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241 pages ; 22 cm
Abracadabra is a fantastical and inventive addition to the tradition of noir writing, which not only delights and surprises at every turn but also raises important questions about identity, the human condition, the nature of evil, and the state of the union. The novel begins with a mystery, when Mark Goodson, a seemingly well-adjusted married man, disappears during a magic act, precipitating a series of events, encounters, and seemingly inexplicable occurrences, which it falls to a former professional football player, Elko Wells, to weave together into a story that is at once compelling and true. The concussion that ended Wells' playing career left him open to hearing voices and discerning patterns of meaning helpful to his work as the owner of a missing-persons agency. He also owns a celebrity look-alike agency, which complicates matters in humorous ways, and his reliance on a string of cocktail waitresses called the Bloody Marys who are on the lookout for various people adds another level of intrigue. Magicians and misdirection, gambling, down-on-one's-luck, the crazed sense of possibility and impossibility, mistaken identity, impersonators and body doubles, people acting bizarrely with all sorts of chaos, collisions, and overlaps thrown in for good measure. Again and again the reader is swept into treacherous waters, always confident that the writer is in control of his material. Because the many twists and turns the plot takes are all but impossible to anticipate, the experience of reading Abracadabra is deliciously magical.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781943859443 20180115
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67 pages ; 22 cm
  • Fourteen
  • Moebius
  • Caldera
  • Building the Quabbin
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  • Necropolis
  • Processional
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  • Sakura
  • In the orchard
  • When the man talked around me, when he talked over me
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  • Cafeteria tech
  • The woman pouring handfuls of ash
  • If it helps
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  • Last composition
  • Sandusky Bay
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  • To love men is to love what can kill you
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  • Citizens killed by Vesuvius
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  • Charleston / / Squaw Valley
  • National cemetery
  • Valentine (up top)
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  • Patrick
  • Genre
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  • How i lost you
  • The dead black girl doesn't care
  • Church and state of being
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  • Pechakucha for suicides, seekers, and ecstatics
  • Submerge
  • Valentine (underground)
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  • Heat and the sirens return
  • So the bell rings
  • The long walk home
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  • Orvieto
  • Antrim Street
  • Power
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272 pages ; 23 cm.
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xiii, 365 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Included here are: a preface, a critical essay and explanatory annotations by Margo Culley; essays by acclaimed Kate Chopin biographers; selections from the conduct books of the period; contemporary perspectives on womanhood, motherhood and marriage; and reviews and interpretative essays.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393617313 20171218
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xvii, 234 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Preface 1. America as a Biblical Nation and the Bible as an American Book 2. The Short Story as an American Genre 3. The Greatest Stories Ever Told 4. Flannery O'Connor 5. Allegra Goodman 6. John Updike 7. Jamie Quatro 8. Steven Millhauser 9. Kirstin Valdez Quade 10. Tobias Wolff 11. Bernard Malamud 12. Nathan Englander Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781474237161 20171227
The Bible in the American Short Story examines Biblical influences in the post-World War II American short story. In a series of accessible chapters, Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg and Peter S. Hawkins offer close-readings of short stories by leading contemporary writers such as Flannery O'Connor, Allegra Goodman, Tobias Wolff and Julia Valdez Quade that highlight the biblical passages that they reference. Exploring episodes from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament and both Jewish and Christian heritages, this book is an important contribution to understanding the influence of the Bible in contemporary literature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781474237161 20171227
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vii, 203 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Up from Nature: Racial Uplift and Ecological Agencies in Booker T. Washington's Autobiographies 2. W. E. B. Du Bois at the Grand Canyon: Nature, History, and Race in Darkwater 3. The Crisis, the Politics of Nature, and the Harlem Renaissance: Effie Lee Newsome's Eco-poetics 4. Sawmills and Swamps: Ecological Collectives in Zora Neale Hurston's Mules and Men and Their Eyes Were Watching God 5. From Black Marxism to Industrial Ecosystem: Racial and Ecological Crisis in William Attaway's Blood on the Forge Conclusion Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781350009424 20180115
