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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

“A Panorama of Gay Life”: Nighthawks and British Queer Cinema in the 1970s  

Glyn Davis

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Nov 2021
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Nov 2021
This chapter details the production history and reception of Paul Hallam and Ron Peck’s film Nighthawks (1978), often recognized as a “classic” of British LGBTQ cinema. It centrally engages ... 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

The Academy and Publishing  

Vara Neverow

This chapter surveys Woolf’s posthumous career. Initially, Woolf’s reception was mixed at best. Her own friend, E.M. Forster, spoke of her feminism in a disparaging fashion, and she was ... 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 and ... More

Advances in Research on the Model of Intuitive Morality and Exemplars (MIME)  

Allison Eden, Ron Tamborini, Melinda Aley, and Henry Goble

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
This chapter describes the model of intuitive morality and exemplars (MIME), which examines connections between moral judgment and exposure to narrative media. The MIME explicates distinct, ... 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 Folklore, Folklife, and Race  

Anand Prahlad

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Nov 2019
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Jun 2018
The study of African American folklore has been grounded from its beginnings in the colonial period in discourses and power dynamics of race. This chapter posits that these beginnings have ... 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

After the New Queer Cinema: Intersectionality vs. Fascism  

B. Ruby Rich

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Nov 2021
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Nov 2021
This chapter historicizes the work of the New Queer Cinema (NQC), a term coined by the author to describe a group of groundbreaking films that emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It ... More

Ages of Empire: Pinnacles of Decline  

Norman Vance

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Apr 2021
This article surveys connections between usually crumbling empires, ancient and modern, with the barbarians almost at the gates, and manifestations of cultural or individual decadence. ... More

All By Myself: Single-Panel Comics and the Question of Genre  

Michelle Ann Abate

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Sep 2020
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Nov 2019
This chapter challenges the long-standing exclusion of single-panel comics from being seen as comics because they do not contain what is commonly regarded as a core feature of the genre: ... More

Allusion and Metaphor  

Jane de Gay

This chapter demonstrates that Woolf’s allusive practice involved transforming and interrogating texts rather than invoking the authority of earlier texts or their scholarly ... More

Ambiguity in Parallel: Visualizing History in Boxers and Saints  

Lan Dong

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Sep 2020
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Nov 2019
This chapter provides an analysis of Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume set Boxers and Saints, which offers historical fiction about the Boxer Uprising in the visual medium of comics. Embedded ... More

American Festival and Folk Drama  

Lisa Gabbert

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Nov 2019
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Jun 2018
Folk dramas and festivals are encapsulated units of culture that distill, concretize, and make manifest through enactment important cultural values and ideas. Bounded in time and space, ... More

American Urban, Suburban, and Metropolitan Folklore and Folklife  

David J. Puglia

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Nov 2019
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Jul 2018
Metropolitan folklore and folklife studies often focus on ethnic, religious, and occupation-centered neighborhoods and their distinctive festive events. The material culture of streets and ... More

Andy and Me (It’s Not Real and It’s Not Fiction)  

Tom Kalin

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Nov 2021
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Nov 2021
This chapter charts the influence of Andy Warhol on filmmaker Tom Kalin and provides an overview of Kalin’s films as well as his activism. From experimental videos such as They are lost to ... More

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