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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 141–170.
Published: 01 March 2018
... the bildungsroman (including the work of Maxine Hong Kingston and Gloria Naylor), Cisneros’s text can help us do so, if we can learn to read it otherwise. Copyright © 2018 by Duke University Press 2018 Sandra Cisneros Latina/o literature social mobility ethnic community protagonist A problem...
American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 111–140.
Published: 01 March 2008
... of these totalizing narratives of subject formation, leaving the protagonist in a condition of fragmentation. In Paredes's late and peripheral version of modernism, such fragmentation is always rooted firmly in social and political contexts, suggesting that in the borderlands, totalizing scripts of identity collide...
American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 527–554.
Published: 01 September 2008
... time, the temperance plot was updated to include the idea that such habituations might be nervous illnesses afflicting modern professional workers. Through its addicted protagonist Martin Jocelyn, Roe's novel engages these unevenly developing medical, reform, and popular early representations...
American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 121–149.
Published: 01 March 2013
... Their Eyes 's creation of the horizon-space that Janie, the novel's protagonist, uses to animate her geographical search for the unpresentable. Attentiveness to the novel's varied reliances on insular and archipelagic forms helps make accessible Their Eyes 's investments in critiquing and ironizing...
American Literature (2013) 85 (3): 563–589.
Published: 01 September 2013
... in narratives that articulate Chicana/o political identities. In these texts, Asia and Asians provoke powerful political awakenings because transnational and interracial ideas about Asia and Asians factor significantly in the political emergence of their respective Chicana/o protagonists. However, by relegating...
American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 583–610.
Published: 01 September 2014
..., trusts, and corporations. The book presents the competition between these alternative paradigms by following the shifting career choices and internal conflicts of its protagonist, Dr. Howard Sommers, as he strives to satisfy his own vision—at times itself contradictory—of medical professionalism...
American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 799–829.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., Kahf uses the formal strategies of the bildungsroman to contest the moral superiority of secular feminism and to assert an Islamic feminism that works in tandem with American identity. She situates her protagonist’s ultimate independence from the family fold, patriarchal Islam, and mainstream US...
American Literature (2022) 94 (1): 73–102.
Published: 01 March 2022
.... While Ellison’s story featured a gay man named Benny among the protagonists, the game developers adapted Benny without his original sexual identity. In a 2012 Game Informer magazine article, however, the developers reflected on their version of Benny as a “lost opportunity” for exploring gay identity...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 477–507.
Published: 01 September 2016
...’ nationalist imaginings, one perhaps most masterfully deployed in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man . Invisible Man follows an unnamed protagonist on his quest for identity. After jeopardizing his “scholarship to the state college for Negroes” by offending a white patron (Ellison 1995 , 32...
American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 775–803.
Published: 01 December 2009
... perspective that spawned the novel Invisible Man (1952). My essay demonstrates that examining Ellison’s interest in visual art recovers a critical tool for analyzing his protagonist’s journey from idealizing a simple, realistic notion of identity to appreciating a more complicated, abstract...
American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 623–652.
Published: 01 December 2020
... encore at Douglass’s state funeral; for Baldwin’s protagonist, this music also signals the possibility of spiritual redemption through the aesthetic, under certain conditions. Baldwin thus distinguishes between Peter’s private and public Beethovens to reveal how those conditions are unmet...
American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 277–309.
Published: 01 June 2001
... inﬂuenced, Jacobs’s critique of the position of her slave protagonist under Southern law.17 As antislavery activists and writers turned toward the formulas of the urban gothic, a new genre of abolitionist narrative emerged...
American Literature (2022) 94 (1): 133–158.
Published: 01 March 2022
... commenters on Reddit and the YouTube trailer did mention the protagonist’s ethnicity, it was mostly to voice the cautious hope that this would make the game less one-sided rather than to attack liberals for a woke assault on traditional American culture. These responses raise some interesting questions: Why...
American Literature (2000) 72 (3): 463–494.
Published: 01 September 2000
... grotesque testimonios present his autobiographical protagonists as imperfect individuals; through their faults as well as their virtues, these ﬁgures allow us to see the truths of the revolution about which he wrote...
American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 873–875.
Published: 01 December 2018
..., entertainment, or opportunity to speculate on history or free will, it becomes in her hands a device leading to a horrifying confrontation with atrocity and the protagonist’s own uneasy moral trade-offs. These new studies by Canavan and Young highlight another characteristic shared by Butler and O’Brien...
American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 127–157.
Published: 01 March 2016
... outward into ever wider space. I will return to the latter in the second half of the essay; for now, I want to focus on the former. Justice plot protagonists are estranged from the land they once inhab- ited and are returning to reconcile themselves to the past by investi- gating one crime that stands...
American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 83–109.
Published: 01 March 2018
... to discern how the narrative might register something in excess of the citizen and the representable subject—something that calls for a way of reading that does not reduce the narrative to the development of the protagonist. For, as I will elaborate later, in the case of Tom Sawyer , the generativity...
American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 457–484.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of the link between The Lamplighter ’s protagonist Gertrude Flint’s physicality and interiority results in a performative face that at once proclaims her capacity for feeling and reinforces it through the very iteration of these emotions. This link manifests most completely in the gradual lightening of her...
American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 107–136.
Published: 01 March 2015
... in Public .” Critical Inquiry 24 , no. 2 : 547 – 66 . Woloch Alex . 2003 . The One vs. the Many: Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel . Princeton, NJ : Princeton Univ. Press . Merve Ironic Institutions: Emre Counterculture Fictions...
American Literature (2003) 75 (4): 813–841.
Published: 01 December 2003
... Cutter asks: H]ow can ‘passing’ for what oneisnothelp an individual ‘to be a person And Cheryl Wall comments that Nella] Larsen’s protagonists assume false identities that ensure social survival but result...