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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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Marginalisation and Utopia in Paul Auster, Jim Jarmusch and Tom Waits The Other America

Marginalisation and Utopia in Paul Auster, Jim Jarmusch and Tom Waits: The Other America

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By Adriano Tedde
September 25, 2023

This book explores how three contemporary American artists through the mediums of film, literature and popular music have contributed to the tradition of American progressivism, and provides an invaluable companion to the understanding of complex issues such as inequality and social and economic ...

Toni Morrison and the Writing of Place

Toni Morrison and the Writing of Place

1st Edition

By Alice Sundman
September 25, 2023

How does Toni Morrison create and form her literary places? As one of the first studies exploring Morrison’s archived drafts, notes, and manuscripts together with her published novels, this book offers fresh insights into her creative processes. It analyses the author’s textual choices, her ...

Representations of Technoculture in Don DeLillo’s Novels

Representations of Technoculture in Don DeLillo’s Novels

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By Laila Sougri
September 04, 2023

This book is the first to explore technoculture in all of Don DeLillo’s novels. From Americana (1971) to The Silence (2020), the American author anatomizes the constantly changing relationship between culture and technology in overt and layered aspects of the characters’ experiences. Through a ...

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
May 31, 2023

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 ...

Interpreting Susan Sontag’s Essays Radical Contemplative

Interpreting Susan Sontag’s Essays: Radical Contemplative

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By Mark Fulk
May 31, 2023

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 ...

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
May 31, 2023

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,...

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
May 31, 2023

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, Catharine...

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
May 31, 2023

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
May 31, 2023

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 ...

Pragmatism and Poetic Agency The Persistence of Humanism

Pragmatism and Poetic Agency: The Persistence of Humanism

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By Ulf Schulenberg
May 31, 2023

Pragmatism is a humanist philosophy. In spite of the much-debated renaissance of pragmatism, however, a detailed discussion of the relationship between pragmatism and humanism is still a desideratum. It is difficult to understand the complexity of pragmatism without considering the significance of ...

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
May 31, 2023

"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...

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
May 31, 2023

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 ...

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