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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 681–688.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Sari Altschuler; Priscilla Wald Copyright © 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 In 1832, a global cholera pandemic reached US shores. Like COVID-19, cholera was a wholly new disease in the United States (although considerably deadlier), and it was, like the novel coronavirus, a poorly...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 723–735.
Published: 01 December 2020
... into discrete species. This essay identifies the current pandemic as a crisis in knowledge—one in which assumptions such as Linnaean categories and species boundaries need re-examining—and explores historical and disciplinary means of challenging the limited and often deadly knowledge regime...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 767–779.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Robert Peckham Abstract This paper examines the temporal politics of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that despite the emphasis on digital real-time coverage and epidemiological forecasting, the pandemic has been understood as a historical event, even as it has been unfolding. The paper considers...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 799–807.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Rachel Adams Abstract Care is the intimate and necessary labor required to sustain those who are dependent, but it is also about acting in ways that sustain other species and the lives of strangers distant in time and space. The COVID-19 pandemic shines a spotlight on the vulnerabilities and gaps...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 707–722.
Published: 01 December 2020
... that reinforces racist and xenophobic discourses of containment and control with direct and deadly consequences. Mitigation of this pandemic and future pandemics will require not only medical but also representational interventions. Copyright © 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 media public health...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 557–590.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Sari Altschuler Abstract Global health traces its origins back to a single moment in 1854 when John Snow eradicated cholera with a map. It is a nice story, but it’s a myth, a fantasy of empiricism. The modern global health approach did begin with the nineteenth-century, worldwide cholera pandemics...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 745–757.
Published: 01 December 2020
... for—and value—elders moving forward. Copyright © 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 My hope is that the collective, temporary identification of the not-yet-old with the elderly may kindle an ethic of care we can carry forward in the United States after the harrowing of the pandemic is concluded. I...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 697–706.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Kelly L. Bezio Abstract This essay establishes similarities between control over Black bodies’ movement under chattel slavery and social distancing measures employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its primary concern is how protecting public health necessitates undesired movement on the part...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 759–766.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Bryan Waterman Abstract This essay probes literary representations of pandemic temporalities to argue that plague reshapes our sense and experience of time in specific ways: It opens contact with the epidemic past to restructure historical understanding and attendant forms of identity; it promotes...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 389–411.
Published: 01 June 2011
... surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic are similar to those surrounding the history of African enslavement. In particular, Reid-Pharr criticizes the all-too-common assumption that the disasters of both slavery and AIDS have been a necessary precursor to the modernization—and maturation—of both blacks and “queers...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (1): 49–71.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Bo Ruberg Abstract This article addresses the seeming absence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in video games from the 1980s and 1990s, the height of the US AIDS crisis. As Adrienne Shaw and Christopher Persaud have noted, stories about HIV/AIDS were pervasive across American popular media during...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 791–798.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Michael Bérubé Abstract In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this essay examines a variety of visions of apocalypse and civilizational collapse, asking how we can imagine a world without us (as in Alan Weisman’s book of that title), or whether we will merely eke out a post–climate disaster...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 781–790.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of the COVID-19 outbreak—offer a compelling model for critical humanistic pedagogy and research that counteracts the isolation and insularity exacerbated by the pandemic. Copyright © 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 COVID-19 public humanities collaboration pedagogy theater The four men...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 689–696.
Published: 01 December 2020
...’ experiences during the 1793 epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic are not precise parallels, they do present a deathly historical continuity: the indifference to Black life. Black people were, and are, treated as dispensable. Racial dread is thus a tension produced by that absence of tense; that is, the past...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (3): 497–523.
Published: 01 September 2021
... Robert . 2006 . Tissue Economies: Blood, Organs, and Cell Lines in Late Capitalism . Durham, NC : Duke Univ. Press . Washington Harriet . 2020 . “ How Environmental Racism Fuels Pandemics .” Nature 581 : 241 . Wasserman Sarah . 2020 . “ Ralph Ellison, Chester Himes...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 737–743.
Published: 01 December 2020
... as having a long incubation period, this period is in fact so long, and the majority of the infected so mildly ill, that COVID-19 is necessarily a disease with many healthy carriers. In fact, diseases like this become pandemics much more readily than others. Highly virulent diseases such as the seasonal...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (2): 381–382.
Published: 01 June 2022
... of recorded Black pain, the COVID-19 pandemic, the refugee crisis, and the opioid crisis have moved problems of pain and its representation to the fore. The moment is ripe to reevaluate pain in literary and cultural studies. Thirty-five years after its publication, Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain (1985...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 726–729.
Published: 01 December 2021
... and, more broadly, the public spectacle of recorded Black pain, the COVID-19 pandemic, the refugee crisis, and the opioid crisis have moved problems of pain and its representation to the fore. The moment is ripe to reevaluate pain in literary and cultural studies. Thirty-five years after its publication...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (3): 525–528.
Published: 01 September 2021
... in the nineteenth-century communications and transportation revolutions as an analogue to a more recent paradigm shift to digital communications shadowed by pandemic and lockdown in our own time. ...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (1): 215–218.
Published: 01 March 2022
... and, more broadly, the public spectacle of recorded Black pain, the COVID-19 pandemic, the refugee crisis, and the opioid crisis have moved problems of pain and its representation to the fore. The moment is ripe to reevaluate pain in literary and cultural studies. Thirty-five years after its publication...