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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 210–212.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Arthur Knight © 2011 by Duke University Press 2011 The American Play: 1787–2000. By Marc Robinson. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press. 2009. x, 405 pp. Cloth, $45.00; paper, $28.00. The Scene of the Harlem Cabaret: Race, Sexuality, Performance. By Shane Vogel. Chicago: Univ. of...
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American Literature (1 March 2001) 73 (1): 208–209.
Published: 01 March 2001
... attacks the nativist Thoreau Book Reviews 193 for playing Indian and claiming to be an egalitarian abolitionist. It nails Stowe for sentimentalizing African Americans while endorsing colonization. Even Moby-Dick—which Powell reads as the conflict...
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American Literature (1 March 2019) 91 (1): 151–182.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of himself as “well qualified to teach that great mystery, creative writing” (36). While he aspires to write a play, Jack finds himself haunted by the specter of mercenary genre fiction, just as King ( 2006 ) unwittingly found himself classed as a writer of horror. Lines from Edgar Allan Poe, the...
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American Literature (1 June 2002) 74 (2): 411–413.
Published: 01 June 2002
... by studying how children learned in the colonial (and for Crain, nineteenth- century) United States, and with the help of what books. Copiously illustrated and beautifully produced, Crain’s The Story of A is a pleasure to hold, look at, and read. Playful and allusive in her treatment of texts...
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American Literature (1 March 2019) 91 (1): 213–216.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Stephen Knadler Playing in the White: Black Writers, White Subjects . By Stephanie Li . New York : Oxford Univ. Press . 2015 . 299 pp. Cloth, $73.00 ; e-book available. Black Africans in the British Imagination: English Narratives of the Early Atlantic World . By Cassander...
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American Literature (1 December 2006) 78 (4): 882–884.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Habiba Ibrahim Duke University Press 2006 Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism . By Henry B. Wonham. New York: Oxford Univ. Press. 2004. viii, 196 pp. $47.50. Enter the New Negroes: Images of Race in American Culture . By Martha Jane Nadell...
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American Literature (1 March 2002) 74 (1): 171–172.
Published: 01 March 2002
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American Literature (1 September 2002) 74 (3): 670–672.
Published: 01 September 2002
... other territories of the Americas should not be neglected; it is an important part of the larger picture of the forced migration of people of Afri- can descent across the Americas over several generations, and of the roles these people played in the development of numerous societies. Walter John...
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American Literature (1 December 2011) 83 (4): 873–875.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Ann Keniston Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture . By Keyser Catherine . New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers Univ. Press . 2010 . xii, 225 pp. $39.95 . Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright . By Irr Caren . Iowa City...
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American Literature (1 March 2016) 88 (1): 194–197.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Ralph James Savarese Ralph James Savarese , author of one book and editor of three collections, teaches at Grinnell College in Iowa. He spent the academic year 2012–2013 as a neurohumanities fellow at Duke's Institute for Brain Sciences. How Literature Plays with the Brain: The...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 121–151.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Katy Ryan Ryan's essay analyzes the coordination of the innocence argument and sentimentality in Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated (2003), a documentary play based on interviews with people sentenced to die for crimes they did not commit. The play's composition, performance, and...
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American Literature (1 March 2018) 90 (1): 83–109.
Published: 01 March 2018
... centrality of the protagonist, we find that the humor in the scene of Peter and the painkiller occurs as the result of an unremarked-on layering of two distinct forms of play: Tom’s play with the cat and the narrator’s playful—more ludic—rendering of the cat’s movement. While the picture of Tom’s play with...
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American Literature (1 March 2010) 82 (1): 121–149.
Published: 01 March 2010
... 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...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 93–119.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Monika Barbara Siebert Surprisingly for a novel evidently invested in representations of contemporary Choctaw traditionalism as a viable alternative to settler society, LeAnne Howe's 2001 Shell Shaker gives unrelenting play to the gruesomeness, horror even, of the traditional rituals it depicts at...
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American Literature (1 March 2013) 85 (1): 33–60.
Published: 01 March 2013
... antebellum debates about diet and food commodity consumption. A turn to Sylvester Graham's vegetarian movement, however, shows that far from being divorced from civic concerns, the vegetarian dietary theory driving Thoreau's practices at Walden Pond plays a complicated role in the political design of Walden...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 745–779.
Published: 01 December 2013
... purely cognitive. The game uses its formal blends and its play mechanics to complicate how history is typically thought and to imagine how it might be engaged or processed differently. Ultimately, Braid interrogates the impulses that drive videogames and the historical subjects that they produce...
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American Literature (1 December 2008) 80 (4): 647–675.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Jeffrey H. Richards David Humphreys's 1790 play, The Widow of Malabar , has been little studied, but it demonstrates surprising complexity as a cultural artifact of the American new republic. Written as a close adaptation of Antoine-Marin Lemierre's La Veuve du Malabar (1770), Humphreys's version...
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American Literature (1 June 2009) 81 (2): 305–331.
Published: 01 June 2009
...David H. Evans Grotesque or damaged bodies play a central role in a number of Flannery O'Connor's most powerful stories. One route for interpreting their significance is to approach them by way of a rare psychological condition that has been named apotemnophilia. Apotemnophiliacs experience an...
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American Literature (1 September 2012) 84 (3): 533–561.
Published: 01 September 2012
... histories in which sign talk played a significant role. © 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 Kay The Moccasin Telegraph: Sign-Talk Yandell Autobiography and Pretty-­shield, Medicine Woman of the Crows Over several cold and windy days in March...
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American Literature (1 September 2012) 84 (3): 563–587.
Published: 01 September 2012
... movement among different sites of black revolutionary struggle. In this context, jazz plays an explicitly political role in expressing the revolutionary desire for black liberation in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. This is most evident in the opening mood of Ask Your Mama , “Cultural...