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  • 12 Aug 2023
    Jan Baetens, Hugo Frey, Fabrice Leroy

    The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel

    What is the American Graphic Novel? Why is it important to study its form, history, and content, and how should one approach this endeavor while opening new ground for the examination of graphic narrative in general? These are some of the key questions addressed in this collection that brings together the best specialists in the […]

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  • 23 May 2022
    Ryan M. Brooks

    Sympathy for the Boss (Class and Community in Contemporary American Fiction)

    Though best known for its unusual, first-person-plural narrator (a group of office-workers speaking as “we”), Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End (2007) also includes a single third-person chapter, which focuses on the workers’ otherwise “unapproachable” boss, Lynn Mason. Later we learn this interlude is part of a novel-within-the novel written by another character, […]

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  • 11 Mar 2021
    Timothy Yu

    Amanda Gorman and Twenty-First Century American Poetry

    Amanda Gorman, delivering her poem at the 2021 presidential inauguration. Photo credits: Thomas Hatzenbuhler, Architect of the Capitol. Sourced from Library of Congress Blog

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  • 2 Mar 2021
    Melanie Benson Taylor

    Fictions of Authority; or Editing a Cambridge History of Native American Literature

    For a Native studies scholar who studiously avoids definitive proclamations about the nature of our field or procrustean taxonomies of its artistic productions, editing a Cambridge History of Native American Literature was a prospect both formidable and a little thrilling. How, I wondered, could I maintain my conviction about the strained, even dangerous incoherence of […]

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  • 17 Feb 2021
    Jean Lutes, Jennifer Travis

    False Allies?

    We have spent the last couple of years editing a Cambridge volume on gender in American literature and thinking about what the Trump administration’s glorification of white patriarchal nationalism has taught us about gender in American literary history. We submitted the manuscript of the volume a scant two weeks before COVID-19 emerged, and well before […]

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  • 26 Jan 2021
    Michael Boyden

    Climate and American Literature

    As I scripted the outline for this collection, the United States held the questionable honor of being the only country in the world to have withdrawn from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, to date the most ambitious international effort to mitigate climate change. On June 1, 2017, President Trump officially announced that the US would […]

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  • 18 Dec 2020
    Alexander Menrisky

    Eco vs. Ego: Environmentalism, Identity, and Psychological Vocabulary

    In the age of environmental justice, we tend to readily grasp how closely environmental challenges are intertwined with matters of identity along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and other social forms. Still, the implications of the fact that modern American environmentalism emerged in the 1960s at the same political moment as more explicitly identity-based movements (like Women’s Liberation or Black Power) has gone largely unexamined. To what extent did that period’s debates about identity (personal as well as collective) influence environmental art and politics? And what role has literature played in mediating this relationship?

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  • 4 Jun 2020
    Thomas Allen

    Viral Literature in Time

    “In YOU the Virus of TIME began!” So declares the Angel to Prior Walter in Tony Kushner’s 1992 play Perestroika (part two of Angels in America). When Prior receives this message, he finds himself, like many of us today, entrapped in a strange interregnum in which the normal, quotidian passage of time appears to have […]

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