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Routledge Research in American Literature and Culture


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This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics in American Literature and Culture.

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Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s

Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s "Beloved" The Case for Reparations

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem
October 28, 2020

Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s Beloved: The Case for Reparations is an inspired contribution to the scholarship on one of the most influential American novels and novelists. The author positions this contemporary classic as a meditation on historical justice and re-comprehends it as both...

Posthumanism in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut Matter That Complains So

Posthumanism in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut Matter That Complains So

1st Edition

Andrew Hicks
July 14, 2020

Posthumanism in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut: Matter That Complains So re-examines the prevailing critical consensus that Kurt Vonnegut was a humanist writer. While more difficult elements of his work have often been the subject of scholarly attention, the tendency amongst critics writing on ...

In Defense of Dialogue Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature

In Defense of Dialogue Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature

1st Edition

Monika Gehlawat
March 04, 2020

In Defense of Dialogue: Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature offers a timely investigation of the value of dialogue in contemporary American culture. Using Jürgen Habermas’s theory of communicative action to read the work of Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Grace Paley, and Andy Warhol, In ...

Trauma, Gender and Ethics in the Works of E.L. Doctorow

Trauma, Gender and Ethics in the Works of E.L. Doctorow

1st Edition

María Ferrández San Miguel
January 31, 2020

This project approaches four of E. L. Doctorow’s novels—Welcome to Hard Times (1960), The Book of Daniel (1971), Ragtime (1975), and City of God (2000)—from the perspectives of feminist criticism and trauma theory. The study springs from the assumption that Doctorow’s literary project is eminently ...

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era

1st Edition

Tiffany Austin, Sequoia Maner, Emily Ruth Rutter, darlene anita scott
December 13, 2019

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era is an edited collection of critical essays and poetry that investigates contemporary elegy within the black diaspora. Scores of contemporary writers have turned to elegiac poetry and prose in order to militate against the white supremacist logic ...

Spectres from the Past Slavery and the Politics of

Spectres from the Past Slavery and the Politics of "History" in West African and African-American Literature

1st Edition

Portia Owusu
November 27, 2019

Spectres from the Past: The "History" of Slavery in West African and African-American Narratives examines the merit of the claim that West African writers, in comparison to African-Americans authors, deliberately expunge the history of slavery from literary narratives. The book explores slavery in ...

Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel

Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel

1st Edition

Joseph Conte
November 27, 2019

Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel suggests that literature after September 11, 2001 reflects the shift from bilateral nation-state politics to the multilateralism of transnational politics. While much of the criticism regarding novels of 9/11 tends to approach these works through ...

Articulations of Resistance Transformative Practices in Contemporary Arab-American Poetry

Articulations of Resistance Transformative Practices in Contemporary Arab-American Poetry

1st Edition

Sirene Harb
November 11, 2019

Using a theoretical framework located at the intersection of US ethnic studies, transnational studies, and postcolonial studies, Articulations of Resistance: Transformative Practices in Arab-American Poetry maps an interdisciplinary model of critical inquiry to demonstrate the intimate link and ...

The Shape of Fantasy Investigating the Structure of American Heroic Epic Fantasy

The Shape of Fantasy Investigating the Structure of American Heroic Epic Fantasy

1st Edition

Charul Palmer-Patel
October 29, 2019

The Shape of Fantasy is an in-depth look at Heroic Epic Fantasy. It depicts structural and narrative patterns with models stemming from science and philosophy. Although Fantasy Fiction is generally defined by its impossibility, Fantasy Fiction not an illogical form. It is, in fact, governed by a ...

Poetic Encounters in the Americas Remarkable Bridge

Poetic Encounters in the Americas Remarkable Bridge

1st Edition

Peter Ramos
October 07, 2019

Poetic Encounters in the Americas: Remarkable Bridge examines the ways in which U.S. and Latin American modernist canons have been in cross-cultural, mutually enabling conversation, especially through the act of literary translation. Examining eighteen U.S. and Latin American poets, my book is one ...

Wallace and I Cognition, Consciousness, and Dualism in David Foster Wallace’s Fiction

Wallace and I Cognition, Consciousness, and Dualism in David Foster Wallace’s Fiction

1st Edition

Jamie Redgate
January 24, 2019

Though David Foster Wallace is well known for declaring that "Fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being," what he actually meant by the term "human being" has been quite forgotten. It is a truism in Wallace studies that Wallace was a posthumanist writer, and too theoretically ...

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