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Troublesome Minorities: Questioning Assimilation In The Reluctant Fundamentalist And Home Fire, Nida Choudary Sep 2020

Troublesome Minorities: Questioning Assimilation In The Reluctant Fundamentalist And Home Fire, Nida Choudary

The Macksey Journal

Cultural discourse has long proposed assimilation as the method for the successful social and political incorporation of immigrant populations in the West. The model minority myth is perpetuated as a success story of the immigrant (particularly the Asian immigrant) achieving the American Dream, of finding success through hard work and trademark American determination, while marketing the perceived silence and patience of the minority as honorable traits. However, these ideals are insufficient and problematic as they ignore the challenges immigrants and their descendants face in the post-9/11 era and promote deep set notions of race and associated categories. In order ...


Happy The People: The Use Of Classical Literature In John Dickinson's Letters From A Farmer In Pennsylvania, Rachel E. Wiedman Sep 2020

Happy The People: The Use Of Classical Literature In John Dickinson's Letters From A Farmer In Pennsylvania, Rachel E. Wiedman

The Macksey Journal

John Dickinson is well noted as an influential writer of the American Revolution, particularly in his series of twelve letters known as the Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania. While previous scholarship has noted the significant effect these widely circulated letters had upon the colonies and has further explored the purpose for the pseudonym “Farmer,” it has overlooked one major feature of the writings: the inclusion of a Latin quotation at the end of each letter, pulled from various Roman authors. Though the classics at that time were often employed in pamphlet writing to invoke a sense of kinship with ...


Hegelian Agency And Communication In William Gaddis’ Jr, Ryan Andrew P. Hacek Sep 2020

Hegelian Agency And Communication In William Gaddis’ Jr, Ryan Andrew P. Hacek

The Macksey Journal

This paper analyzes the relation between different forms of agency (as conceptualized by GWF Hegel) in the capitalist systems presented in postmodern literature. The subject of my paper is William Gaddis’ JR and its usage of postmodern techniques (from telephone conversations to clashing dialogue snippets) to express the chaos of late-stage capitalism. This paper argues that one can use Gaddis’ narrative to extrapolate the significance of Hegel's account of agency for our own contemporary world, because Gaddis depicts individuals in capitalism having different forms of agency within different spheres and through different projects. This multiplicity can be understood through ...


Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Ed Folsom Aug 2020

Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Ed Folsom

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Fellow Journeyers Walt Whitman And Jesse Talbot: Painting, Poetry, And Puffery In 1850s New York, Jessica Skwire Routhier Aug 2020

Fellow Journeyers Walt Whitman And Jesse Talbot: Painting, Poetry, And Puffery In 1850s New York, Jessica Skwire Routhier

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Back Matter Aug 2020

Back Matter

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


"A Hastily Corrected Slip": Literary And Democratic Collectivity In A New Whitmanian Artifact, Nathan Schmidt Aug 2020

"A Hastily Corrected Slip": Literary And Democratic Collectivity In A New Whitmanian Artifact, Nathan Schmidt

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Front Matter Aug 2020

Front Matter

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Clawing For Power: Merricat And Constance's Struggle Over Patriarchal Oppression, Savannah F. Gregg Aug 2020

Clawing For Power: Merricat And Constance's Struggle Over Patriarchal Oppression, Savannah F. Gregg

The Macksey Journal

In this essay, I explore the ways Shirley Jackson’s revision of the traditional gothic in We Have Always Lived in the Castle provides the illusion of matriarchal dominance. Critics typically read this novel as a celebration of female power, which the women hijack from male authority figures, but I argue that by analyzing the feminine objects in the novel, we can see that the illusion of matriarchal power actually supports a patriarchal society. Historical and cultural contexts, including Shirley Jackson’s biography, allow us to see the psychological oppression placed on women in twentieth-century American society. This background moreover ...


