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Abolition and Activism: The Present Uses of Literary Criticism  

James Dawes

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the relationship between literary critical practice and human rights, and describes the present uses of literary criticism. It analyzes an example of abolitionism and ... More

“Action, Action, Action”: Nineteenth-Century Literature for Twenty-First-Century Citizenship?  

Russ Castronovo and Dana D. Nelson

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines what can be learned from nineteenth-century American literature regarding twenty-first-century citizenship. It investigates how the intellectual project of reading ... More

Actors and Puppets From Henry Irving’s Lyceum To Edward Gordon Craig’s Arena Goldoni  

Olga Taxidou

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Oct 2016
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Dec 2016
This chapter explores the ‘aesthetics of catastrophe’ that informs the stage experiments of the period, epitomized by Edward Gordon Craig’s essay-manifesto of 1909, ‘The Actor and the ... More

Address  

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
This article discusses how the problem of literary address spawned many of Victorian poetry’s self-doubts. While engaging in more traditional forms of verse, Victorian poets realized the ... More

Adopting and Adapting Dickens since 1870: Stage, Film, Radio, Television  

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

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Sep 2018
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Oct 2018
This chapter addresses the plenitude of adaptations from Dickens’s fiction to performance media since his death in 1870. The first half considers how Dickens helps us to think about ... More

Aestheticism and the Politics of Pleasure  

Ruth Livesey

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2015
The late nineteenth-century Aesthetic movement challenged many aspects of Victorian literature and culture. This chapter explores how the emphasis on pleasure within Aestheticism was ... More

Aesthetics  

G. Terence Wilson

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
For centuries, literary critics have made a division between poetry and prose, believing that poetry focuses on complex interactions between sound and sense, while prose centers on lucid ... More

Alexander Pushkin as a Romantic  

Luba Golburt

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Jan 2016
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May 2016
This chapter maintains that Pushkin’s artistic project illuminates a paradoxical convergence of nationalism and internationalism at the core of both European and Russian Romanticism: the ... More

Alice Meynell, Again and Again  

Meredith Martin

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
This article examines the poetry and essays of Alice Meynell. It first considers the poem, ‘A Modern Poet’ (1875), which illustrates both her ambivalence about women’s poetry and her own ... More

American Constitutional Elegy  

Max Cavitch

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the American constitutional elegy. It argues that American national difference in literature can be tracked in the terms of its engagement with specifically American ... More

American Intersections: Poetry in the United States 1837–1901  

Elisa New

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
This article traces the history of American poetry in the Victorian period, which witnessed the birth, maturity, and demise of American poetic culture. In 1837, American poetry was in its ... More

American Political Drama, 1910–45  

Christopher J. Herr

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines the history of political drama in the United States from 1910 to 1945. It describes the diversity of styles used and attitudes taken by politically influenced dramas, ... More

‘Anguish no Cessation Knows’: Elegy and the British Woman Poet, 1660–1834  

Anne K. Mellor

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article addresses the female-authored elegy. By far the greatest number of elegies penned by women between 1660 and 1834 confront the loss of a dearly beloved family member or friend. ... More

Animals and The Formation of Liberal Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature  

Colleen Glenney Boggs

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article investigates why nineteenth-century views of human subjectivity repeatedly cross into the terrain of the nonhuman and animals, and examines the formation of liberal ... More

Antebellum Frontier and Urban Plays, 1825–60  

Rosemarie Bank

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay investigates the scenic poles of city and frontier as sites for the American drama. It explains that the frontier and the urban were productive of distinct dramatic figures ... More

Antebellum Plays by Women: Contexts and Themes  

Amelia Howe Kritzer

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay focuses on the emergence of women playwrights in the United States during the antebellum period. It analyzes the works of several women playwrights, including Anna Cora Mowatt, ... More

Antipodean American Geography: Washington Irving's “Globular” Narratives  

Paul Giles

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the works of Washington Irving within the broad framework of global narratives. It analyzes how geographical variables enter into the writings of Irving and how as an ... More

Antislavery Reform  

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
Transcendentalism has a very deep history in antislavery activism. As the article goes, Radical abolitionism gained momentum as an organized effort centered in Transcendentalist New ... More

Archives of Publishing and Gender: Historical Codes in Literary Analysis  

Shirley Samuels

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article focuses on archives of publishing and gender in the U.S.A., and the historical codes in literary analysis. It investigates how archival research changed what we thought we ... More

Are “American Novels” Novels? Mardi and the Problem of Boring Books  

Jordan Alexander Stein

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the American novel and the problem of boring books. It investigates what would happen if the assumption about the existence of novel as a literary genre were treated ... More

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