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Routledge Research in American Literature and Culture


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This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics in American Literature and Culture.

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Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Theologies of the Afterlife A Step Closer to Heaven

Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Theologies of the Afterlife: A Step Closer to Heaven

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Edited By Jennifer McFarlane-Harris, Emily Hamilton-Honey
July 13, 2021

This collection analyzes the theme of the "afterlife" as it animated nineteenth-century American women’s theology-making and appeals for social justice. Authors like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Martha Finley, Jarena Lee, Maria Stewart, Zilpha Elaw, Rebecca Cox Jackson, Catherine...

Alzheimer’s Disease in Contemporary U.S. Fiction Memory Lost

Alzheimer’s Disease in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Memory Lost

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By Cristina Garrigós
June 30, 2021

This volume seeks to bring readers to a deeper understanding of contemporary cultural and social configurations of Alzheimer’s disease by analyzing 21st-century U.S. novels in which the disease plays a key narrative role. Via analysis of selected works, Garrigós considers how the erasure of ...

Mixed Media in Contemporary American Literature Voices Gone Viral

Mixed Media in Contemporary American Literature: Voices Gone Viral

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By Joelle Mann
June 29, 2021

Mixed Media in Contemporary American Literature: Voices Gone Viral investigates the formation and formulation of the contemporary novel through a historical analysis of voice studies and media studies. After situating research through voices of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature,...

Global Ambiguity in Nineteenth-Century American Gothic A Study in Form, History, and Culture

Global Ambiguity in Nineteenth-Century American Gothic: A Study in Form, History, and Culture

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By Wanlin Li
May 27, 2021

As part of a larger attempt to understand the dynamic interactions between gothic form and ideology, this volume focuses on a strong formal feature of the American gothic, "global ambiguity," and examines the important cultural work it performs in the nineteenth-century history of the genre. ...

Trauma and Fictions of the

Trauma and Fictions of the "War on Terror": Disrupting Memory

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By Sarah O'Brien
May 19, 2021

This book explores the ways in which transnational fiction in the post-9/11 era can intervene in discourse surrounding the "war on terror" to advocate for marginalised perspectives. Trauma and Fictions of the "War on Terror" conceptualises global political discourse about the "war on terror" as ...

Interpreting Susan Sontag’s Essays Radical Contemplative

Interpreting Susan Sontag’s Essays: Radical Contemplative

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By Mark K. Fulk
April 13, 2021

Interpreting Susan Sontag’s Essays: Radical Contemplative offers its readers a scholarly examination of her essays within the context of philosophy and aesthetic theory. This study sets up a dialogue between her works and their philosophical counterparts in France and Germany, including the works ...

Rethinking Fiction after the 2007/8 Financial Crisis Consumption, Economics, and the American Dream

Rethinking Fiction after the 2007/8 Financial Crisis: Consumption, Economics, and the American Dream

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By Mirosław Aleksander Miernik
March 30, 2021

This book provides insight into the impact the 2007/8 financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession had on American fiction. Employing an interdisciplinary approach which combines literary studies with anthropology, economics, sociology, and psychology, the author attempts to gauge the changes ...

Racism and Xenophobia in Early Twentieth-Century American Fiction When a House is Not a Home

Racism and Xenophobia in Early Twentieth-Century American Fiction: When a House is Not a Home

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By Wisam Abughosh Chaleila
December 30, 2020

"The Melting Pot," "The Land of The Free," "The Land of Opportunity." These tropes or nicknames apparently reflect the freedom and open-armed welcome that the United States of America offers. However, the chronicles of history do not complement that image. These historical happenings have not often...

Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s

Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s "Beloved": The Case for Reparations

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By Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem
November 18, 2020

Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”: The Case for Reparations is an inspired contribution to the scholarship on one of the most influential American novels and novelists. The author positions this contemporary classic as a meditation on historical justice and re-comprehends it as ...

Posthumanism in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut Matter That Complains So

Posthumanism in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut: Matter That Complains So

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By Andrew Hicks
July 14, 2020

Posthumanism in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut: Matter That Complains So re-examines the prevailing critical consensus that Kurt Vonnegut was a humanist writer. While more difficult elements of his work have often been the subject of scholarly attention, the tendency amongst critics writing on ...

In Defense of Dialogue Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature

In Defense of Dialogue: Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature

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By Monika Gehlawat
March 04, 2020

In Defense of Dialogue: Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature offers a timely investigation of the value of dialogue in contemporary American culture. Using Jürgen Habermas’s theory of communicative action to read the work of Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Grace Paley, and Andy Warhol, In ...

Trauma, Gender and Ethics in the Works of E.L. Doctorow

Trauma, Gender and Ethics in the Works of E.L. Doctorow

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By María Ferrández San Miguel
January 31, 2020

This project approaches four of E. L. Doctorow’s novels—Welcome to Hard Times (1960), The Book of Daniel (1971), Ragtime (1975), and City of God (2000)—from the perspectives of feminist criticism and trauma theory. The study springs from the assumption that Doctorow’s literary project is eminently ...

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