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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 791–820.
Published: 01 December 2017
... improvisation on the iconography of black vernacular life. In the middle of this cacophony of frantic chant and scream, Baraka posits silence, and not speech, as the condition of black cultural distinctiveness. In doing so, he presents a vision of black vernacular culture that does not privilege orality and...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 253–273.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Timo Müller The essay offers a new perspective on the resurgence of Afro-modernism in the 1940s, arguing that the vernacular sonnet—specifically Langston Hughes’s “Seven Moments of Love: An Un-Sonnet Sequence in Blues” and the sonnets of Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Hayden—played a crucial role in...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (4): 862–864.
Published: 01 December 2007
.... 2006. ix, 230 pp. $29.95. Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature . By Michael Borshuk. New York: Routledge. 2005. xi, 252 pp. $75.00. Book Reviews Heartless Immensity: Literature, Culture, and Geography in Antebellum America. By Anne Baker. Ann Arbor...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 451–453.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Michael Soto The Speed Handbook: Velocity, Pleasure, Modernism . By Enda Duffy. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press. 2009. 306 pp. Cloth, $84.95; paper, $23.95. Nations of Nothing but Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing . By Matthew Hart. New York: Oxford Univ...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (2): 221–250.
Published: 01 June 2018
...andré carrington Abstract The socially symbolic figure of the superhero comes into close contact with vernacular intellectual critiques of race and modernity through the much-anticipated film adaptation of Marvel’s Black Panther comics. This article analyzes the implications for queer approaches to...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 255–278.
Published: 01 June 2017
... the social blogging platform Tumblr.com and other informal social networks constitutes a new and important form of versioning that reaches different audiences and opens up new pedagogical opportunities. Though separated by decades, Tumblr and This Bridge both represent vernacular pedagogy networks...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (1): 119–149.
Published: 01 March 2012
... Gatsby's criminality. In the end, these tabloid shadows allow us to challenge the recent revisionist arguments about the corporate and Fordist character of Gatsby's gangsterhood, and to reassess Fitzgerald's contribution to the form of vernacular modernism we now call American noir. Christopher  “He...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 459–490.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Monique Allewaert Abstract In this article I collate vernacular and elite academic stories about François Makandal, focusing particularly on his production of fetishes, which I (following his usage) call macandal . I show that the codes at work in macandal artifacts involve a materialism and...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 201–203.
Published: 01 March 2016
...J. Peter Moore J. Peter Moore lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a PhD candidate in English at Duke University, writing a dissertation about the concept of vernacularity in postwar American poetry. In addition to his critical writing, which can be found in American Literature...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 869–892.
Published: 01 December 2015
... Higashida; From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic by Myriam J. A. Chancy, 616–18. Müller, Timo. “The Vernacular Sonnet and the Resurgence of Afro-Modern- ism in the 1940s,” 253–73. Neely, Michelle. Review: Rozbicki, Culture and Liberty in the...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (4): 895–896.
Published: 01 December 2000
.... Press. 1998. ix, 243 pp. Cloth, $55.00; paper, $18.00. Andrew Ross takes the vernacular trope of the ‘‘real’’ from the street lingo of urban America as his conceptual point of entry into this sustained engage...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (4): 896–897.
Published: 01 December 2000
.... Press. 1998. ix, 243 pp. Cloth, $55.00; paper, $18.00. Andrew Ross takes the vernacular trope of the ‘‘real’’ from the street lingo of urban America as his conceptual point of entry into this sustained engage...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 29–55.
Published: 01 March 2010
... and thus had a significant impact on early national culture. In the early repub- lic personal memories coexisted in parallel accounts of the Revolu- tion given by common yeomen and gentleman officers alike, but these accounts intersected when vernacular memories began to compete for a...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (3): 641–643.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., which deeply incorporates that struggle, and eases as she examines Kamau Brathwaite’s account of the importance of diasporic music and vernacular language, which posits its own categories for analyzing expression. Nonetheless, Parris argues, Brathwaite participates in “the very Western tradition that...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (1): 171–173.
Published: 01 March 2018
... through their daily and public expressions of joy, their singing, and their compassion for each other. Rafael finds another aporetic site in the postwar colonial schooling system wherein “Filipinized English,” or the “vernacular shaping [of] the materiality of foreign words” (55), in addition to the...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 376–379.
Published: 01 June 2020
... traditions dominates the middle of the book’s history, which charts the ways that theories of cultural blackness—orality, black folk rituals, musical vernacular, doubling—began to produce collective identities and eventually a cultural nationalism. Babb tracks this expressive culture through the Harlem...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 397–400.
Published: 01 June 2020
... incredibly fragile. . . . Much of what we view as our robust vernacular culture of poetic composition and instruction could easily be decimated with a stroke of an administrator’s pen or a change in priorities on the part of a foundation officer” (15–16). If Kindley’s history illuminates earlier class...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 604–606.
Published: 01 September 2020
... archives (hence the grouping of Stein, Hughes, O’Hara, and Merrill). By taking the supposedly transparent vernacular of everyday life and revealing its opaque attributes, such poems challenge our assumptions about the shallowness of gossip as a communicative dynamic. Readers less interested in...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 519–551.
Published: 01 September 2010
... Grandis- simes (1880), his classic novel of racial politics in nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Washington Cable reaches off of the page toward his readers, lamenting his inability to reproduce the sounds of the Louisiana Creole vernacular in writing. “Alas,” he exclaims at the...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 563–587.
Published: 01 September 2012
... conceptualizations of “culture”—and cultural pro- duction—that assume hierarchical oppositions of white and black, European and African, American and African American, modernist and popular, and written and vernacular. In doing so, Ask Your Mama draws our attention to the contradictions of...