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American Literature (1 March 2016) 88 (1): 31–65.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Lindsay Reckson This essay tracks the gesture of touching a button across a series of early twentieth-century photographic and literary texts, mapping the uneven shock and pleasure of electrified contact as it emerges under the body politic of Jim Crow. Examining William Vander Weyde's images of...
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American Literature (1 June 2019) 91 (2): 385–416.
Published: 01 June 2019
...Jason Gladstone Abstract This essay argues that what most characterizes the late twentieth century is not, as is often assumed, the threat posed to the human by technology but rather that imposed by technology’s failure. The essay does so by tracking the development of a postwar literalism that is...
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American Literature (1 December 2017) 89 (4): 851–879.
Published: 01 December 2017
...John Levi Barnard Abstract This essay tracks the interrelated histories of the cod and the whale from John Smith’s colonial American vision of abundance to the near disappearance of the living resources he described as inexhaustible. Working at the intersections of animal studies, food studies, and...
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American Literature (1 March 2014) 86 (1): 61–86.
Published: 01 March 2014
... the history of sentimental and domestic discourse in the United States and the pivotal role that discourse played in the formation of a two-track US welfare state. Attentive to the racist effects of the New Deal’s long-term provisions for African Americans, Wright’s novel gives us the story of a...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 March 2011
... foregrounds the mechanics of avatar agency, Whitman's lyric imagines what such an agency would entail given something approaching the full range of nineteenth-century American experience. By tracking the emergence and use of these ludic avatars, Guerra sheds light on the affordances, both liberating and...
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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 689–717.
Published: 01 December 2013
... across three primary media sites: Jacques Derrida’s writing, criticism of the televisual laugh track, and Miranda July’s 2005 film Me and You and Everyone We Know . Proposing we consider not only parentheses as textual marks but also “parentheticality” as a relational structure, Scheible’s essay weaves...
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American Literature (1 September 2013) 85 (3): 475–504.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Carrie Hyde Hyde reassesses the relationship between natural and civil rights by tracking the climatological metaphors that shape representations of the 1841 slave revolt aboard the Creole , in which 135 slaves obtained freedom by redirecting a US ship to the British territory of Nassau, Bahamas...
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American Literature (1 December 2009) 81 (4): 659–685.
Published: 01 December 2009
... of the relations between privacy and personhood, as inscribed by the recent Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas and the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy. Rather than tracking the curve along which U.S. notions of privacy transformed during the antebellum period and after, Insko's essay...
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American Literature (1 June 2001) 73 (2): 437–438.
Published: 01 June 2001
... Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on a Road and the concluding analysis of Cecile Pineda’s Face, bracket three chapters of paired works read as autobiography: Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative and Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the 6363...
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American Literature (1 June 2017) 89 (2): 434–437.
Published: 01 June 2017
... track its development. Punday analyzes how “the writing metaphor,” which figures computing in terms of paperwork and inscription, informs the design and cultural significance of computers (xi). The writing metaphor pervades our idiom: we open a notebook computer to access documents stored in...
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American Literature (1 June 2001) 73 (2): 438–439.
Published: 01 June 2001
... ex- ample of the first type, according to Mostern, is Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on a Road, and of the second, Angela Davis’s Autobiography. Most readers will recognize in the book’s structure...
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American Literature (1 September 2008) 80 (3): 639–644.
Published: 01 September 2008
... © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 Brief Mention General Melville’s Bibles. By Ilana Pardes. Berkeley and Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press. 2008. xiii, 192 pp. Cloth, $60.00; paper, $24.95. Through close textual analysis, Pardes tracks the nuanced ways in which Mel- ville...
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American Literature (1 March 2014) 86 (1): 204–206.
Published: 01 March 2014
... tracks the ways indeterminacy plays out in the texts of Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, and Thomas Pynchon. He argues that behind their “postmodern consciousness” (7) is the foundational influence of quantum theory. “We can see the similarity,” he writes, “between Derrida’s vision and the quantum world...
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American Literature (1 September 2015) 87 (3): 630–632.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., looks to the past at inter- faces such as Emily Dickinson’s fascicles, and returns to the present. Her postscript is a compelling consideration of “The Googlization of Literature,” which points out that “readingwriting—the practice of writing through the network, which as it tracks, indexes...
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American Literature (1 September 2018) 90 (3): 657–660.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., rather than the global or transatlantic, as a mode to consolidate and manage difference. In eight richly textured and deeply historical chapters, Apap charts three major developments of this mode. He first tracks its emergence in the literature of the 1820s, including geographical textbooks, Thomas...
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American Literature (1 March 2013) 85 (1): 1–3.
Published: 01 March 2013
... depths. Tracing the transition of Thoreau’s preoccupa- tion with metaphorical sleep into his own sleep disturbances, which eventually pushed Thoreau into “a feeling of outsiderness,” Reiss tracks how a surficial concern with sleep moves through a proto-unconscious into a critique of the (human...
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American Literature (1 June 2007) 79 (2): 437–444.
Published: 01 June 2007
... who regularly relied on the media for self-promotion. Readers are able to track the development of a sometimes notorious public persona through the popular press. The Letters of Jean Toomer, 1919–1924. Ed. Mark Whalan. Knoxville: Univ. of Tennes- see Press. 2006. xliv, 249 pp. $38.00...
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American Literature (1 December 2017) 89 (4): 889–891.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Cahan’s Rise of David Levinsky (1917) to track innovations in the garment industry and Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900) to analyze mechanisms for the production of consumer desire. The culture of accumulation proves hollow for David, Carrie, and Yezierska’s Sonya Vronsky, all of whom manipulate...
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American Literature (1 March 2018) 90 (1): 177–179.
Published: 01 March 2018
... track twentieth-century war literature. The monograph takes shell shock as an organizing concept for “defamiliarizing canonical novels” and “recuperating and recovering” marginalized works (4–5, 5). Chapter 1 focuses on the work of Mary Ward, whose once-popular novels have suffered a long exile best...
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American Literature (1 March 2017) 89 (1): 194–196.
Published: 01 March 2017
... questions of reception in more abstract terms. Instead, his work tracks ways in which poetry traversed the Iron Curtain during the second half of the twentieth century. Quinn’s central point, that there is a need to look at both sides of the Cold War divide—otherwise it “is like trying to analyze how a bike...