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Specters of Conquest: Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures

Adam Lifshey

Specters of Conquest: Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures by Adam LifsheyThis book intervenes in transatlantic and hemispheric studies by positing "America" as not a particular country or continent but a foundational narrative, in which conquerors arrive at a shore intent on overwriting local versions of humanity, culture, and landscape with inscriptions of their own design. This imposition of foreign textualities, however dominant, is never complete because the absences of the disappeared still linger manifestly, still are present. That apparent paradox results in a haunted America, whose conquest is always partial and whose conquered are always contestatory. Readers...
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An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture

Crystal Parikh

An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture by Crystal ParikhIn An Ethics of Betrayal, Crystal Parikh investigates the theme and tropes of betrayal and treason in Asian American and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural narratives. In considering betrayal from an ethical perspective, one grounded in the theories of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, Parikh argues that the minority subject is obligated in a primary, preontological, and irrecusable relation of responsibility to the Other. Episodes of betrayal and treason allegorize the position of this subject, beholden to the many others who embody the alterity of existence and whose demands upon the...
2017 / 2 / 3
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Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood

Angela Naimou

Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood by Angela NaimouA study of post-1980 US and Caribbean literary responses to legal personhood. Analyzes literature by Francisco Goldman, Edwidge Danticat, Rosario Ferré, Gayl Jones, and John Edgar Wideman, which depict the legal slave as a generative legal category for labor, immigration, and human rights issues into the twenty-first century
2017 / 2 / 10
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Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production

Rei Magosaki

Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production by Rei MagosakiTricksters and Cosmopolitans is the first sustained exploration into the history of cross-cultural collaborations between Asian American writers and their non-Asian American editors and publishers. The volume focuses on the literary production of the cosmopolitan subject, featuring the writers Sui Sin Far, Jessica Hagedorn, Karen Tei Yamashita, Monique Truong, and Min Jin Lee. The newly imagined cosmopolitan subject that emerges from their works dramatically reconfigured Asian American female subjectivity in metropolitan space with a kind of fluidity and ease never before seen. But as Rei Magosaki...
2017 / 2 / 12
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Poetics of Emptiness: Transformations of Asian Thought in American Poetry

Jonathan Stalling

Poetics of Emptiness: Transformations of Asian Thought in American Poetry by Jonathan StallingThe Poetics of Emptiness uncovers an important untold history by tracing the historically specific, intertextual pathways of a single, if polyvalent, philosophical term, emptiness, as it is transformed within twentieth-century American poetry and poetics. This conceptual migration is detailed in two sections. The first focuses on "transpacific Buddhist poetics," while the second maps the less well-known terrain of "transpacific Daoist poetics." In Chapters 1 and 2, the author explores Ernest Fenollosa's "The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry" as an expression of Fenollosa's distinctly...
2017 / 2 / 7
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Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing

Justin Gifford

Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing by Justin Gifford"Lush sex and stark violence colored Black and served up raw by a great Negro writer," promised the cover of Run Man Run, Chester Himes' pioneering novel in the black crime fiction tradition. In Pimping Fictions, Justin Gifford provides a hard-boiled investigation of hundreds of pulpy paperbacks written by Himes, Donald Goines, and Iceberg Slim (aka Robert Beck), among many others.

Gifford draws from an impressive array of archival materials to provide a first-of-its-kind literary and cultural history of this distinctive genre. He evaluates the artistic and symbolic representations of pimps,...

2013 / 2 / 5
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American Metempsychosis: Emerson, Whitman, and the New Poetry

John Corrigan

American Metempsychosis: Emerson, Whitman, and the New Poetry by John CorriganAmerican Metempsychosis explores the ancient concept of metempsychosis as a precursor to the idea of history. In the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, metempsychosis serves as a form of American self-knowing - the effort to reshape identity through a self's heightened awareness of its own cognitive succession.
2017 / 2 / 8
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The Politics of Irony in American Modernism

Matthew Stratton

The Politics of Irony in American Modernism by Matthew StrattonThe Politics of Irony in American Modernism traces how "irony" emerged as a term to describe intersections between aesthetic and political practices in American literature of the twentieth century's first half. It is the first study to derive definitions of irony inductively from its widespread use within modernist culture.
2017 / 2 / 9
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Mulan's Legend and Legacy in China and the United States

Lan Dong

Mulan's Legend and Legacy in China and the United States by Lan Dong

Mulan, the warrior maiden who performed heroic deeds in battle while dressed as a male soldier, has had many incarnations from her first appearance as a heroine in an ancient Chinese folk ballad. Mulan's story was retold for centuries, extolling the filial virtue of the young woman who placed her father's honor and well-being above her own. With the publication of Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior in the late 1970s, Mulan first became familiar to American audiences who were fascinated with the extraordinary Asian American character. Mulan's story was recast yet again in the popular 1998...

