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“An Exceptional Nation”: Lipset and Marks’s Rundown on “American Exceptionalism” Hypotheses for Socialism’s Failure to Take Root in the US

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My New Thing: Socialism in Late 19th Century US Literature and Culture

I’m fixin’ to start a new project. I’m really keen on looking into late 19th century thinking about socialism in the US, specifically rhetoric about socialism–defining it, for it, against it, narrativizing it–and particularly how religious belief enters into such … Continue reading

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More _Metzerott_ madness…

I still haven’t finished the novel (I read slowly), but there are a couple things I have to report. it appears to have been fairly widely read (from contemporary periodical references) it is definitely a Christian socialist novel, and could … Continue reading

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Thoughts on _Metzerott, Shoemaker_ (preliminary)

I am halfway through a novel entitled Metzerott, Shoemaker (1891 1889), which I discovered in researching for a conference paper (see abstract) which I am writing for the American Literature Association meeting next week in San Francisco.¬† Metzerott is, so … Continue reading

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My American Literature Association 2010 Abstract

Utopian and Dystopia on Foot: Shoes in Turn of the 20th Century American Fiction J. Michael Duvall, Assistant Professor, College of Charleston A famous scene from Theodore Dresier’s Sister Carrie¬†(1900) has the shoes in a department store angling to replace … Continue reading

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Zotero — Firefox plugin for researching, compiling bibliographies, annotating sources, and more

I spoke with Bing Pan and Jim Duran about this at the CofC Spring FTI, and I said i would send a link to Jim through a one-off email, but then I thought “I have a blog; I’ll just post … Continue reading

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