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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

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

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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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

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

The Art of Chaos: Community and African American Literary Traditions  

John Ernest

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Jan 2012
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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

Darwinism  

Patrick B. Sharp

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
Evolution is the scientific principle of organic life that has served as the basis for science fiction extrapolations since the emergence of the genre. The work of Charles Darwin also ... More

Environmentalist Thought and Action  

Lance Newman

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article looks at the evolution of the concept of nature from a field for spiritual seeking into the broadening of Transcendentalism. The article also looks on the responses of major ... More

The Free Religion Movement  

David M. Robinson

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
The article narrates different aspects of religious reforms and the changes that were brought about by transmitting an entirely new concept to the American society in the wake of the ... More

How To Read: Regionalism and the Ladies' Home Journal  

Travis M. Foster

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines regionalism in nineteenth-century American literature, focusing on the Ladies' Home Journal. It analyzes the journal's commentary on literature and literary culture ... More

The Invention of Mexican America  

Jesse Alemán

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the role of Mexican America in the U.S. literary imagination. It discusses the hemispheric vision of Mexican America and comments on the notion that sees the ... More

Literature and The News  

Elisa Tamarkin

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the relationship between literature and the news, particularly how literature speaks to its contemporary situation. It investigates the connection of novels, ranging ... More

Making An Example: American Literature As Philosophy  

Elizabeth Duquette

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the conception of American literature as philosophy. It aims to present a reading of Frederick Douglass's thinking on examples and the philosophical freight they ... More

Manifest Destiny and the Question of the Moral Absolute  

Lawrence Buell

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article seeks to comprehend the contradictions inherent in the thinking of the Transcendentalists. The most particular concern here is to make sense of the paradox of ... More

Marginalia and Authorship  

H. J. Jackson

The value attributed to the notes that famous authors have made in books depends on more than mere association: we are disposed to believe that their annotations reveal something about ... More

Nineteenth-Century American Literature Without Nature? Rethinking Environmental Criticism  

Stephanie Lemenager

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article focuses on environmental criticism and the depiction of nature in nineteenth-century American literature. It explores what nineteenth-century American literature can offer to ... More

Nineteenth-Century Print Culture  

Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article looks at nineteenth-century print culture and the way Transcendentalism dealt with the boom of print and manuscript production, dissemination, and reception. The field of ... More

The Novel As Board Game: Homiletic Identification and Forms of Interactive Narrative  

Gregory S. Jackson

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Jan 2012
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This article examines homiletic identification, forms of interactive narrative, and the conception of the novel as board game in the U.S.A. during the nineteenth century. It suggests that ... More

On The Redundancy of “Transnational American Studies”  

Jared Hickman

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article investigates the profound redundancy, terminological and historical, of transnational American studies. It argues that transnational American studies is a logically incoherent ... More

Oratory and Platform Culture in Britain and North America, 1740–1900  

Carolyn Eastman

Examining oratory as a dynamic, changing medium for communication during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in America and, to a lesser extent, Great Britain, this essay scrutinizes ... More

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