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Williams, Terry Tempest  

Andrea Ross

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Sep 2017
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North American Literatures
Born on 8 September 1955 to a fifth-generation Mormon family and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Terry Lynn Tempest was the first child of Diane Dixon Tempest and John Henry Tempest III. ... More

Williams, William Carlos  

Huck Gutman

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
By the time the twenty-first century dawned, there were many—especially among the world's poets—who maintained that William Carlos Williams was the most important American poet of the ... More

Wilson, August  

Josef Raab

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
August Wilson is the best-known and most performed African-American playwright of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, his drama is centrally ... More

Wilson, Edmund  

Melissa Knox

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
Edmund Wilson was one of a small number of American men of letters who dominated the literary scene from the 1920s, when his first volume of journals appeared, until his death in 1972. He ... More

Wolfe, Thomas  

Mark Royden Winchell

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
At one point in J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield remarks: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're done reading it, you wish the author who wrote it ... More

Wolff, Tobias  

Pauls Toutonghi

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
Tobias (Jonathan Ansell) Wolff was born on 19 June 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama. The other facts of Wolff's early life are set down in his notable autobiography, This Boy's Life (1989), ... More

Women and Writing in Spanish America from Colonial Times through the 20th Century  

Carolina Alzate and Betty Osorio

As in the case of other Western literary traditions, women’s relationship to writing in Spanish America has been problematic since early modernity. From colonial times onward, women’s ... More

Work, Neoliberal Development, and Global Anglophone Literatures  

Kalyan Nadiminti

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Aug 2020
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Fiction, Cultural Studies
Twenty-first-century anglophone literatures of the Global South are increasingly contending with the waning of the postcolonial welfare state and the rising hegemony of world markets. As a ... More

World  

Jen Hui Bon Hoa

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Sep 2020
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Literary Theory
In recent decades, world has emerged as one of the most fiercely contested concepts in literary studies. The more narrowly defined stakes of the debates over world literature concern the ... More

Wright, Charles  

Henry Hart

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
In an interview published in 1992, Charles Wright told David Young, the editor of Field magazine: “There are three things, basically, that I write about—language, landscape, and the idea of ... More

Wright, James  

Gerry Cambridge

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
The Flying Eagles of Troop62 is a touching prose poem and reminiscence of one Ralph Neal, a scoutmaster of James Wright's Ohio boyhood. In wondering why Neal never escaped the conditions of ... More

Wright, Richard  

Mark Richardson

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
It all began with a fire: the one Richard Wright himself set when he was four years old. He had wondered, he tells us at the start of his autobiography, Black Boy (1945), “just how the long ... More

Writing as a Woman in the Twentieth Century  

Wendy Martin and Sharon Becker

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Sep 2017
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North American Literatures
During the Progressive Era, roughly spanning 1890 to 1920, the American woman struggled to change the definition of womanhood in profound ways. At issue was the right to vote, to wear ... More

Yellowface Performance: Historical and Contemporary Contexts  

Josephine Lee

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Feb 2019
In European and North American theater and film, the centuries-old practice of “yellowface”—white actors playing Asian-identified characters—has dominated the ways that Asians and Asian ... More

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