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“A Music Numerous as Space”: Cognitive Environment and the House that Lyric Builds  

Sharon Lattig

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
This article examines the concept of cognitive environment in relation to ecocriticism. It discusses Gaston Bachelard’s analysis, in his The Poetics of Space, of historian Jules Michelet’s ... More

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

Advertising and Design  

Jonathan M. Woodham

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter focuses on various ways in which the rhetoric and visual iconography of the space age and the world of science fiction was explored in the styling and promotion of consumer ... 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

Aesthetics  

Peter Stockwell

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter argues that the prescriptive turn in literary aesthetics over the last two centuries has marginalized science fiction, placing it in the category of the “Sublime” rather than ... More

African American Performance  

Soyica Diggs Colbert

This article explores the formation, expansion, and future of the field of African American performance studies, considering the cultural, social, and political contexts that brought the ... More

Afrofuturism  

De Witt Douglas Kilgore

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
Can we imagine a future in which the African diaspora is seen as central to the flow of events? This chapter seeks to answer that question through a history of Afrofuturism as a critical ... 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

Antipodean Modernisms: Australia and New Zealand  

Prudence Black and Stephen Muecke

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Dec 2010
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Sep 2012
This article examines the history of antipodean modernisms in Australia and New Zealand. It suggests that antipodean modernisms are determined first and foremost by historical and ... More

Architecture  

W. Barksdale Maynard

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
As the title suggests, this article takes on the architectural significances of the Transcendentalist movement. The Transcendentalists had considered several different aspects for ... More

Architecture  

Nic Clear

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
The usual practice when discussing science fiction and architecture is to look at the architecture “in” science fiction, particularly in science fiction films. This chapter starts by ... More

Architecture, Design, and Modern Living  

Christopher Crouch

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Dec 2010
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Sep 2012
This article examines the history of modernist architecture. It argues that of all the arts, it can be argued that the forms and functions of modern architecture and design are the most ... 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 You Serious? A Modest Proposal for Environmental Humor  

Michael P. Branch

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
This article proposes the concept of environmental humor. It discusses David Gessner’s essay about why environmental writers do see more humor in the subject of our studies and why they do ... More

Aristotelian Criticism in Sixteenth-Century England  

Micha Lazarus

Aristotle’s Poetics has been thought to be inaccessible or misunderstood in sixteenth-century England, but this inherited assumption has drifted far from the primary evidence and lagged ... More

Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Together as a Primer for Critical Literacy  

Teya Rosenberg

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that the Frog and Toad books function as useful literary “primers,” not just for young children, but for college students as well. It also shows that Frog and Toad ... More

Art and Illustration  

Jerome Winter

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter discusses images and discourses of the future in a wide spectrum of SF visual media—from the trail-blazing photorealist interior illustrations and frontispieces of Jules ... More

The Art of Chaos: Community and African American Literary Traditions  

John Ernest

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines African American literary traditions during the nineteenth century. It suggests that African American literary history of this time is often taken to be a rather ... More

Atomic Culture and the Space Race  

David Seed

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter explores how the space race emerged in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and gradually entered the cultural mainstream. Science fiction played a crucial role in this process as ... More

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