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  • 1. Preface: A ‘‘Hive of Subtlety’’: Aesthetics and the End(s) of Cultural Studies–Christopher Castiglia and Russ Castronovo

    2. Fictional Feeling: Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and the American Gothic–James Dawes

    3. Romantic Electricity, or the Materiality of Aesthetics–Paul Gilmore

    4. Sentimental Aesthetics–Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

    5. Aesthetics at the Limits of the Nation: Kant, Pound, and the Saturday Review–Wai Chee Dimock

    6. Mourning the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Automortography and the National Civil Rights Museum–Thomas H. Kane

    7. Camp Messianism, or, the Hopes of Poetry in Late-Late Capitalism–Christopher Nealon

    Book Reviews

    8. Gender and Morality in Anglo-American Culture, 1650–1800 by Ruth H. Bloch–Joanne van der Woude

    9. Democracy, Revolution, and Monarchism in Early American Literature by Paul Downes–Joanne van der Woude

    10. The Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women’s Literature in America, 1820–1860 by Linda M. Grasso–Monique Allewaert

    11. The Language of War: Literature and Culture in the U.S. from the Civil War through World War II by James Dawes–Monique Allewaert

    12. Caribbean Autobiography: Cultural Identity and Self-Representation by Sandra Pouchet Paquet–Crystal S. Anderson

    13. Scarring the Black Body: Race and Representation in African American Literature by Carol E. Henderson–Crystal S. Anderson

    14. Voices of the Fugitives: Runaway Slave Stories and Their Fictions of Self-Creation by Sterling Lecater Bland Jr.–Crystal S. Anderson

    15. Reconstituting the American Renaissance: Emerson, Whitman, and the Politics of Representation by Jay Grossman–Vivian R. Pollak

    16. Whitman Possessed: Poetry, Sexuality, and Popular Authority by Mark Maslan–Vivian R. Pollak

    17. Civil Wars: American Novelists and Manners, 1880–1940 by Susan Goodman–Alex Feerst

    18. Social Reform, Taste, and the Construction of Virtue in American Literature, 1870–1910 by Janice H. Koistinen-Harris–Alex Feerst

    19. War Games: Richard Harding Davis and the New Imperialism by John Seelye–Eric Solomon

    20. The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture by Amy Kaplan–Eric Solomon

    21. West of Emerson: The Design of Manifest Destiny by Kris Fresonke–Melody Graulich

    22. Marriage, Violence, and the Nation in the American Literary West by William R. Handley–Melody Graulich

    23. Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945–1961 by Christina Klein–Seung Hye Suh

    24. Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism by Mari Yoshihara–Seung Hye Suh

    25. A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature by Bill Brown–Marta L. Werner

    26. Surface and Depth: The Quest for Legibility in American Culture by Michael T. Gilmore–Marta L. Werner

    27. Sexual Violence and American Manhood by T. Walter Herbert–Jeffory A. Clymer

    28. Male Sexuality under Surveillance: The Office in American Literature by Graham Thompson–Jeffory A. Clymer

    29. Rewriting: Postmodern Narrative and Cultural Critique in the Age of Cloning by Christian Moraru–Victoria Ramirez

    30. Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web by Jerome McGann– Victoria Ramirez

    31. Brief Mention

    32. Annoucements

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    Reclaiming the aesthetic, emphasizing the "literary" in literary studies, conceptualizing a new formalism: such recent appeals represent the latest turn in ongoing debates about art and aesthetic ideology. Intervening in these debates—often characterized by predictable oppositions that set art against social action, structure against cultural practice, and the so-called imaginaries of affect against the putative reality of politics—this special issue of American Literature asks, what's new about the "new aesthetics," and what implications does this shifting ideology have for social and cultural thinking?

    Contributors. Christopher Castiglia, Russ Castronovo, James Dawes, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Wai Chee Dimock, Paul Gilmore, Thomas H. Kane, Christopher Nealon

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