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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 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

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

Michelle Ann Abate

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

Ambiguity in Parallel: Visualizing History in Boxers and Saints  

Lan Dong

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

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

Animals in Graphic Narrative  

José Alaniz

Animal representation in graphic narrative has figured in many of the medium’s important developments and anchored one of its most popular genres, funny-animal comics. Since the modern ... 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

Applications and Representations of American Folklore and Folklife Studies  

Gregory Hansen

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Nov 2019
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Jun 2018
Folklore and folklife research is applied to a range of institutional settings that can be categorized in five different spheres of representation. These spheres overlap, but they include ... 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 in Series: Housing and Communist Idealism  

Kimberly Zarecor

Communist governments in Europe believed that the state should enable the provision of material goods to its people—food, clothing, and shelter among the most critical of these needs. A ... More

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