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Estranged affections: Literary writing and the public sphere in Poe, Emerson, and Melville
This dissertation examines the influence of romantic aesthetics on the development of literary writing as a profession in America during the 1840s and 1850s. In opposition to the new historical claim that literary texts ...
Cultures of violence: Racism, sexism and female agency in twentieth-century American fiction
Male authors intent on critiquing American racism, specifically William Faulkner and Richard Wright, have been more successful in defining the parameters surrounding the discussion of violence in American society than have ...
Heaven and hell on earth: Flux and stasis in literary utopianism and naturalism
Literary utopianism and naturalism present apparently polar views regarding the possibilities and limitations of human agency: the former portrays humanity as having created a communal society based upon rationality, while ...