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American Literature (2002) 74 (3): 683–685.
Published: 01 September 2002
... rejection of God’s judgment and wisdom, a denial of the ‘‘re- demptive use’’ of grief in the sin-repentance sequence (90). Chapter 4 notes the popularity of the ‘‘self-elegy’’ (102), that is, the poem anticipating and wel- coming death at different, even early, stages of a poet’s life. These ‘‘homilies of...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 619–647.
Published: 01 September 2019
... figures through the lens of satire, both novels denounce black exceptionalism as a necropolitical tool of oppression that entrenches the social death and civic exclusion of black people in a modern US society that purports to be color-blind and postracial. Emerging within the postmodern turn of the...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 206–209.
Published: 01 March 2009
... unrecognized or unrecognizable as kinship within established norms, is to live among the socially dead” (9). A number of concerns come together under the rubric of disrupted or stigmatized kinship: “From the social death of slavery, to the imagined threat of contamination and devolu- tion that...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 389–411.
Published: 01 June 2011
... been rightly impressed by the historical and sociological interventions of Orlando Patterson, particularly his naming of the phenomenon of social death, that awkward reality in which the slave becomes indis- pensable to the functioning of society to the extent that the liberal...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (1): 187–189.
Published: 01 March 2003
.... Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press. 2001. xi, 289 pp. Cloth, $60.00; paper, $19.00. The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America.By Benjamin Reiss. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press. 2001. x, 267 pp. Cloth, $29.95...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 647–650.
Published: 01 September 2018
...-Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature . By Andrea Stone . Gainesville : Univ. Press of Florida . 2016 . xiv, 238 pp. Cloth , $79.95 . Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death . By Courtney R. Baker . Urbana : Univ. of Illinois...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 416–418.
Published: 01 June 2005
... in his preface that he will relate Whitman’s poetry of death to the poet’s ‘‘social and intellectual milieu he makes little use of the vast body of literature on nineteenth-century death and mourning rituals. More interested in Whitman’s rhetoric of mortality, Aspiz offers convincing support for...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 187–190.
Published: 01 March 2002
... of early- eighteenth-century women in New England excavates their voices from docu- ments created by ministers for purposes of their own and restores these voices to specific dialogues, within a cultural space threatened by centrifugal social and political forces and filled with the concomitant...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 839–841.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Tyler Nickl Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820–1909 . By Schuyler David . Ithaca, NY : Cornell Univ. Press . 2012 . xii , 206 pp. $29.95 . Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition . By Sachs Aaron . New...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 425–427.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Kwakiutl L. Dreher © 2010 by Duke University Press 2010 Lost Bodies: Inhabiting the Borders of Life and Death . By Laura E. Tanner. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press. 2006. xiii, 264 pp. Cloth, $57.50; paper, $19.95. Identifying Marks: Race, Gender, and the Marked Body in...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 180–182.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Reed Way Dasenbrock The New Death: American Modernism and World War I . By James Pearl . Charlottesville : Univ. of Virginia Press . 2013 . xii, 259 pp. Cloth , $59.50 ; paper, $29.50 ; e-book, $29.50 . The Politics of Irony in American Modernism . By Stratton Matthew...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (4): 823–826.
Published: 01 December 2007
...Dawn Keetley Duke University Press 2007 The Kentucky Tragedy: A Story of Conflict and Change in Antebellum America . By Dickson D. Bruce Jr. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press. 2006. 176 pp. $40.00. The Spectacle of Death: Populist Literary Responses to American Capital...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 461–493.
Published: 01 September 2018
... transnationalism Great was Placido in life,—he was greater still in death. —William G. Allen, “Placido” ( 1853 ) When Philadelphia’s Non-Slaveholder began serializing the slave narrative of the “Cuban martyr poet” in February 1854, the abolitionist monthly anticipated that the many “intelligent...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 650–653.
Published: 01 September 2017
... (without requiring resolution) contradictory, mutually exclusive, and negating impulses” (7). Conceiving of death as functioning in the service of life is the foundational contradiction with which Hong works. Rather than make death and the “racialized, colonized, and gendered violences that neoliberalism...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 691–719.
Published: 01 December 2019
... more mundane and thus more threatening to social order. Puritan women learned to live with the disorder of reproduction: menstruation, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, menopause, maternal mortality, infant illness and death, and on and on. Puritan ministers were less accepting and searched for...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 857–859.
Published: 01 December 2010
... and redefines their social place” (22). Both writers critique prevailing conceptualizations of nationalism—Rifkin through an examination of “the logic of voluntary expropriation” that “legitimize[s] the exertion of imperial force ‘within’ the nation” (36), and Huhndorf through an emphasis on...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 196–198.
Published: 01 March 2009
... kinship within established norms, is to live among the socially dead” (9). A number of concerns come together under the rubric of disrupted or stigmatized kinship: “From the social death of slavery, to the imagined threat of contamination and devolu- tion that miscegenation posed in...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 426–428.
Published: 01 June 2005
... than many recent books on Whit- man. Although he promises in his preface that he will relate Whitman’s poetry of death to the poet’s ‘‘social and intellectual milieu he makes little use of the vast body of literature on nineteenth-century death and mourning rituals. More interested in Whitman’s...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 185–187.
Published: 01 March 2016
...James Seaton Book Reviews Banished: Common Law and the Rhetoric of Social Exclusion in Early New England. By Nan Goodman. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press. 2012. 206 pp. Cloth, $59.95; e-book, $59.95. Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation. By Hoang Gia Phan...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (3): 627–629.
Published: 01 September 2006
... Novel and Its Tradition and Leslie Fiedler’s Love and Death in the American Novel. Informed by the explosion of poststructuralist critical theories in the 1970s and early 1980s and by the wealth of social history on early America produced between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s, Davidson’s work was...