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101. A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Narrative Form
by John C. Hartsock
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
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During the 1960s, such works as Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem were cited as examples of the "new journalism." True stories that read like novels, they combined the journalist's task of factual reporting with the art of fictional narration.

Yet as John C. Hartsock shows in this revealing study, the roots of this distinctive form of writing-whether called new journalism, literary journalism, or creative nonfiction-can be traced at least as far back as the late nineteenth century. In the decades following the American Civil War, Stephen Crane, Lafcadio Hearn, and other journalists challenged the notion, then just emerging, that the reporter's job was to offer a concise statement of the "objective truth." Drawing on the techniques of the realistic novel, these writers developed a new narrative style of reporting aimed at lessening the distance between observer and observed, subject and object.

By the 1890s, Hartsock argues, literary journalism had achieved critical recognition as a new form of writing, different not only from "objective" reporting but also from the sensationalistic "yellow press" and at times the socially engaged "muckrakers." In the twentieth century, the form has continued to evolve and maintain its vitality, despite being marginalized by the academic establishment.

A former journalist who covered Capitol Hill for UPI and reported on the collapse of the Soviet Union for the San Francisco Examiner, Hartsock brings a fresh and informed perspective to the issues he examines. The result is a concise introduction to the genesis and development of a significant literary genre.

"A substantial, well-written, and well-argued book that is likely to become a standard work in literary journalism." (Norman Sims, editor of Literary Journalism in the Twentieth Century) ... Read more


102. Through the Negative: The Photographic Image and the Written Word in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory)
by Megan Rowley Williams, Megan Williams
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Routledge
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The Civil War was the first "image war," as photographs of the battlefields became the dominant means for capturing an epochal historic moment. At the same time, writers used the Civil War to present both their notions of nation and their ideas about the new intersections between photography and literary form. Through the Negative offers an account of the collisions between print and visual culture in the work of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, and Crane, as they responded to and incorporated the work of such photographers as George Barnard, Alexander Gardner, and Jacob Riis. Megan Rowley Williams examines how key nineteenth-century American writers attempted to combat, understand, and incorporate the advent of photography in their fiction. In so doing, Williams demonstrates how analyzing the impact of photography on the diverse narrative histories of the nineteenth century yields fresh insights about contemporary art and writing-including an epilogue that applies her study to photography of the events of 9/11-as the photographic image continues to shape national consciousness. ... Read more


103. Inarticulate Longings: The Ladies' Home Journal, Gender, and the Promises of Consumer Culture
by Jennifer Scanlon
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Catlog: Book (1995-07-01)
Publisher: Routledge
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A cultural history based on The Ladies' Home Journal, Inarticulate Longings offers a new and provocative perspective on the magazine, the advertising industry, and women's lives during the early twentieth century.

The volume explores the contradictions of a social agenda for women that promoted both traditional roles and the promises of a growing consumer culture. ... Read more


104. Kerouac and Friends: A Beat Generation Album
by Fred W. McDarrah, Timothy S. McDarrah
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
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Renowned photographer Fred McDarrah captures the Beats in the midst of their rise to acclaim. His 100 shots of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and others partying in cheap downtown Manhattan apartments, socializing at Grove Press book parties, and hunching over their typewriters are joined by writings from a diverse and illuminating raft of sources. Jack Kerouac contributes a list of activities necessary for writing success ("1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy"), Diana Trilling shares her thoughts on her fears of and for husband’s former student, Allen Ginsberg, and Mad magazine sends up the young men and women who took up the beat lifestyle Kerouac and friends made famous. Kerouac and Friends is a fresh and surprising look at the young men and women who would come to define the last major epoch in American literature. ... Read more


