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Savage Horrors
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The Intrinsic Raciality of the American Gothic

While the white American Gothic novel must be understood as a highly racialized and structural anti-Black text, Black authors have creatively deconstructed the Gothic since the 18th century.
Laboring Bodies and the Quantified Self
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Laboring Bodies and the Quantified Self
How has the quantified body become a central site of labor in the contemporary neoliberal age?
Subjects of Substance
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Recent American Literature and the Materiality of Mind

Subjects of Substance reveals how the materiality of mind has shaped the works of authors like Don DeLillo, Siri Hustvedt, and David Foster Wallace.
Creating Realities
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Business as a Motif in American Fiction, 1865–1929

Erhan Simsek explores the motif of business and its aesthetic functions in American realism, naturalism, and modernism.
An Organon of Life Knowledge
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Genres and Functions of the Short Story in North America

The short story as a tool for acquiring knowledge of and about life? This study offers a fresh take on the the genre and explores how it constructs and circulates `life knowledge'.
Fugitive Borders
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Black Canadian Cross-Border Literature at Mid-Nineteenth Century

»Community« not »nation« – Nele Sawallisch argues that black autobiographical writing in 19th-century Canada functions as a form of cross-border textual community-building.
Power Relations in Black Lives
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Power Relations in Black Lives

Reading African American Literature and Culture with Bourdieu and Elias

The contributions of this volume offer new readings of Black literature and culture by applying key concepts of relational sociology by Bourdieu and Elias.
Melting Pots & Mosaics: Children of Immigrants in US-American Literature
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Melting Pots & Mosaics: Children of Immigrants in US-American Literature
This work provides an extensive, comparative discussion of US-American literature about children of immigrants from different ethnic groups and different historical contexts.
Wires That Bind
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Wires That Bind

Nation, Region, and Technology in the Southwestern United States, 1854-1920

Telegraphy and railroads bound the Southwest to the United States in the nineteenth century. They forever redrew lines of race, culture and influence.
New York Hotel Experience
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New York Hotel Experience

Cultural and Societal Impacts of an American Invention

In five case studies this book presents the hotel experience of the white upper class, literati, artists, African Americans and Jewish Americans in NYC.
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