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Democracy's Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing

Jennifer Greiman

Democracy's Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing by Jennifer Greiman"What is the hangman but a servant of law? And what is that law but an expression of public opinion? And if public opinion be brutal and thou a component part thereof, art thou not the hangman's accomplice?" Writing in 1842, Lydia Maria Child articulates a crisis in the relationship of democracy to sovereign power that continues to occupy political theory today. Is sovereignty, with its reliance on singular and exceptional power, fundamentally inimical to democracy? Or might a more fully realized democracy distribute, share, and popularize sovereignty, thus blunting its exceptional character...
2017 / 2 / 3
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Reconstructing Individualism: A Pragmatic Tradition from Emerson to Ellison

James Albrecht

Reconstructing Individualism: A Pragmatic Tradition from Emerson to Ellison by James AlbrechtExplores the theories of democratic individualism articulated in the works of the American transcendentalist writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, pragmatic philosophers William James and John Dewey, and African-American novelist and essayist Ralph Ellison.
2017 / 2 / 8
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Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination

Mar Blanco

Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination by Mar BlancoGhost-watching American Modernity explores the intersections of haunting and space in nineteenth- and twentieth-century works from Spanish America and the US. In an intervention that will reconfigure the critical uses of haunting for scholars across different fields, Blanco advances ghost-watching as a method for rediscovering haunting on its own terms.
2017 / 2 / 8
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The Sentimental Touch: The Language of Feeling in the Age of Managerialism

Aaron Ritzenberg

The Sentimental Touch: The Language of Feeling in the Age of Managerialism by Aaron RitzenbergExamines emotion in American literature between 1850 and 1940-when sentimental literature seemed to fade from the cultural landscape and managerial bureaucracies began to dominate American culture. Offers readings of novels by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Sherwood Anderson, Nathanael West, and David Foster Wallace.
2017 / 2 / 8
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Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Shari Goldberg

Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Shari GoldbergDevelops an account of testimony and the ethics of witnessing through readings of nineteenth-century American literary texts, including those of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, and Henry James.
2017 / 2 / 9
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The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession

Chad Luck

The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession by Chad LuckExplores the embodied aspects of ownership and private property as these emerge in a range of American literary texts across the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
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The Naked Communist: Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture

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The Naked Communist: Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture by VBased on an analysis of American anti-Communist politics in the 1950s, the book presents parallel readings of modernism and popular fiction by concentrating on four recurrent figures (the world, the enemy, the secret, the catastrophe) in order to show that the two cultural fields participated in a common ideological program.
2017 / 2 / 8
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The Underside of Politics: Global Fictions in the Fog of the Cold War

Sorin Cucu

The Underside of Politics: Global Fictions in the Fog of the Cold War by Sorin CucuThis book explores the relation between nationhood, literary culture and globalism in the context of the Cold War struggle over the legacy of European modernity, a struggle to represent diverse experiences of the political, after World War II and colonialism. This book argues that, during the Cold War, modern political imagination is held captive by the split between two visions of universality -- freedom in the West vs. social justice in the East -- and by a culture of secrecy that ties national identity to national security. The significance of Cold War political modernity is made evident...
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Inventing the Language to Tell It: Robinson Jeffers and the Biology of Consciousness

George Hart

Inventing the Language to Tell It: Robinson Jeffers and the Biology of Consciousness by George HartExamines American poet Robinson Jeffers's concern with the evolution of consciousness and its effects on humans' relationship with the natural world. Presents an account of his development of a poetics that integrates scientific and spiritual views of the universe.
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X-The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought

Nahum Chandler

X-The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought by Nahum ChandlerX: The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought offers an original account of the African American as an object of discourse, knowledge, and general social practice, conceiving the focus of such a concern -- with W. E. B. Du Bois -- as forms of social and historical problems on an epochal scale, above all the global-level "problem of the color line," as the mark of both historical limit and possibility.
2017 / 2 / 9
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Thresholds of Illiteracy: Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance

Abraham Acosta

Thresholds of Illiteracy: Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance by Abraham AcostaThrough a series of literary and cultural analyses, this book examines current theories of resistance and their impact on contemporary Latin American cultural discourse, developing a cultural theory of "illiteracy."
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