The beginning of the 20th century marked a new phase of the battle for civil rights in America. But many of the era's most important African-American writers were also acutely aware of the importance of environmental justice to the struggle. Civil Rights and the Environment in African-American Literature is the first book to explore the centrality of environmental problems to writing from the civil rights movement in the early decades of the century. Bringing ecocritical perspectives to bear on the work of such important writers as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, the writers of the Harlem Renaissance and Depression-era African-American writing, the book brings to light a vital new perspective on ecocriticism and modern American literary history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781350009424 20180115
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xii, 399 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Preface Chapter 1: "The Signs in This Book Spoke to Him": The Western Craft of Culture and Convention Chapter 2: "The Stories of the West Are Many": The Western Craft of Dream and Daring Chapter 3: "Strike First and Then Give Tongue": The Western Culture of Honor and Anger Chapter 4: "Without Law, Man Becomes a Beast": The Western Culture of Rationality and Sovereignty Chapter 5: "The Cowboy Represents That Independent Spirit": The Western Culture of Individuals and Nations Chapter 6: "Live with Honor and [Leave] Our Mark": The Western Culture of Honor and Character Chapter 7: "What's He Going to Get Out of This?": The Western Culture of Interest and Character Chapter 8: "Why Had He Waited So Long to Speak?": The Western Craft of Pride and Performance Chapter 9: "A Track Is Not Only Marks upon the Earth": The Western Craft of Faces and Traces Chapter 10: "It's Not Revenge He's After-- It's a Reckoning": The Western Culture of Fear and Terror Chapter 11: "Accurate Description [with] Poetry to the Language": The Western Craft of Myth and Symbol Chapter 12: "A Show Had to Be Real and Yet Not Real": The Western Craft of Celebrity and Spectacle Chapter 13: "Revenge Broke It, and Disease": The Western Craft of Forgiving and Forgetting Chapter 14: "Tell Him Something Pretty": The Western Craft of Word and Deed Chapter 15: "In Whose Keeping Would the Horse Have Been?": The Western Culture of Horizons and Responsibilities Bibliography About the Author.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498549479 20171218
The politics of popular westerns are surprising in substance and significance, especially of late. Cowboy Politics shows how westerns in literature, cinema, and television face the challenges of Western Civilization even more than the perils of American frontiers. Its strategy is to compare key westerns with major theories of modern and postmodern politics. So it analyzes novels from Owen Wister to Zane Grey and Larry McMurtry. It focuses on films from the western revival beginning in the 1990s and featuring Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, while its interest in TV stretches from singing cowboys and Gunsmoke to David Milch's Deadwood. Critics are apt to find in westerns the modern politics of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. They tap devices of individuality, rationality, contract, sovereign enforcement, and representation to overcome the chaotic violence of a wild zone. Cowboy Politics examines how westerns often find such measures insufficient to tame the West as a culture of honor and anger that deteriorates into feud-al vengeance. Instead westerns see the West as the sunset land that is already growing old and moving on. So westerns seek fresh starts informed by comparing civilizations more than demonizing savages. Westerns worry that modern politics devolve into exploitation, oppression, spectacle, and terror. So they pursue supplements in such postmodern politics as republicanism, perfectionism, populism, feminism, and environmentalism. Especially westerns explore politics of persuasive speech-in-action-in-public, doing beauty, and self-reliance in the modes of Hannah Arendt and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The first two chapters of Cowboy Politics explain how westerns do political theory for popular audiences by making many of our myths: the symbolic stories of individuals and communities which we live daily. The next three chapters trace the initially modern theories of government in many westerns. Then western turns to republican honor, rhetoric, response-ability, and character tracking occupy the following four chapters. And these set the stage for another four chapters on western attention to postmodern terror, mythmaking, celebrity, spectacle, and forgiveness. The final two chapters analyze how "late, " "satirical, " and "transformative" westerns develop realist defenses for their surprisingly postmodern politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498549479 20171218
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260 pages ; 24 cm
"An emotionally searing novel of second chances from an author whose "gorgeous and wise prose" (Cheryl Strayed) will stay with you long after you're done....June is undoubtedly in transition. Reeling from her divorce, trying to stay sober, and faced with a completely stalled career, she's recently returned to the beautiful Oregon coast where she grew up. She must decide what to do with her late and much-loved grandparents' charming cedar-shingled home, a place haunted by memories of her childhood...June hires Jameson to renovate the old house to sell. He too is unmoored as he struggles to redefine his marriage in the aftermath of tragic loss. Over the course of the summer, their conversations about the house quickly turn to the personal--of secrets hidden in walls and of stories from the past half-told. June and Jamison repel and attract, sensing kinship and shying away from hurt. But what can the future hold as long as the past's grip remains so firm?...Brimming with empathy, The Days When Birds Come Back, like the house itself, is a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding, and the possibilities of coming home"-- Provided by publisher.
