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  • Sites of Southern Memoryby Darlene O'Dell

    University of Virginia Press 2001; US$ 55.00

    In southern graveyards through the first decades of the twentieth century, the Confederate South was commemorated by tombstones and memorials, in Confederate flags, and in Memorial Day speeches and burial rituals. Cemeteries spoke the language of southern memory, and identity was displayed in ritualistic form?inscribed on tombs, in texts, and in bodily memories... more...

  • Talking Shopby Peter Betjemann

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 35.00

    Describing everything from bread and cappuccinos to mass-market furnishings, a language of the "artisanal" saturates our culture today. That language, Peter Betjemann proposes, has a rich and specifiable history. Between 1840 and 1920, the cultural appetite for handmade chairs, tables, cabinets, and other material odds and ends flowed through narrative... more...

  • Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burkeby Bryan Crable

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 22.50

    Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke focuses on the little-known but important friendship between two canonical American writers. The story of this fifty-year friendship, however, is more than literary biography; Bryan Crable argues that the Burke-Ellison relationship can be interpreted as a microcosm of the American "racial divide." Through examination... more...

  • 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...

  • William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorshipby Scott Hess

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 27.50

    In William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship, Scott Hess explores Wordsworth?s defining role in establishing what he designates as "the ecology of authorship": a primarily middle-class, nineteenth-century conception of nature associated with aesthetics, high culture, individualism, and nation. Instead of viewing Wordsworth as an early ecologist,... more...

  • Reclaiming Nostalgiaby Jennifer K. Ladino

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 24.50

    Often thought of as the quintessential home or the Eden from which humanity has fallen, the natural world has long been a popular object of nostalgic narratives. In Reclaiming Nostalgia, Jennifer Ladino assesses the ideological effects of this phenomenon by tracing its dominant forms in American literature and culture since the closing of the frontier... more...

  • Women's Workby Courtney Thorsson

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 55.00

    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$ 59.50

    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...

  • Exodus Politicsby Robert J. Patterson

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 59.50

    Using the term "exodus politics" to theorize the valorization of black male leadership in the movement for civil rights, Robert J. Patterson explores the ways in which the political strategies and ideologies of this movement paradoxically undermined the collective enfranchisement of black people. He argues that by narrowly conceptualizing civil rights... more...