105. Sentimental Men: Masculinity and the Politics of Affect in American Culture
by Mary Chapman, Glenn Hendler
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: University of California Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The essays in this volume analyze a wide variety of cultural formsto demonstrate the centrality of masculine sentiment in American literary andcultural history from the early republic to the progressive era. Challenging theassociation of sentimentality exclusively with femininity in studies of Americanculture, the contributors analyze sentimentalism not just as a literary genrebut as a structure of feeling manifested in many areas: temperance testimonials,begging letters, historiography, philanthropic performance, photography,portraiture, and poetry. Essays from a variety of disciplines--American studies,literature, history, art, gender studies--deconstruct the alignment of reason,commerce, and the public sphere with men, and feelings, domesticity, and theprivate sphere with women. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding and challenging collection
This collection explores the intersections of masculinity and sentiment in American culture and literature. While sentimentality may now be associated with the feminine, it originates in the traditionally masculine cult of sentiment, or sensibility, with the late eighteenth-century emergence of the 'man of feeling' exemplified by male writers such as Laurence Sterne. The transition of sentimentality from masculine ideal to feminine disadvantage is deceptively complex and requires cross-disciplinary discussion. Mary Chapman and Glenn Hendler have opened just such a dialogue in gathering papers addressing a wide range of media, including literature, political writings, art and history: this volume offers a considered and balanced representation of cultural expression. The collection showcases innovative directions in gender and American studies by literary and cultural critics, and is an excellent resource for readers interested in the concept of sentimentality. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in American culture generally, or more specifically in constructions of gender in late nineteenth-century and early modern America. ... Read more


106. Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart
by Andrea O'Reilly
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: State University of New York Press
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Traces Morrison's theory of African American mothering as it is articulated in her novels, essays, speeches, and interviews. ... Read more


107. Negotiating Identities: An Introduction to Asian American Women's Writing
by Helen Grice
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-11)
Publisher: Manchester University Press
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Negotiating Identities is a study of the development of writing by Asian American women in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on the successful late 20th century writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Joy Kogawa, Bharati Mukherjee, and Gish Jen. It relates the development of Asian writing by women in America – with a comparative element incorporating Britain – to a series of theoretical preoccupations: the mother/daughter dyad, biracialism, ethnic histories, citizenship, genre, and the idea of 'home'.
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108. Queer Pulp: Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback
by Susan Stryker
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Catlog: Book (2001-09)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From homicidal homos to locked-up lesbians, and almost every sexually dangerous combination in between, Queer Pulp: Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback is the first complete expose of queer sexuality in mid-twentieth century paperbacks. Compellingly written by historian Susan Stryker, Queer Pulp gives a complete overview of the cultural, political, and economic factors involved in the boom of queer paperbacks. With chapters covering gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexually oriented books, a lively overview of the genres, and loads of scorching paperback covers, Queer Pulp reveals the complicated and fascinating history of alternative sexual literature and book publishing. Featuring the work of well-known authors such as W. Somerset Maugham and Truman Capote to the low-brow and no-brow scribes who worked under several names, Queer Pulp is the entertaining and informative introduction to these lost, salacious literary genres. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A fine coverage of paperback passions
Susan Stryker has written a succinct account of this corner of American paperback publishing during the middle of the last century. The four areas she covers are lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gay with each chapter having the relevant book covers (150 in all) nicely placed so they are near the appropriate text.

She covers the two sides of the pulp fiction market, the big mainstream publishers, who issued literature in a mass market format and so had to present Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Somerset Maugham, Truman Capote, Radclyffe Hall, James Baldwin and others with suggestive images (the predictable shapely female with the half unbuttoned blouse) and come-on cover lines to generate sales, I bet they would have loved to change the titles to something more racy though. The other side was the very cheaply produced (but expensively priced) paperback that had no literary pretence and was produced for the 'one hand reader'. Plenty of these latter covers are shown and the designs are as predictable as the words inside but when you see them presented, sometimes four to a page, their overwhelming blandness becomes fascinating, however there are some that look as if a designer has been able to produce something creative with art and typography.