"From the author of the hugely popular Things We Set on Fire, a deeply emotional novel of three wounded souls brought together by a historic house on the Oregon coast"-- Provided by publisher.
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viii, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: thinking with the digital banal
  • David Fincher's grammar of code
  • Jonathan Lethem and Mark Amerika's common writing
  • Being social in a post-digital world in Catfish and How should a person be?
  • Twenty years of Californian ideology in The Bug and The Circle
  • Refresh, update, wait-or living with the digital banal in Chronic city and Refresh refresh
  • Speculating on the real estate of the digital banal
  • Conclusion: after the digital banal.
"Contemporary culture is haunted by its media. In its ubiquity digital media have become increasingly banal and in the process its meaning and influence have become less visibly apparent. Contemporary novelists and filmmakers have narrated and depicted everyday life in a way- that represents the emotional, intellectual, and political nature of living in our present-day media environment. The works of these writers and directors, Dinnen argues, also offer ways of resisting the more troubling aspects of the effects of new technologies. Dinnen considers the work of a range of prominent contemporary writers, filmmakers, and artists, including Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Sheila Heti, Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart, Colson Whitehead, David Fincher, Mark Amerika, and Cory Arcangel. Their works critique and reveal the ways in which digital labor isolates the individual; how the work of programming has become an operation of power; how creative remixing allows the writer or filmmaker the opportunity to expose what often becomes shrouded in the digital banal; self-representation through avatars; and the development of the "California ideology," which has folded the radical into the rote and the imaginary into the mundane"-- Provided by publisher.
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xxvi, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Contents Acknowledgements Introduction: Seams and Seamlessness in Antebellum America Chapter 1: Christ's Seamless Robe and the Material-Spiritual Duality in the American Renaissance Chapter 2: Seam by Seam: Emily Dickinson's Seamless Theory of Mind Chapter 3: The Seamless Web of John S. Sauzade's The Spuytenduyvel Chronicle Chapter 4: Three Literary Men: The Intertwined Lives of Herman Melville, George Washington Peck, and John S. Sauzade Chapter 5: The Seamless Whole: National Fictions in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (1851), Pierre (1852), and The Confidence-Man (1857) Chapter 6: Melville's Unraveling in the Angelicalness of Pierre Epilogue: Loomings of Futurity in the Seams of Don Delillo's White Noise Works Cited Index About the Author.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781683931096 20180122
In examining the era's multivalent tropes of seams and seamlessness, Thomson provides an innovative understanding of the interplay between division and unity in the thought, culture, and literature of the American Renaissance. New insights are offered on works by major authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Solomon Northup, Harriet Jacobs, and Elizabeth Stoddard, along with marginal figures. Thomson expands the canon by recovering the unknown authors Charles Edward Anthon and John S. Sauzade and recognizing their works as vital to the American Renaissance. Taking the 1844 display of the Holy Tunic at the Cathedral of Treves as its point of departure, Thomson sheds light on the controversy of the seamless garment in the New England press and explores its transmutation in Anthon's Pilgrimage to Treves, Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Dickinson's poetry, and Melville's major novels. In excavating seamlessness as a cultural artifact of the American Renaissance, Thomson pursues a cultural studies approach to the fabric of antebellum life. Thomson reads the seams of material culture to reveal the meaning of the