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Age Groups and Aging  

Mary Sellers

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Sep 2018
Folklore occurs at every stage of a person’s life, and this chapter covers the way folklore and folklife across, and of, the life course has been studied. Six divisions in the life course ... More

All That Is Native and Fine: Teaching Native American Literature  

Frances Washburn

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Sep 2014
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May 2014
Teaching Native American literature to the uninformed student is not an easy task, especially when compared to teaching mainstream literature, African-American literature, Chicano ... More

Always in Translation: Ways of Writing in Spanish and English  

Regina Galasso

For outsiders, the languages of Latino literature are English, Spanish, and code-switching between the two languages. What is more, code-switching is considered a symptom of not knowing ... More

Ambivalence and Contradiction in Contemporary Maya Literature from Yucatan: Muk’ult’an in Nool ()  

Emilio del Valle Escalante

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Sep 2014
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Feb 2014
Since the 1980s, Mayas in the Yucatan Peninsula have produced a literary canon that seeks to distance itself from Indigenismo, or literature about the indigenous world by non-Indians. This ... 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 Folk Ideas, Themes, and Worldview  

Jay Mechling

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Apr 2018
Alan Dundes (1971) proposed the phrase “folk idea” as a concept folklorists could and should use to link the folk items and practices they usually study to larger patterns in American ... More

Amerika Samoa: Writing Home  

Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard

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Sep 2014
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Mar 2014
In 1900, Germany and the United States divided the Samoan archipelago into Western Samoa, consisting of nine western islands, and Amerika Samoa, comprised of seven eastern islands. This ... More

Ancestral Piles: Poe’s Gothic Materials  

Sean Moreland

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This essay examines Poe’s conception and use of the Gothic via his engagements with the work of earlier writers from Horace Walpole through Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, Charles Brockden ... More

Arts of Abjection in James Agee, Walker Evans, and Luis Buñuel  

Leigh Anne Duck

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
This chapter compares James Agee and Walker Evans’s photodocumentary book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families (1941), with Luis Buñuel’s documentary film Tierra sin ... More

Asian American Folklore and Folklife  

Fariha Khan

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Sep 2018
The study of Asian-American folklore and folklife focuses on the diverse peoples of Asia as they navigate their lives in America. Sharing the historical framework of Asian American ... More

Asian Americans, Racial Latency, Southern Traces  

Leslie Bow

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
This chapter suggests a lens for comparative racialization by engaging representations of Asian Americans within the South’s black-white binary. The documentaries Miss India Georgia and ... More

At the Crossroads of Red/Black Literature  

Kiara M. Vigil and Tiya Miles

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Sep 2014
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May 2014
A recurring and powerful motif in the African-American literature is the crossroads, a black cultural spot marked by the sign of an X. The crossroads also aptly characterizes the nature of ... More

Attending to AIDS: Elegy's Rendez‐vous with Testimonial  

Ross Chambers

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article mentions the complicated relationship between elegy and the longing for aesthetic redemption; however, such longing is rarely distant from anger and rage, and therefore never ... More

A Basket Is a Basket Because…: Telling a Native Rhetorics Story  

Malea Powell

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Sep 2014
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Jun 2014
This article examines how the field of Native rhetoric emerged to address concerns in the study of Indigenous literature. It begins with a discussion of the formation of Native American ... More

Before Hypodescent: Whitening Equations in South America and the American South  

Ruth Hill

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
Equations for human whitening (Spanish blanqueamiento) emerged in the eighteenth-century Americas as a path to what would later be termed “racial improvement.” Such equations were derived ... More

Between “Colonizer-Perpetrator” and “Colonizer-Ally”: Toward a Pedagogy of Redress  

Renate Eigenbrod

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Sep 2014
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May 2014
This article examines the risks and possibilities of an explicitly transformative pedagogy based on the author’s personal experience as a non-Native teacher of Aboriginal literature in ... More

Beyond Continuance: Criticism of Indigenous Literatures in Canada  

Sam McKegney

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Sep 2014
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Feb 2014
In Canada, criticism of Indigenous literatures has been intertwined with cultural and political continuance. In 1983, Plains Cree Métis scholar Emma LaRocque explained how Métis literature ... More

“Beyond the Lines of Poetry”: Ethnic Traditions and Imaginative Interventions in Irish-American Poetics  

Tara Stubbs

This article aims to provide a brief recent history of Irish-American literary studies, then focuses on how Irish-American poetics might be employed as an evaluative critical lens through ... More

The Bilingualisms of Latino/a Literatures  

Rolando Pérez

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Oct 2018
This essay deals with the multiple languages of Latino/a literature: English, English and Spanish (code-switching), Spanglish, and Spanish. It traces the linguistically and thematically ... More

Bluestockings and Bohemians  

Edward Whitley

Poe regularly attended New York City literary salons during the 1840s with women writers referred to as “bluestockings” in an homage to the feminist intellectuals of the eighteenth-century ... More

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