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21st Century Retro: "Mad Men" and 1960s America in Film and Television
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21st Century Retro: "Mad Men" and 1960s America in Film and Television
This book offers a vocabulary to discuss contemporary televisual productions that revisit recent pasts in self-conscious and non-nostalgic ways.
The Wealthy, the Brilliant, the Few
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Elite Education in Contemporary American Discourse

Sophie Spieler explores elite education and its peculiar position in American cultural discourse, focusing particularly on the negotiation of merit.
Authority and Trust in US Culture and Society
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Authority and Trust in US Culture and Society

Interdisciplinary Approaches and Perspectives

This book explores recent and historical transformations of authority and trust in political institutions, urban spaces, and cultural life to explain their perceived loss of legitimacy in the United States.
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.
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