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Published: 01 September 2019
Figure 1 Masthead of the sole extant issue of the Cotton Farmer , February 5, 1927 More
Published: 01 December 2017
Figure 1 “Convenient Fashion.” Separately issued comic valentine (H. De Marsan, New York, c. 1840–80). Image courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia More
Published: 01 September 2018
Figure 5 Cover of the first Frank Reade story (originally published in 1876), from a reprint in the January 24, 1883, issue of the Wide Awake Library . From the holdings of the Eaton Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of California, Riverside More
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 661–688.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of Hemings’s archival trace with Jefferson’s own charts and tables, Klein demonstrates how we must rethink the empiricist epistemology of the visible that endures to this day. After a brief discussion of data visualization as it relates to the construction of race, Klein turns to the issue of labor...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 31–59.
Published: 01 March 2014
... in relation to issues of empire surrounding the US-Mexico war, the essay refocuses attention on broader discourses of settler colonialism. Attending to the recurrence embedded in the ostensibly linear forms of these works, and to images in which they confront US settlement of lands that contain other...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 655–682.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Grant Shreve Since its recovery in the 1980s, Lydia Maria Child’s first novel, Hobomok (1824)—a Puritan historical romance set in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1620s—has been read primarily in terms of how issues of race and gender operate in the novel. However, these readings ignore the fact...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 737–743.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Kari Nixon Abstract Many public health ethics debates are construed as the rights of the collective versus the rights of the individual. This essay demonstrates that in the context of diseases which are transmitted by healthy carriers, the issue is more complex than this. Instead of arguing about...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (3): 473–496.
Published: 01 September 2021
... histories of colonial engineering, extraction, and displacement as key ecological dangers. Unsettling national narratives of the Gulf Coast, Ward’s subsident figurations connect issues of environmental emergency to structures of environmental racism, which unevenly enhance the precarity of certain...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 543–570.
Published: 01 December 2021
... it enabled, particularly where poor and working-class readers were concerned. Robinson Crusoe ’s circulation among economically marginalized audiences becomes especially important when we consider the frequency with which issues of upward mobility and wealth acquisition are foregrounded in American...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (1): 73–102.
Published: 01 March 2022
... suggests particular ways that developers might conceive of diverse representation as simply a design issue under neoliberal logics of economic opportunity, commercial risk, and fetishized innovation—without meaningful consideration of political significance. Opposing this instrumentalization of frustrated...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 257–280.
Published: 01 June 2020
... past, present, and future issues of the magazine and, therefore, evoke a temporality that exceeds the critical capacities of close reading. To address how editors, readers, and authors responded to each other over time, I combine close reading with topic modeling, a method of computational text...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 775–801.
Published: 01 December 2011
... to an older radical discourse of friendship stemming from the revolutionary era. On the other hand, especially in The Colonel's Dream (1905), he finds himself continually frustrated by what corporate philanthropic friendship evades—namely issues of justice. This essay therefore finally challenges assumptions...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (4): 715–741.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Toni Wall Jaudon In a recent journal issue, Jordan Alexander Stein and Justine Murison observe that work on non-Protestant religions has the potential to upend conventional accounts of religion’s place in British America. Taking up that challenge, Jaudon’s essay discusses Revolutionary-era literary...
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American Literature (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 cultural...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 739–768.
Published: 01 December 2015
... and decolonization issues in their fiction, they struggled to reconcile the coexistence of a colorblind and a colonial Paris. The two-faced city is located in the periphery of expatriate fiction, in Wright's lesser-known novel The Long Dream (1958) and its 1959 sequel, “Island of Hallucination,” an unpublished roman...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 353–379.
Published: 01 June 2008
... of the ethics of individual response to the issues of freedom and community raised by international genocide and world war. This essay reads “In Distrust of Merits” as a courageous and complex but not altogether successful poem dealing with tough questions about war, ethics, and trust. Moreover, it reads...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., and Harriet Monroe. The essay also brings to light the connections between this promotional brochure and back issues of Monroe’s Poetry: A Magazine of Verse , further underscoring the close ties between commercial tourism and literary modernism. Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 Fred...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 787–814.
Published: 01 December 2016
... explore how these issues intersect with racially uneven geographies in the twentieth century. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 naturalism smell ecocriticism geography environment race risk In an effort to counteract an affliction that gradually transforms him into a “brute...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 805–832.
Published: 01 December 2009
...), this essay finds that Language poetry assimilated lessons from New Narrative that informed—and in some cases determined—its engagement with such issues as narrative structure, cultural politics, and sexual identity. More than an internecine quarrel among competing avant-gardes, these conversations ultimately...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 121–149.
Published: 01 March 2010
... Americans at the vanguard of the pro-Ethiopian campaigns. For all its obvious concerns with issues of black internationalism raised by the Italo-Ethiopian War—and though it gripped the black popular imagination of its time—Schuyler's Black Empire , originally serialized from 1936 to 1938 in the Pittsburgh...