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American Literature (1 September 2018) 90 (3): 523–551.
Published: 01 September 2018
... patient capable of seeing into the beyond because she was, for seven years, “arrested by some fixation in the moment of dying between life and death.” 1 Margaret Fuller ( 1983 , 124), the American transcendentalist and women’s rights advocate, praised the text in a May 9, 1843, letter to Ralph Waldo...
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American Literature (1 December 2005) 77 (4): 867–869.
Published: 01 December 2005
...Bob Perelman 2005 Differentials: Poetry, Poetics, Pedagogy . By Marjorie Perloff. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press. 2004. xxxiv, 307 pp. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $29.95; The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics . By Barrett Watten. Middletown, Conn...
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American Literature (1 March 2006) 78 (1): 187–189.
Published: 01 March 2006
...Hildegard Hoeller A Man's Game: Masculinity and the Anti-Aesthetics of American Literary Naturalism. By John Dudley. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press. 2004. viii, 222 pp. $35.00. Women, Compulsion, Modernity: The Moment of American Naturalism. By Jennifer L. Fleissner. Chicago: Univ...
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American Literature (1 December 2003) 75 (4): 879–881.
Published: 01 December 2003
... Joy Harjo’s poem ‘‘Deer Dancer Sara Lundquist, University of Toledo The Visionary Moment: A Postmodern Critique. By Paul Maltby. Albany: SUNY Press. 2002. xi, 176 pp. Cloth, $54.50; paper, $17.95...
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American Literature (1 December 2003) 75 (4): 903–906.
Published: 01 December 2003
...- ings of familiar texts and in its often lively assessment of the state of American 6986 AMERICAN LITERATURE / 75:4 / sheet 215 of 255 studies today. Bryan Wagner, University of California, Berkeley American Studies in a Moment of...
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American Literature (1 June 2000) 72 (2): 437–438.
Published: 01 June 2000
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American Literature (1 September 2014) 86 (3): 583–610.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Phillip Barrish Robert Herrick’s novel The Web of Life (1900), a self-proclaimed work of literary realism, opens a critical window onto an urban “web” of intersecting practices, institutions, and professional formations at a moment when key dimensions of the US health-care system as we know it...
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American Literature (1 June 2014) 86 (2): 361–389.
Published: 01 June 2014
... black classicism as a literary and historiographical practice. This essay works toward such a theory by delineating a continuous tradition of black classicism as political engagement and historical critique across two centuries, from the early antebellum period through our contemporary moment, and...
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American Literature (1 March 2015) 87 (1): 51–77.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Steven Belletto From a Cold War literary and cultural studies perspective, the Korean War (1950–1953) is a distinctive moment in US cultural history. This essay proposes that there are two broad phases of Korean War literature: the first phase is work written in the 1950s and early 1960s generally...
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American Literature (1 June 2015) 87 (2): 253–273.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Timo Müller The essay offers a new perspective on the resurgence of Afro-modernism in the 1940s, arguing that the vernacular sonnet—specifically Langston Hughes’s “Seven Moments of Love: An Un-Sonnet Sequence in Blues” and the sonnets of Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Hayden—played a crucial role in...
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American Literature (1 September 2011) 83 (3): 621–648.
Published: 01 September 2011
... antagonistic cultural imperatives coincided at the moment of the novel's publication: the moral obligation to empathize with distant and dissimilar persons, and a skepticism about the morality of empathic identification itself. She suggests that Eggers's novel proposes a way out of this stalemate by offering a...
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American Literature (1 June 2019) 91 (2): 237–262.
Published: 01 June 2019
...Nathaniel A. Windon Abstract This essay argues that George Boyer Vashon’s epic poem, “Vincent Ogé” (1854), reframes the Haitian Revolution by aligning two moments of imminent revolution—Saint-Domingue in the late eighteenth century and the United States in the mid-nineteenth century—to suggest the...
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American Literature (1 December 2012) 84 (4): 715–741.
Published: 01 December 2012
... sensory perception. Such moments of sensory disjuncture posed a significant threat to a colonial order that claimed universality for its sense perceptions. Obeah narratives indicate that embodied religious experience constitutes a sensual alternative to what Elizabeth Maddock Dillon terms the “Westphalian...
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American Literature (1 December 2012) 84 (4): 827–853.
Published: 01 December 2012
... examines how the novel repeatedly stages episodes that highlight the particular aliena tions inherent to cybercapitalist labor and the particular metabolisms it demands of human and built materialities. Through its rescripting of Karl Marx’s concept of alienation for the contemporary moment, Merola argues...
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American Literature (1 December 2017) 89 (4): 791–820.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Lecturer communicate a history of systematic violence, of fugitive withholding, and of communal goodwill. To borrow a phrase from poet and critic Fred Moten, they articulate “an intimacy given most emphatically, and erotically, in a moment of something that, for lack of a better word, we call ‘silence...
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American Literature (1 March 2018) 90 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2018
... that in turn haunted consumers. By parsing out the language of abolitionist boycott literature alongside its historical and material cultural moment, this essay argues that such literature posits a very literal and as yet unaccounted-for version of material relations that collapses the boundaries...
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American Literature (1 December 2014) 86 (4): 655–682.
Published: 01 December 2014
... religious diversity in the United States challenges the binaries out of which European secularity is constructed and to posit American secularity as its New World corrective. Child, the essay argues, was attuned to these conditions, and Hobomok becomes an excavation of a pre-establishment moment of global...
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American Literature (1 September 2014) 86 (3): 463–492.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Kathleen Howard Howard’s essay argues for the significance of antebellum evangelical tract tales both as precedents for later best-selling works such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and as provocations to consider our critical understandings of literariness. Tract tales belonged to a moment in which...
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American Literature (1 March 2019) 91 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Sara Marcus Abstract This essay argues that the African American literature of the nadir, written during a moment when concepts of evolution and departures from linear time were deployed to the detriment of black life as well as in its defense, is a rich archive for analyzing the unpredictable...
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American Literature (1 March 2008) 80 (1): 29–55.
Published: 01 March 2008
... Habits of the Siamese Twins” and Thomas Nast's political cartoon “The American Twins” use Chang and Eng Bunker as metaphors to discuss national unity at key moments when that unity appears to be most pressing. While these patriotic visions of unity appear to be inclusive, they are ultimately race...