So many of the lowbrow and no-brow paperbacks are parodies of the genre, 'Hot Pants Homo' by Percy Fenster, 'The Man They Called My Wife' by Stark Cole' or 'Take My Tool' by Vivian LeMans, all with the appropriate tacky graphics and blurbs. Overall an interesting book (and well designed, too) about a slice of pop culture publishing that sold copies in the millions. Another book, also well designed, covering the same subject is Jaye Zimet's 'Strange Sisters' (ISBN 0140284028) with two hundred covers of lesbian pulp fiction. Both books will be appreciated by graphic designers and pop culture fans. ... Read more


109. Sporting with the Gods : The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)
by Michael Oriard
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Catlog: Book (1991-02-22)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Sporting with the Gods examines the metaphors of "play," "game," and "sport" as they are reflected in American literature and culture. The "race" for salvation and success, the great "games" of business and politics, the distinctive American version of "fair play," the desperate "game" against an all-powerful opponent and the cruelties of chance and fate by which man becomes the "sport of the gods"--all of these metaphors touch fundamental American beliefs about fate and freedom, competition and chance, finitude and possibility. The book traces the cultural history of these metaphors primarily through American literary texts (from Cooper and Hawthorne to Updike and Mailer) but also through a wide range of nonliterary writings (sermons, dime novels, success writing, countercultural manifestos, political rhetoric, etc.) The result is a unique cultural history of America, from its inception to the present. ... Read more


110. Kiddie Lit: The Cultural Construction of Children's Literature in America
by Beverly Lyon Clark
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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The popularity of the Harry Potter books among adults and the critical acclaim these young adult fantasies have received may seem like a novel literary phenomenon. In the nineteenth century, however, readers considered both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as works of literature equally for children and adults; only later was the former relegated to the category of "boys' books" while the latter, even as it was canonized, came frequently to be regarded as unsuitable for young readers. Adults—women and men—wept over Little Women. And America's most prestigious literary journals regularly reviewed books written for both children and their parents. This egalitarian approach to children's literature changed with the emergence of literary studies as a scholarly discipline at the turn of the twentieth century. Academics considered children's books an inferior literature and beneath serious consideration.

In Kiddie Lit, Beverly Lyon Clark explores the marginalization of children's literature in America—and its recent possible reintegration—both within the academy and by the mainstream critical establishment. Tracing the reception of works by Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. Frank Baum, Walt Disney, and J. K. Rowling, Clark reveals fundamental shifts in the assessment of the literary worth of books beloved by both children and adults, whether written for boys or girls. While uncovering the institutional underpinnings of this transition, Clark also attributes it to changing American attitudes toward childhood itself, a cultural resistance to the intrinsic value of childhood expressed through sentimentality, condescension, and moralizing.

Clark's engaging and enlightening study of the critical disregard for children's books since the end of the nineteenth century—which draws on recent scholarship in gender, cultural, and literary studies— offers provocative new insights into the history of both children's literature and American literature in general, and forcefully argues that the books our children read and love demand greater respect. ... Read more


111. Mark Twain, Travel Books, and Tourism: The Tide of a Great Popular Movement (Studies in American Literary Realism and Naturalism)
by Jeffrey Alan Melton
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112. Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity
by Phillip E. Wegner
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: University of California Press
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6 line illustrations Drawing from literary history, social theory, and political critique, this far-reaching study explores the utopian narrative as a medium for understanding the social space of the modern nation-state. Considering the narrative utopia from its earliest manifestation in Thomas More's sixteenth-century work Utopia to some of the most influential utopias of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book is an astute study of a literary genre as well as a nuanced dialectical meditation on the history of utopian thinking as a quintessential history of modernity. As he unravels the dialectics at work in the utopian narrative, Wegner gives an ambitious synthetic discussion of theories of modernity, considering and evaluating the ideas of writers such as Ernst Bloch, Louis Marin, Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Henri Lefebvre, Paul de Man, Karl Mannheim, Mikhail Bakhtin, Jürgen Habermas, Slavoj Zizek, and Homi Bhabha. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All the World's a Theory
In Imaginary Communities, Wegner glides from heady theorists like Jameson and Zizek to popular fiction like Dissposessed and to "cannonical classics" like 1984. Always readable, always introducing and always challenging, Wegner traces the evolution of the 'uptopia' novel while reorienting our reading of distopias by asking 'who's utopia are they?' Wegner sets up the concept of utopia as a mode of reading, asking us to position the texts we encounter in terms of it and in terms of social space as well, thus he discusses nation building and the onset of modernity in terms of the development of the utopia novel. Far reaching and deeply penetrating, whether you're a professor of literature, an avid sci-fi fan, an activist, or even an urban design specialist, Imaginary Communities is a 'place' worth visiting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
You have to buy this book! To explain it would only to be to rewrite it. You must experience this for yourself. Looking for an existential explanation of how you participate within communities, make decisions and share the bond with so many others, those that you will never meet? This is the explanation.

