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American Literature (2012) 84 (4): 769–795.
Published: 01 December 2012
... therefore her ability to place her work within the literary marketplace. Putzi argues that the poem’s sentimentality rendered it eminently reprintable but also distanced the text from its author, thus causing pretenders to imagine themselves in her place. The gendered implications of this sort of aggressive...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (2): 347–375.
Published: 01 June 2018
... one another. The comic thus models the temporalities of surviving trauma. The feminist temporalities of survivorship here also model utopian futures that are homosocial, queer, often ecstatic, and resistant to normative scripts of what should give women comfort. Undergirded by a radical feminist...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 57–81.
Published: 01 March 2008
... recognized that, in many cases, it could go where the physical black body could not and thus could uniquely challenge white control of public space while also mapping that space as a field for further political action. © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 Mike The Sounds of Black Laughter and...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 707–738.
Published: 01 December 2008
... language of love. Dill thus presents the silences of these texts as revolutionary spaces. Within those spaces, Brown and Melville locate an erosion of certainty that the texts posit as an American ideal. Elizabeth That Damned Mob of Scribbling Siblings: Dill The American Romance as Anti...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 443–469.
Published: 01 September 2008
... content of the older complaint in the tone and with the emphasis of the newer political fear. The novel thus contributed to those Republican warnings against self-abasement that gave the new party a fresh power derived from a traditional feature of patriotic rhetoric. Paul's seduction into and recovery...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 253–279.
Published: 01 June 2009
... era leads to the adoption of a progressive atomism that relocates the spiritual power of subjectivity within the material. “Song of Myself” thus develops a chemistry of embodied presence that makes it possible to demonstrate that “every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” In 1856, “Crossing...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (2): 333–359.
Published: 01 June 2009
... egocentrism but from Western identity—and the guilt associated with that identity. To these poets (Ordway Southard, Foster and Rhoda Jewell, Jack Kerouak, Diane Di Prima, Gary Snyder) haiku both thematized and formalized transience and was thus precisely the poetic form for explaining conquest and elegizing...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 331–358.
Published: 01 June 2015
.... Women and other supposedly vulnerable readers were excluded from its audience, appearing instead as instruments for masculine self-contemplation. Thus, the magazine describes female characters such as Clarisse, the “girl next door” in Fahrenheit 451 , and Janet Pilgrim, the first girl-next-door Playmate...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 799–823.
Published: 01 December 2015
..., retrospectively, be described as neoliberalism. The neoliberal style this essay explicates allows for subjects under neoliberalism to inhabit a position that limits politics to the confines of individual entrepreneurialism and consumerism, thus broadcasting politics as not a collective enterprise but instead a...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 753–778.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Jesse Zuba The proliferation of first book prizes for poetry reflects the increasingly professionalized academic culture in which poetry was published, written, and read during the 1950s and 1960s. This change threatened the validity of the poetic vocation by formalizing the career and thus opening...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 243–269.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Bearer shows, the pedagogic formula from Janeway's original Token books was re-imagined in the nineteenth century to involve colonial missionaries working in imperial outposts such as India. Thus the character Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin becomes both the object of a colonizing, missionary effort within...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (3): 447–473.
Published: 01 September 2013
... in ways that advance a multilinear sense of historical time. The manner in which Douglass writes through 1848— connecting Europe to the United States and integrating those failed rebellions into a capacious philosophy of history—thus suggests that transnationalism itself inheres in a particular kind...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2014
... Robert Montgomery Bird’s The Gladiator (1831), and thus it contained an implicit threat of collective violence should working-class speech be curtailed. Moreover, Forrest’s close friendship with abolitionist William Leggett and quotation of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Queen Mab and Revolt of Islam (among...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (2): 217–243.
Published: 01 June 2014
...Daniel M. Radus As channels of print distribution and production widened in the early nineteenth century, Native Americans employed print as a means of expressing their pasts and thus their historical claims to territories coveted by the United States. In this essay, Radus shows how the nature of...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 493–521.
Published: 01 September 2014
... figure for future self-reflection and -definition at a time particularly shaped by cultural renewal and social reform. The network, as combining both concrete, material reality and epistemological, theoretical discourses, thus represents a central image in the project of (re)defining personal and...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Haiti to haunt New Jersey. Thus, The Black Vampyre challenges both the easy relegation of the Haitian Revolution to the category of history and simple national narratives that ignore the intertwining histories of Haiti and the United States. © 2015 by Duke University Press 2015 hemispheric...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 803–829.
Published: 01 December 2011
...-Jaber uses the figure of the Palestinian refugee to signal the elided presence of the Native American, thus disrupting the historical homogeneity of the myth of U.S. nation formation and bringing to light instead the model of settler colonialism on which the United States is based. As such, the novel...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (1): 61–87.
Published: 01 March 2012
... US capital both intranationally and internationally. Thus, in an analysis of the violent marrow of US racism, Chesnutt offers a surprising diagnosis: the cakewalk of capital. © 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 John Mac The Cakewalk of Capital in Charles Chesnutt’s Kilgore The...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 327–351.
Published: 01 June 2012
... cosmopolitan environmental discourse, thus broadening the applicability of Heise’s revisionary critique into a reconsideration of environmentalism as represented in documentary film. Lisa  “We Don’t Wanna Be Radiated”: Lynch Documentary Film and the Evolving Rhetoric of...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (2): 353–379.
Published: 01 June 2012
... posthumanists, Poe represents the fusion of subjects and environments as a cataclysmic collapse, making the nonhuman environment the field against which discrete selves disappear as material bodies and as metaphysical entities. Poe’s texts thus foreclose both the idea that human selves are inherently distinct...