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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 815–817.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Andrew Epstein Postmodernism in Pieces: Materializing the Social in U.S. Fiction . By Matthew Mullins . New York : Oxford Univ. Press . 2016 . x, 230 pp. Cloth, $87.00 ; paper, $34.95 ; e-book available. Lyrical Strategies: The Poetics of the Twentieth-Century American Novel...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 850–853.
Published: 01 December 2015
...R. John Williams Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia . By Wegner Phillip E. . New York : Peter Lang . 2014 . xix , 308 pp. Paper, $55.95 ; e-book, $55.95 . The Watchman in Pieces: Surveillance, Literature, and Liberal Personhood...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Cody Marrs Marrs's essay considers how Melville's Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866) provides an immanent account, or inside narrative, of the author's transition from novelist to poet. Focusing on the relation between his figurations of time and the structures of his verse, Marrs argues...
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American Literature (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 (2019) 91 (3): 459–490.
Published: 01 September 2019
... and semiotics that together constitute a critical methodology. I then use the methodology at work in macandal artifacts to read one key piece of the archive pertaining to Makandal: his judge and executioner Sébastien-Jacques Courtin’s Mémoire . Copyright © 2019 by Duke University Press 2019 indexical...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 255–282.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Gerry Canavan Abstract This article takes up science-fictional visions of the future against the “deep time” of the Anthropocene in order to explore the possibilities for utopia that remain in an era that only seems capable of producing necrofuturological dread. The piece surveys a wide range...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (3): 527–549.
Published: 01 September 2022
.... In addition, this piece works through Elizabeth Alexander’s construct of “the black interior” to explore the ways in which public housing residents might valorize their environs apart from sociological and racialized discourses. Thinking through public housing fiction as an extension of the black urban...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (3): 473–496.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Emily Gowen Abstract This essay reconsiders literary engagements with the figure of the newsboy in terms of their own ambivalences, critiques, and calls for social reform. Taking Horatio Alger’s dime novels as a primary case study, this piece explores Alger’s sense that the growth of literary...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 331–360.
Published: 01 June 2016
... psychiatry archive, to Steinbeck’s other war dispatches published in 1958 as the collection Once There Was a War , and to the reception of his propagandistic novel The Moon Is Down in order to show that Steinbeck’s archived piece (infused as it is with the conflicted discourses of war psychiatry) constructs...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 57–90.
Published: 01 March 2010
... citation of these images in various mid-nineteenth-century speeches, Chaney argues that this intertextual and transatlantic dialogue with Punch enabled Douglass to renegotiate inscriptions of racialization, authority, and iconic celebrity. Beyond the cartoons, key pieces of evidence utilized in the essay...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 269–300.
Published: 01 June 2016
..., and embodiedness to the gothic gloom of war and surveillance, finding its end in a subgenre of regressive telegraphic romances. Discussing short journal pieces from periodicals such as the Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s as well as more canonical texts (from Walt Whitman to Emily Dickinson), “Tapping the Wire...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2003
...Deak Nabers Duke University Press 2003 Deak ‘‘Victory of LAW Melville and Reconstruction Nabers 6815 AMERICAN LITERATURE / 75:1 / sheet 5 of 252 In his famous ‘‘Supplement’’ to Battle-Pieces...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 March 2011
... development of computerized games. As I will argue, Bradley’s Life innovatively sketches one of the first fully real- ized avatars in U.S. game history. With this avatar, players are figured, via unitary pieces on the board, as possibility machines, defined by the way they navigate the series of “or”s...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 181–183.
Published: 01 March 2005
... is, for Samet, no less dense a nut. She cracks this con- juncture with thoughtful readings of Melville’s Battle-Pieces, for instance, that diagnose the soldier’s two bodies, one an obedient subject and the other a will- ing being. Textual analysis, for Kazanjian, does not always pry apart such con...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 183–184.
Published: 01 March 2005
... in their approach, published between 1920 and 1950. According to the editors, about 50 percent of the 1,244 pieces in these two volumes have never before been reprinted. Most engagingly, these editorials and short journalistic pieces establish Whitman as a touchstone in his time for both the literary critic...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 639–644.
Published: 01 September 2008
..., promotion, and reception of the first editions. Par- fait also provides information about distribution and sales from 1852 through 1863 and, in later chapters, follows new editions and copyright issues into the twenty-first century. This comprehensive publishing history details a signifi- cant piece...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 615–628.
Published: 01 December 2013
... for everything else” (Los Angeles Review of Books, October 28). Across the short piece, Marche sketches literature “as the opposite of data,” since, in his view, literature and meaning are “mushy,” “often ugly,” and “as human as the body.” Data, on the other hand, corresponds with an “inherently...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 259–289.
Published: 01 June 2005
... in me to trust me with your watch until to-morrow Presuming Thompson to be ‘‘some old acquaintance, not at the moment recollected many would indulge his ‘‘novel request’’ and playfully hand over their time- pieces, ‘‘thus placing ‘confidence’ in the honesty of the stranger Thompson would then stroll...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 569–595.
Published: 01 September 2016
.... It was for children who wanted to write, or thought they wanted to write. . . . When he was a member of the Sunshine Club, Truman won a competition for a piece he wrote called “Old Mr. Busybody.” It was to be published on the Sunshine Page . . . . But his aunt realized that he had written about their next-door...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (1): 229–240.
Published: 01 March 2007
..., the piece was serialized in the Christian Recorder but remained unfinished due to Collins’s death from tuberculosis. The editors have included two “alternative endings” of their own design. 230  American Literature Kindred Hands: Letters on Writing by British and American Women Authors, 1865...