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American Literature (1 June 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 (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 193–195.
Published: 01 March 2011
... 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. Michael J. Drexler and Ed...
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American Literature (1 June 2003) 75 (2): 465–467.
Published: 01 June 2003
... African American Literature.By Trudier Harris. New York: Palgrave. 2001. vi, 218 pp. Cloth, $55.00; paper, $18.95. ‘‘The Regulations of Robbers Legal Fictions of Slavery and Resistance. By Chris- tina Accomando...
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American Literature (1 September 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, a poem...
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American Literature (1 March 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 (1 March 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 (1 March 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 (1 June 2015) 87 (2): 331–358.
Published: 01 June 2015
... 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 (1 June 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 (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 September 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...
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American Literature (1 December 2009) 81 (4): 659–685.
Published: 01 December 2009
... explores the extent to which the often-contradictory coordinates that delineate this curve animate modern philosophical and legal conceptions of privacy in the same ways they animate The Pioneers —a novel that presciently narrates the fraught conditions of the right to privacy in U.S. history. © 2009 by...
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American Literature (1 December 2009) 81 (4): 687–717.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Hsuan L. Hsu Hsu's essay argues that the racially differentiated experiences of mobility depicted in Huckleberry Finn are informed by a range of vagrancy laws that restricted access to public spaces. Such legal constraints on mobility were deployed throughout the South and West to control the...
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American Literature (1 March 2014) 86 (1): 201–203.
Published: 01 March 2014
.... ix, 284 pp. Cloth, $84.95; paper, $23.95. Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature. By Beth H. Piatote. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press. 2013. ix, 234 pp. $45.00. Through these texts, Barker and Piatote expose the legal matrix that under- girds and in many...
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American Literature (1 September 2015) 87 (3): 607–609.
Published: 01 September 2015
... racialization though, Allewaert looks to oral tales and spirituophysical fetishes to argue that enslaved Afro-Americans suspended their less-than-human legal status as they assembled a horizontal network of “proximate life-forms as actual sup- port” (98). The parahuman, Allewaert writes, perpetually...
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American Literature (1 March 2009) 81 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2009
... focus of this special issue. We chose technologies for our title because we saw these essays speaking to one another across a common interest in organizational techniques—ranging from new visual technologies to legal cases, genres, historical and literary narratives, and...
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American Literature (1 March 2003) 75 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2003
...), Herman Melville claims he wants the volume to contribute to what he calls ‘‘just thoughts’’ about the legal terms on which the ‘‘Re-establishment’’ of the Southern states should take place.1 He hardly needed to articulate...
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American Literature (1 September 2000) 72 (3): 463–494.
Published: 01 September 2000
... them in the context of the author’s legal work and considering them in relation to the genres of grotesque satire and testimonio.2 The new vision I offer of what Acosta sought to accomplish in his...
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American Literature (1 June 2006) 78 (2): 325–355.
Published: 01 June 2006
... Foster’s The Coquette (1797), informed Norman’s sensational trial and celebrated acquittal and helped effect political and legal re- form to reckon with the seduced woman as a moral agent capable of consenting to sex. The Norman trial played out against the back- drop of what Mary Ryan has called the...
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American Literature (1 December 2015) 87 (4): 681–708.
Published: 01 December 2015
... and still- births radicalizes the eponymous heroine, leading her to think “long, and deeply, and bitterly, on marriage. I had asked the question again and again, ‘What constitutes true marriage?’ A conviction had long been growing within me that marriage without love was legalized adul- tery...