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  • On Endingsby Daniel Grausam

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 22.50

    What does narrative look like when the possibility of an expansive future has been called into question? This query is the driving force behind Daniel Grausam?s On Endings, which seeks to show how the core texts of American postmodernism are a response to the geopolitical dynamics of the Cold War and especially to the new potential for total nuclear... more...

  • Women's Workby Courtney Thorsson

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 27.50

    In Women?s Work, Courtney Thorsson reconsiders the gender, genre, and geography of African American nationalism as she explores the aesthetic history of African American writing by women. Building on and departing from the Black Arts Movement, the literary fiction of such writers as Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange,... more...

  • The Haverford Discussionsby Michael Lackey

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 35.00

    In the late sixties and early seventies, black separatist movements were sweeping across the United States. This was the era of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael's and Charles Hamilton's Black Power, and Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice. In 1969 a group of distinguished African American intellectuals met at Haverford College... more...

  • Close Kin and Distant Relativesby Susana M. Morris

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 27.50

    The "black family" in the United States and the Caribbean often holds contradictory and competing meanings in public discourse: on the one hand, it is a site of love, strength, and support; on the other hand, it is a site of pathology, brokenness, and dysfunction that has frequently called forth an emphasis on conventional respectability if stability and... more...

  • Activism and the American Novelby Channette Romero

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 22.50

    Since the 1980s, many activists and writers have turned from identity politics toward ethnic religious traditions to rediscover and reinvigorate their historic role in resistance to colonialism and oppression. In her examination of contemporary fiction by women of color?including Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, Toni Cade Bambara, Louise Erdrich, and... more...

  • Quirks of the Quantumby Samuel Chase Coale

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 24.50

    Episodic and disconnected, much of postmodern fiction mirrors the world as quantum theorists describe it, according to Samuel Chase Coale. In Quirks of the Quantum, Coale shows how the doubts, misgivings, and ambiguities reflected in the postmodern American novel have been influenced by the metaphors and models of quantum theory. Coale explains... more...

  • Neobaroque in the Americasby Monika Kaup

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 29.50

    In a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of modern and postmodern literature, film, art, and visual culture, Monika Kaup examines the twentieth century's recovery of the baroque within a hemispheric framework embracing North America, Latin America, and U.S. Latino/a culture. As "neobaroque" comes to the forefront of New World studies, attention... more...

  • Ersatz Americaby Rebecca Mark

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 29.50

    From the popular legend of Pocahontas to the Civil War soap opera Gone with the Wind to countless sculpted heads of George Washington that adorn homes and museums, whole industries have emerged to feed America?s addiction to imaginary histories that cover up the often violent acts of building a homogeneous nation. In Ersatz America, Rebecca Mark... more...

  • Prophetic Remembranceby Erica Still

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 24.50

    Using the term "prophetic remembrance" to articulate the expression of a constituent faith in the performative capacity of language, Erica Still shows how black subjectivity is born of and interprets cultural trauma. She brings together African American neo-slave narratives and Black South African postapartheid narratives to reveal the processes... more...

  • Failed Frontiersmenby James J. Donahue

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 27.50

    In Failed Frontiersmen, James Donahue writes that one of the founding and most persistent mythologies of the United States is that of the American frontier. Looking at a selection of twentieth-century American male fiction writers?E. L. Doctorow, John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Gerald Vizenor, and Cormac McCarthy?he shows how they reevaluated... more...