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Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (1): 129–131.
Published: 01 March 2007
...Caroline Chung Simpson America's Asia: Racial Form and American Literature, 1893-1945 . By Colleen Lye. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005. x + 342 pp. University of Washington 2007 Caroline Chung Simpson is associate professor of English at the University...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (1): 49–73.
Published: 01 March 2011
...-racial encounters with an Islamic diaspora. By restoring West Africa as a contact zone within overlapping nineteenth-century Black Atlantic and Islamic diasporic histories, this essay traces a complex, ambivalent “islamicism” (or specific Islamic orientalism) within early pan-African or “back-to-Africa...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (4): 493–520.
Published: 01 December 2011
... historical and literary moments when gender norms, alongside racial and ethnic identities, underwent abrupt and vexed change. In these stories, scenes of domestic drama are transformed into modernist narratives of social and cultural transformation. The article contends that a pragmatic linguistic approach...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 157–174.
Published: 01 June 2012
.... Drawn along a part of the globe that the West regarded as distant, exotic, and racially and culturally inferior, the date line is conveniently ignored in the works of these authors, who transplant what might otherwise be universal anxieties of modernity onto an exotic locale outside the regular view...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (3): 333–368.
Published: 01 September 2015
... of aesthetic autonomy to declare their freedom from colonial bondage, from systems of racial discrimination, and even from the new postcolonial state. In the geopolitical context of the Cold War, modernist ideals of aesthetic detachment also gave these writers a language of ideological neutrality. The literary...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (1): 65–94.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Michael Skansgaard Abstract Previous historical studies of The Weary Blues have focused on the racial symbolism of Langston Hughes’s technique, which (as the consensus goes) authenticates the voice of the persona through its deliberate simplicity. This orthodox view is wrongheaded from the outset...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 147–168.
Published: 01 June 2023
... Sphinx (1986), which avoids all linguistic markers of gender for its central pair of lovers, and Toni Morrison’s short story “Recitatif” ( 1983 ), which never reveals the racial identities of its two protagonists, one of whom is white and one Black. Drawing on Georg Lukács’s discussion of realism...
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Modern Language Quarterly 11060447.
Published: 12 February 2024
..., they are free to ask and answer different, more compelling questions. In her expansive study, Scripts of Blackness, Noémie Ndiaye queries the transnational circulation of racial discourses in early modern performance traditions and the interconnected ways in which those discourses operated to produce racialized...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1999) 60 (3): 418–421.
Published: 01 September 1999
... race are unstable. And this instability makes them par- ticularly telling for understanding ourselves as a nation built on racial contradiction. In Jefferson’s case, Staples writes, “it is quite possible that he viewed the mulatto Sally Hemings not as black, but as part of some middle category...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1995) 56 (2): 241–245.
Published: 01 June 1995
... to African American lit- erature, any black woman who would writc in this vein, she opined, was hardly a principled author. My friend’s exasperation revealed her belief that sentimental conventions, including tropes of domestic bliss and (inter)racial harmony, proved not merely frivolous when late...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (1): 124–129.
Published: 01 March 1998
... between his “criticism of cultural identity” and his “history of its nativist origins” (142), Our Amm‘ca chronicles a relentless effort to locate the moment at which a culture, as Michaels says of Anzia Yezierska and Pauline Hopkins, rewrote “the critique of racial identity as the commitment...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (1): 99–119.
Published: 01 March 1998
... question has preoccupied its critics more than any other: Does Ellison’s aesthetic individualism -his commitment to formally accomplished art that champions the ethical primacy of the individ- ual-override his novel’s racial and political concerns? The postwar humanists who first took up...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 239–259.
Published: 01 June 2023
... of description transforms Asian American persons into things. The specific appeal of Asian American literature as a form of commodified racial and cultural difference has resided in the perception of this body of literature as offering guided tours through ethnic enclaves. Sau-ling Cynthia Wong ( 1999...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2003) 64 (1): 1–32.
Published: 01 March 2003
... the bravado of DuBois’s book that is apt to take us aback, less its clear-sighted demoli- tion of Victorian racial propriety, than the sheer idiosyncrasy of its dis- cursive construction—or perhaps we should say, of the methodology that construction embodies. We might be particularly startled...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1996) 57 (3): 479–504.
Published: 01 September 1996
...-called natural identities but finds that Tarzan ultimately affirms racial and gender hierarchies2 The answer to Tarzan’s possibly liberating question ‘What does a man do?”is the ominous “[Men] con- trol and subordinate others” (68). For Torgovnick, Tarzan’s touching Cheyfitz...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (1): 111–120.
Published: 01 March 1993
... themselves that we think the racial makeup of the students in our schools should be reflected in the racial makeup of the authors whose books we assign to them. And even if we vary the argument and insist that our students should learn also (or instead) about the his- tory of others, we remain...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1995) 56 (3): 390–393.
Published: 01 September 1995
... the racial masquerade of modernism into a displacement of the dichotomies themselves” ( 195). But, North reminds us, fully appreciating such work requires a shift from the usual attention to the subject matter in African American writing to the cultural work done by experiments in tech- nique...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2004) 65 (4): 561–581.
Published: 01 December 2004
... to get our minds on our work, go back to our jobs, quit this talking.”6 Thus if the politics of most white civil rights novels are, in one sense, radical—implying the most thoroughgoing critique of the southern racial order by white southerners since George Washington Cable’s— they also remain...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (4): 566–569.
Published: 01 December 2013
... tool for students of African literature at all levels. Treating the literary landscape of the whole continent, north and south of the Sahara, Andrade points out that Africa is “inhabited by people of different ethnicities, religious practices, languages, hues, and racial pheno- types” (3...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1969) 30 (4): 508–522.
Published: 01 December 1969
... the literary imagination in any way help to bridge the gap that lay between the races? Was the man of creative imagination able to see the Negro from a perspective that differed from popular convention? When the racial encounter was still fresh and perplexing, were there writers who portrayed black...