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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 501–526.
Published: 01 September 2008
... viewer as the subject, not the object, of history. In contrast to Ruskin's writings that enshrine an English identity that would sublimate its specific relationship to slavery, the writings of contemporary postcolonial novelists such as Cliff articulate diasporic identities that interrogate...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 833–835.
Published: 01 December 2015
... Literature? By Caroline F. Levander. Malden, MA: Wiley- Blackwell. 2013. viii, 202 pp. Cloth, $87.95; paper, $27.95. Object Lessons. By Robyn Wiegman. Durham, NC: Duke Univ. Press. 2012. x, 398 pp. Cloth, $87.95; paper, $27.95. The three books under review here all contribute to an understanding...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (3): 622–624.
Published: 01 September 2004
... view of gender and gender roles from the sixteenth to the nine- teenth century is perhaps overly general, it effectively introduces and informs her argument about the early United States. Methodologically, Bloch objects to the hegemony of Marxist and material- 604 American Literature ist...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (3): 642–643.
Published: 01 September 2000
... in a newspaper, Dickinson strenuously objected to the insertion of a comma at the end of a line, and it may be that she resisted publication in part because she distrusted editors. Yet Dickinson was also eager to improve on herself. Had...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 583–609.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Marjorie Pryse In Jazz , Morrison explores the transferential relation between book and reader, invoking Kleinian object relations, Gates's Talking Book, and her characters' search for lost mothers to drive the reader into his or her own psychoanalytic search for origins. Joe, Violet, and Dorcas...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 361–388.
Published: 01 June 2010
... about empathy that defined this concept quite differently from current usages. Rather than designating an interpersonal dynamic, this discourse considered empathy as a relation among bodies, objects, and desire within capitalism. Yezierska's fashion-conscious characters reveal a United States...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (2): 263–293.
Published: 01 June 2019
...Michele Currie Navakas Abstract Coral circulated through the everyday lives of antebellum women and men (free and enslaved) as beads, necklaces, bracelets, reef specimens, and other objects. And antebellum coral was almost always more than merely ornamental. Coral has captivated people, across many...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 167–194.
Published: 01 June 2021
... and signal emotional connection, in “Le Mulâtre” the carrying of a miniature departs from this trope, marking alienation, not affiliation. Reading Séjour’s text against popular depictions and material histories of ivory portrait miniatures, I demonstrate that these familiar objects of eighteenth...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 251–278.
Published: 01 June 2011
... that reconfigures subjects and objects. © 2011 by Duke University Press 2011 Mark A World of Difference: Samuel R. Delany’s Chia-­Yon Dhalgren and the Protocols of Racial Reading Jerng Samuel R. Delany’s labyrinthine novel of urban chaos, Dhalgren (1975), begins...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (3): 475–504.
Published: 01 September 2013
... symptomatically invoked the rhetoric of weather and natural disaster to negate the agency of the slaves on the Creole , Douglass uses natural phenomena to portray emancipation as a force of nature that controverts the geopolitical partitioning of freedom. Douglass’s objective, however, is not ultimately...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 363–387.
Published: 01 June 2013
... (1967) mounts a fierce critique of objectivity, instrumental to the conduct of the war, Hanoi (1968) forgoes journalistic convention altogether in favor of a subjective account of McCarthy’s difficult experience in North Vietnam. Taken together, these volumes chart a course from detached commentary...
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American Literature (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 (2010) 82 (1): 121–149.
Published: 01 March 2010
... in and parodies the production of the mediagenic fantasy it reflects in the aftermath of the Italo-Ethiopian War. By allowing the signifying “colored empire” full play in the black imagination, Black Empire affords a deeper understanding of the objectives of mid-1930s black internationalism. © 2010 by Duke...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 243–269.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Bearer shows, the pedagogic formula from Janeway's original Token books was re-imagined in the nineteenth century to involve colonial missionaries working in imperial outposts such as India. Thus the character Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin becomes both the object of a colonizing, missionary effort within...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 93–125.
Published: 01 March 2009
... narratives, Douglass and Jacobs dramatize the interplay between the objective and illusionist potential of visual technologies. By embracing and remaining skeptical of the truthful qualities of the photographic image, the fugitive notice, and the slave narrative itself, Douglass and Jacobs enact...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 253–279.
Published: 01 June 2009
... Brooklyn Ferry” extends the reach of Whitman's materialist poetics by supplementing the perceptual mechanics of Lucretian physics (in which the sentient body is composed of and sustained by the flow of objects toward it) in order to produce a material subject capable, however ironically, of transcending...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 719–745.
Published: 01 December 2009
... with theories of color sensation and perception offered by empirical psychologists to produce new opportunities for and understandings of color experience. Color—increasingly puzzled over in the abstract, apart from any instantiations within objects—came to be regarded as an affective force with direct...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 775–803.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Lena M. Hill Hill examines how art theory and plastic art objects facilitate Ellison's presentation of African American consciousness in Invisible Man . When considered alongside manuscripts of the novel in addition to letters and other archival material, the published text emerges as heavily...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 265–292.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Dawn Coleman Challenging the critical commonplace that Uncle Tom's Cabin is, in effect, a sentimental sermon, this essay takes the novel's relationship to preaching, one of the most culturally authoritative forms of speech in antebellum America, as itself an object of analysis. It shows that Stowe...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (3): 509–545.
Published: 01 September 2011
... African Americans to feel more assimilated than American Indians and reminding them that the dominant culture considered even the unassimilated Indian to be racially superior to the black man. Finally, Johnston's photos of public schools attended by white children transform images of Indian objects...