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American Literature (1 March 2015) 87 (1): 194–197.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Shari Huhndorf “That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy . By Krupat Arnold . Ithaca, NY : Cornell Univ. Press . 2012 . xii , 242 pp. $45.00 . The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico . By Cox James H...
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American Literature (1 June 2012) 84 (2): 409–435.
Published: 01 June 2012
... tonality of The Country of the Pointed Firs . Ultimately, Ensor contends that paying heed to figures like the spinster might inspire a queer ecocritical practice attentive to affects customarily considered too weak to be socially efficacious. By redefining where and how we see the future, the spinster...
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American Literature (1 September 2011) 83 (3): 597–619.
Published: 01 September 2011
... of limited monopoly rights to artists, and also to protect art (and by extension, artists) from unfair uses by the public. These two aims, which we might loosely categorize as public and private, find useful analogues in Lionel Trilling's concepts of “sincerity” and “authenticity.” The essay then...
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American Literature (1 December 2011) 83 (4): 747–773.
Published: 01 December 2011
... White Elephant, as It Was and Is (1873), a text that subtly yet unmistakably aligns the white elephant with the figure of the Siamese twin, suggesting that despite their apparent differences, America and Siam might share a fundamental—and, for Bacon, repulsive—intimacy. © 2011 by Duke University Press...
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American Literature (1 June 2019) 91 (2): 237–262.
Published: 01 June 2019
... free black people of the United States might activate the volcanic latency of racial discontent in their country just as Ogé had in his. At the same time, Vashon’s revision of John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “Toussaint L’Ouverture” (1833) offsets the way in which Louverture’s name had become...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 817–818.
Published: 01 December 2013
..., audio playback, and visual culture—early magnetic recording materialized. In so doing, the essay offers scholars of both new and old media a sense of how we might better historicize the ostensible permanence and immateriality of contemporary data cultures and their digital economies. “Making the Perfect...
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American Literature (1 December 2014) 86 (4): 683–711.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Jordan Alexander Stein This essay posits that scholars interested in studying the history of secularism might avail themselves of the tools attendant upon the study of another well-worn historically important but empirically fraught object: literature. Precisely because secularism is a story—a bad...
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American Literature (1 March 2012) 84 (1): 151–174.
Published: 01 March 2012
... aesthetic program that offers solutions to the contradictions and incoherencies of postwar modernism. He aims to show thereby that so-called middlebrow literature might be thought of not merely in terms of the set of structures for marketing and distribution through which it was consumed, but as having a...
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American Literature (1 September 2008) 80 (3): 527–554.
Published: 01 September 2008
... time, the temperance plot was updated to include the idea that such habituations might be nervous illnesses afflicting modern professional workers. Through its addicted protagonist Martin Jocelyn, Roe's novel engages these unevenly developing medical, reform, and popular early representations of...
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American Literature (1 September 2008) 80 (3): 555–581.
Published: 01 September 2008
... the emotional trauma wrought by the war and a proposal for how the modern world might recover and move forward. Cannily manipulating time within the accessible form of the historical novel, Wharton makes readable a version of modern consciousness in which behavior and emotion, public time and private...
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American Literature (1 March 2013) 85 (1): 33–60.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Michelle C. Neely Near the beginning of Walden , Henry David Thoreau tells his readers that his “experiment in living” is dedicated to learning “what are the gross necessaries of life... the grossest groceries,” a choice of metaphor that might remind us just how much of his personal and political...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 689–717.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Jeff Scheible In the context of the proliferation of textuality in the new media age, and the changing demands of adequately analyzing it, Scheible’s essay explores the possibilities of a reading strategy that asks how we might take parentheses as starting points for critical thinking, looking...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 745–779.
Published: 01 December 2013
... purely cognitive. The game uses its formal blends and its play mechanics to complicate how history is typically thought and to imagine how it might be engaged or processed differently. Ultimately, Braid interrogates the impulses that drive videogames and the historical subjects that they produce...
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American Literature (1 June 2017) 89 (2): 225–253.
Published: 01 June 2017
... current debates. After a brief reading of Royall Tyler’s The Algerine Captive (1797), the article explores how attention to these historical contestations over fiction’s value might lead to a reconsideration of the grounds on which we defend fiction’s educational value today. I close by considering the...
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American Literature (1 June 2017) 89 (2): 305–329.
Published: 01 June 2017
... explores how lives are shaped by metaphors, comparisons, erasures, elisions, and gaps, and how the elliptical, unsaid, implied, and occluded might be deployed, instead, to build a better present. Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 literary studies Adrienne Rich pedagogy...
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American Literature (1 June 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 (1 September 2016) 88 (3): 447–475.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Jeffrey M. Binder Abstract Word-search technologies have played a significant role in literary scholarship for decades, yet they have received little attention from literary theorists. This paper considers how we might more thoughtfully approach the use of search in navigating cultural material...
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American Literature (1 June 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 (1 September 2003) 75 (3): 691.
Published: 01 September 2003
... 2003 Announcement Call For Essays on Contemporary African American Literature JimMcWilliamshasannouncedacallforessaysforavolumehewillediton the present state and the future of African American literature (Locust Hill Press). All topics are welcome; questions that might be explored...
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American Literature (1 June 2010) 82 (2): 459.
Published: 01 June 2010
... will showcase the ways that ecocriticism, now global- ized and theoretically robust, might return to its American origins to revise and reinvigorate American studies. Guest editors Michael Ziser (University of California, Davis) and Monique Allewaert (Emory University) invite sub- missions that...