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“A Curious Sort of Book”: Jack London’s and the Politics of Prison Reform  

Susan I. Gatti

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
A bold, imaginative work, The Star Rover demonstrates Jack London’s inventive approach to the social-protest genre. London mixes in the typical problem-novel ingredients: gritty, realistic ... More

The Atavistic Nightmare: Memory and Recapitulation in Jack London’s Ghost and Fantasy Stories  

Michael Newton

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
This essay argues that Jack London’s fantastic tales hinge on a belief in the theory of recapitulation, and that a common concern with the past-haunted self characterizes these stories. ... More

A Bestiary from the Age of Jack London  

Michael Lundblad

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
Readers of Jack London might well think that a taxonomy of animal species at the turn of the twentieth century would represent ways of thinking about animals that would be quite familiar ... More

Blurred Lines: The Illustration of Jack London  

Amy Tucker

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
Where writers like James, Howells, and Wharton disdained illustrations, regarding them as a distraction from the psychological realism of their fiction, Jack London welcomed the visual ... More

Burning Daylight  

Tony Williams

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
Burning Daylight reflects the personal and political contradictions in Jack London’s work in terms of his own version of the “American Adam” discourse. Taking well-known elements from ... More

Canine Narration  

Loren Glass

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
This chapter counters the persistent tendency in Jack London criticism to allegorize the character of Buck in Call of the Wild, either as an avatar of the author or as a Jungian archetype. ... More

Central European Modernisms  

Timothy O. Benson

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Dec 2010
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Sep 2012
This article examines the history of modernism in Central Europe. It explains that Central European geography can be considered as myriad exchange events and situations across a field of ... More

Cherry, Unfinished Business: Race, Class, and the American Empire  

Lawrence Phillips

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
This essay explores Jack London’s last unfinished novel Cherry. It is read in the context of increasing tensions between the Japanese empire and the United States and Hawaii’s progression ... More

“Come Down from the Mountain Top and Join the Fray”: Jack London’s Role in the Mexican Revolution  

Lawrence D. Taylor

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
The essay examines Jack London’s role in the Mexican Revolution. In explaining the supposed dichotomy in London’s attitude toward the revolution in the two instances, the author contends ... More

The Contemporary English Novel and its Challenges to Ecocriticism  

Astrid Bracke

This article analyzes the challenges of contemporary English novel to ecocriticism. It explains that the novel has often been considered to be unsuitable or at least problematic for ... More

Darwin’s Anachronisms: Liberalism and Conservative Temporality in  

Stephen J. Mexal

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
There is nothing wrong with having a conflicted or idiosyncratic political philosophy, of course. Jack London is large; he is allowed to contain multitudes. But by reading London’s letters ... More

The Early Fiction of John Sommerfield  

James Purdon

This article, which concentrates on the early work of the left-wing writer John Sommerfield, seeks to establish a firmer basis for his importance not only as a Communist novelist, but as a ... More

The Essays, Articles, and Lectures of Jack London  

Daniel J. Wichlan

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
This essay categorizes and analyzes the nonfiction (essays, articles, and lectures) of Jack London providing summaries of key works in each category. An argument is made for this body of ... More

The Facts of Life and Literature  

Cecelia Tichi

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
Horrific experiences as a boy laborer prompted Jack London’s quest for—and public circulation of—factual data that is omnipresent in his fiction, essays, and lectures. His vast database ... More

Family, Friends, Mentors  

Clarice Stasz

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
To appreciate the reality of London’s rise, this discussion will focus upon the influence of many other individuals in shaping and reinforcing his beliefs and commitment to artistry. What ... More

From Atavistic Gutter-Wolves to Anglo-Saxon Wolf: Evolution and Technology in Jack London’s Urban Industrial Modernity  

Agnes Malinowska

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
The genealogical connection that London so clearly draws between the Fire People and modern humans in Before Adam suggests the centrality of technology—most basically, the transformation ... More

Henry Green’s Late Modernism  

Joseph Elkanah Rosenberg

This article discusses the novels of Henry Green in relation to late modernism. It begins by discussing Green’s placement within current debates regarding the nature and scope of ... More

“In the Thick of It”: The (Meta)Discourse of Jack London’s Russo-Japanese War Correspondence  

Kevin R. Swafford

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
This article analyzes London’s work as a war correspondent during the early phase of the Russo-Japanese War as something other than simply an account of his experiences as a Western ... More

Introduction  

Jay Williams

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
Robert Scholes and Clifford Wulfman define modernism and modernity this way: “Modernity is a social condition. Modernism was a response to that condition.” Modernity “is an urban ... More

The Iron Heel and the Contemporary Bourgeois Novel  

Kathy Knapp

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
This essay examines The Iron Heel in the context of twenty-first century realist fiction to argue while the novel may borrow from dystopian and science fiction, as well as leftist lectures ... More

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