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Black Mountain Poetry  

Lacy Schutz

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Jul 2017
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
North American Literatures
In 1960 the poet Donald M. Allen published an anthology titled The New American Poetry. Just three years earlier, the poets Donald Hall, Robert Pack, and Louis Simpson had edited New Poets ... More

Black Women Readers  

Mary I. Unger

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Apr 2020
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
African Literatures, Literary Theory
Black women readers have innovated various literacies—oral, textual, visual, and digital—as a way to validate their lived experiences, bond with one another, and lobby for their personal ... More

Bollywood and Asian American Culture  

Jigna Desai

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Apr 2019
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
Film, TV, and Media, Cultural Studies
Popular conceptions of Bollywood imagine it as a recent entry onto the global screen and stage. Although it is not incorrect to think of Bollywood as a recent formation, scholars can point ... More

Book Culture from Below in Finland  

Tuija Laine and Kirsti Salmi-Niklander

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Feb 2018
Vernacular literacy began in Finland with the Reformation. Michael Agricola, the first Finnish reformer, studied in Wittenberg, and, after returning to Finland, translated the first books ... More

Border and la frontera in the US–Mexico Borderlands  

Alicia Arrizón

In the U.S.–Mexico context, the concepts of the border, borderlands, and la frontera represent their ongoing complex geopolitical, cultural, and historical relations. With the signing of ... More

Bradstreet, Anne  

Daniel G. Brayton

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Jul 2017
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
North American Literatures
Anne Bradstreet has long been the best-known English-language woman poet of the seventeenth century and one of the most famous early American literary figures. While numerous women writers ... More

British Detective Fiction in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries  

Anne Humpherys

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Jun 2017
From ancient Greece on, fictional narratives have entailed deciphering mystery. Sophocles’ Oedipus must solve the mystery of the plague decimating Thebes; the play is a dramatization of how ... More

Brodkey, Harold  

Philip Bufithis

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Jul 2017
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
North American Literatures
If we accept the well-known distinction that literary fiction is character driven and commercial fiction is plot driven, then the work of Harold Brodkey is the most literary American ... More

Brooks, Gwendolyn  

William R. Nash

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Jul 2017
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
North American Literatures
Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet, novelist, activist, and teacher, stands out for her social engagement, her professional generosity, and her literary accomplishment. In a career that ... More

Buck, Pearl S.  

Amanda Fields

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Sep 2017
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
North American Literatures
A best-selling writer who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature (1938) and the Pulitzer Prize (1935), Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker Buck published more than ... More

Building Asian Canadian Literary Studies  

Eleanor Ty

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Jun 2018
Asian Canadian Literary Studies is a relatively new field of study which began in the mid to late 1990s. Even though literature written by Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian Canadians had ... More

Bukowski, Charles  

Mark Conway

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
Charles Bukowski fought, drank, and tirelessly wrote his way to international renown by defining a new American outsider poetry. A self-mythologizing and ingenious promoter, Bukowski was ... More

Burroughs, William S.  

Chuck Carlise

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Jul 2017
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North American Literatures
Beat pioneer, heroin addict, expatriate, anarchist, gay rights advocate, gentleman, punk icon, free speech trailblazer, and member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, William Seward ... More

Butchlalis de Panochtitlan  

Wanda Alarcón

Butchlalis de Panochtitlan are a queer Chicana-Latina theater and multimedia performance group active as an ensemble from 2002 to 2010. Formed in Los Angeles, they have performed in a range ... More

Californio testimonios  

Rosaura Sánchez

Several 19th-century Californio testimonios are the product of interviews of Californio men and women made by H. H. Bancroft’s agents, looking for historical information that would be ... More

Cano, Daniel  

Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue

Daniel Cano is a Mexican American author of three novels, Pepe Rios (1991), Shifting Loyalties (1995), and Death and the American Dream (2009). Among literary critics, Cano is recognized ... More

Canon and Classic  

Trevor Ross

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Mar 2019
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
Literary Theory
The literary canon, theorists contend, is a selection of reputable works that abstracts their value for specific purposes: to safeguard them from neglect or censure, reproduce social and ... More

Capote, Truman  

Charles Robert Baker

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Jul 2017
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
North American Literatures
The author known as Truman Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on 30 September 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Archulus Persons, was a charming dreamer who believed that ... More

Caribbean and Southern Literatures  

John Wharton Lowe

Transnationalism and Global Studies have exploded old notions of artificial cultural boundaries, opening to view the myriad cross currents between the U.S. South and the Caribbean. Thus, ... More

Carl Schmitt’s Literary Criticism  

Peter Uwe Hohendahl

As early as 1916, Carl Schmitt underscored the centrality of myth and religion in his analysis of the expressionist Theodor Däubler. He celebrated Däubler as a Christian poet and radical ... More

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