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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 ...
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. ...
Lockjaw of the brain: "Moby-Dick" and aesthetic experience, petrified
For nearly a century we've feared Moby Dick 's Captain Ahab and used the artwork to peddle ideas about the good life. This dissertation seeks to understand why the popular and critical tradition have succeeded in turning ...