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American Literature (1 June 2002) 74 (2): 411–413.
Published: 01 June 2002
... cast my line, And feel the best of life is mine. Thomas C. Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles Stephen Crane’s Blue Badge of Courage. By George Monteiro. Baton Rouge: Louisi- ana State Univ. Press. 2000. 224 pp. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $24.95. The Material Unconscious: American...
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American Literature (1 March 2011) 83 (1): 121–151.
Published: 01 March 2011
... reception reveal the challenges of creating art that is aimed at social reform and confirm the difficulty in assessing the political function or, in Fredric Jameson's sense, the political unconscious of American literature. As a celebrated example of political theater, The Exonerated also provides a forum...
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American Literature (1 September 2013) 85 (3): 419–445.
Published: 01 September 2013
... theories because they were looking at a text in dialogue with psychoanalysis’s antecedents. By recovering these antecedents, the essay shows that states of insensibility like sleepwalking—which Fiedler takes as figures for the unconscious—in fact had social and political meanings that even postcolonial...
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American Literature (1 September 2014) 86 (3): 551–581.
Published: 01 September 2014
... precisely because of how it reacts against this formation, as well as how it suggests an alternative, unconscious receptivity to the detail that foreshadows American modernism and regionalism. © 2014 by Duke University Press 2014 References Alden Henry Mills Howells William Dean , eds. 1906...
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American Literature (1 December 2011) 83 (4): 775–801.
Published: 01 December 2011
... assumptions about “free” markets that we have unconsciously relied on in our literary histories, while also showing how a focus on the social practices of patronage and philanthropy helps us ask new questions about the relation of literature to corporate capitalism. © 2011 by Duke University Press 2011...
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American Literature (1 December 2002) 74 (4): 715–745.
Published: 01 December 2002
... unconscious brain and nervous system processes as the manufactur- ersofliteraturechallengedthatoftheconsciousreporter. My history here of the intersection between literature and neuro- science in the late nineteenth century is offered partly as a rethink- ing of American literary realism, in order to put...
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American Literature (1 September 2018) 90 (3): 654–656.
Published: 01 September 2018
... the gay modern occurred at the expense of marginalized, racialized others. In this sense, Pérez’s book is a critique of what he calls queer studies’ “racial unconsciousness.” Pérez argues that despite queer studies’ avowed dedication to liberation politics, it remains “susceptible to . . . a racial...
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American Literature (1 December 2003) 75 (4): 751–781.
Published: 01 December 2003
..., and reviews. What is striking in these analyses is how often Poe’s social proclivities appear to be beyond his control as ide- ology and unconscious desire determine textual meanings.2 But what if Poe is a more self...
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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 2009) 81 (2): 225–252.
Published: 01 June 2009
... chances. We might call this a kind of unconscious calculation—a probabilistic method neither driven by reason nor wholly accessible to it, which is paradoxical only if we define calculation as something intellectual and willed. However, nineteenth-century probability theo- rists recognized that...
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American Literature (1 December 2000) 72 (4): 874.
Published: 01 December 2000
... language that mars her work: ‘‘phallic pens’’ (7), ‘‘psychic splittings’’ (124), ‘‘the white female psyche’’ (106), ‘‘the symbolic night-clothes of the white woman’s unconscious’’ (42), and ‘‘the butch lesbian’’ (173). Nevertheless, the...
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American Literature (1 December 2000) 72 (4): 875–876.
Published: 01 December 2000
... unconscious’’ (42), and ‘‘the butch lesbian’’ (173). Nevertheless, the book makes a significant contribution to American women’s writing in general and Civil War writing in particular. Alongside the work of Edmund Wilson...
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American Literature (1 September 2017) 89 (3): 627–629.
Published: 01 September 2017
... with an “eye to the strangeness that jingoistic narratives worked to conceal” (35). The book closes with insightful readings of Poe’s late US stories as a repository of the nation’s repressed unconscious, suggesting that against the “bracing fables of heroic purpose that glorified the United States...
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American Literature (1 March 2014) 86 (1): 204–206.
Published: 01 March 2014
... when Coale, in a single paragraph, unites in one conceptual sweep the quantum realm, the concept of death, literary postmodernism, and Freud’s idea of the unconscious (51). Book Reviews  205 Lisa Zunshine’s Getting inside Your Head is a...
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American Literature (1 March 2018) 90 (1): 180–182.
Published: 01 March 2018
... unnecessary (the battle Stratton seems to want to fight has been over for half a century) and because its presentation of New Criticism as unequivocally conservative and neotraditionalist isn’t that accurate, as Stratton ultimately if unconsciously concedes in his final chapter, which discusses Kenneth...
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American Literature (1 December 2014) 86 (4): 831–833.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Lacanian account of the contemporary political and legal critiques launched by James Fenimore Cooper in The Crater and Herman Melville in White-Jacket. Throughout, Berger follows Žižek in arguing for shifting fantasy from an unconscious function of the human subject to a formal dynamic at work in...
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American Literature (1 March 2003) 75 (1): 215–217.
Published: 01 March 2003
...- bility. Informed by Freudian psychology, James’s fictions register both con- scious and unconscious awareness of the sexual self. Maisie—vigorous, full of wonder, and resilient—rejects the image of herself as ‘‘sacred icon or divine...
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American Literature (1 December 2004) 76 (4): 891–894.
Published: 01 December 2004
... Native American women strategically attempted to revise mainstream forms is thus destabilized by the suggestion that they could have been articulating unconsciously the oppressor’s language or mimicking it without clear political intent. Bennett’s argument also presumes a homogeneity of the...
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American Literature (1 June 2018) 90 (2): 251–281.
Published: 01 June 2018
...-Men #194, for instance, in a desperate effort to make one final stand against the X-Men’s robotic archnemesis, Nimrod, who has beaten and left unconscious all her fellow X-Men, Rogue gently grazes her fingertips against the skins of her teammates, the teleporting blue elf Nightcrawler and the metal...
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American Literature (1 September 2008) 80 (3): 583–609.
Published: 01 September 2008
... her narrator as a “talking book,” she has discovered a way to “unsettle” her readers the way jazz does its listeners and to put us “a little on edge” (“TM,” 42), language that invokes Culler’s notion of the “textual unconscious,” or the reader’s transferential relation to the text.5 In the...