dressing gown and the keepsake in Dickinson's and Stoddard's lives and letters. Thomson positions Sauzade's Dickensian novel The Spuytenduyvel Chronicle as one of the first great works of the American metropolis and explores the spiritual-material dichotomy of the slave narratives of Douglass, Jacobs, and Northup. This book further reassesses the bitter literary rivalry between Melville and George Washington Peck, re-conceptualizes Melville the author through his relationship to the divided nation, and illuminates his failed idealism as a literary artist in Pierre. Thomson's approach to the interrelationship of material culture, technology, and the modes of literary production creates a new sense of the American Renaissance as a paradoxical seamless whole wherein its seams are exposed for all to see.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781683931096 20180122
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11. Earthling : poems [2018]

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94 pages ; 21 cm
"Earthling" is one of the oldest words in the English language, our original word for ploughman, a keeper of the earth. In poems simultaneously ordinary and otherworldly, James Longenbach traces the life of a modern-day earthling as he looks squarely at his little patch of earth and at the vast emptiness of interstellar space. Beginning with the death of the earthling's mother and ending with a confrontation with his own mortality, the poems within Earthling resist complaint or agitation. In them, the real and the imagined, the material and the allegorical, intersect at shifting angles and provide fresh perspectives and lasting consolation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393353433 20180115
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vi, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Table of Contents Abstracts v Introduction: Approaches to the Ecogothic Dawn Keetley and Matthew Wynn Sivils 1 1. "Perverse Nature": Anxieties of Animality and Environment in Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly Tom J. Hillard 33 2. "A Heap of Ruins": The Horrors of Deforestation in Leonora Sansay's Secret History Lisa M. Vetere 58 3. "The Earth was Groaning and Shaking": Landscapes of Slavery in The History of Mary Prince Amanda Stuckey 80 4. "Give me my skin": William J. Snelling's "A Night in the Woods" (1836) and the Gothic Accusation against Buffalo Extinction Jimmy L. Bryan Jr. 103 5. Failures to Signify: Poe's Uncanny Animal Others Kate Huber 130 6. Gothic Materialisms: Experimenting with Fire and Water in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of (Im)mortality Liz Hutter 152 7. "The Birth-Mark, " "Rappaccini's Daughter, " and the Ecogothic Lesley Ginsberg 180 8. Ghoulish Hinterlands: Ecogothic Confrontations in American Slave Narratives Jericho Williams 212 9. Bleeding Feet and Failing Knees: The Ecogothic in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Chasing Ice Cari M. Carpenter 232 10. Vegetal Haunting: The Gothic Plant in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction Matthew Wynn Sivils 253 11. Ecogothic Extinction Fiction: The Extermination of the Alaskan Mammoth Jennifer Schell 275 12. Hyperobjects and the End of the World: Elemental Antagonists of American Naturalism Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock 299 13. "Two Distinct Worlds"? Maintaining and Transgressing Boundaries of the HumAnimal in Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon Michael Fuchs 322 Contributor Biographies 346.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138206458 20180122
First Published in 2017. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138206458 20180122
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xi, 233 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction : Black classicism in the American empire
  • Phillis Wheatley and the affairs of state
  • In plain sight : slavery and the architecture of democracy
  • Ancient history, American time : Charles Chesnutt and the sites of memory
  • Crumbling into dust : conjure and the ruins of empire
  • National monuments and the residue of history.
