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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 213–215.
Published: 01 March 2011
...David Wyatt © 2011 by Duke University Press 2011 Making the Detective Story American: Biggers, Van Dine, and Hammett and the Turning Point of the Genre, 1925–1930. By J. K. Van Dover. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. 2010. ix, 221 pp. Paper, $35.00. Darkly Perfect World: Colonial...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 817–818.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Jentery Sayers Sayers’s author statement introduces a Scalar project titled “Making the Perfect Record.” This project unpacks the often ignored, pre-1940s history of magnetic recording, with particular attention to how—through an interweaving of print fiction, sound transduction, storage media...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 615–617.
Published: 01 September 2009
... new ways. Christopher C. Freeburg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign DOI 10.1215/00029831-2009-028 Perfecting Friendship: Politics and Affiliation in Early American Literature. By Ivy Schweitzer. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press. 2006. xi, 276 pp. Cloth, $49.95; paper...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 723–753.
Published: 01 December 2016
... necessarily drinkers (the writer’s fondness for drink is well known), but rather those reformers and idealists who, in their zeal for perfection, seek to obliterate the past. In his richest portrait of this temporal intemperance, “The Birth-Mark” (1843), Hawthorne portrays the perilous nature and effects of...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 598–600.
Published: 01 September 2020
... subtract from it. Kotin writes, “[T]he texts I examine create perfect worlds by refusing or failing to present models of perfect worlds. Efficacy and divisiveness go hand in hand. For the writers I discuss, the dissolution of community is the first step toward establishing an alternative to community” (2...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 824–826.
Published: 01 December 2013
... observations toward the argument that the poems are not closed and perfected. Too con- sistently, “unbinding Dickinson” comes to signify the refusal of a completion that would necessarily be facile. Only an unfinished poem is a good one. But there is a difference between a finished poem and a finite...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 889–891.
Published: 01 December 2011
... idealized norm of physical and mental perfection. This special issue will feature scholarship on American women writers dealing with issues of embodiment, illness, cognitive disability, deafness, blindness, mobility, dependency, and other related issues. Our hope is to find essays...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 845–862.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Forgetting Cross- Racial Relations in the Chicana/o Literary Imagination,” 563–89. Sayers, Jentery. “Making the Perfect Record” (Scalar project), DOI, 10.1215/00029831-2370230. Scalar Project Author Statement: “Making the Perfect Record,” 817–18. Scheible, Jeff. “Within, Aside, and Too...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 830–833.
Published: 01 December 2015
... ourselves going straight forward, and attaining, at every step, an entirely new position of affairs, we do actually return to something long ago tried and abandoned, but which we now find etherealized, refined, and perfected to its ideal. (Nathaniel Haw- thorne, The House of the Seven Gables...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 395–397.
Published: 01 June 2016
... is to connect Jefferson’s copying of his own correspondence to his attempts to “duplicate” Republican opinion across multiple press outlets, to create what the Connecticut Courant referred to as “a perfect union of opinion” (quoted on 216). Ultimately, McAuley uses his study of eighteenth...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (1): 185–187.
Published: 01 March 2017
... went on to found the Sierra Leone colony in the first back-to-Africa settlement. Siemerling draws together the stories of Marrant, Mary Prince (whose amanuensis Susanna Strickland immigrated to Canada and became a major literary figure), Moses Roper, Mary Ann Shad, and many others. It makes perfect...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 675–677.
Published: 01 September 2019
... manifestos work “in the future perfect,” a mode in which their “claim to authority in the present will have been sanctioned by the actualization of its subject in the future” (27). It is this performative loop to which the materiality of the book might gesture, and so, even while Thoburn reads the...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 397–400.
Published: 01 June 2020
...-identity reproduction made them “perfect management material” (125). A contemporary anxiety underlies Kindley’s history: if the cultural commitments, self-images, styles of self-justification, and notions of prestige of neoliberal capitalism’s ruling and professional-managerial classes (112) have...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 627–637.
Published: 01 September 2016
... text. This is, I think, a deliberate and important claim. Nanotech is inspired by a fantasy that it shares with another cocreation of art and science: the digital humanities. The perfect world of nanotech is inspired by “the desire for more and more information—in other words, the digitization of...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (3): 653–656.
Published: 01 September 2003
... reasserts the impossibility of transcending secular time, against his contem- poraries’ increasing sense that historical rupture had left humans in control of their own perfection. In Wells’s reading, Dwight’s poem becomes evidence of...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 881–884.
Published: 01 December 2017
... edenic perfections” (17). Hutchins then extends his analysis to suggest the “influence of New England theology and culture” and its edenic preoccupations on the new republic, and even on nineteenth- and twentieth-century utopian communities (11). At points, Hutchins’s inclusiveness slides into...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 785–813.
Published: 01 December 2018
... Burnham ( 1997 ) ties the specific rhetoric of the monstrous birth reports to anxieties over colonial participation in an increasingly capitalist Atlantic market. Burnham focuses particularly on the multiple associations of vend or vented when Thomas Weld insists on the perfect ratio relating...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 394–396.
Published: 01 June 2015
... (1885); indeed, the middlebrow William Dean Howells is perhaps the perfect Mabie author, and he is mentioned twenty-four times in “The Mabie Canon” (a helpful appendix that wraps up the book). Henry James and Edith Wharton, on the other hand, had to be approached circumspectly. James, of course...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 400–402.
Published: 01 June 2015
... emancipationist discourse. He identifies Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech (2008; responding to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright con- troversy) as the penultimate example of Obama’s skillful rhetorical ability to draw on American exceptionalism while sanctioning American innocence. Hip Figures would be remiss...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 898–901.
Published: 01 December 2019
... D. A. Miller’s notion of “implicative writing . . . that inspires one to ‘perfect’ it or make it something else” (25) and Giorgio Agamben’s thinking on potentiality to argue that “close reading offers a way to access the potentiality of the literary work—not to settle it, once and for all, in a...