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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...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (3): 419–445.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Emily Ogden Controversy over Freudian approaches to Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly (1799) has obscured the novel’s sensory politics. Psychoanalytic readers like Leslie Fiedler, in Love and Death in the American Novel (1960), discovered in Brown’s novel a striking confirmation...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 523–551.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., unheard-of incident. 28 But its numerous reprints also resemble our current world of social media, where the repetition or retweeting of a sensational story serves to augment its credibility. Reprinting his own tale, Poe combined the roles of author and editor. Instead of exemplifying the “death...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (3): 549–577.
Published: 01 September 2004
... of race even as they are motivated by impending violence or death.17 Theresultsofsuchasubstitutionofself for race ring both heroic and apocalyptic, as the individual death can signify the death of racism or the death of the race. Interrogating the intersection of social death and phenomenological...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 206–209.
Published: 01 March 2009
... 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 postbellum America and beyond, to contem- porary anxieties that the birth of gay marriage portends the death...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 389–411.
Published: 01 June 2011
... 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 recognition of innate rights and responsibilities is suspended, I would propose that it is time for us...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 196–198.
Published: 01 March 2009
... 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 postbellum America and beyond...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 193–196.
Published: 01 March 2009
... 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 postbellum America and beyond, to contem- porary anxieties that the birth of gay marriage portends the death...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 199–200.
Published: 01 March 2009
... 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 postbellum America and beyond...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 201–203.
Published: 01 March 2009
... 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 postbellum America and beyond, to contem- porary anxieties that the birth of gay marriage portends the death...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 203–205.
Published: 01 March 2009
... 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 postbellum America and beyond...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 307–327.
Published: 01 June 2021
... optimist in the academy is the very scholar whose work has been pivotal for Afropessimists. Orlando Patterson has noted the irony of Afropessimists finding an important analytical rubric in his classic Slavery and Social Death (1982). Suggesting that “[w]e’re going through a period of extreme despair...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (1): 29–58.
Published: 01 March 2023
... of perfectionism on the psychological well-being of undocumented people even after citizenship is no longer a crisis. Throughout the memoir, the first-person narrative voice invites readers to question the larger structural oppression that naturalizes migrant death and undocumented social death. In chapter 8...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 409–412.
Published: 01 June 2020
... and enjoyment of these actions increased to compensate for dispossession” (155). This connects, I think, to Perry’s statement in her last chapter that she has “never believed in theories of social death”: “people live in the zone of non-personhood. They may be treated as ‘dead’ before the law...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (1): 115–143.
Published: 01 March 2021
... tunnel as “deathless” (100). Like the railroad, Black life is often formulated as limned with death (social, civil, corporeal) that nonetheless fails to totalize Black existence. 18 Moreover, though the railroad does not carry Cora to freedom, it still seems imbued with potential. In one telling...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (1): 115–121.
Published: 01 March 2023
... shaped conversations in Black studies (in the mid-twentieth century and again today) such as hope/despair, being/nonbeing, humanism/antihumanism, and social life/social death. Moreover, Douglass’s choice is then shared out in his writings, speeches, and activism, nourished by and nourishing a collective...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 243–269.
Published: 01 June 2010
... of their Sunday school books, students like Topsy had to endure a social death before they could be brought back to life through education. Yale University Notes This essay on pedagogy has benefited immeasurably from the graduate instruction of Wai Chee Dimock, who nurtured it from...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 447–457.
Published: 01 September 2019
... : 1–2). Poststructuralist theory’s critique of the West’s supposed rational social organization challenged conceptions of the subject. If the modern state is structured by its power over life and death rather than its composition by a polity of autonomous subjects amalgamated through collective...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 123–150.
Published: 01 March 2005
... but to a social death.13 As she becomes the marital property of St. Elmo, her presence is erased from the novel she has dominated; she ceases to exist as an independent mind and, indeed, as an autono- mous person. Readers of St. Elmo have tended to use the devastation of the novel’s conclusion to assess...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 23–50.
Published: 01 March 2015
... : Random House . Patterson Orlando . 1982 . Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study . Cambridge : Harvard Univ. Press . Pluchon Pierre . 1987 . Vadou, sorciers, empoisonneurs de Saint-Domingue à Haïti (Voodoo sorcerers, poisoners: From Saint Domingue to Haiti) . Paris...