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American Literature (1 September 2010) 82 (3): 553–581.
Published: 01 September 2010
... made use of the cultures of allegiance and collectivity fostered by war mobilization as rhetorical means by which to bridge gaps in notions of political obligation enabled by the flimsier, more local interests of laissez-faire. Borrowing from supplementary logics of valuation extrinsic to the liberal...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 59–91.
Published: 01 March 2011
... notions of authorship, moral authority, and literary value in the second half of the nineteenth century. Noting that a significant strain of commentary on the scandal sought to separate Byron's literary genius from the matter of his personal behavior, Ryan argues that this case study allows us to situate...
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American Literature (1 March 2013) 85 (1): 121–149.
Published: 01 March 2013
... specific implications for the notion of diaspora as well as for the intense critical readings and rereadings Their Eyes has received during recent decades. © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 References Arac Jonathan . 1997 . Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target: The Functions of...
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American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 333–361.
Published: 01 June 2013
... as words “we” said rather than words put in the mouths of others. Subtle changes in Moore’s well-known poem “Silence” show her questioning the kind of artistic superiority displayed in the act of quotation, while her letters to various correspondents allow us to connect her changing notion of...
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American Literature (1 December 2017) 89 (4): 697–726.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Justine S. Murison Abstract This essay advances a theory of the “counterprivate” elucidated through Herman Melville’s fiction. Echoing the term counterpublic , which has done much to critique the notion of the unified public sphere, a new theory of the “counterprivate” can open out to alternative...
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American Literature (1 June 2018) 90 (2): 283–313.
Published: 01 June 2018
... resistance to heteronormative logics of age categorization, “adult-erated age” names the ways that childhoods in the texts are adult oriented but also characterizes how they, in their respective contexts, revise and reflect notions of impurity and being worsened as singularly queer ways of being and...
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American Literature (1 June 2018) 90 (2): 407–438.
Published: 01 June 2018
... comparatively little attention. By focusing on the grassroots context of DTWOF , this essay demonstrates how Bechdel’s participation in grassroots periodicals shaped her work. Through the development of new reading practices and the notion of queer comics archives, I show how queer communities influenced...
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American Literature (1 December 2008) 80 (4): 799–830.
Published: 01 December 2008
... notions of rhythm and kinaesthetic performance that originated in the new sciences of psychology and anthropology and were popularized by artists and intellectuals such as Isadora Duncan and Mary Austin. Using Duncan and the opera singer Olive Fremstad as models, Stein and Cather developed rhythmic...
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American Literature (1 June 2009) 81 (2): 305–331.
Published: 01 June 2009
...” and “Good Country People,” have at their center amputated bodies, those of Tom T. Shiftlet and Hulga Hopewell respectively. Evans argues that those incomplete bodies are intended to contest the notion of “wholeness” as a spiritual or existential ideal. On the contrary, O'Connor's stories drive her...
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American Literature (1 December 2009) 81 (4): 659–685.
Published: 01 December 2009
... of the relations between privacy and personhood, as inscribed by the recent Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas and the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy. Rather than tracking the curve along which U.S. notions of privacy transformed during the antebellum period and after, Insko's essay...
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American Literature (1 June 2012) 84 (2): 353–379.
Published: 01 June 2012
... from or superior to their nonhuman environments and the seemingly antithetical (but actually coextensive) notion that we can self-constructively lose ourselves to the world. For Poe, the world can be made neither other nor mirror; if our ontological separation from the universe is a fantasy, then so...
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American Literature (1 June 2012) 84 (2): 409–435.
Published: 01 June 2012
... texts that take up this mode of invested indirection in their content and form alike, she argues for a spinster ecology that alters our notion not only of where the future lies but also of how (or if) it arrives. Ensor turns first to Silent Spring to argue that Rachel Carson’s intransitive understanding...
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American Literature (1 September 2014) 86 (3): 493–521.
Published: 01 September 2014
... affecting particular notions of (spiritual) interconnectivity, community, and national unity. In Emerson’s and Whitman’s writing in particular, conceptions of the network serve to integrate the Romantic quest for unity within an optimistic vision of an original US identity, establishing the network as a key...
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American Literature (1 December 2014) 86 (4): 799–829.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Kahf’s bildungsroman, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf , challenges the contemporary notion of postsecular literature, which takes a weakened, hybridized, liberal spirituality as its starting point. Although the bildungsroman conventionally plots an individual’s modernization in line with the nation’s...
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American Literature (1 June 2015) 87 (2): 225–252.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Kevin Trumpeter A suspicion toward inherited notions of agency has long been recognized (and frequently decried) as a defining feature of literary naturalism. But while the deterministic worldview of writers like Theodore Dreiser generated much lively debate in the early twentieth century, literary...
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American Literature (1 June 2015) 87 (2): 359–385.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Brian J. Williams This essay argues that forces of globalization have changed how American combatants define their identities within and against a foreign environment. Building on notions that soldiers construct identity by rendering foreign landscapes as Other, this piece considers how familiarity...
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American Literature (1 June 2008) 80 (2): 323–352.
Published: 01 June 2008
... complicates notions of transparent relationships among the parts and wholes of periodicals and national collectives. The complex serial publication of Blake performs the logic of what Martin Delany called elsewhere the “nation within the nation.” The conversation among various texts within texts—what I call a...
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American Literature (1 June 2008) 80 (2): 381–406.
Published: 01 June 2008
... attempts to position themselves as included subjects. The article examines the ways Bulosan revises Luce's arguments in order to study the implications of benevolent assimilation, the colonial policy of tutelage for Filipinos. Although the notion of a model minority discourse is conventionally understood...
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American Literature (1 December 2000) 72 (4): 873–874.
Published: 01 December 2000
...- work that historically has shaped the gendered behavior of black females. Due to this lapse, the careful distinctions between black and white female genders that she begins with fall prey to universal notions of motherhood...
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American Literature (1 June 2001) 73 (2): 439–440.
Published: 01 June 2001
...- ism, and more than a hint of homoeroticism. Paying attention to what she calls ‘‘the inexplicable presence of things not named’’ Somerville is relentless in her unpacking of the manner in which the very notion of the queer was for...