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American Literature (1 September 2013) 85 (3): 531–561.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Adrienne Brown Brown’s essay explores how black modernists W. E. B. DuBois and Wallace Thurman used the skyscraper’s abstracted view of the masses to envision raced models of democracy and difference. As urban identity in the 1920s became increasingly associated with ethnic identity, writers used...
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American Literature (1 September 2017) 89 (3): 439–462.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Sue Shon Abstract Since its inception, the skyscraper has served as an icon of American innovation, modernity, and freedom. Upholding this image has erased the racial thinking and racist practices foundational to this born-and-bred American architectural form. This essay restores the import of race...
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American Literature (1 September 2007) 79 (3): 527–551.
Published: 01 September 2007
...—skyscrapers—his adaptation of Ruskin and Morris to an American context raises questions about his attitude toward the craftsman ideal and its applicability to the alienated labor and laborers of industrial capitalism. In “Skyscraper,” the final poem in the “Chicago” section of Chi...
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American Literature (1 March 2019) 91 (1): 209–212.
Published: 01 March 2019
... elide individual subject positions and leave much to the visual “palimpsests” such as those Lindner frequently sees on his city’s vibrant canvas. Lindner’s “New York vertical” emerges from sixteenth-century harbor descriptions that predate skylines, then goes through the early skyscraper era’s booms...
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American Literature (1 June 2004) 76 (2): 275–306.
Published: 01 June 2004
... 1920s explored the material spaces of the machine-age me- tropolis—from glittering department stores to netherworldly factories and impersonal cafeterias. Others appropriated (and were appropri- ated by) the iconic objects—billboard, skyscraper, subway, hotel— that were emerging as the common...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 845–862.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Nineteenth- Century American Literary Nationalism, 591–93. Brown, Adrienne. “The Black Skyscraper,” 531–61. Carey, Craig. “<A> and <B>: Marks, Maps, Media, and the Materiality of Ambrose Bierce’s Style,” 629–60. Chun, Wendy H. K., Tara McPherson, and Patrick Jagoda. “Preface: New Media and...
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American Literature (1 March 2012) 84 (1): 89–117.
Published: 01 March 2012
... sloppiness. The group that most vigorously swept away the journal’s legacy was behind the transatlan- tic Broom (1921–24): Matthew Josephson, Harold Loeb, and others proposed their own brash art of “the skyscrapers, of the movies, of the streets” as a corrective to the “Russian-­realism...
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American Literature (1 March 2018) 90 (1): 187–195.
Published: 01 March 2018
... 1890 US census, and the vertical collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11. As the idea of endless westward expansion collapsed in 1890, Mackay argues, “narrative attention turned toward the verticality of skyscrapers, aviation, drilling, and mining.” After 9/11, representations of the vertical were...
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American Literature (1 March 2006) 78 (1): 169–178.
Published: 01 March 2006
... in a place that worships skyscrapers, money, war, misconceived thought and hummer2 over children requires a bit of madness’’ (20). One senses, though, Madhubuti’s recognition that the poet’s life is indeed lonely, especially when the poet is artistically honest and ethi- cally incorruptible. Yet...
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American Literature (1 December 2004) 76 (4): 807–831.
Published: 01 December 2004
... measurement in his mental equipment would apply to the actual man 2 That William James and Norris would use the same metaphors of immeasurability—inverted skyscrapers, unplumbable depths, vast oceans—to describe a corporate millionaire and his reputation is not American Literature, Volume 76, Number...
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American Literature (1 June 2010) 82 (2): 389–419.
Published: 01 June 2010
... by what David Nye has called a discourse of the “technological sublime.”45 Tom is constantly pondering over the mechanical mysteries of this new land: escalators, vending machines, skyscrapers, bridges, and on and on: The first thing that had impressed him on his second day in America...
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American Literature (1 September 2002) 74 (3): 539–569.
Published: 01 September 2002
... Blessingborne’s alienation, as the poet records his vision of a public object—a set of ele- vator doors with red and white lights—from a public (and presumably occupied) space—a skyscraper lobby. The poet’s perspectival posi- tion thus indicates his abandonment of a privileged subjectivity: down among the...
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American Literature (1 September 2014) 86 (3): 583–610.
Published: 01 September 2014
... undergoing a “minor operation” in, as he sardonically puts it, “the Harpy offices of the Venetian Building back in ’98” (1913, 104). The Venetian Building, completed in 1892, was a skyscraper centrally located in downtown Chicago’s Loop at the corner of State and Wash- ington, a prestigious business...
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American Literature (1 March 2015) 87 (1): 159–186.
Published: 01 March 2015
... makes. Thinking only of Auden’s poem, one might recall the brutal echoes of September 11—the “blind skyscrapers” that “proclaim / The strength of Collective Man” as well as “The unmentionable odor of death” that “Offends the September night”—or the poem’s familiar closing affirmation: “We...
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American Literature (1 December 2007) 79 (4): 701–724.
Published: 01 December 2007
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American Literature (1 March 2014) 86 (1): 117–145.
Published: 01 March 2014
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American Literature (1 March 2019) 91 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2019
... turned many thousands of people into beggars. “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” the runaway popular song recorded by Bing Crosby in 1932, tells the story of a hardworking veteran who builds railroads and skyscrapers—icons of US prosperity and can-do adaptability—but then finds himself reduced to begging...
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American Literature (1 June 2000) 72 (2): 387–416.
Published: 01 June 2000
... City begins with a panoramic view of Manhattan from the 110th floor of the World Trade Center: Beneath the haze stirred upby the winds, the urban island, a sea in the middle of the sea, lifts upthe skyscrapers over Wall...
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American Literature (1 March 2010) 82 (1): 91–119.
Published: 01 March 2010
... the construction of machines, skyscrapers, and other gifts of industry, from the round- ing out of belief and expression to the desacrialization of time. In Moby- Dick Melville had already glimpsed the coming of industrial capitalism. As C. L. R. James argues at the outset of the atomic age, the...
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American Literature (1 September 2003) 75 (3): 545–569.
Published: 01 September 2003