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Public Sentiments
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Public Sentiments

In this book, Glenn Hendler explores what he calls the "logic of sympathy" in novels by Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, T. S. Arthur, Martin Delany, Horatio Alger, Fanny Fern, Nathaniel Parker Willis, Henry James, Mark Twain, and William Dean Howells. For these nineteenth-century writers, he argues, sympathetic identification was not strictly an individual, feminizing, and private feeling but the quintessentially public sentiment--a transformative emotion with the power to shape social institutions and political movements. Uniting current scholarship on gender in nineteenth-century American culture with historical and theoretical debates on the definition of the public sphere in the period,...

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 Men
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Sentimental Men

"["Sentimental Men"] advances our understanding of American culture with contributions of original and often superior research that come together as an interdisciplinary conversation about sentimentalism and masculinity."--Charles Berryman, author of "Decade of Novels" "["Sentimental Men"] makes a substantial contribution to the ongoing theoretical, historical, and critical project of reassessing sentimental discourse. Like the best of the recent work in this field, this anthology of essays does not merely celebrate what had formerly been execrated by professional readers, but it undertakes to understand the reasons behind celebration and execration alike. More centrally, it endeavors to reveal the 'cultural work' that sentimentalism does, and continues to do, in the overlapping spheres of art and culture."--Katherine Snyder, University of California, Berkeley

Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 206

Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate

Not many people know that Walt Whitman—arguably the preeminent American poet of the nineteenth century—began his literary career as a novelist. Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times was his first and only novel. Published in 1842, during a period of widespread temperance activity, it became Whitman’s most popular work during his lifetime, selling some twenty thousand copies. The novel tells the rags-to-riches story of Franklin Evans, an innocent young man from the Long Island countryside who seeks his fortune in New York City. Corrupted by music halls, theaters, and above all taverns, he gradually becomes a drunkard. Until the very end of the tale, Evans’s efforts to ...

Whitman Noir
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 200

Whitman Noir

Walt Whitman’s now-famous maxim about “containing the multitudes” has often been understood as a metaphor for the democratizing impulses of the young American nation. But did these impulses extend across the color line? Early in his career, especially in the manuscripts leading up to the first edition of Leaves of Grass, the poet espoused a rather progressive outlook on race relations within the United States. However, as time passed, he steered away from issues of race and blackness altogether. These changing depictions and representations of African Americans in the poetic space of Leaves of Grass and Whitman’s other writings complicate his attempts to fully contain all of America...

The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 584

The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South

The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South brings together contemporary views of the literature of the region in a series of chapters employing critical tools not traditionally used in approaching Southern literature. It assumes ideas of the South--global, multicultural, plural: more Souths than South--that would not have been embraced two or three decades ago, and it similarly expands the idea of literature itself. Representative of the current range of activity in the field of Southern literary studies, it challenges earlier views of antebellum Southern literature, as well as, in its discussions of twentieth-century writing, questions the assumption that the Southern Renaissance of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s was the supreme epoch of Southern expression, that writing to which all that had come before had led and by which all that came afterward was judged. As well as canonical Southern writers, it examines Native American literature, Latina/o literature, Asian American as well as African American literatures, Caribbean studies, sexuality studies, the relationship of literature to film, and a number of other topics which are relatively new to the field.

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.

Radical Planes? 9/11 and Patterns of Continuity
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 234

Radical Planes? 9/11 and Patterns of Continuity

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-09-23
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  • Publisher: BRILL

This volume explores the intersections between narrative disruption and continuity in post-9/11 narratives from an interdisciplinary transnational perspective, foregrounding the transatlantic cultural memory of 9/11.

Edgar Allan Poe in Context
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 411

Edgar Allan Poe in Context

These accessible essays provide the most detailed picture of the historical, cultural and literary contexts surrounding Poe's life and times.

Gender and the American Temperance Movement of the Nineteenth Century
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 202

Gender and the American Temperance Movement of the Nineteenth Century

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2007-12-12
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  • Publisher: Routledge

During the nineteenth century, the American temperance movement underwent a visible, gendered shift in its leadership as it evolved from a male-led movement to one dominated by the women. However, this transition of leadership masked the complexity and diversity of the temperance movement. Through an examination of the two icons of the movement -- the self-made man and the crusading woman -- Fletcher demonstrates the evolving meaning and context of temperance and gender. Temperance becomes a story of how the debate on racial and gender equality became submerged in service to a corporate, political enterprise and how men’s and women’s identities and functions were reconfigured in relationship to each other and within this shifting political and cultural landscape.