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American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 463–492.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Kathleen Howard Howard’s essay argues for the significance of antebellum evangelical tract tales both as precedents for later best-selling works such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and as provocations to consider our critical understandings of literariness. Tract tales belonged to a moment in which...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 851–879.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., and the environmental humanities—and considering cultural artifacts from Smith’s tracts and Herman Melville’s fiction to Cheryl Savageau’s poetry and the underwater sculpture of Jason deCaires Taylor—the essay reads the commodification and consumption of these creatures as constitutive elements of an extinction...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 213–240.
Published: 01 June 2016
...; Plymouth in 1620. 10 The tracts also mention “burgers,” who may be Native peoples or of mixed ethnicity. 11 For a discussion of levels of violence in the Pequot War and the scholarly debate over its meaning, see Ronald Dale Karr ( 1998 , esp. 877–78). 12 See Kristina Bross ( 2004 , 174–76...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 865–886.
Published: 01 December 2014
...–829. Hickman, Jared, and Peter Coviello. “Introduction: After the Postsecular,” 645–54. Hickman, Jared. “The Book of Mormon as Amerindian Apocalypse,” 429–61. Howard, Kathleen. “Tract Tales, Literary Aesthetics, and American Fiction,” 463–92. Hutchison, Coleman. Review: Benson, Disturbing...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 329–332.
Published: 01 June 2021
... by and complicated the Census Bureau’s “shifting taxonomy of racial difference” (2). Soto foregrounds an argument about place; especially with the introduction of the census tract in 1910, the census anchored racial identity in specific geographic locations, “down to the [ . . . ] city block,” so that “Harlem...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 35–64.
Published: 01 March 2009
... thinking, especially regarding slavery, Stanley notes that the “market concept of con- tract” implicitly rejected “reciprocity among unequals as a justifica- 42  American Literature tion for relations of authority and obedience” in favor of “sharp bar- gaining, liberty, and formal equality...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (2): 233–263.
Published: 01 June 2008
... lives of Americans. U.S. workingmen began to read in large numbers at about the same time they became the most materially productive in the industrializing world. They also began to adopt a bodily style that would become a key marker of class identity. When such men closed their tracts...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 March 2004
... power and peace Ware also outlined a fluid literary form for the books, which he conceived as a ‘‘series of narratives, between a formal tale and a common tract’’ (LLCS, 239). While the texts would pro- vide a kind of Christian propaganda, Ware certainly saw them as using 4 American Literature...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 815–839.
Published: 01 December 2018
... the true faith would remain. In the prefatory material to his tract against Quakerism, George Fox Digg’d out of His Burrowes (1676), Williams twice refers to the collapse of Catholicism and Islam in terms of the immolation of “the Pope ” and “ Mahomet .” He was not merely speaking symbolically—Williams...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 643–646.
Published: 01 September 2018
... (1651) painstakingly alongside other historically situated philosophical tracts. These sections recall the meticulous cultural readings of the US Constitution and the law provided in work by Colin Dayan, Deak Nabers, Eric Slauter, and Ivy Wilson. These chapters prove necessary and engaging...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 881–884.
Published: 01 December 2017
... between Old England and New, Concerning Their Present Troubles, Anno, 1642,” the Eliot tracts, and Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative. His reading of Bradstreet’s poem turns on the distinction between sympathy and pity, namely that “pity introduces an unequal distribution of power” (135). Van Engen...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 697–726.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of the private sphere and the moral self. 9 This emerging conception of the moral role of privacy was decidedly Protestant, what Tracy Fessenden ( 2007 , 6) calls the “unmarked” category of American secularism, and is perhaps most apparent in the nondenominational work of the evangelical American Tract...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (1): 207–209.
Published: 01 March 2003
... agendas. Popular nineteenth-century white supremacist texts (including plantation romances, dime novels, religious tracts, and films) provide a rich terrain for analysis of whiteness as a ‘‘structural ideology...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 March 2002
...] for what it would’’ (A, 190). The ex-colored man’s final la- ment that he has ‘‘chosen the lesser part’’ and ‘‘sold [his] birthright for a mess of pottage’’ is answered in Along This Way when John- son refuses to choose—or more specifically, refuses to enter into con- tracts in which he is set up...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (4): 895–908.
Published: 01 December 2001
... writer is devoted to a thorough introduction to the text. Published in 1858, the play makes use of the stock characters, melodramatic conventions, and traditional arguments of antislavery tracts, but as John Ernest maintains, the continuing value of the play lies in the complex picture of American...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (3): 675–689.
Published: 01 September 2003
...: Northeastern Univ. Press. 2003. xxxix, 328 pp. $40.00. Essays in this volume analyze twelve of Sedgwick’s twenty books, ranging from novels and other fiction to travel writing, biography, and religious tracts. Topics...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (4): 751–782.
Published: 01 December 2000
... one would expect, as in reports by charitable organizations and in ser- mons or religious tracts, but also in political pamphlets, newspaper articles, poetry, and fiction.6 Moreover, in much antebellum discourse...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 243–269.
Published: 01 June 2010
... such as the Ameri- can Tract Society and the American Home Missionary Society. The shared goal of all these publication-driven “home missions” was not to bridge differences but to focus on tenets shared by all evangelicals in order to articulate and encourage a uniformity of belief among poten- tial...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (2): 445–451.
Published: 01 June 2002
... through the production of its early-nineteenth-century books. In the rst books’’ of Alabama citizen- ship, writers constructed satirical and epic histories of the state’s formation, produced anti-abolition and women’s education tracts, and conceived other works for the elite of Alabama society, which...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 681–708.
Published: 01 December 2015
... humanitary devotion” (142). Steeped in Fourierist thought and jargon, Lazarus describes marriage as “a compound selfishness, an egoism a deux,” in which “the parties con- tracting it have virtually asserted their independence of society, and embezzled each other in perpetual monopoly from...