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Aesthetics, Slavery, and Sentiment: The Discourses and Practices of Mastery in the American Renaissance
This dissertation examines two genres of nineteenth-century American literature which have progressively redefined the canon over the past half-century: slave narratives and sentimental fiction. The dissertation's first ...
Surveying the damage: Political aesthetics of violence after Abu Ghraib
From the outstretched hands of an injured Haitian girl who reaches toward the camera to the thumbs up of a U.S. interrogator who stands over the naked body of a detainee, we are inundated, today, with politicized images ...
"The black tide of mud" Reference and transference in Ishmael Reed's "Mumbo Jumbo"
This dissertation investigates the experience of reading provoked by Ishmael Reed's 1971 novel Mumbo Jumbo according to the ways in which this text both figures and disrupts the threshold between fiction and history. Prior ...
Apostate, sing this world forth: Avant-mythopoetic encounters with doubt, chaos, and community
Apostate, Sing This World Forth: Avant-Mythopoetic Encounters with Doubt, Chaos, and Community uses concepts from chaos theory to articulate connections between innovative poetics and the ancient activity of mythmaking. ...
Shuttling the archive: Mediterranean crossings, impossible mourning, ghostly navettes
In this dissertation project I look at the politics of memory and mourning as read through the trope of the archive. In doing this, I use the navette or shuttle as a form of transit and as a reading methodology in order ...