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Mapping the Americas
The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture
Shari M. Huhndorf
In Mapping the Americas, Shari M. Huhndorf tracks changing conceptions of Native culture as it increasingly transcends national boundaries and takes up vital concerns such as global imperialism, and the commodification of indigenous...



Predicting the Past
The Paradoxes of American Literary History
Michael Boyden
Drawing from the social theories of Niklas Luhmann and Mary Douglas, Predicting the Past advocates a reflexive understanding of the paradoxical institutional dynamic of American literary history as a professional discipline and field of study...



Staged Action
Six Plays from the American Workers' Theatre
With this anthology of six plays, Lee Papa reintroduces readers and performers to a largely forgotten American theatrical genre from the 1920s and 1930s, the workers' theatre movement.



Glamour in Six Dimensions
Modernism and the Radiance of Form
Judith Brown
Glamour is an alluring but elusive concept. We most readily associate it with fashion, industrial design, and Hollywood of the Golden Age, and yet it also shaped the language and interests of high modernism. In Glamour in Six Dimensions, Judith...



A Genealogy of Literary Multiculturalism
Christopher Douglas
Uncovering the unacknowledged role of sociology and anthropology in nourishing the politics and forms of minority writers in America.



Reconstructing the World
Southern Fictions and U.S. Imperialisms, 1898–1976
Harilaos Stecopoulos
"The unending tragedy of Reconstruction," wrote W. E. B. Du Bois, "is the utter inability of the American mind to grasp its... national and worldwide implications." And yet the long shadow of Reconstruction's failure has loomed large in...



Worldly Acts and Sentient Things
The Persistence of Agency from Stein to DeLillo
Robert Chodat, Robert A. Chodat
Chodat exposes a major shortcoming in recent accounts of twentieth-century discourse, arguing that what is often seen as the "death" of agency is better described as the displacement of agency onto new and varied...



Voicing American Poetry
Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present
Lesley Wheeler
The most interesting tensions and ambitions of twentieth-century American poetry intersect in one resonant word: voice. The term "poetic voice" emphasizes poetry's reliance on sound, which is prominent in ethnic American writings, new formalism, and...



Planets on Tables
Poetry, Still Life, and the Turning World
Bonnie Costello
Poets have long been drawn to the images and techniques of still life. Artists and poets alike present intimate worlds where time is suspended in the play of form and color and where history disappears amid everyday things. The genre of still...



Transcendental Utopias
Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden
Richard Francis
New England Transcendentalism was a vibrant and many-sided movement whose members are probably best remembered for their utopian experiments, their attempts to reconcile the contingent world of history with what they perceived as the stable and...



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