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Published: 01 September 2019
Figure 4 Seventeenth-century legal writing that demonstrates the legal convention of using a tilde to prohibit the addition of further content on the right margin of the page. Courtesy of the Hathi Trust More
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American Literature (2005) 77 (3): 511–539.
Published: 01 September 2005
...Peter Kvidera Duke University Press 2005 Peter Resonant Presence: Kvidera Legal Narratives and Literary Space in the Poetry of Early Chinese Immigrants Etched into a barracks wall of San Francisco Bay’s Angel Island Immigration Station...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 465–467.
Published: 01 June 2003
... Legal Fictions of Slavery and Resistance. By Chris- tina Accomando. Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press. 2001. xii, 257 pp. Paper, $22.95. The juxtaposition of two new books on African American women by liter...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 713–715.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Guyora Binder gbinder@buffalo.edu Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature . By Karla FC Holloway . Durham, NC : Duke Univ. Press . 2014 . xvi, 158 pp. Cloth, $89.95 ; paper, $23.95 ; e-book available. Literary Obscenities: U.S. Case Law and Naturalism...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 193–195.
Published: 01 March 2011
.... Neither Fugitive nor Free: Atlantic Slavery, Freedom Suits, and the Legal Culture of Travel. By Edlie L. Wong. New York: New York Univ. Press. 2009. viii, 337 pp. Cloth, $75.00; paper, $24.00. Book Reviews Beyond Douglass: New Perspectives on Early African American Literature. Ed...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Valerie Sirenko Abstract This article argues that Black writers throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries produced a critical knowledge of how legal documentation functions to produce racialized structures of power and Black vulnerability at law. In literature that reckons with slavery’s...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 35–64.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Jeannine Marie DeLombard DeLombard's essay departs from previous legally oriented readings of Benito Cereno by foregrounding not the title character's mysterious deposition but the novella's hitherto neglected series of contracts in order to interpret Herman Melville's only sustained literary...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 65–92.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Andrea Stone Representations of the sexual abuse of enslaved women merit a specificity of analysis that has so far eluded scholars of American literature and culture. The definition of legal character in this context calls for further study. Stone addresses the peculiar legal conundrum in which...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 301–330.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Hannah Wells Abstract In The Common Law (1881), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote famously, “the life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” This essay turns to this seminal work of American legal pragmatism to reconsider the stakes of pragmatism for contemporary studies of race...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 338–341.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Eric L. Tribunella Rollins makes the occasional reference to the notion that United States v. Windsor (2013) and Obergefell effectively made married gay men and lesbians “legally straight” by subjecting them to the normalizing effects of wedlock and by treating them as equivalent to people...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 7–34.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Edlie Wong Wong's essay charts the legal controversies over slaves brought into New England after Massachusetts Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw's forceful application of the celebrated British civil suit, Somerset v. Stewart (1772), in the landmark case of the slave girl Med, or Commonwealth v. Aves...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (4): 705–731.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ted Hamilton Abstract This article describes how the law inflects the narration of environmental conflict in William T. Vollmann’s Dying Grass (2015) and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead (1991). By focusing on the legal common sense of settler colonialism—its emphasis on private property...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 691–719.
Published: 01 December 2019
... but as a courageous Christian martyr. Much of the productive recent scholarship on Rodgers studies the way her criminal status operated in the public sphere generally or print culture specifically, but the literary construction of her legal criminal status reveals a larger negotiation over marginalized individuals...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 331–358.
Published: 01 June 2015
... with a media network. During this period, Hefner purported to be the living embodiment of the Playboy enterprise, as well as its target audience. This claim allowed the magazine to manage public and legal perceptions of its readership, a move that helped Playboy skirt censorship while courting advertisers...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (2): 333–360.
Published: 01 June 2014
...Laura H. Korobkin This essay challenges received readings of William Dean Howells’s A Modern Instance and well-established critical assumptions that associate his realist project with public male legal discourse and define it strongly against presumptively feminine rhetorical strategies like...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 491–521.
Published: 01 September 2019
... and brown subjects. To illustrate these claims, this article examines a seldom-discussed slave case, United States v. Amy (1859), which was tried before Supreme Court chief justice Roger B. Taney two years after his infamous decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857). Centering on the figure of the legal...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 571–599.
Published: 01 December 2021
... that supported his claims for elite cultural status and full democratic citizenship. Cedar Hill allowed Douglass to claim both legal and symbolic possession over the landscape, establishing his connection with nature in ways that rivalled southern agrarian plantations and responded to his and other African...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (2): 331–355.
Published: 01 June 2022
... these texts through Cedric Robinson’s theorization of the Black Radical Tradition, which “never allowed for property,” this essay argues that both texts bring into being a world that precedes and exceeds the violence of legal regulation. Jacobs and Long Soldier both locate an alternative to law in the radical...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (4): 797–826.
Published: 01 December 2012
... the 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 (2011) 83 (3): 597–619.
Published: 01 September 2011
.... copyright and privacy laws and to show how these complexly interrelated areas of legal discourse manifest themselves in Salinger's fiction. The two opposed rulings in the case (district and appellate courts) reveal the twin purposes of copyright law: to provide the public with great art through the granting...