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White shadows: Race and ethnicity in the high school literary canon
The topic of race and literature first entered my consciousness during my senior year of high school; it was that year that my English teacher decided to teach a unit on African American poets and their writings. I was ...
"A neutral territory": Artist, community, and gender in Nathaniel Hawthorne's works
This dissertation examines gender issues in Nathaniel Hawthorne's works. Considering Hawthorne's trouble with gender--particularly as a writer--as the central theme of his literature and the driving force behind his creation, ...
"He that is not with us is against us". Apocalypticism and millennialism in American literature and culture: 1630--1860
This dissertation examines the influence of apocalypticism in American literature and culture over the period 1630--1860. George W. Bush's rhetoric of war and imperial mission in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 serves ...
Restoring Washington Irving into the national American canon
Washington Irving was one of the primary contributors to American literary nationalism. Writing in the early nineteenth century he created many American legends which include "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van ...