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End Of Paragraph, Rowan Cahill Aug 2017

End Of Paragraph, Rowan Cahill

Rowan Cahill

A tribute to the life and work of US journalist, author, soldier, script writer, leftist activist, Clancy Sigal (1926-2017), with particular reference to his novel/memoir Going Away (1962).


Hegemony, Nostalgia, And The Archive In Contemporary Civil War Literature.Docx, Dallin S. Earl Dec 2016

Hegemony, Nostalgia, And The Archive In Contemporary Civil War Literature.Docx, Dallin S. Earl

Dallin Earl

In 1990 approximately fourteen million people tuned in to watch Ken Burn’s eleven-hour publicly televised film The Civil War—more than the entire population of the Confederate states at the time of secession (Cullen 9). In the last two decades we have seen a resurgence of interest in the Civil War following a lull from 1965 into the mid 1980’s (Gallagher 4).    Recent interest in the Civil War indicates that we as a people are not finished talking about it, nor have its effects or consequences yet been fully teased out.America and Americans are very different since ...


Criticizing Local Color: Innovative Conformity In Kate Chopin’S Short Fiction, Thomas Lewis Morgan Jun 2015

Criticizing Local Color: Innovative Conformity In Kate Chopin’S Short Fiction, Thomas Lewis Morgan

Thomas Morgan

One of the difficulties in using regionalism as a descriptive category to discuss late nineteenth-century literature is the series of shifting relationships it has with other terms describing literary production. Not only is there regionalism’s implied connection to realism, there is naturalism, romance, and even local color to consider, if one desires to distinguish between types of regional literary production. Added to this initial framework are the unspoken assumptions concerning intersecting definitions of generic form: the novel is implicitly connected to realism (and later naturalism), while the short story is traditionally associated with regionalism. Further complicating both sets of ...


One Man’S Dust Bowl: Recounting 1936 With Don Hartwell Of Inavale, Nebraska.Pdf, Stephen C. Behrendt Dec 2014

One Man’S Dust Bowl: Recounting 1936 With Don Hartwell Of Inavale, Nebraska.Pdf, Stephen C. Behrendt

Stephen C Behrendt

This essay exmines the personal daily diary kept by Donald Hartwell, of Inavale NE, during 1936-40, with particular emphasis on 1936. The essay traces the struggles of this Nebraska farmer to cope with the terrible effects of the Dust Bowl, placing Hartwell's experiences within the broader context of the Dust Bowl era in the Great Plains.


Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application, Steven Tötösy De Zepetnek Mar 2014

Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application, Steven Tötösy De Zepetnek

Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven & Totosy de Zepetnek, Steven

Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven. Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998. ISBN 90-420-0534-3 299 pages, bibliography, index. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek presents a framework of comparative literature based on a contextual (systemic and empirical) approach for the study of culture and literature and applies the framework in audience studies, film and literature, women's literature, translation studies, new media and scholarship in the humanities and in the analyses of English, French, German, Austrian, Hungarian, Romanian, and English-Canadian modern, contemporary, and ethnic minority texts. Copyright release to the author in 2006.


Review Of The West As America: Reinterpreting Images Of The Frontier, 1820-1920, Stephen C. Behrendt Feb 2014

Review Of The West As America: Reinterpreting Images Of The Frontier, 1820-1920, Stephen C. Behrendt

Stephen C Behrendt

This rich collection of essays is intellectually substantial, culturally significant, and much overdue. One of the least appreciated phenomena of American culture is its remarkable history of self-fashioning. The American continent was settled by European immigrants for a variety of reasons over some four centuries, and each wave of settlers contributed to the burgeoning mythology of the New World its own set of self-fulfilling prophecies. "America" was--and to a significant extent still is--a largely European construct, a cultural matrix whose outlines emerged and evolved often re-actively as individuals and groups found their expectations challenged by the stark realities of the ...


Critical Insights: Raymond Carver, James Plath Apr 2013

Critical Insights: Raymond Carver, James Plath

James Plath

Edited by James Plath, professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the significant and controversial writer.


"Wallace Stevens And The New York School", Alan Filreis Dec 2011

"Wallace Stevens And The New York School", Alan Filreis

Alan Filreis

The essay explores cross-influences between Wallace Stevens and the New York School aesthetic.


28 May 1942: Bertolt Brecht And Fritz Lang Write A Hollywood Screenplay, Jonathan Skolnik Dec 2011

28 May 1942: Bertolt Brecht And Fritz Lang Write A Hollywood Screenplay, Jonathan Skolnik

Jonathan Skolnik

A study of the anti-Nazi film Hangmen Also Die (Dir. Fritz Lang, 1943), centering on the work as a collaborative product of German exile culture and anti-fascist aesthetics, with a focus on the collaboration between Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Eisler, and Fritz Lang.


The Seven Spices: Pumpkins, Puritans, And Pathogens In Colonial New England, Michael Sharbaugh Nov 2011

The Seven Spices: Pumpkins, Puritans, And Pathogens In Colonial New England, Michael Sharbaugh

Michael D Sharbaugh

Water sources in the United States' New England region are laden with arsenic. Particularly during North America's colonial period--prior to modern filtration processes--arsenic would make it into the colonists' drinking water. In this article, which evokes the biocultural evolution paradigm, it is argued that colonists offset health risks from the contaminant (arsenic poisoning) by ingesting copious amounts of seven spices--cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, vanilla, and ginger. The inclusion of these spices in fall and winter recipes that hail from New England would therefore explain why many Americans associate them not only with the region, but with Thanksgiving and ...


Barking At Death: Hemingway, Africa, And The Stages Of Dying, James Plath Nov 2011

Barking At Death: Hemingway, Africa, And The Stages Of Dying, James Plath

James Plath

From amazon.com:
Considering the time Hemingway spent not only on the safaris but also in preparing for them beforehand and writing about them afterwards, Africa was a major factor in his life and work. But surprisingly little scholarship has been devoted to this aspect of Hemingway's oeuvre. This book fills that empty niche, opening the way for a long-delayed and multi-faceted conversation on a neglected aspect of Hemingway's work. Topics treated include historical, theoretical, biographical, theological, and literary interpretations of Hemingway's African topics and motifs.


Exile On 125th Street: African-Americans, Germans, And Jews In Moon Over Harlem, Jonathan Skolnik Dec 2008

Exile On 125th Street: African-Americans, Germans, And Jews In Moon Over Harlem, Jonathan Skolnik

Jonathan Skolnik

An analysis of the film Moon Over Harlem (Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer, 1939) focusing on issues of German-Jewish exile from Nazi Germany and race in American culture and society.


Once More, With Feeling, James Plath Apr 2004

Once More, With Feeling, James Plath

James Plath

Professor Plath's presentation at Honors Convocation as the winner of the 2004 Pantagraph Award for Teaching Excellence.


Giving The Devil His Due: Leeching And Edification Of Spirit In The Scarlet Letter And The Witches Of Eastwick, James Plath Sep 1999

Giving The Devil His Due: Leeching And Edification Of Spirit In The Scarlet Letter And The Witches Of Eastwick, James Plath

James Plath

The essays collected here evaluate the religious dimension of Updike's prodigious literary vision, looking broadly at Updike's understanding of religion in ordinary human experience, in the context of historic Christianity, and in contemporary American culture.