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  • The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literatureby Julie Armstrong

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 24.00

    This Companion brings together leading scholars to examine the significant traditions, genres, and themes of civil rights literature. more...

  • Indians Playing Indianby Monika Siebert

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 54.95

    Contemporary indigenous peoples in North America confront a unique predicament. While they are reclaiming their historic status as sovereign nations, mainstream popular culture continues to depict them as cultural minorities similar to other ethnic Americans. These depictions of indigenous peoples as ?Native Americans? complete the broader narrative... more...

  • Cold War Modernistsby Greg Barnhisel

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 39.99

    American cultural diplomats of the 1940s and 1950s sought to show European intellectuals that the United States had more to offer than military power and commercial exploitation. Through magazines, traveling art exhibits, touring musical shows, radio programs, book translations, and conferences, they deployed the revolutionary aesthetics of modernism... more...

  • Sitting in Darknessby Hsuan L. Hsu

    NYU Press 2015; US$ 20.00

    Perhaps the most popular of all canonical American authors, Mark Twain is famous for creating works that satirize American formations of race and empire. While many scholars have explored Twain?s work in African Americanist contexts, his writing on Asia and Asian Americans remains largely in the shadows. In Sitting in Darkness , Hsuan Hsu examines... more...

  • Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhoodby Angela Naimou

    Fordham University Press 2015; US$ 54.99

    Salvage Work examines contemporary literary responses to the law's construction of personhood in the Americas. Tracking the extraordinary afterlives of the legal slave personality from the nineteenth century into the twenty-first, Angela Naimou shows the legal slave to be a fractured but generative figure for contemporary legal personhood across... 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...

  • Origins of the Dreamby W. Jason Miller

    University Press of Florida 2015; US$ 44.95

    Since Martin Luther King Jr.?s ?I Have a Dream? speech, some scholars have privately suspected that King?s ?dream? was connected to Langston Hughes?s poetry. Drawing on archival materials, including notes, correspondence, and marginalia, W. Jason Miller provides a completely original and compelling argument that Hughes?s influence on King?s rhetoric... more...

  • Spiralsby Nico Israel

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    In this elegantly written, intellectually daring study, Nico Israel reveals how spirals are at the heart of some of the most significant literature and visual art of the twentieth century. Juxtaposing the work of writers and artists—including W. B. Yeats and Vladimir Tatlin, James Joyce and Marcel Duchamp, and Samuel Beckett and Robert Smithson—he... more...

  • Performatively Speakingby Debra J. Rosenthal

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 24.50

    In Performatively Speaking, Debra Rosenthal draws on speech act theory to open up the current critical conversation about antebellum American fiction and culture and to explore what happens when writers use words not just to represent action but to constitute action itself. Examining moments of discursive action in a range of canonical and noncanonical... more...

  • American Literary Minimalismby Robert C. Clark

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    Although a handful of books and articles have been written about American literary Minimalism during the last forty years, the mode remains misunderstood. When in a 2011 interview in The Paris Review author Ann Beattie was asked how she felt about being ?classed as a minimalist,? she began her answer: ?none of us have ever known what that means.?... more...