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An Organon of Life Knowledge
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An Organon of Life Knowledge

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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Release date: 2018-12-27

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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.
The Loop
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Release date: 2020-04-27

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Chicago Architecture and the Social Imaginary

An exploration of how architecture institutes changing social conceptions of the human and its world.
Power Relations in Black Lives
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Release date: 2017-12-19

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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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Release date: 2017-07-03

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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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Release date: 2017-03-13

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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.
Poets of Protest
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Poets of Protest

Mythological Resignification in American Antebellum and German Vormärz Literature

Narratological readings of Hawthorne, Gutzkow, Brown, and Heine reveal the literary democratization of mythologies.
American Mobilities
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Release date: 2016-02-17

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American Mobilities

Geographies of Class, Race, and Gender in US Culture

Geographical, economic, and social mobility were central tropes in American literature and film in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This study provides in-depth case studies with particular attention to class, race, and gender as they intersect with representations of mobility.
The New Formula For Cool
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Release date: 2015-08-27

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The New Formula For Cool

Science, Technology, and the Popular in the American Imagination

This insightful study explores how science and technology became cool in American culture - from the heroic nerds of recent disaster movies to the chilly aesthetics of CSI's crime lab.
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