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Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Edition
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Edition

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-12-19
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

Since its initial publication, scholars and students alike have turned to Keywords for American Cultural Studies as an invaluable resource for understanding key terms and debates in the fields of American studies and cultural studies. As scholarship has continued to evolve, this revised and expanded second edition offers indispensable meditations on new and developing concepts used in American studies, cultural studies, and beyond. It is equally useful for college students who are trying to understand what their teachers are talking about, for general readers who want to know what’s new in scholarly research, and for professors who just want to keep up. Designed as a print-digital hybrid p...

Sentimental Bodies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 217

Sentimental Bodies

Sentimentalism, sex, the construction of the modern body, and the origins of American liberalism all come under scrutiny in this rich discussion of political life in the early republic. Here Bruce Burgett enters into debates over the "public sphere," a concept introduced by Jurgen Habermas that has led theorists to grapple with such polarities as public and private, polity and personality, citizenship and subjection. With the literary public sphere as his primary focus, Burgett sets out to challenge the Enlightenment opposition of reason and sentiment as the fundamental grid for understanding American political culture. Drawing on texts ranging from George Washington's "Farewell Address" and...

Revising Charles Brockden Brown
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 394

Revising Charles Brockden Brown

"These essays explore Brown in his own right and as a window onto the social dynamics of the early republic, as a participant in and commentator on the tumultuous conflicts and transformations of this postrevolutionary moment."--BOOK JACKET.

Learning To Be American
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 234

Learning To Be American

Pocs novel·listes contemporanis han analitzat la cultura americana amb el detall amb el qual ho ha fet Richard Ford en la seua trilogia sobre Frank Bascombe: ?The Sportswriter?, ?Independence Day? i ?The Lay of the Land?. Un tríptic sobre la idiosincràsia de la societat nord-americana exposat per un dels narradors més meticulosos de la nació. Aquest llibre s'endinsa en un territori sense explorar, revelant com el singular sabor americà de les novel·les de Frank Bascombe també sorgeix d'escenaris peculiars i dels personatges marginals, que proposen models d'identitat alternatius. Aquesta obra redescobreix l'essència del principal projecte novel·lístic de Ford, desvelant-lo com una font infinita de percepcions per a qualsevol lector interessat en la gent, els mites i les narratives que construeixen l'ésser americà.

Unsettled States
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

Unsettled States

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-08-15
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

In Unsettled States, Dana Luciano and Ivy G. Wilson present some of the most exciting emergent scholarship in American literary and cultural studies of the “long” nineteenth century. Featuring eleven essays from senior scholars across the discipline, the book responds to recent critical challenges to the boundaries, both spatial and temporal, that have traditionally organized scholarship within the field. The volume considers these recent challenges to be aftershocks of earlier revolutions in content and method, and it seeks ways of inhabiting and amplifying the ongoing unsettledness of the field. Written by scholars primarily working in the “minor” fields of critical race and ethnic...

Pictures and Progress
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 387

Pictures and Progress

Featuring more than seventy images, Pictures and Progress brings to light the wide-ranging practices of early African American photographers, as well as the effects of photography on racialized thinking.

The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 371

The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel

Taking his cue from Philadelphia-born novelist Charles Brockden Brown's Annals of Europe and America, which contends that America is shaped most noticeably by the international struggle between Great Britain and France for control of the world trade market, Stephen Shapiro charts the advent, decline, and reinvigoration of the early American novel. That the American novel "sprang so unexpectedly into published existence during the 1790s" may be a symptom of the beginning of the end of Franco-British supremacy and a reflection of the power of a middle class riding the crest of a new world economic system. Shapiro's world-systems approach is a relatively new methodology for literary studies, bu...

Racial Indigestion
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 275

Racial Indigestion

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-07-30
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

General Series Editors: Gay Wilson Allen and Sculley Bradley Originally published between 1961 and 1984, and now available in paperback for the first time, the critically acclaimed Collected Writings of Walt Whitman captures every facet of one of America's most important poets. Daybooks and Notebooks is an invaluable source for reference on Whitman's daily activities. This sixteen-year record supplements the biographical information provided in the six volumes of Whitman’s Correspondence, functioning as an account book, diary, journal, commonplace book, and notebook all in one. When Whitman began to keep them, the Daybooks were a personal record of predominantly business matters. As William White wrote in the introduction, “He was not only the author but the publisher of his works: he was likewise his own business manager, ship, and promoter. Whatever records he kept, of his sales and distribution, of printing and binding figures, of poetry and prose he sent to newspapers and magazines . . . he entered on the right-hand pages.” Volume I thus offers a rare look at Whitman as a businessman, tending as much to practical matters as to art.

Reading the Nation in English Literature
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Reading the Nation in English Literature

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009-09-10
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This volume contains primary materials and introductory essays on the historical, critical and theoretical study of "national literature", focusing on the years 1550 – 1850 and the impact of ideas of nationhood from this period on contemporary literature and culture. The book is helpfully divided into three comprehensive parts. Part One contains a selection of primary materials from various English-speaking nations, written between the early modern and the early Victorian eras. These include political essays, poetry, religious writing, and literary theory by major authors and thinkers ranging from Edmund Spenser, Anne Bradstreet and David Hume to Adam Kidd and Peter Du Ponceau. Parts Two a...

Tomorrow's Parties
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Tomorrow's Parties

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-04-19
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

Honorable Mention for the 2014 MLA Alan Bray Memorial Award Finalist for the 2013 LAMBDA LGBT Studies Book Award In nineteenth-century America—before the scandalous trial of Oscar Wilde, before the public emergence of categories like homo- and heterosexuality—what were the parameters of sex? Did people characterize their sexuality as a set of bodily practices, a form of identification, or a mode of relation? Was it even something an individual could be said to possess? What could be counted as sexuality? Tomorrow’s Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America provides a rich new conceptual language to describe the movements of sex in the period before it solidified into ...