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What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960

Gordon Hutner

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832271
eISBN:
9781469605210
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887752_hutner
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Despite the vigorous study of modern American fiction, today's readers are only familiar with a partial shelf of a vast library. This book describes the distorted, canonized history of the ... More


 “Deep Feelings of Nervousness”: Circumnavigating the Taboo Topic

Leonard B. Glick

in Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195176742
eISBN:
9780199835621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019517674X.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

While some Jewish Americans have criticized ritual circumcision in magazine articles and proposed substituting a rite without genital cutting, others have defended it passionately, insisting that it ... More


Passing into the Present: Contemporary American Fiction of Racial and Gender Passing

Sinead Moynihan

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719082290
eISBN:
9781781702727
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082290.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book is a full-length study of contemporary American fiction of ‘passing’. It takes as its point of departure the return of racial and gender passing in the 1990s in order to make claims about ... More


No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Steven Belletto

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199826889
eISBN:
9780199932382
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book argues that chance became a complex yet conflicted cultural signifier during the Cold War, when a range of thinkers—politicians, novelists, historians, biologists, sociologists, and ... More


Missionary Positions: Evangelicalism and Empire in American Fiction

Albert H. Tricomi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035451
eISBN:
9780813039640
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035451.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The central premise of this book is that missionary evangelicalism has been an integral feature of American imperial ventures since the founding of the Republic. The book demonstrates that from the ... More


Aggressive Fictions: Reading the Contemporary American Novel

Kathryn Hume

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450013
eISBN:
9780801462870
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450013.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

A frequent complaint against contemporary American fiction is that too often it puts off readers in ways they find difficult to fathom. Books such as Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, Katherine ... More


Science Fiction Worlding and Speculative Sex

Alexis Lothian

in Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479811748
eISBN:
9781479854585
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479811748.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 4 extends part 2’s analysis of queered and gendered black futurities to the realm of racialized queer masculinity, focusing on the work of Samuel R. Delany. His writing provides a bridge ... More


American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature

Saul Levmore and Martha C. Nussbaum (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199331376
eISBN:
9780199394258
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331376.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

This book comprises sixteen essays from legal academics, literary experts, and influential judges. The book begins by investigating American Guys—the heroic nonconformists and rugged individualists ... More


Rewriting Psalm 68:31: Narrative Formations of Ethiopia

Roy Kay

in The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813037325
eISBN:
9780813041582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037325.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Harper's poem “Ethiopia” initiates the poetic refiguring of Psalm 68:31. This chapter demonstrates how the figure of Ethiopia becomes a major motif in early black American fiction. In Delany's Blake, ... More


Afrofuturist Entanglements of Gender, Eugenics, and Queer Possibility

Alexis Lothian

in Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479811748
eISBN:
9781479854585
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479811748.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Part 2 (A Now that Can Breed Futures: Queerness and Pleasure in Black Science Fiction) turns to black diasporic speculative imagining as it has been used to create futures for those rendered ... More


Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975

Michael LeMahieu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199890408
eISBN:
9780199369652
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890408.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book argues that the philosophy of logical positivism, considered the antithesis of literary postmodernism, exerts a determining influence on the development of American fiction in the three ... More


The Quiet Contemporary American Novel

Rachel Sykes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526108876
eISBN:
9781526132444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

What does it mean to describe a novel as ‘quiet’? The quiet contemporary American novel defines the term as an aesthetic of narrative that is driven by reflective principles. While, at first ... More


Coda: Fiction Unbound

Stephen Hong Sohn

in Racial Asymmetries: Asian American Fictional Worlds

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479800070
eISBN:
9781479800551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479800070.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This concluding chapter argues that Asian American fiction boasts a long and rich lineage, and its body of texts contains a multitude of unforgettable characters and compelling themes. Within this ... More


Introduction: Postwar Fiction, the Fact/Value Problem, and the Literary Response to Logical Positivism

Michael LeMahieu

in Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199890408
eISBN:
9780199369652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890408.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Although routinely dismissed by literary critics, the philosophy of logical positivism, often considered the antithesis of literary postmodernism, exerted a determining influence on the development ... More


Racial Asymmetries: Asian American Fictional Worlds

Stephen Hong Sohn

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479800070
eISBN:
9781479800551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479800070.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

Challenging the tidy links among authorial position, narrative perspective, and fictional content, this book argues that Asian American authors have never been limited to writing about Asian American ... More


Introduction

in Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312120
eISBN:
9781846315190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315190.001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This introductory chapter first sets out the main question addressed by the book: given their fascination with the new medium of film, did American novelists attempt to apply cinematic methods in ... More


Introduction

Madhu Dubey

in Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226167268
eISBN:
9780226167282
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226167282.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to offer a historicized account of why problems of racial representation take the specific forms they do in African–American fiction ... More


Introduction

Adam Piette

in The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635276
eISBN:
9780748651771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635276.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This introductory chapter discusses the Cold War and its nostalgia, which can take on a variety of strange and twisted forms. It notes that literary studies have been sometimes indifferent to the ... More


James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Wayne Franklin

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) invented the key forms of American fiction—the Western, the sea tale, and the Revolutionary War romance. Furthermore, Cooper turned novel writing from a polite ... More


Popular Poetry and the Program Era

Mike Chasar

in Everyday Reading: Poetry and Popular Culture in Modern America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231158657
eISBN:
9780231530774
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231158657.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter begins by discussing the events of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, headed by director Paul Engle, in an effort to demonstrate the shift that took place regarding how “serious” ... More


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