American Literature

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How to Draw a Circle

On Reading and Writing

An examination of what binds poetic endeavor into a singular, shining whole

Corpse Crusaders

The Zombie in American Comics

Uncovering the undead stalking the panels of action/adventure and superhero comics

Racing the Great White Way

Black Performance, Eugene O’Neill, and the Transformation of Broadway

How artists of color challenged racist stereotypes on the Broadway stage

Facing It

AIDS Diaries and the Death of the Author

Explores the connection between the politics of AIDS writing and the ethics of reading

Living Labor

Fiction, Film, and Precarious Work

Examines new narratives about work and workers in the age of transnational migration and precarious labor

Staged Readings

Contesting Class in Popular American Theater and Literature, 1835-75

How popular culture helped to create class in nineteenth-century America

A Beat Beyond

Selected Prose of Major Jackson

Foregrounding the possibilities of human song

The Glass House

The Life of Theodore Roethke

The first detailed biography of this renowned American poet

Arthur Miller


The second volume in the definitive biography of the acclaimed playwright

The Lines Between the Lines

How Stage Directions Affect Embodiment

How stage directions convey not what a given moment looks like—but how it feels

The Spiral of Memory


Intimate, illuminating conversations with one of the most important voices in contemporary American poetry

Collected Prose

A collection of essays on poetry and the experiences that influenced this poet

Of Vagabonds and Fellow Travelers

African Diaspora Literary Culture and the Cultural Cold War

Yields new insights by connecting Cold War counter-hegemonic writings in English and French by intellectuals of the African diaspora

Vitality Politics

Health, Debility, and the Limits of Black Emancipation

Traces the post-Reconstruction roots of the slow violence enacted on black people in the U.S. through the politicization of biological health

Dirty Work

Domestic Service in Progressive-Era Women’s Fiction

What representations of domestic service in literature reveal about various Progressive Era cultural narratives

Dialectical Imaginaries

Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism

Gathers materialist readings that provide productive new insights on Latino/a literature in the neoliberal era

Autistic Disturbances

Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe

Finds and investigates the resonances between autistic speech patterns and literary texts

The Half-Life of Deindustrialization

Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring

Examines how contemporary American working- class literature reveals the long- term effects of deindustrialization on individuals and communities

Uncle Tom's Cabins

The Transnational History of America's Most Mutable Book

Explores the many ways this mid-nineteenth-century U.S. bestseller functions as world literature and enduring icon

Learning Legacies

Archive to Action through Women's Cross-Cultural Teaching

Examines pedagogy as a toolkit for social change, and the urgent need for cross-cultural collaborative teaching methods

Condition Red

Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries

A new prose collection by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa

The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800-1865

A new history of the origins of the American short story and its relationship to theatrical performance culture

Dreams for Dead Bodies

Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction

Explores U.S. detective fiction's deep engagement with the shifting dynamics of race and labor in America

Anti-Imperialist Modernism

Race and Transnational Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War

A unique excavation of how U.S. cross-border, anti-imperialist movements shaped cultural modernism

Emotional Reinventions

Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy

A historically informed approach to realist-era American fiction, engaging with contemporary affect theory, evolutionary theory, studies of realism, and studies of affect in American literature