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Women Take Care
Gender, Race, and the Culture of AIDS
Katie Hogan
Self-sacrificing mothers and forgiving wives, caretaking lesbians, and vigilant maternal surrogates—these "good women" are all familiar figures in the visual and print culture relating to AIDS. In a probing critique of that culture, Katie...



My Heart Is a Large Kingdom
Selected Letters of Margaret Fuller
This single-volume selection of the letters of Margaret Fuller affords a unique opportunity for renewed acquaintance with a great American thinker of the Transcendentalist circle. The letters represent Fuller at all stages of her life and career...



Impossible Women
Lesbian Figures and American Literature
Valerie Rohy
Impossible Women fills a critical gap in queer theory by spotlighting representations of lesbian sexuality in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. Reading through the lens of feminist and psychoanalytic theory, Valerie Rohy...



Empire of Conspiracy
The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America
Timothy Melley
Why, Timothy Melley asks, have paranoia and conspiracy theory become such prominent features of postwar American culture? In Empire of Conspiracy, Melley explores the recent growth of anxieties about thought-control, assassination, political...



Reading Desire
In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway
Debra A. Moddelmog
Whether revered for his masculinity, condemned as an icon of machismo, or perceived as possessing complex androgynous characteristics, Ernest Hemingway is acknowledged to be one of the most important twentieth-century American novelists. For Debra...



Citizens of Somewhere Else
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry James
Dan McCall
I am a citizen of somewhere else, proclaimed Nathaniel Hawthorne in his preface to The Scarlet Letter. In many ways, Henry James shared that citizenship. Intrigued by their resolute stance as outsiders, Dan McCall here reassesses these two...



Reception Histories
Rhetoric, Pragmatism, and American Cultural Politics
Steven Mailloux
In his earlier Rhetorical Power, Steven Mailloux presented an innovative and challenging strategy for combining critical theory and cultural studies. That book has stimulated wide-ranging discussion and debate among diverse audiences—students...



The Senses of Humor
Self and Laughter in Modern America
Daniel Wickberg, Daniel B. Wickberg
Daniel Wickberg traces the cultural history of the concept from its British origins as a way to explore new conceptions of the self and social order in modern...



What Is It Then between Us?
Traditions of Love in American Poetry
Eric Murphy Selinger
Tracing the solitude of the American self, the difference between idolatrous and companionate affection, and the dream of an "America of love," Selinger shows how such concerns can shape a poet's most intimate decisions about genre and...



American Literature and the Culture Wars
Gregory S. Jay
Gregory S. Jay boldly challenges the future of American literary studies. Why pursue the study and teaching of a distinctly American literature? What is the appropriate purpose and scope of such pursuits? Is the notion of a traditional canon of...



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