From the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial Museum, classical forms and ideas have been central to an American nationalist aesthetic. Beginning with an understanding of this centrality of the classical tradition to the construction of American national identity and the projection of American power, Empire of Ruin describes a mode of black classicism that has been integral to the larger critique of American politics, aesthetics, and historiography that African American cultural production has more generally advanced. While the classical tradition has provided a repository of ideas and images that have allowed white American elites to conceive of the nation as an ideal Republic and the vanguard of the idea of civilization, African American writers, artists, and activists have characterized this dominant mode of classical appropriation as emblematic of a national commitment to an economy of enslavement and a geopolitical project of empire. If the dominant forms of American classicism and monumental culture have asserted the ascendancy of what Thomas Jefferson called an "empire for liberty, " for African American writers and artists it has suggested that the nation is nothing exceptional, but rather another iteration of what the radical abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet identified as an "empire of slavery, " inexorably devolving into an "empire of ruin.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190663599 20171218
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ix, 393 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time offers original readings of poems composed in this century-poems that are challenging to follow, challenging to understand, challenging to discuss, and challenging to enjoy. Difficult poetry of the past relied on allusion, syntactic complexity, free association, and strange juxtapositions. The new poetry breaks with the old in its stunning variety; its questioning of inherited values, labels, and narratives; its multilingualism; its origin in and production of unnamed affects; and its coherence around critical and social theorists as much as other poets.The essays in this volume include poets writing on the works of a younger generation (Lyn Hejinian on Paolo Javier, Bob Perelman on Rachel Zolf, Roberto Tejada on Rosa Alcala), influential writers addressing the work of peers (Ben Lerner on Maggie Nelson, Michael W. Clune on Aaron Kunin), critics making imaginative leaps to encompass challenging work (Brian M. Reed on Sherwin Bitsui, Siobhan Philips on Juliana Spahr), and younger scholars coming to terms with poets who continue to govern new poetic experimentation (Joseph Jeon on Myung Mi Kim, Lytle Shaw on Lisa Robertson).In pairings that are both intuitive (Marjorie Perloff on Craig Dworkin) and unexpected (Langdon Hammer on Srikanth Reddy), The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time illuminates the myriad pathways and strategies for exploring difficult poetry of the present.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780810136069 20171218
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xxvi, 229 pages ; 24 cm.
On the heels of the Great Depression and staring into the abyss of a global war, American writers took fiction and literature in a new direction that addressed the chaos the nation-and the world-was facing. These authors spoke to the human condition in traumatic times, and their works reflected the dreams, aspirations, values, and hopes of people living in the World War II era. In Native Son to King's Men: The Literary Landscape of 1940s America, Robert McParland looks at authors writing across genres throughout the decade. From popular fiction to high literature, McParland explores how these works represented this pivotal period in American culture. Among the authors covered in this volume are James Baldwin, Pearl Buck, James Gould Cozzens, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, John Hersey, Norman Mailer, Ann Petry, Irwin Shaw, John Steinbeck, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright. By examining these authors and their works, this book reveals how the literature of the 1940s not only provided a pathway for that era's readers, but affords us with a way of understanding the past and our own times. Native Son to King's Men will appeal to anyone interested in the cultural climate of the 1940s and how this period was depicted in American literature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781538105535 20171227
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xiv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction: antipanoptic expressivity and the new neo-slave novel
  • Talking in George Jackson's shadow: neoslavery, police intimidation, and imprisoned intellectualism in Baldwin's If Beale Street could talk
  • Middle passage reinstated: whispers from the women's prison in Morrison's Beloved
  • "Didn't I say this was worse than prison?": the slave ship-Supermax relation in Johnson's Middle passage
  • "Tell them I'm a man": slavery's vestiges and imprisoned radical intellectualism in Gaines's A lesson before dying
  • Epilogue: the prison classroom and the neo-abolitionist novel.
In his cogent and groundbreaking book, From Slave Ship to Supermax, Patrick Elliot Alexander argues that the disciplinary logic and violence of slavery haunt depictions of the contemporary U.S. prison in late twentieth-century Black fiction. Alexander links representations of prison life in James Baldwin's novel If Beale Street Could Talk to his engagements with imprisoned intellectuals like George Jackson, who exposed historical continuities between slavery and mass incarceration. Likewise, Alexander reveals how Toni Morrison's Beloved was informed by Angela Y. Davis's jail writings on slavery-reminiscent practices in contemporary women's facilities. Alexander also examines recurring associations between slave ships and prisons in Charles Johnson's Middle Passage, and connects slavery's logic of racialized premature death to scenes of death row imprisonment in Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying. Alexander ultimately makes the case that contemporary Black novelists depict racial terror as a centuries-spanning social control practice that structured carceral life on slave ships and slave plantations-and that mass-produces prisoners and prisoner abuse in post-Civil Rights America. These authors expand free society's view of torment confronted and combated in the prison industrial complex, where discriminatory laws and the institutionalization of secrecy have reinstated slavery's system of dehumanization.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781439914151 20171227
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x, 291 pages ; 24 cm
  • (Re)viewing Ellison's Invisible Man: comedy, rage, and cultural tradition in an African-American classic
  • Dick Gregory, Moms Mabley, and Redd Foxx: Bridging the gap between comedy, rage, and race
  • From absence to flight: The appearance of comic rage in the black arts and black power movements, 1966-1976
  • Fury in the "promised land": comic rage in George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum and Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle
  • Hollywood shuffle and bamboozled: comic rage, black film, and popular culture at the end of the century
  • Direct from a never scared bicentennial nigger: comic rage in Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, and Chris Rock
  • Conclusion: on being pissed off to the highest degree of pissivity.