Frank... ... Read more


113. The Fugitive's Properties : Law and the Poetics of Possession
by Stephen M. Best
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-02)
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In this study of literature and law before and since the Civil War, Stephen M. Best shows how American conceptions of slavery, property, and the idea of the fugitive were profoundly interconnected. The Fugitive's Properties uncovers a poetics of intangible, personified property emerging out of antebellum laws, circulating through key nineteenth-century works of literature, and informing cultural forms such as blackface minstrelsy and early race films.

Best also argues that legal principles dealing with fugitives and indebted persons provided a sophisticated precursor to intellectual property law as it dealt with rights in appearance, expression, and other abstract aspects of personhood. In this conception of property as fleeting, indeed fugitive, American law preserved for much of the rest of the century slavery's most pressing legal imperative: the production of personhood as a market commodity. By revealing the paradoxes of this relationship between fugitive slave law and intellectual property law, Best helps us to understand how race achieved much of its force in the American cultural imagination. A work of ambitious scope and compelling cross-connections, The Fugitive's Properties sets new agendas for scholars of American literature and legal culture.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A compelling study combining law and literature
This book is an exciting study that brings together legal and linguistic conceptions of what it meant for people to be "property" under U.S. chattel slavery, and the impact of these conceptions on post-slavery legislation of race relations.The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that the question of the rape of slave women and the property in resultant children is not addressed.The author discusses what it might conceivably mean to own a person's labor power, but not what it also means to own her reproductive capacity and the children that resulted, on the one hand, from relations between blacks, and, on the other, relations between white slaveholders and enslaved women.The study is broad-ranging and provocative, but it would be even stronger if gender were considered somewhere other than in the (admittedly fascinating) discussion of the way certain issues play out in very early films. ... Read more


114. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Composition and Publication, Criticism (A Norton)
by Mark Twain
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Catlog: Book (1982-03-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars amusing book by Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur¡¦s Court¡¨ is a hilarious story written by Mark Twain. The story starts out talking about a young man named Hank Morgan, who was somehow transported back to the 6th century in England. He started out thinking that he arrived in an asylum, where everybody thought they were in the time of King Arthur. He later proved himself that he was in the 6th century by witnessing a total solar eclipse which he knew it was going to occur on the twenty-first of June A.D. 528 at 3 minutes after noon. After that event, he was given place in the government, and continuously used his cleverness and knowledge he learned in the 19th century to improve and prefect the country he was living in, during the 6th century. He used his knowledge in the field of science and performed what the people in the medieval times, called magic; and as time progressed he became the country¡¦s most powerful advisor. During this period of time, he kept a journal, which is what most of this book is.
Unlike most of the other stories, the plot of this story was consisted of two time periods, the modern 19th century and the medieval 6th century. The main character, Hank Morgan, was mysteriously sent back and became someone like Jesus because he knew what was happening and what is going to happened already in the history lessons when he was still in the 19th century. A literary device Mark Twain used in this book that made this book very amusing was all the satires Hank used to mock the people in King Arthur¡¦s court. For example, when a page was introducing himself to Mark, Mark said, ¡§Go ¡¥long, you ain¡¦t more than a paragraph.¡¨
I recommend this book for people who want something light and less serious, because this book will give you a good laugh.

