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American Literature (1 December 2013) 85 (4): 689–717.
Published: 01 December 2013
... . Žižek Slavoj . 2003 . “ Will You Laugh for Me, Please? ” 16 Beaver Group (website) . July 18 . www.16beavergroup.org/mtarchive/archives/000330.php . Jeff Within, Aside, and Too Much: Scheible On Parentheticality across Media This new human being in the process of...
American Literature (1 June 2000) 72 (2): 438–439.
Published: 01 June 2000
...- tween these opposites in the characters’ minds are ultimately based on a di- chotomy between Christ’s divine and human natures, creating a number of circular allegories central to the poem. Within this...
American Literature (1 June 2008) 80 (2): 323–352.
Published: 01 June 2008
... complicates notions of transparent relationships among the parts and wholes of periodicals and national collectives. The complex serial publication of Blake performs the logic of what Martin Delany called elsewhere the “nation within the nation.” The conversation among various texts within texts—what I call a...
American Literature (1 December 2009) 81 (4): 719–745.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Nicholas Gaskill Gaskill's essay situates Stephen Crane's well-known fascination with color within the historical and philosophical contexts of the late-nineteenth century. The invention of bright synthetic dyes and pigments and their applications within emerging advertising culture combined with...
American Literature (1 December 2011) 83 (4): 831–857.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Isaac Cates Cates's essay considers the benefits and constraints of genre within superhero comics and recent alternative comics that make use of the figure of the superhero. Individual superheroes (Batman, Superman, Spider-Man) emerge as nearly allegorical figures for particular ideas or ideologies...
American Literature (1 June 2015) 87 (2): 359–385.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Brian J. Williams This essay argues that forces of globalization have changed how American combatants define their identities within and against a foreign environment. Building on notions that soldiers construct identity by rendering foreign landscapes as Other, this piece considers how familiarity...
American Literature (1 June 2013) 85 (2): 217–246.
Published: 01 June 2013
... of conflict itself—that is, conflict as an aesthetic device within narrative as well as the thing being narrated, the manifestation of force between actors aboard the slave ship. Because the enforcement of US law and security by 1850 tended toward something supra-territorial if not transnational in...
American Literature (1 March 2013) 85 (1): 93–119.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Stephen Knadler “Unsanitized Domestic Allegories” begins the work of recovering the complex history linking Progressive-Era biomedicalization, gender expectations, and ideologies of racial uplift within African American culture. Through a close reading of early-twentieth-century African American...
American Literature (1 March 2019) 91 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 March 2019
... novel, I argue, ultimately suggests a genre of temporality that neither appears as a type of linear time nor ruptures it utterly, and the book implies that temporal suspensions or holds can potentially be useful—not as inherently liberatory but as means of making way for productive disagreement. Within...
American Literature (1 September 2008) 80 (3): 583–609.
Published: 01 September 2008
... she raises Violet after the death of Violet's mother. At the same time, Joe and Violet have never met Golden Gray and cannot locate this particular object relation: it exists within the novel's subconscious, recognizable only to narrator and reader. Jazz itself becomes the reader's transitional object...
American Literature (1 September 2012) 84 (3): 533–561.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Kay Yandell In 1931, Crow medicine woman Pretty Shield delivered her oral autobiography to Frank Linderman, simultaneously through an interpreter of spoken Crow, and without translation to Linderman in Indian Sign Language. Pretty Shield’s and Linderman’s use of the sign language within this...
American Literature (1 December 2012) 84 (4): 769–795.
Published: 01 December 2012
... therefore her ability to place her work within the literary marketplace. Putzi argues that the poem’s sentimentality rendered it eminently reprintable but also distanced the text from its author, thus causing pretenders to imagine themselves in her place. The gendered implications of this sort of aggressive...
American Literature (1 September 2014) 86 (3): 551–581.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Jonathan David Shelly Schroeder Schroeder’s essay works to draw critical attention to the aesthetic history of local color, and, more broadly, to the underrecognized relation between local color and realism. In returning local color to its long aesthetic history within painting, Schroeder argues...
American Literature (1 December 2014) 86 (4): 767–797.
Published: 01 December 2014
... empirical and secular realms, and their concepts of postsecular historical materialism address the problems of suffering, labor, and loss within a frame where capitalist technology employs the material artifacts of past labor within a state of dispossessed anonymity: an anonymity that aesthetic practices...
American Literature (1 December 2016) 88 (4): 695–721.
Published: 01 December 2016
... essay theorizes how the novel genre functions within these publics by reconsidering the literary career of William Hill Brown, best known as the author of The Power of Sympathy (1789). Reading his lesser-known writings, I argue that Brown was an intellectual for a prominent network—often referred to as...
American Literature (1 March 2010) 82 (1): 151–179.
Published: 01 March 2010
... the topological figure of the Möbius strip. While Wright often understands the oneiric world as an escapist realm of whimsical or guilt-ridden daydreaming, it also seems to offer possibilities—often figured as speeds—that are unavailable within the extant phenomenological horizon. Moving from...
American Literature (1 June 2010) 82 (2): 243–269.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Bearer shows, the pedagogic formula from Janeway's original Token books was re-imagined in the nineteenth century to involve colonial missionaries working in imperial outposts such as India. Thus the character Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin becomes both the object of a colonizing, missionary effort within...
American Literature (1 June 2010) 82 (2): 333–360.
Published: 01 June 2010
... warriors, most notably the Muslim martyrs ready to die for their faith. Viewing such militancy as not just appropriate but necessary within a constitutional arrangement whose founding violence is suppressed, he anticipated a key strain of contemporary postsecular scholarship (led by Talal Asad) that sees...
American Literature (1 June 2010) 82 (2): 361–388.
Published: 01 June 2010
... about empathy that defined this concept quite differently from current usages. Rather than designating an interpersonal dynamic, this discourse considered empathy as a relation among bodies, objects, and desire within capitalism. Yezierska's fashion-conscious characters reveal a United States...
American Literature (1 September 2010) 82 (3): 583–610.
Published: 01 September 2010
... Gregg Mitman describe as “community” ecology. Later, postwar urbanists such as Jane Jacobs would draw on the authority of community ecology to reckon with the physical and social transformations then being carried out within New York City's urban renewal programs. Offering scientific evidence of...