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American Literature (2023) 95 (4): 729–753.
Published: 01 December 2023
...T. J. Martinson Abstract While postmodern metafiction (or reflexive fiction ) is commonly positioned outside the scope of the Ontological Turn due to metafiction’s association with postmodernism’s insistence on “world as text,” this article argues that metafiction’s proximity to scientific theories...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 443–469.
Published: 01 September 2008
... to demystify rather than reproduce the slave oligarchy's cultural authority. Through this means, the novel helped the Republicans to set the stakes of political victory as the survival of a Northern subject capable of keeping its distance from the residual standards and ideological reflexes whose effect...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 541–568.
Published: 01 September 2016
... reveals the poststructuralist impulses of West’s novel, which explicitly stages the distinction between being and becoming through two different strains of laughter. The first is a self-reflexive laughter , an emotionally legible “ha-ha” that fixes the laughing person as a general type and in so doing...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (4): 715–745.
Published: 01 December 2002
... independently of con- sciousness and the will. (Theories of imitation as reflex action of the nerves were central to this conception.) Of interest too was the ques- tion of whether such unconscious mimesis might be more accurate or truthful than mimesis influenced by consciousness, with its capacities...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 889–891.
Published: 01 December 2019
... of symptomatic reading even while they remain committed to questions of context (Hurh) or period (“epoch,” in Seltzer), and they both incline toward reflexive, formalist, strongly conceptual approaches to American literature. But the manner in which these books articulate form and history are very different...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 721–749.
Published: 01 December 2019
... nervous activity, what he calls in his preface to The Guardian Angel “the Reflex Function” ( 1900 : viii). 10 As Charles Boewe ( 1954 ) reconstructs, Holmes had met Marshall Hall, a pioneer in reflex research, while he was studying medicine in Paris in 1834; Holmes subsequently helped prepare...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 833–835.
Published: 01 December 2014
... toward complete hypochondria. Following a similar pattern, Muri- son’s analysis of Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates that experiments in reflexes, by implying a body that could be responsive without being conscious, led Poe to question phrenology’s racial hierarchies and Young America’s melior- ism...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 186–189.
Published: 01 March 2014
... magazine’s efforts at modernity). Banta’s is an inventory and an archaeology, 188  American Literature but one that is constantly dynamic and bracingly reflexive. Beginning with the echoes of Bunyan’s earnestness and Thackeray’s worldliness in the magazine’s title—I mean, beginning with London’s...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 723–725.
Published: 01 December 2021
... to the self-reflexive power of storytelling and an interdisciplinary, transatlantic archive. Knowing It When You See It: Henry James / Cinema . By Patrick O’Donnell. Albany: State Univ. of New York Press. 2021. x, 147 pp. Cloth, $95.00; paper, $29.95; e-book available. This monograph considers...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (1): 215–217.
Published: 01 March 2003
...- mous views of childhood, as suggested by the phrase ‘‘demon or doll’’ in her title. At the same time, however, she works assiduously to show the com- plexity, self-reflexivity, and ambiguity that result from contemporary novel...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 853–855.
Published: 01 December 2015
... as the epidemic as a media event spreads narratives like Porter’s in something akin to literary contagion. Marshall ana- lyzes modernist novels as “observation machines” that supply a reflexive visi- bility to the way bodies and subjectivity are modal parts of larger sociotechno- logical systems. Examining...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 434–437.
Published: 01 June 2017
... specific devices to reflexively engage with the specific material medium to which it is affixed or in which it is displayed” (8). A book of fiction becomes a “book fiction” when it “interweaves text, design, and paper into an embodied work of art,” such that “the book becomes visible as an actor...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 781–809.
Published: 01 December 2013
..., response to Higgin 2010) and what Tom Scheinfeldt dubs “the post- theoretical age” (quoted in P. Cohen, “Digital Keys,” New York Times, November 16, 2010). The problem, however, is that without such reflex- ive critical thinking and theories, many of those whose work forms part of this computational...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 281–303.
Published: 01 June 2009
... and values, so now theorists focus on articulating the conditions that make possible dialogues through and across difference. Such dialogues, suggests James Tully, “rooted in the everyday world of belonging and difference, informed with both caring attentiveness and degrees of critical reflexivity...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (3): 383–397.
Published: 01 September 2022
... commentators. Such reflexivity is expertly on display in Cody C. St. Clair’s “The Scene of Eviction: Reification and Resistance in Depression-Era Narratives of Dispossession.” St. Clair locates the problems of housing and homelessness at the center of modernism during the 1930s. Against the backdrop...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (3): 459–486.
Published: 01 September 2023
... of whiteness but as its mimetic reflex, extracted from the dead weight of racial ancestry by remedial exposure to disciplinary environments. Arraying protocols for the reform of sensorial, energetic, sexual, and rhythmic comportment, assimilation meant the abduction of Native subjects into a lifetime...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 151–153.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., in Schweighauser’s estimation, “about itself,” Beautiful Deceptions , like American Enchantment , represents a methodologically adventurous exploration of the critical methods that have become a reflexive concern among many a practicing Americanist today (181). The archival signs of what Sizemore names civil...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 107–136.
Published: 01 March 2015
... a more fluid and reflexive relationship between form and institutional formation, making visible the new players that underwrite literary pro- duction across disparate yet interconnected points in space and time. Don’t Leave Home without It From Fitzgerald on it’s no small wonder...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 675–677.
Published: 01 September 2019
... and Félix Guattari, Michel Foucault, and, of course, Karl Marx for his wide-ranging analysis. Thoburn’s premise is that the materiality of the book—not, that is, solely the codex—can speak to us in ways that could work against the text’s literary or formal content, as a reflexive critical commentary...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 598–600.
Published: 01 September 2020
... fashion. Etherington salvages the aesthetic project of primitivism from the critical disrepute into which it has fallen. He contends that the “moral and methodological consensus” (or “poststructural eclipse”) that reduces primitivism to an “ideological reflex” substitutes the fetishization of “the Other...