Seeking The Feminine Divine: Mormon Women's Religious Authority And Power In Rachel Hunt Steenblik's Poetry, Kaitlin Hoelzer Aug 2020

Seeking The Feminine Divine: Mormon Women's Religious Authority And Power In Rachel Hunt Steenblik's Poetry, Kaitlin Hoelzer

The Macksey Journal

Literary theorists like Hélène Cixous and other French feminists have written about l’écriture feminine, a deconstructive force which allows female writers more freedom from male-dominated areas. Because Christianity has been historically male-dominated, Christian women have long used this idea to great effect, using their writing as a space in which they are free to assert power and authority. Mormonism, which arose in the 1830s during the Second Great Awakening, has grown to reinforce a patriarchal model for both family and church leadership, making Cixous’ separate space of writing necessary for Mormon women of the twenty-first century. The Mormon poet ...


Sacrifice, Magic, And Age: The Young Adult’S Burden (A Study Of Ya Fantasy), Angelamarie Malkoun Jul 2020

Sacrifice, Magic, And Age: The Young Adult’S Burden (A Study Of Ya Fantasy), Angelamarie Malkoun

The Macksey Journal

“Young adult,” coined in the 1960s by the Young Adult Library Services Association, holds immense meaning though it has had a much shorter lifetime than “child” and “adult.” The young adult (“adolescent” or “teenager”) continues to as a grey area between the duality of child and adult, an area that tends to be disregarded due to stereotypes and clichés. In working extensively on Fantasy/Young Adult Fantasy literature from the 19th century to the present, my research has focused on the evolution of the adolescent/adolescence and how magic and temptation are used to argue the human inability to ...


Walt Hunter. Forms Of A World: Contemporary Poetry And The Making Of Globalization. Fordham Up, 2019., Jeremy Glazier Jun 2020

Walt Hunter. Forms Of A World: Contemporary Poetry And The Making Of Globalization. Fordham Up, 2019., Jeremy Glazier

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Walt Hunter Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization. Fordham UP, 2019. 190 pp.


The Canons Of Fantasy: Lands Of High Adventure (2019) By Patrick Moran, Mariana Rios Maldonado Jun 2020

The Canons Of Fantasy: Lands Of High Adventure (2019) By Patrick Moran, Mariana Rios Maldonado

Journal of Tolkien Research

Book review, by Mariana Rios Maldonado, of The Canons of Fantasy: Lands of High Adventure (2019), by Patrick Moran


Review Of Joyce Carol Oates's Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars., Eric K. Anderson Jun 2020

Review Of Joyce Carol Oates's Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars., Eric K. Anderson

Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies

A review of Joyce Carol Oates's novel Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. considering its relation to current social protests and previous works by the author.


Searching For Proud Antoinette: Evidence And Prospects For Whitman’S Phantom Novel, Zachary Turpin May 2020

Searching For Proud Antoinette: Evidence And Prospects For Whitman’S Phantom Novel, Zachary Turpin

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Front Matter May 2020

Front Matter

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Anatomic By Adam Dickinson, Heather Houser May 2020

Anatomic By Adam Dickinson, Heather Houser

The Goose

Review of Adam Dickinson's Anatomic.


Jim Perlman, Ed Folsom, And Dan Campion, Eds. Walt Whitman: The Measure Of His Song. 200th Birthday Edition., Vivian R. Pollak May 2020

Jim Perlman, Ed Folsom, And Dan Campion, Eds. Walt Whitman: The Measure Of His Song. 200th Birthday Edition., Vivian R. Pollak

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Back Matter May 2020

Back Matter

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


In Memoriam: Douglas Arthur Noverr 1942-2020, Jason Stacy, Zachary Turpin May 2020

In Memoriam: Douglas Arthur Noverr 1942-2020, Jason Stacy, Zachary Turpin

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Walt Whitman, Trinity Church, And Antebellum Reprint Culture, Scott Zukowski May 2020

Walt Whitman, Trinity Church, And Antebellum Reprint Culture, Scott Zukowski

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Ed Folsom May 2020

Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Ed Folsom

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


“A Story Of New York At The Present Time”: The Historico-Literary Contexts Of Jack Engle, Stefan Schöberlein, Stephanie M. Blalock May 2020

“A Story Of New York At The Present Time”: The Historico-Literary Contexts Of Jack Engle, Stefan Schöberlein, Stephanie M. Blalock

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


A Note From The Managing Editor, Brandon James O'Neil May 2020

A Note From The Managing Editor, Brandon James O'Neil

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Decorating The Performative Body In Tender Is The Night, Alyssa Q. Johnson May 2020

