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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 551-581.
Published: 01 September 2014
... Charles Dudley . 1892 . “ Editor’s Study .” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine 85 , no. 505 : 152 – 56 . Jonathan The Painting of Modern Light: David Shelly Local Color before Regionalism Schroeder The realist or veritist is really an optimist, a dreamer. He sees life in terms of...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (3): 666-667.
Published: 01 September 2000
... Melville chapters, as from the book as a whole. Melville’s borrowing of the ‘‘trope of empire for instance, here sheds light on his concern with the difficulty of representing metaphysical truths; the implications for any mat...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 411-414.
Published: 01 June 2008
...David Tomkins © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 Hart Crane: After His Lights . By Brian M. Reed. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press. 2006. x, 295 pp. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $35.00. Frank O'Hara: The Poetics of Coterie . By Lytle Shaw. Iowa City: Univ. of Iowa Press. 2006. x...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 719-745.
Published: 01 December 2009
... attends to historical understandings of the character of experience. © 2009 by Duke University Press 2009 Nicholas Red Cars with Red Lights and Red Drivers: Gaskill Color, Crane, and Qualia Stephen Crane never posed the question of color’s function in literature...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 147-169.
Published: 01 March 2014
...). Within St. Louis Cathedral, “dark shadows and dusky light” reveal a multiracial cadre of women kneel- ing on the floor; before God, at least, there is no racial distinction. “Here are the kneeling women,” Olmsted writes. “‘Good’ and ‘bad’ women— and, ah! Yes, white and black women, bowed in...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 681-708.
Published: 01 December 2015
... historical connection between nineteenth-century reform culture and the contemporary queer critique of the progressive “marriage equality” movement. But in their ultimate turn back to marriage, they shed new light on the puzzling persistence of this institution, even for those who see its faults most clearly...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 739-768.
Published: 01 December 2015
... highlights telling differences in how each author grappled with French colonialism, and how they echoed and reversed each other's writings to position themselves vis-à-vis the so-called City of Light. Together, their narratives demonstrate how Algerian Paris surreptitiously came to displace France and Europe...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 293-322.
Published: 01 June 2008
... region—are affected by, and their texts keenly respond to, developments in Caribbean-U.S. relations during the last half of the nineteenth century. This is particularly so in light of the dependence of corporations like the Panama Railroad Company and United Fruit Company on commodities produced by, and...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 803-829.
Published: 01 December 2011
...-Jaber uses the figure of the Palestinian refugee to signal the elided presence of the Native American, thus disrupting the historical homogeneity of the myth of U.S. nation formation and bringing to light instead the model of settler colonialism on which the United States is based. As such, the novel...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (1): 1-29.
Published: 01 March 2012
... message of the novel, the involutions of its ending suggest that by impersonating characters whom he thinks of as light-skinned black people passing as white, Cooper seeks imaginative pleasures just as much as, if not more than, he advances political aims. It is worth considering, Sanborn concludes...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (1): 61-87.
Published: 01 March 2012
...John Mac Kilgore Engaging in a long-standing debate about how to understand post-Reconstruction era “spectacle lynching,” Kilgore's essay revisits Charles Chesnutt's 1901 novel The Marrow of Tradition in light of current theories of racial violence read through the logics of corporate capitalism...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 301-325.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Janet Fiskio In light of Ursula Heise’s recent critiques of the concept of a “sense of place” in ecocriticism as well as the vibrant social movement for food justice emerging in the United States, Fiskio asks whether the concept of place can be reformulated in ways that are inclusive of communities...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 477-504.
Published: 01 September 2012
... our examination of romanticism in the United States foregrounds the importance of an international literary and sociocultural framework. In this light, romanticism appears less an ideological retreat from modernity or a nationalistic vehicle than a transnational, dialectical engagement with...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 1-27.
Published: 01 March 2011
... foregrounds the mechanics of avatar agency, Whitman's lyric imagines what such an agency would entail given something approaching the full range of nineteenth-century American experience. By tracking the emergence and use of these ludic avatars, Guerra sheds light on the affordances, both liberating and...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 363-387.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Franny Nudelman Nudelman’s essay examines Mary McCarthy’s Vietnam journalism in light of the challenge that modern warfare posed to realist method, and the experiments in narrative journalism that resulted. In the aftermath of Hiroshima, McCarthy feared that realism could not describe social...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 739-767.
Published: 01 December 2008
... of his lectures. This essay, however, considers the possible uses of the celebrity for the culture that both created and mistook him. Viewed in the light of Emerson's celebrity, misinterpretation of his lectures reveals his audiences' appreciation for intellectual accomplishment and their desire for...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 799-830.
Published: 01 December 2008
... continuity between human and nonhuman nature. Read in this light, their work reveals a shared and gendered ambivalence about science and nature that in many ways anticipates our own. © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 Anne Science, Nature Work, and the Kinaesthetic Raine Body in...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 253-279.
Published: 01 June 2009
..., laboring to fashion a temporary space from which poems of democratic adhesion might be uttered. If in 1856 the atom enables the poet to transcend space and time, in 1860 he may convert matter into spirit, but he may not outlive it. Read in this light, Whitman's early editions of Leaves record an important...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 361-386.
Published: 01 June 2009
...John J. Su Su calls for a reexamination of essentialism in light of a resurging interest in identity and identity politics. Since the mid-1990s, poststructuralist dismissals of identity as “pernicious and metaphysically inaccurate” have increasingly been challenged by feminist philosophers and...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 747-773.
Published: 01 December 2009
... resist the Darwinist-Freudian jungle, despite reigning critical interpretations by Sedgwick and others. Lundblad draws upon animality studies to reveal how Henry James's “The Beast in the Jungle,” as a foundational example, reads rather differently in light of sexual histories of the beast that are...