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  • Forthcoming:Volume 24, Number 2
Narrative Revolutions in Nat Turner and Joseph Smith, by Laura Thiemann Scales
"Grievances at the treatment she received": Harriet E. Wilson's Spiritualist Career in Boston, 1868-1900, by Richard Ellis and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Pragmatism and the Child, by Jane F. Thrailkill
Guam, Literary Emergence, and the American Pacific in Homebase and from unincorporated territory, by Hsuan L. Hsu
"It is only a statement of the power of what comes after": Atomic Nostalgia and the Ends of Postmodernism, by Daniel Grausam
The Transatlantic Indian Problem, by Mark Rifkin
Black Modernism's Unfinished Business, by Phillip Brian Harper
What Difference Can Pragmatism Make for Literary Study?, by Nicholas Gaskill
"Near-White" or "Just like Blacks": Comparative Cartographies and Asian American Critique, by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
A Rough Decade, by Patrick O'Donnell [End Page 1]
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