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American Literature (1 December 2015) 87 (4): 833–835.
Published: 01 December 2015
...-Blackwell . 2013 . viii , 202 pp. Cloth, $87.95 ; paper, $27.95 . Object Lessons . By Wiegman Robyn . Durham, NC : Duke Univ. Press . 2012 . x , 398 pp. Cloth, $87.95 ; paper, $27.95 . © 2015 by Duke University Press 2015...
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American Literature (1 September 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 such...
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American Literature (1 September 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 (1 September 2000) 72 (3): 642–643.
Published: 01 September 2000
... well-meaning friends. Discovering one of them 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...
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American Literature (1 September 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 (1 June 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 (1 June 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 (1 June 2014) 86 (2): 305–331.
Published: 01 June 2014
...Elizabeth Barnes Following Donna Haraway’s concept of the “killable” animal in When Species Meet , this essay looks at the social conditions and literary conventions that render ostensibly “priceless” objects, like pets and children, disposable in the Victorian period. Through the Victorian trope...
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American Literature (1 September 2014) 86 (3): 551–581.
Published: 01 September 2014
...-nineteenth century, as an indexical trace of the invisible truths of an object, and particularly the invisible processes that made human populations distinctive. By bringing this attention to local color’s color, Schroeder aims to move critical debates away from considerations of place-based content of local...
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American Literature (1 September 2015) 87 (3): 433–454.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., Friedrich Hölderlin, Rainer Maria Rilke, Maurice Blanchot, and Simone de Beauvoir achieves two main objectives. First, it aims to give the verses, which have largely been ignored by scholarship, their due as literary texts; and second, reveals that this popular practice, though not itself explicitly...
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American Literature (1 June 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 (1 September 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 and...
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American Literature (1 December 2011) 83 (4): 719–746.
Published: 01 December 2011
... over critics' heated objections. That imagination of a coherent, cohesive reading public crucially required a turn to sentiment. Indeed, as antinovel commentators labored to think the private and the public together, they used the irresistible passions of novel reading to position the individual...
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American Literature (1 December 2011) 83 (4): 747–773.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Ross Bullen In this essay, Bullen examines the literary and cultural history of the term white elephant —a phrase that refers to a burdensome object that is impossible to sell or give away—by tracing its origin in the American lexicon to the United States' diplomatic relations with Siam in the...
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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 September 2014) 86 (3): 523–549.
Published: 01 September 2014
... manufacturing process. The sculpture represents Wolf’s thirst “to know beauty,” a knowledge that would allow him to become “something other than he is.” The explicitly feminized art object is what seems to quench this thirst insofar as it transforms his experience of deprivation into form, turning hope into “a...
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American Literature (1 June 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 (1 June 2011) 83 (2): 251–278.
Published: 01 June 2011
... world construction 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...
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American Literature (1 September 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 (1 June 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 to...