4-0 out of 5 stars A recommendation of a very intriguing book
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an intriguing novel written by Mark Twain. This is a fantastic book for the high school level reader, but would be entertaining to adults as well. I am a freshman in high school, and I enjoyed many attributes of the plot and writing style. In this novel the main character, Hank Morgan, is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth century in Connecticut back to the fifth century in England. During his time in medieval Britain, he keeps a journal which is what most of this book is. The preface and afterwards are both the narration of Mark Twain who writes as if he has found Hank's journal, and is merely writing it down in a book. As the journal starts out, Hank is introduced to King Arthur and after narrowly escaping death and becomes the country's most powerful advisor. Hank introduces many modern wonders to this feudal society. He is hailed a magician, being able to perform wonderful "miracles" and "magic", when it really is only modern science. It is very entertaining to read about how the feeble-minded people of that time react to these feats. In the end, there is a tremendous battle with many exciting episodes leading up to it. If a reader is partial to battle scenes of high caliber, this is a book for him! Of course, Hank has many other battles as well. Once of his biggest enemies is the Church of England. The big question the reader asks themselves during this book is "Will Hank return to his time and if so, how?". It was exciting for me to ponder this question throughout the novel. During Hank's travels through medieval Britain, he meets many people. The people he meets who think a government ruled by the people in Britain (his ultimate goal) would be a good idea, he sends to Camelot where he has schools set up which teach people about modern governmental ideas. Schools were also set up to teach people how to produce his wonders of modern science. These few enlightened people remain loyal to Hank until the very end. I thought it an entertaining notion that people who were trained from birth to believe in one thing, could realize it's faults and begin to believe another things. I really enjoy this book because it brings a lot about human nature into question. It discusses the vast differences of beliefs, manners, and life styles between one hundred years ago and fourteen hundred years ago. I also thought the differences between classic Arthurian legend and Mark Twain's perspective of the time were very interesting. Hanks training of these idealistic people he runs across plays into the large political aspect of this book. Since Hank's ultimate goal is to transform Britain into a country ruled by the people, he starts factories producing modern goods which greatly changes the lives of the Britons. I enjoyed the descriptions of the people's reaction to these modern products of science thirteen centuries before they would be invented. Throughout the entire book commentary and philosophizing concerning the comparison of the fifth century feudal system of Britain and the nineteenth century democracy of the U.S. by Hank Morgan is common. This political aspect is typical of Twain's works. It gave me great pleasure to read this aspect of the book and to comprehend it's meaning. Through Hank Morgan, Mark Twain is able to depict vivid images in the readers mind. Whether it be a person, scene, or sensation felt by Hank Twain describes it in a way which puts a solid picture in the imagination of the reader. I have not seen the movie of this novel, but I have heard it isn't very well done and it is nothing compared to the book. I believe this is because Mark Twain paints such a realistic picture in the mind of the reader, it is nothing compared to what some director can film. From Mark Twain's great descriptions and writing style to the unique ideas presented, the novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a fantastic novel. There are so many aspects of it to enjoy, and it is just an all around entertaining book. I give this book four out of five stars and I recommend it to any one interested in fantasy, especially if they want a different perspective on King Arthur.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not "cute"; but absolutely fascinating!
This book is not a "good" book, in that it fails to achieve its supposed purpose (which is to deprecate chivalric romance). Yet the sheer fascination of this incredibly poigniant failure is enough to keep me returning! It nothing like the "cute" kids versions and movies that it has inspired. Prepare for a vitriolic horror-ride that seems to prove nothing but man's futility--i.e., welcome to Twaine's latter period. Mark Twain's work of psuedo-realistic phantasy is perhaps the most marked and fascinating failure in literature. In the novel Twain sets science and technology against chivalry and romance. Twaine attempts to overthrow a thousand years of fuedal and romantic tradition by means of scientific and economic efficiency. Yet (without revealing too much) in the end the Yankee must praise the romantic hero King Arthur; has used the very superstitions he disdains to dupe the people; come to love an archetype of the simple medieval personality he despises; and, amazingly, has threatened to destroy an entire civilization. In the end the only thing the Yankee proves is that modern man is far too arrogant for his own good, and that it is all too easy to become the villain you hate. So what was Twaine's point? Supposedly to prove the vast superiority of the modern age over the Chivalric Age. But did Twaine actually believe his utterly amazing ending carried out his task? I doubt it; I think the book is a classic example of Twain's disbelief of everything. But the world my never know.

