Canadian Review of American Studies

Canadian Review of American Studies

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Canadian Review of American Studies is published three times a year by the Canadian Association for American Studies with the support of Carleton University. Canadian Review of American Studies is the leading American Studies journal outside the United States and the only journal in Canada that deals with cross-border themes and their implications for multicultural societies. Published three times a year, the journal aims to further multi- and interdisciplinary analyses of the culture of the US and of social relations between the US and Canada. CRAS is a dynamic and innovative journal, providing unique perspectives and insights in an increasingly complex and intertwined world of extraordinarily difficult problems that continue to call for scholarly input.
It invites contributions from authors in, and outside, all relevant scholarly disciplines, in English and French. Canadian orders include membership in the Canadian Association for American Studies.

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E-ISSN: 1710-114X
ISSN: 0007-7720

Editor - Priscilla Walton

Priscilla L. Walton is Professor of English at Carleton University, and is also an Associate faculty member in Communication and Film Studies. She is the author of Our Cannibals, Ourselves: The Body Politic (Illinois, 2004), Patriarchal Desire and Victorian Discourse: A Lacanian Reading of Anthony Trollope's Palliser Novels (Toronto, 1995), and The Disruption of the Feminine in Henry James (Toronto, 1992). She is the co-author, along with Manina Jones, of Detective Agency: Women Rewriting the Hardboiled Tradition (California, 1999), and, along with Jennifer Andrews and Arnold E. Davidson, of Border Crossings: Thomas King's Cultural Inversions (Toronto, 2003). She co-edited Pop Can: Popular Culture in Canada (Prentice-Hall, 1999), and edited the Everyman Paperback edition of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady.

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Canadian Review of American Studies
Priscilla Walton
Department of English
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Associate Editors
Bruce Tucker, History, University of Windsor
Michael Zeitlin, English, University of British Columbia

Review Editors

Jennifer Harris, English, Mount Alison University
Michael Dorland, Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Editorial Board
Martha Banta, English, UCLA
William Boelhower, American Literature, University of Texas
Gert Buelens, English, Ghent University
Jill Conway, History, MIT
Thadious Davis, English, Brown University
Frances Early, History/Women's Studies, Mount St. Vincent University
Sherill Grace, University of British Columbia
Serge Guilbaut, Fine Art, University of British Columbia
Harry H. Hiller, Sociology, University of Calgary
Linda Hutcheon, English, University of Toronto
Michael Hutcheon, University Health Network, University of Toronto
Victor Konrad, Geography & Environmental Studies, Carleton University

Rob Kroes, American Studies, University of Amsterdam
Yves Laberge, School of Music, University of Ottawa
Linda Maram, Ethnic Studies, California State University at Long Beach
John S. Martin, English, University of Calgary
Michèle Mendelssohn, Oxford University
Stuart J. Murray, English, Carleton University
Jeanne Perreault, English, University of Calgary
Ernest Redekop, English, University of Western Ontario
Jean Edward Smith, Political Science, University of Toronto
David Thelen, History, Indiana University
Marcia Valiante, Law, University of Windsor
Mary Helen Washington, English, University of Maryland

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Christopher Vanderwees
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Special Issue in Memory of Robert K. Martin / numéro spécial à la mémoire de Robert K. Martin (Spring 2015)
Editor/Rédacteur : Leland S. Person
Available at CRAS online and on Project MUSE

The five essays in this special issue honour Robert’s legacy. Christopher Looby’s “Of Billy’s Time” is certainly written with an awareness of historical contingencies that recalls many of Robert’s critical readings of texts. A very smart reading of Billy Budd, it proceeds, in fact, from what Looby calls the “general claim” that “Billy Budd is itself an exploration of and a meditation on the profound historicity of sexuality.” In “Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Anxieties of the Archive,” Eric Savoy pays tribute to Robert’s “Hester Prynne, C’est Moi,” in the process of offering a brilliant reading of “The Custom-House” preface to The Scarlet Letter. Using Derrida’s concept of the archive—“that is, the quotidian, ritualistic, and performative ways in which subjects are constituted precisely as subjects in conformity with the regulatory ideals of nation, religious tradition, and gender”—he analyzes the complex “psychodrama” through which Hawthorne constitutes himself as an author. Priscilla Walton’s “Down the Rabbit Hole” uses Robert’s “Picturesque Misperception in The Bostonians” to launch her study of connections between Alice James’s long-term relationship with Katherine Loring and James’s representation of the “Boston marriage” between Verena Tarrant and Olive Chancellor.

The Art of Percival Everett - Rewriting a Black American Narrative
43.2 Summer 2013

Percival Everett's work is important, brilliant, innovative, sometimes difficult, always different, and often ignored. He forces his reader to confront the inadequacy of the conventional label, "African American novelist," sometimes by not talking about race in his fiction at all. Fortunately, the lack of critical attention to his work is changing, if slowly, and this collection of essays intends to contribute to that change. The ten essays collected here attempt to take up some of the innumerable challenges presented by Everett's considerable body of work. The critics themselves demonstrate the breadth of interest this literary artist evokes, representing three nations and many more critical and theoretical approaches. While not an introduction to Everett's work, these essays will help those who don't know about his work to recognize how much of an oversight that really is. Editor: Anthony Stewart

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Canadian Review of American Studies Online offers a comprehensive resource for the best work being done in American Studies today. CRAS Online includes the complete archive of current and previously published articles - more than 1200 articles, reviews and commentaries - going back to 1970 (issue 1.1).

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