The history of African American humor is difficult to piece together. Occluded by slavery's gaps and distorted by racist stereotypes, African American humor has few extant works prior to the early twentieth century. Tucker's study focuses on comic rage, which he defines as an African American cultural expression that uses oral traditions to convey humor and militancy simultaneously in its confrontation of uncomfortable truths about inequalities and inconsistencies in American culture.
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18. Green : a novel [2018]

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301 pages ; 22 cm
Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippie parents won't even buy him a pair of Nikes, let alone transfer him to a private school. Unless he tests into the city's best public high school--which, if practice tests are any indication, isn't likely--he'll be friendless for the foreseeable future. Nobody's more surprised than Dave when Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. Mar's a loner from the public housing project on the corner of Dave's own gentrifying block, and he confounds Dave's assumptions about black culture: He's nerdy and neurotic, a Celtics obsessive whose favorite player is the gawky, white Larry Bird. Before long, Mar's coming over to Dave's house every afternoon to watch vintage basketball tapes and plot their hustle to Harvard. But as Dave welcomes his new best friend into his world, he realizes how little he knows about Mar's. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he's been given--and that Mar has not.--Provided by Publisher.
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ix, 237 pages ; 24 cm.
Often referred to as the model minority, Asian American children and adolescents feel pressured to perform academically and be disinterested in sports, with the exception of martial arts. Boys are often stereotyped as physically unattractive nerds and girls as petite and beautiful. Many Americans remain unaware of the diversity of ethnicities and races the term Asian American comprises, with Asian American adolescents proving to be more invisible than adults. As a result, Asian American adolescents are continually searching for their identity and own place in American society. For these kids, being or considered to be American becomes a challenge in itself as they assert their Asian and American identities; claim their own ethnic identity, be they immigrant or American-born; and negotiate their ethnic communities. , br>The contributors to Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction focus on moving beyond stereotypes to examine how Asian American children and adolescents define their unique identities. Chapters focus on primary texts from many ethnicities, such as Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, South Asian, and Hawaiian. Individual chapters, crossing cultural, linguistic, and racial boundaries, negotiate the complex terrain of Asian American children's and teenagers' identities. Chapters cover such topics as internalized racism and self-loathing; hyper-sexualization of Asian American females in graphic novels; interracial friendships; transnational adoptions and birth searches; food as a means of assimilation and resistance; commodity racism and the tourist gaze; the hostile and alienating environment generated by the War on Terror; and many other topics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781496815064 20171218
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xiii, 453 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
  • Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: American Political Storytelling Chapter 2: The Tribe of the Eagle and Its Political Narratives Chapter 3: The Novelist as Political Agitator Chapter 4: The Novelist as Political Consciousness Raiser Chapter 5: The Novelist as Political Satirist Chapter 6: The Novelist on the Campaign Trail Chapter 7: The Novelist as Political Anthropologist Epilogue Selected Bibliography Index About the Author.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781538105719 20171218
In the first comprehensive reading of dozens of American literary and social culture classics, Tom Cronin, one of America's most astute students of the American political tradition, tells the story of the American political experiment through the eyes of forty major novelists, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Hunter S. Thompson. They have been moral and civic consciousness-raisers as we have navigated the zigs and zags, the successes and setbacks and the slow awkward evolution of the American political experiment. Constitutional democracy, equal justice for all, the American Dream, and American Exceptionalism are all part of our country's narrative. But, as Imagining a Great Republic explains, there has never been just a single American narrative-we have competing stories, just as we have competing American Dreams and competing ways of imagining a more perfect political union. Recognizing and understanding these competing values is a key part of being American. Cronin's book explains how this is possible, and why we should all be proud to be American.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781538105719 20171218
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