5-0 out of 5 stars review for connecticut yankee
In the novel, A Connecticut in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain shows the differences between modern society, and sixth century Great Britain. Hank is a self-assured factory worker who knows how to make just about anything. The protagonist, is mysteriously transported back to the sixth century, when struck in the head by a crowbar.
He uses his vast knowledge of explosives and metals to quickly become a leader in the monarchy. His democratic thoughts and ideas become his ambition as he strives to make Great Britain a republic. Twain's novel shows how much of a change society has gone through from the sixth century to the time of the writing of the novel. He also show's how little education anyone received in the sixth century, even the members of royalty are not very wise. Hank's mediocre education is far superior to anybody's in the whole monarchy, because of the advances in education to the present.
Twain shows that the laws of the sixth century were made for the few against the many. At one point a woman is put to death for stealing just enough food to feed her baby. Hank tries, throughout the book, to get the royalty to realize how unfair their laws are to the common man.
This book makes you feel angry at points about the horribleness of the monarchy, yet ashamed because similar acts still go on in the present. An example would be how the rich and privileged still get the best of everything, while the have-nots get the last and worst of everything, both now and then. Twain has a comic sense in the book, and yet he still shows a contrast between the comic and the serious. This book should be a classic for Twain's creative portrayal of the sixth century, yet also because it makes us think about our society today.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very difficult to read
I read this book, expecting it to be similar to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. However, I struggled through the old English monologues of some of the characters. While this is an amusing tale of a 19th century American attempting to modernize 6th century Britain, I wish I had applied my recreational reading time elsewhere.

This paperback printing is difficult to read, too. The words run too close to the spine, requiring me to hold the book flat to read. ... Read more


115. Signs and Cities : Black Literary Postmodernism
by Madhu Dubey
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Signs and Cities is the first book to consider what it means to speak of a postmodern moment in African-American literature. Dubey argues that for African-American studies, postmodernity best names a period, beginning in the early 1970s, marked by acute disenchantment with the promises of urban modernity and of print literacy.

Dubey shows how black novelists from the last three decades have reconsidered the modern urban legacy and thus articulated a distinctly African-American strain of postmodernism. She argues that novelists such as Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Ishmael Reed, Sapphire, and John Edgar Wideman probe the disillusionment of urban modernity through repeated recourse to tropes of the book and scenes of reading and writing. Ultimately, she demonstrates that these writers view the book with profound ambivalence, construing it as an urban medium that cannot recapture the face-to-face communities assumed by oral and folk forms of expression

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116. Soledad: A Novel
by Angie Cruz
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Asin: 0743212029
Catlog: Book (2002-11-12)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 535756
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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At eighteen, Soledad couldn't get away fast enough from her contentious family with their endless tragedies and petty fights. Two years later, she's an art student at Cooper Union with a gallery job and a hip East Village walk-up. But when Tía Gorda calls with the news that Soledad's mother has lapsed into an emotional coma, she insists that Soledad's return is the only cure. Fighting the memories of open hydrants, leering men, and slick-skinned teen girls with raunchy mouths and snapping gum, Soledad moves home to West 164th Street. As she tries to tame her cousin Flaca's raucous behavior and to resist falling for Richie -- a soulful, intense man from the neighborhood -- she also faces the greatest challenge of her life: confronting the ghosts from her mother's past and salvaging their damaged relationship.

Evocative and wise, Soledad is a wondrous story of culture and chaos, family and integrity, myth and mysticism, from a Latina literary light. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Too Many point of views - Not enough Story
As a woman of Latin decent I always flock to the new crop of emerging Latino writers and their stories, thankful that we're still being represented and hopeful that the story will resonate in the American culture. When I saw Angie Cruz's novel "Soledad" I was no different, I picked it up right away, and I must say, I was disappointed.

The story begins with Soledad, whom, after running away from her Washington Heights roots to college and into a new "improved" life must return home to help her ailing mother out of an emotional coma.

