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  • Better Days Will Have Been Here Again: The Future Past of Meet Me in St. Louis

    Author:Tyrone Williams

    Abstract: The title of this paper alludes to the lyrics of the 1929 popular song “Happy Days Are Here Again,” a typical, if now iconic, artifact of the Depression era. The difference between the simple present tense of the song’s insistent confidence and the future anterior of my promissory allusion captures what I see as the cultural, temporal, and geographical privilege and conundrum in which the ci...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • National Security Letters: C. L. R. James, Melville, and the State

    Author:Aldon Lynn Nielsen

    Abstract: In the early 1950s, at the height of America’s McCarthyite witch hunts and anti-communist hysteria, Trinidad-born C.L.R. James, who had been living in the United States illegally since 1938, was arrested and held for deportation on the basis of his Marxist philosophy and activism. While imprisoned on Ellis Island, he drafted the text of Mariners, Renegades and Castaways: The Story of Herman Me...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Behind the Real and the Fake: Examining the Chinese Elements and American Values in Frank Chin and Maxine Hong Kingston

    Author:Wenshu Zhao

    Abstract: The Chineseness of Chinese American literature is often assumed to be an unquestionable premise, but Chinese American writers are in fact ambivalent toward Chinese culture. By revisiting Frank Chin’s persistent accusation of other Chinese American writers’ “faking” of Chinese culture, this paper examines the changing attitudes of Chinese American writers toward Chinese culture and the quint...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Voice and Representation: Cultural Political Responses to Islamism in the U. K.

    Author:Chris Weedon

    Abstract: The impact of 9/11, the 2001 riots in the north of England and the London bombings of July 2005 led to shifts in how British Muslims feature in debates, policy and representational practice in the media and popular culture in the UK. Within this broader context, this article looks at how examples of film and life writing between 2001 and 2011 have attempted to make sense of the turn to fundamen...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • European Colonialism and the Berlin Debate about the New World. Cornelius de Pauw, Frederick the Great and the Taste of Conquest

    Author:Ottmar Ette

    Abstract: ​After Cornelius de Pauw, one of the most eminent representatives of the European Enlightenment, had published the second volume of his Recherches philosophiques sur les Américains, which in many ways was even more provocative than the first, a violent debate arose in Berlin, spreading quickly to a number of European countries and especially overseas. There is good reason to identify the first...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • A Fresh Look at Mark Twain and the Jews

    Author:Shelley Fisher Fishkin

    Abstract: Mark Twain’s distaste for anti-Semitism was well-known. He had published a searing exposé of anti-Semitism in the Austro-Hungarian empire. He had minced no words denouncing pogroms in Russia and had been a featured speaker at a benefit for Russian Jews. He had condemned French anti-Semitism in the Dreyfus Affair on numerous occasions. In a widely-read essay called “Concerning the Jews” he ha...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • On the Genesis of Zhongshu Qian’s Fortress Besieged

    Author:Hongxin Jiang

    Abstract: Significant portions of Zhongshu Qian’s classic twentieth century novel, Fortress Besieged, are closely correlated with Hunan. This article explores the connections between the novel and Qian’s experiences in National Hunan Normal College (NHNC), later to become Hunan Normal University (HNNU). More than one third of Fortress Besieged describes the experiences of its main character, Hongjian F...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Culture, Agency, and Realism: Three Roles Things Play in Fictional Narratives

    Author:Weisheng Tang

    Abstract: There has been an obvious “turn” to things or nonhumans in contemporary narrative studies, that is, a turn to “things” that have been largely neglected in the past, including animals, plants, minerals, ecosystem, landscapes, places, etc. Basically, things can play three roles in fictional narratives: things that, as cultural signifiers, reflect (or influence) human culture, things that, as ...

    Vol. 3 No. 1 Jun 2019      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Identity Formation and Cosmopolitan Vision in Asian-American Literature

    Author:Anfeng Sheng, Seon-Kee Kim

    Abstract: Asian-American literature is often identified as foreign by Asians and considered inauthentic American literature by the American mainstream. However, this minority group literature is unique in its characteristics so that it cannot be easily judged by either Asian or American norms. In order to better understand Asian-American literature, it is necessary to study how the members of Asian immig...

    Vol. 3 No. 1 Jun 2019      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • “He Did Not Call Himself an Artist”: Revisiting Ronald Johnson’s Outsider Aesthetic

    Author:Norman Finkelstein

    Abstract: Ronald Johnson’s relationship to outsider art has long been recognized as crucial to our understanding of his poetry. In interviews and other statements, the poet often affirms his connections with the self-taught makers of fantastic, visionary sculptural environments. The works of such figures as Simon Rodia, le Facteur Cheval, Raymond Isidore, and James Hampton serve as formal and thematic m...

    Vol. 3 No. 1 Jun 2019      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

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