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Feminist Utopian Novels of the 1970s Joanna Russ and Dorothy Bryant

Feminist Utopian Novels of the 1970s: Joanna Russ and Dorothy Bryant

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By Tatiana Teslenko
June 16, 2009

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Postmodern Counternarratives Irony and Audience in the Novels of Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Charles Johnson, and Tim O'Brien

Postmodern Counternarratives: Irony and Audience in the Novels of Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Charles Johnson, and Tim O'Brien

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By Christopher Donovan
June 16, 2009

This book provides a wide-ranging discussion of realism, postmodernism, literary theory and popular fiction before focusing on the careers of four prominent novelists. Despite wildly contrasting ambitions and agendas, all four grow progressively more sympathetic to the expectations of a mainstream ...

The Spell Cast by Remains The Myth of Wilderness in Modern American Literature

The Spell Cast by Remains: The Myth of Wilderness in Modern American Literature

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By Patricia Ross
June 16, 2009

Examining the constituting mechanism of the American wilderness myth in Modern American literature, Patricia Ross probes the various purposes for which 'wilderness' is constructed. Considering the work of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Cather, she states that the idea of wilderness is just that, an idea,...

The Subject of Race in American Science Fiction

The Subject of Race in American Science Fiction

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By Sharon DeGraw
June 16, 2009

While the connections between science fiction and race have largely been neglected by scholars, racial identity is a key element of the subjectivity constructed in American SF. In his Mars series, Edgar Rice Burroughs primarily supported essentialist constructions of racial identity, but also ...

Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit

Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit

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By Caroline J. Smith
November 07, 2007

Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit focuses on the literary phenomenon popularly known as chick lit, and the way in which this genre interfaces with magazines, self-help books, romantic comedies, and domestic-advice publications. This recent trend in women’s popular fiction, which ...

Rhizosphere Gilles Deleuze and the 'Minor' American Writing of William James, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, and William Falkner

Rhizosphere: Gilles Deleuze and the 'Minor' American Writing of William James, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, and William Falkner

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By Mary Zamberlin
April 20, 2006

This book explores the significant intellectual impact the philosopher Jean Wahl had on the directions Gilles Deleuze took as a philosopher and writer of a philosophy of experimentation. The study of this influence also brings to light the significance of Deleuze's emphasis on la pragmatique, ...

Divergent Visions, Contested Spaces The Early United States through Lens of Travel

Divergent Visions, Contested Spaces: The Early United States through Lens of Travel

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By Jeffrey Hotz
March 16, 2006

This multicultural project examines fictional and non-fictional accounts of travel in the Early Republic and antebellum periods. Connecting literary representations of geographic spaces within and outside of U.S. borders to evolving definitions of national American identity, the book explores ...

The Colonizer Abroad Island Representations in American Prose from Herman Melville to Jack London

The Colonizer Abroad: Island Representations in American Prose from Herman Melville to Jack London

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By Christopher McBride
May 11, 2004

Looking at a diverse series of authors--Herman Melville, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Mark Twain, Charles Warren Stoddard, and Jack London--"The Colonizer Abroad" claims that as the U.S. emerged as a colonial power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the literature of the sea became a literature...

The Other Orpheus A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality

The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality

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By Merrill Cole
August 19, 2003

First published in 2003.  This volume aims to re-establish an interest in poetry by integrating questions of prosody and aesthetics with political literary inquiry. The broader theoretical goal is nothing less than a rehabilitation of the concepts of affect and imagination, though the study ...

Revised Lives Whitman, Religion, and Constructions of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Culture

Revised Lives: Whitman, Religion, and Constructions of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Culture

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By William Pannapacker
October 30, 2003

Revised Lives examines self-representation in U.S. culture from the American Revolution through the nineteenth century. Drawing on studies of the history of the book, Pierre Bourdieu's sociology, and ethnic and gender revisionism, this book focuses on the processes of national development, the ...

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