Within the first chapter I am swept into her Aunt Gorda's (first person) point of view, this at first was confusing, because I figured it to be Soledad's when instead it is wasn't. And that's where it began to go downhill for me. The switching back and forth between all the different characters seemed unorganized and got annoying in Cruz's writing. It seemed as if she had all these colorful characters bustling with enough energy to hold their own, and instead just threw them all in the novel resulting in a disaster. In fact, the least interesting and most underdeveloped character was the protagonist, Soledad, herself. Even her little cousin Flaca was a much more exciting, honest and well-rounded character than Soledad.

I agree with the other reviewer who said he was waiting for much more to happen within the middle of the book. I too was searching and anticipating more action, excitement, PLOT.

One good thing I will say about Angie Cruz's writing is she definitely has the feel of the Dominican neighborhoods, family and culture down packed. She is very keen on transporting you into that wonderfully, chaotic, beautiful, flavor filled world. She'd be a good poet. However, poets aren't always good novelists.
Ms. Cruz needs to tighten up her characters, the plots, and the direction of her stories. especially if she wants to continue writing novels. I personally feel that with the strong characters presented in the book they could have been used to create their own short story. Instead, it seems Cruz got excited and with her characters, over invited them to a party without enough food to feed, that "food" being the story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Had a great time reading this book
Loved this book! Loved the passion and the loyalty in which the family and neighbors have for each other. Also,the beautiful struggle to live and to love, fight and to dream. Soledad's journey is a great read. I laughed and cried, got a little wiser from the advice of the
viejo's(the old ones). This book would not have been the same without the spanglish. I will miss these people, they were my crazy familia for a few enjoyable hours. Thank you Angie Cruz...can't wait to read your next novel. I highly recommend this book to latina's everywhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Latina's determination
At first I was attracted to this book for it's cover, but then i read it's tittle "Soledad" which means loneliness, and i thought maybe this book will keep me conected to my roots, and it did.
The story about a girl that wants a different future than everybody else, she wants to separate herself from what she has known all her life, to explore new paths that may take her far away.
Once she takes a new path she is forced to come back to take care of her mom who has checked out of the world. Soledad finds herself back in a place she longed to leave, she finds people she wanted to forget, but they all have something different to show her. Back in the old neighborhood she finds love where least expected, and at the end she realizes that everything she was looking for was always right in front of her.

I recomend this book to people who want to learn about a part of Latin cultures in the US.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exuberant Debut
I thoroughly disagree with those reviewers of Angie Cruz's debut novel who perhaps smugly dismiss her work as being "a total mess," or "not enough story." One reviewer boldly proclaimed that Cruz "is no Gabriel Garcia Marquez." Well, really now!! Even to suggest that an initiate in the daunting art of this lofty genre must somehow (miraculously) immediately measure up to the accomplished mastery of a seasoned novelist of the rank and distinction of the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian writer Garcia Marquez or perhaps of the caliber of Chilean Isabel Allende is unreasonable at best. After all, these two writers par excellence eventually mastered their respective literary craft only after long years of painstakingly honing a (self-satisfying) writing style and ultimate artistry. Even skilled writers don't exactly tumble out of the womb being able to compose beautiful prose or poetry.

So, Angie Cruz joins the growing cadre of young, gifted writers such as Nelly Rosario and Loida Maritza Perez and others who, in time, will indeed garner the accolades and wider readership that Danticat, Alvarez, Conde, Junot Diaz, Esmeralda Santiago, and yes, Allende currently enjoy. Just give her time. Angie Cruz unquestionably knows the heart and soul of Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, home to thousands of dominicanos. She feels vividly the pulse and pace of these streets and the people there. Soledad's traumatic journey (an escape, actually) to downtown is memorable and quite believable. This is a provocative story, told with imaginative grace and power. All the characters are beautifully realized. Any suggestion of "a disorganized plot" is artistically and cleverly interwoven into the realistic, yet disorganized lives of the people who struggle to survive the harshness and ugliness of those mean streets. Y es facil, Ms Cruz?
Highly Recommended Reading!

