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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 (2000) 72 (1): 153–180.
Published: 01 March 2000
...Joseph Karaganis Duke University Press 2000 Joseph Naturalism’s Nation:Toward An American Karaganis Tragedy 5995 AL 72:1 / sheet 157 of 246 Though there’s much to be said for...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (3): 646–647.
Published: 01 September 2001
... dialogue between these voices in two early storiesThe Muse’s Tragedy’’ (1899) and ‘‘The Dilettante’’ (1904)—and in Wharton’s love letters to Morton Fullerton. Chapter 4 focuses on two more stories, ‘‘April Showers’’ (1900) and ‘‘Expiation’’ (1904), as critiques of sen- timental excess in Fast and Loose...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (2): 363–391.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Randall Fuller Duke University Press 2007 Randall Aesthetics, Politics, Homosexuality: Fuller F. O. Matthiessen and the Tragedy of the American Scholar There seems to be something in an effort to understand the...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 225–252.
Published: 01 June 2015
... works with a more refined and reenergized perspective on the genre’s perennial concerns. This essay examines the role of the inanimate in Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy as a means for tracing connections and highlighting divergences between these two intellectual movements engaged in drawing...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 691–719.
Published: 01 December 2019
...’ ability to consent and dissent in early New England and an unexpected orientation toward choice in early American literature. Rogers and his contemporaries engaged the conventions of the early modern criminal narrative to organize the chaos of maternal tragedy according to fictions of choice and the...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 876–878.
Published: 01 December 2018
..., as Ursula K. Heise notes, on tragedy and elegy. Both Heise’s Imagining Extinction and Teresa Shewry’s Hope at Sea affirm the descriptive power of such narratives, for the realities they describe are themselves dire. Nonetheless, both books examine texts that begin to imagine beyond the standard...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 689–696.
Published: 01 December 2020
... tragedy of enormous proportion was bound to occur within our lifetimes, if still off somewhere in the future, unspecific in its detail, placeless. What would it be? This is the nature of Black foreboding: the feeling of inevitability coupled with the fact that the calamitous racial “event” could occur...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (4): 883–884.
Published: 01 December 2003
...) community. López also provides a compelling reading of the role of tragedy in Sánchez’s work, relating it to notions of liberation and entelequia (or creative evolution) that were important to him...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 186–187.
Published: 01 March 2005
...: Univ. of California Press. 2004. xxi, 342 pp. $27.50. ‘‘I came to see the tragedy of Jean Clemens as the key to the story of Twain’s later life Karen Lystra writes in her preface. It is a key, she argues, that fails to appear in previous scholarship, ranging from Albert Bigelow Paine’s 1587–page...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 647–675.
Published: 01 December 2008
... likely acquired a copy of Lemierre’s La Veuve du Malabar, then enjoy- ing a long revival on the French stage. Written and first produced in 1770, Lemierre’s five-act tragedy was revived and printed in 1780 and thereafter remained a staple of the French theater into the era of France’s own...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (1): 221–223.
Published: 01 March 2019
... confronting the complexities of this particular tragedy—one that was witnessed in real time by most of the nation and a good part of the world. How can any writer claim the authority to craft a narrative out of an event that traumatized not only survivors but millions of distant spectators? What are the...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (4): 882–883.
Published: 01 December 2003
... a compelling reading of the role of tragedy in Sánchez’s work, relating it to notions of liberation and entelequia (or creative evolution) that were important to him. Chicano Timespace is valuable as a...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 885–888.
Published: 01 December 2017
... An American Tragedy [1925], The Great Gatsby [1926], and Absalom, Absalom! [1936]) but only, and pointedly, of the pronounced GAN-ian desire for a pure—Euro-free! Papist-resistant!—distinctiveness. Great literature invariably bursts its boundaries, and so do its best devotions. That’s the...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (4): 885–887.
Published: 01 December 2003
... enjoyed more critical acclaim. This refreshing, updated, and unflinching look at imperialist narratives that provide foundations for rethinking and reacting to political and historical tragedy is perhaps the book’s greatest contribution...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 184–186.
Published: 01 March 2005
... Simon. Richard S. Lowry, College of William and Mary Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain’s Final Years. By Karen Lystra. Berkeley and Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press. 2004. xxi, 342 pp. $27.50. ‘‘I came to see the tragedy of Jean Clemens as the key to the story of Twain’s...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 196–198.
Published: 01 March 2005
... of this recent ‘‘middlebrow’’ mixture, Savran ignores the history of theater, the combination of tragedies with satyr plays in ancient Greece or Shakespeare’s gravedigger in Hamlet or his porter in Macbeth, profane enter- tainment for the groundlings. Theater has always had to appeal to mixed audi...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 198–200.
Published: 01 March 2005
... commerce and art, entertainment and politicstheprofaneandthesacred15).Inhis disparaging of this recent ‘‘middlebrow’’ mixture, Savran ignores the history of theater, the combination of tragedies with satyr plays in ancient Greece or Shakespeare’s gravedigger in Hamlet or his porter in Macbeth, profane...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 141–166.
Published: 01 March 2008
... posi- tions in the United States, while also providing an example of how one fights against “going bonkers” because of this awareness. Both a love story and a tragedy, La Mollie negotiates hybridity in overlapping and contradicting ways. It is a story of Louie’s love affair with the United 148...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 153–174.
Published: 01 March 2011
... mournful sentence: “We would have been safe.”13 The final passage suggests that the temporal mechanisms of textuality might be restorative—if the forward move- ment of a novel’s plot can be reversed, then the devastating inevita- bility of the tragedy can be undone, if only for a moment, in the liter...