01 December 2012
... key legal and political contexts that gave its narrative shape (and to which Williams addressed his text), including California Governor John Bigler’s anti-coolieism campaign (1852), the California Supreme Court ruling in People v. Hall (1854), and the widely publicized Modoc War (1872–73). It builds...
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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 community...
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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...