Alan Cambeira
Author of AZUCAR! The Story of Sugar (a novel)

2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but disorganized plot
The context of this novel seemed interesting at first. Angie Cruz does magical realism rather well, but the story of a young Dominican artist and the unraveling of her eccentric family is confusing, underdeveloped and disorganized. I had a difficult time remembering who was whom and most of the subplots -- witchcraft, sibling rivalry, mental disorders, etc. -- are irrelevant to the overall story. I wanted to like this novel -- after all, the synopsis promised a dark tale with a dose of magic realism -- but as I read the chapters I couldn't help but realize that Angie Cruz is no Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A true disappointment... ... Read more


117. American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures
by Joanna Brooks
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Asin: 0195160789
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 362079
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The 1780s and 1790s were a critical era for communities of color in the new United States of America. Even Thomas Jefferson observed that in the aftermath of the American Revolution, ""the spirit of the master is abating, that of the slave rising from the dust."" This book explores the means by which the very first Black and Indian authors rose up to transform their communities and the course of American literary history. It argues that the origins of modern African-American and American Indian literatures emerged at the revolutionary crossroads of religion and racial formation as early Black and Indian authors reinvented American evangelicalism and created new postslavery communities, new categories of racial identification, and new literary traditions. While shedding fresh light on the pioneering figures of African-American and Native American cultural history--including Samson Occom, Prince Hall, Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and John Marrant--this work also explores a powerful set of little-known Black and Indian sermons, narratives, journals, and hymns. Chronicling the early American communities of color from the separatist Christian Indian settlement in upstate New York to the first African Lodge of Freemasons in Boston, it shows how eighteenth-century Black and Indian writers forever shaped the American experience of race and religion. American Lazarus offers a bold new vision of a foundational moment in American literature. It reveals the depth of early Black and Indian intellectual history and reassesses the political, literary, and cultural powers of religion in America. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An incredible story
My minister mentioned this book in a recent sermon. As a Christian living in the 21st Century, I realize that there is so much that I can take for granted. The trials and tribulations and triumphs that people like Samson Occom and John Marrant went through were inspiring to say the least. I had no idea that one of America's first hymnals was compiled by a Native American, nor did I discover until reading this book how much American Christianity is so entwined in Black and Indian struggles. I learned so much from this book. I'm not a reader of literature, but now I want to find out more about these people. I can say that it's made me a better Christian. I'm so grateful to these American saints. Thank you, Joanna Brooks, for opening my eyes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intellectual work and discovery at its best
With AMERICAN LAZARUS, Brooks recovers, or might I say, revives either long-forgotten or oft-misunderstood religious writings by eighteenth-century African Americans and Native Americans. And the story she tells through their works is as relevant in the 21st century as it was during theirs: God takes sides, and God's side is with the poor, the enslaved, the colonized. And these writers, like Brooks, ask: which side are you on? AMERICAN LAZARUS shows us the debt we owe to these innovative ancestors of color--politically, culturally, spiritually. And for that, we are indebted to Brooks as well. ... Read more


118. Aesthetic Headaches: Women and Masculine Poetics in Poe, Melville, and Hawthorne
by Leland S. Person
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Catlog: Book (1988-07-01)
Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
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119. The Reactionary Imperative: Essays Literary and Political
by M.E. Bradford
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Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
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120. Heralds of Promise: The Drama of the American People During the Age of Jackson, 1829-1849 (Contributions in American Studies)
by Walter J. Meserve
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Asin: 0313250154
Catlog: Book (1986-05-20)
Publisher: Greenwood Press
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Here is a fascinating account of the struggle to create a viable American theatre and dramatic tradition in a society that, while eager for culture and entertainment, provided an environment hostile to their development. Meserve begins by describing the potential for dramatic writing that existed in America in 1829 and the obstacles faced by the many talented dramatists who emerged during the period. The author describes the work of playwrights in American popular theatre--their dramatization of current events and social issues and their attempts to adapt popular fiction and foreign plays. Two major categories of playwright are emphasized--the journeyman or actor-playwright and the literary playwright. The author finds that by 1850 virtually all of the outstanding American playwrights were either dead or had withdrawn from the theatrical scene. ... Read more


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