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Tragic America: Terror, Metaphor, and the Contemporary American Novel
Since the attacks of September 11th, 2001, the literature of the United States has become increasingly concerned with telling tragic stories. While the literature written about the attacks is considerable and operates as ...
West Coast Apocalyptic: A Site-Specific Approach to Genre
Key studies of apocalypse in previous years have consciously and unconsciously understood the genre in terms of its paradigmatic consistency across examples. This emphasis points out valuable similarities among a wide range ...
Death Threat Letters: Allegories of American Authorship in the Age of Terrorism
This dissertation examines novels that use terrorism to allegorize the threatened position of the literary author in contemporary culture. Allegory is a term that has been differently understood over time, but which has ...
Disruptive Threads and Renegade Yarns: Domestic Textile Making in Selected Women's Writing 1811-1925
Images of domestic textiles (items made at home for consumption within the household) and textile making form an important subtext to women’s writing, both during and after industrialization. Through a close reading of ...