Decorating The Performative Body In Tender Is The Night, Alyssa Q. Johnson

Beyond the Margins: A Journal of Graduate Literary Scholarship

In Tender Is the Night (1934), Fitzgerald uses clothing and fashion to heighten the sense of time period as well as to enhance the ways in which the world, on both sides of the Atlantic, was changing. However, changes on the surface frequently do not reveal a change in underlying motivations for dress. In Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald uses clothing in symbolic ways that allow characters to perform roles to achieve their goals. Through the ways bodies are shaped in the novel, Fitzgerald reveals that clothing, shopping, and perfectly bronzed skin have the power to make great economic statements ...


Going Slumming In Mexico: Rereading Primitivism In Katherine Anne Porter’S Flowering Judas And Other Stories, Annika M. Schadewaldt May 2020

Going Slumming In Mexico: Rereading Primitivism In Katherine Anne Porter’S Flowering Judas And Other Stories, Annika M. Schadewaldt

Beyond the Margins: A Journal of Graduate Literary Scholarship

Katherine Anne Porter’s short story collection Flowering Judas and Other Stories from 1935 features most of the author’s engagement with Mexico as a setting and its social realities after the revolution. While most scholars agree that Porter’s experiences during her stays in-Katherine Anne Porter’s short story collection Flowering Judas and Other Stories from 1935 features most of the author’s engagement with Mexico as a setting and its social realities after the revolution. While most scholars agree that Porter’s experiences during her stays in Mexico crucially shaped her artistic vision, there is less agreement on ...


A “Defect Of Justice”: Congregationalism, The Calvinist Problem, And The Unitarian Solution In Sylvester Judd's Margaret, Benjamin M. Woods May 2020

A “Defect Of Justice”: Congregationalism, The Calvinist Problem, And The Unitarian Solution In Sylvester Judd's Margaret, Benjamin M. Woods

Beyond the Margins: A Journal of Graduate Literary Scholarship

This article contributes to a small body of criticism concerning Sylvester Judd’s 1845 novel Margaret. Largely described as a “Transcendentalist” novel that critiques the Calvinist theology prevalent in late-eighteenth-early-nineteenth century New England village society, I argue for an interpretation of the novel that is concerned the interaction between Calvinism and the Congregationalist model of social and religious organization over time. Rather than just exposing the negative social ramifications Calvinist doctrines like total depravity can have on New England society, I assert that the novel exposes the limitations in Puritan Congregationalist ideals espoused by early figures such as John Winthrop ...


Front Matter, Toyon Literary Magazine May 2020

Front Matter, Toyon Literary Magazine

Toyon Literary Magazine

No abstract provided.


Seeing Into The City Of Glass: An Analysis Of The Postmodern Worldview As Displayed By Postmodern Detective Fiction, Katelyn Niehaus May 2020

Seeing Into The City Of Glass: An Analysis Of The Postmodern Worldview As Displayed By Postmodern Detective Fiction, Katelyn Niehaus

WRIT: Journal of First-Year Writing

This article looks at postmodern detective fiction, particularly City of Glass by Paul Auster, and analyzes how this genre reveals implications of various aspects of the postmodern worldview. Predominantly, it looks at the aspects of pluralism and creating reality and how postmodern detective fiction portrays numerous implications of these aspects.


On Ways Of Studying Tolkien: Notes Toward A Better (Epic) Fantasy Criticism, Dennis Wilson Wise Mar 2020

On Ways Of Studying Tolkien: Notes Toward A Better (Epic) Fantasy Criticism, Dennis Wilson Wise

Journal of Tolkien Research

This article examines major academic approaches used in the study of J.R.R. Tolkien. It argues that certain themes from political philosopher Leo Strauss, by helping us to develop a new theoretical lens, can elucidate several politically salient aspects of Tolkien's work, including thymos and his dialectic between ancient and modern. Four previous (though flawed) Straussian interpretations of Tolkien are highlighted. Finally, by analyzing the tensions that arise when pairing critical theory and its attendant bias against nature with Tolkien and epic fantasy, this article argues for the timeliness of a Straussian lens for studying fantasy and Tolkien ...