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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 895-897.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Sonya Posmentier The Social Imperative: Race, Close Reading, and Contemporary Literary Criticism . By Moya Paula M. L. . Stanford, CA : Stanford Univ. Press . 2016 . xiii, 206 pp. Cloth , $80.00 ; paper, $22.95 ; e-book available. Race and the Literary Encounter: Black...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 440-442.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Nicole M. Merola The Meaning of Rivers: Flow and Reflection in American Literature . By McMillin T. S. . Iowa City : Univ. of Iowa Press . 2011 . xviii, 220 pp. Paper , $34.95 . Environmental Evasion: The Literary, Critical, and Cultural Politics of “Nature’s Nation.” By...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 1-29.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Adam Gordon Abstract This essay takes the critical reception of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Frederick Douglass’ Paper as an occasion to rethink modern constructions of critical authority while arguing for a print culture approach to literary criticism. Although scholars of antebellum culture typically...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 177-184.
Published: 01 March 2013
... Racism and Violence in Current US Literary and Cultural Criticism Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capi- talism. By Jodi Melamed. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press. 2011. 304 pp. Paper, $25.00. Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 654-656.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Lee Schweninger © 2010 by Duke University Press 2010 Art as Performance, Story as Criticism: Reflections on Native Literary Aesthetics . By Craig S. Womack. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press. 2009. 406 pp. Cloth, $39.95; paper, $24.95. We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (2): 413-415.
Published: 01 June 2006
...Joseph Helminski 2006 Canons by Consensus: Critical Trends and American Literary Anthologies . By Joseph Csicsila. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press. 2004. xx, 262 pp. $38.50. Books, Maps, and Politics: A Cultural History of the Library of Congress, 1783-1861 . By Carl...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 180-182.
Published: 01 March 2008
... © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 American Literary Regionalism in a Global Age . By Philip Joseph. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press. 2007. xii, 232 pp. $45.00. Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and Culture in the American Landscape . By Douglas Reichert...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 450-452.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Suzanne Schneider Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination . By Scott Darieck . New York : New York Univ. Press . 2010 . x, 317 pp. Cloth , $49.00 ; paper , $22.00 . Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (2): 321-355.
Published: 01 June 2000
... appealed to the rising literary men, the Communist United Front pro- gram was extremely popular among black intellectuals and critical thinkers. In 1937 Communists advocated Negro self-determination and equal rights, and...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 331-354.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Tina Chen Abstract This article proposes ethical alienation as a critical pedagogical practice by analyzing the neoteric critical consolidation of Asian American literary and cultural studies, a consolidation marked by the recent (and near simultaneous) publication of four major compendiums— The...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 121-150.
Published: 01 March 2019
... according to the reigning canons of scholarly importance. If early critics of the Jewish American literary field celebrated this emergence, its ethic of assimilation was starkly at odds with an increasingly influential multiculturalism, even as these critics relied on an implicit multicultural logic in...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (3): 656-658.
Published: 01 September 2003
... transatlantic culture. Matt Cohen, Duke University John David Miles, Duke University American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880–1995. By Phillip...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 141-170.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Long Le-Khac Abstract This essay defines the problem of bildungsroman hermeneutics for literary criticism and social policy in the post–civil rights era. Examining critical responses to Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street , it argues that the traditional bildungsroman exerts a powerful hold...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (3): 517-545.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Sari Edelstein This essay draws attention to how the institutionalization of childhood studies in American literary criticism unwittingly privileges youth over all other ages and reifies the stages of life themselves as essential categories rather than as cultural constructs. Given that age emerged...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 141-166.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Megan Obourn Through a reading of Arturo Islas's posthumously published La Mollie and the King of Tears , this essay offers a critique of liberal, multicultural uses of postcolonial hybridity in the context of U.S. literature and literary criticism. The essay reviews current uses of hybridity as a...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 397-423.
Published: 01 June 2017
... second examines selected writing on these problems in the United States, including writing on pedagogy associated with the New Criticism, which until the 1990s was the main approach to literary studies in Taiwan. The third reflects on how commentary on English in the United States might apply in the...
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American Literature (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 (2009) 81 (3): 497-526.
Published: 01 September 2009
... embroideries, penmanship exercises, and recital performances. Although historians and literary critics have tended to deride such productions as “social accomplishments,”—as markers of a misogynist and antidemocratic ethos of “refinement”—this essay reads them as technologies of socialization. Aligning...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (1): 31-60.
Published: 01 March 2012
... (1904), and his “Letter to American Teachers of History” (1910)—in relation to the philosophical writings of Hans Blumenberg and Hans Jonas on the status of nature in modernity, Fleissner argues that recent Darwinisms, including those adopted by “Darwinist literary criticism,” conceive of an “ordering...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 59-90.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Mysteria, who was African American. In the process, I show that literary critics have allowed the misogyny of West’s novella to define one of the most enduring of all women’s popular genres. Advice columns have been dismissed as a morally bankrupt product of consumer capitalism, but they did more than...