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Castiglia, Christopher

Works: 20 works in 52 publications in 1 language and 2,594 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PS3222, 818.08
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Publications about Christopher Castiglia
Publications by Christopher Castiglia
Most widely held works by Christopher Castiglia
Bound and determined : captivity, culture-crossing, and white womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst by Christopher Castiglia( Book )
7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 594 libraries worldwide
Christopher Castiglia gives shape to a tradition of American women's captivity narrative that ranges across three centuries, from Puritan colonist Mary Rowlandson's abduction by Narragansett Indians to Patty Hearst's kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Examining more than sixty accounts by women captives, as well as novels ranging from Susanna Rowson's eighteenth-century Rueben and Rachel to today's mass-market romances, Castiglia investigates paradoxes central to the genre. In captivity, women often find freedom from stereotypical role attributes of helplessness, dependency, sexual vulnerability, and xenophobia. In their condemnations of their non-white captors, they defy assumptions about race that undergird their own societies. Castiglia questions critical conceptions of captivity stories as primarily an appeal to racism and misogyny and instead finds in them imaginative challenges to rigid gender roles and racial ideologies. Whether the women of these stories resist or escape captivity, endure until they are released, or eventually choose to live among their captors, they emerge with the power to be critical of both cultures. These compelling narratives, with their boundary crossings and persistent explorations of cultural differences, have significant implications for current investigations into the construction of gender, race, and nation
Franklin Evans, or The inebriate : a tale of the times by Walt Whitman( Book )
8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 449 libraries worldwide
Less a novel than a prohibition tract in fiction, its clichéd-even-then story is that of an innocent from Whitman's native Long Island and his corruption by the music halls and taverns of New York City. It ends with the hero sagely advising that every young man should marry as soon as possible, and have a home of his own
Interior states : institutional consciousness and the inner life of democracy in the antebellum United States by Christopher Castiglia( Book )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 275 libraries worldwide
In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth, as discourses of interiority gained prominence, so did powerful counter-narratives. Castiglia reveals the flamboyant pages of antebellum popular fiction to be an archive of unruly democratic aspirations. Through close readings of works by Maria Monk and George Lippard, Walt Whitman and Timothy Shay Arthur, Hannah Webster Foster and Hannah Crafts, and Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, Castiglia highlights a refusal to be reformed or self-contained. In antebellum authors' representations of nervousness, desire, appetite, fantasy, and imagination, he finds democratic strivings that refused to disappear. Taking inspiration from those writers and turning to the present, Castiglia advocates a humanism-without-humans that, denied the adjudicative power of interiority, promises to release democracy from its inner life and to return it to the public sphere where U.S. citizens may yet create unprecedented possibilities for social action."--Pub. desc
If memory serves : gay men, AIDS, and the promise of the queer past by Christopher Castiglia( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 217 libraries worldwide
The AIDS epidemic soured the memory of the sexual revolution and gay liberation of the 1970s, and prominent politicians, commentators, and academics instructed gay men to forget the sexual cultures of the 1970s in order to ensure a healthy future. But without memory there can be no future, argue Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed in this exploration of the struggle over gay memory that marked the decades following the onset of AIDS. Challenging many of the assumptions behind first-wave queer theory, If Memory Serves offers a new perspective on the emergence of contemporary queer culture
Art AIDS America by Jonathan D Katz( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 196 libraries worldwide
Art AIDS America is the first comprehensive overview and reconsideration of 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. This book foregrounds the role of HIV/AIDS in shifting the development of American art away from the cool conceptual foundations of postmodernism and toward a new, more insistently political and autobiographical voice. Art AIDS America surveys more than 100 works of American art from the early 1980s to the present, reintroducing and exploring the whole spectrum of artistic responses to HIV/AIDS, from in-your-face activism to quiet elegy
The practices of hope : literary criticism in disenchanted times by Christopher Castiglia( Book )
5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 114 libraries worldwide
At a moment when the "hermeneutics of suspicion" is under fire in literacy studies, The Practices of Hope encourages an alternative approach that, rather than abandoning critique altogether, relinquishes its commitment to disenchantment. Catiglia instead offers hopeful reading, a combination of idealism and imagination that retains its analytic edge yet moves beyond nay-saying to articulate the values that shape our scholarship and create the possible worlds that animate genuine social criticism. Drawing on a variety of critics from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War, from Granville Hicks and Constance Rourke to Lewis Mumford, C.L.R. James, Charles Feidelson, and Richard Poirier, Castiglia demonstrates that their criticism simultaneously denounced the social conditions of the Cold War United States and proposed ideal worlds as more democratic alternatives. Organized around a series of terms that have become anathema to many critics - "nation," "liberalism," "humanism," "symbolism" - The Practices of Hope shows how they were employed in criticism's "usable past" to generate alternative critiques: practices of hope. -- from back cover
Aesthetics and the end(s) of cultural studies ( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Aesthetics and the ends of american cultural studies by Christopher Castiglia( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Come again? : new approaches to sexuality in nineteenth-century U.S. literature ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Bound and determined : captivity, culture-crossing, and white womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst by Christopher Castiglia( file )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Nations Unformed : the Aesthetics of Extra-national Literature, 1832-1910 by Sarah Salter( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Employing texts from a range of genres engaged with issues of politics, art, and social practice--including popular novels, poems, short fiction, philosophical meditations, travel narratives, periodicals and newspapers--I argue for an understanding of Italy and the United States as more intimately connected than has previously been recognized in the body of scholarly literature. The flexible, fantastical character of U.S. -- Italian intimacy is a common, and commonly overlooked, element of this transnational relation. Attending to supple types of fantastical attachment, the chapters of this study employ the language of aesthetics to characterize and explore politicized intimate connection. Instead of viewing formalist analysis as a supplement to political historiography, I argue that aesthetic projects directly impact socio-political histories. Refusing the traditional dismissal of imaginative work as "merely aesthetic," I affirm the importance, indeed the centrality, of aesthetic attention, exchange, and innovation for understanding transnational relations as well as national literatures. Invoking the vocabulary and interpretive conventions of aesthetics, I highlight the ways that aesthetic objects (here, texts) offer modes of cultural association and pleasure not necessarily constrained by material or historical conditions. Instead of using imaginative texts to uncover historical or political reality, I bring interpretive categories associated with literary aesthetics (genre distinctions, theories of form, discussions of stylistic flourish) to bear on a body of writing by turns concrete and dreamlike. In the nineteenth-century writing from and about Italy featured in this dissertation, imagination and politics mingle; indeed, the former is deliberately imported as a means to articulate the latter. Analyses are thus positioned between transnational and new formalist approaches and partake of elements from both critical discourses. Taking up of necessity questions of national affiliation or comparison, I imagine socio-political identifications as distinct forms of collective meaning-making, subject to (and productive of) vacillations of style, genre, and language. Attention to aesthetic qualities allows my analysis to dwell in the world of imagination, of extravagant attachment, as languages of aesthetic inquiry are often descriptive and aggregative instead of declaratively conclusive. As the chapters of this dissertation shift focus across modes of representation and oscillations of form, so too do the imaginative attachments between American writers and Italian citizens demonstrate distinct values and associations. Although an American love of Italy did have what we could call "a politics," my analyses do not offer political revelation as a consistent end goal; they attend instead to the intimate and extravagant character of the cultural connections explored in this study. The following chapters suggest that imagining oneself to be in love with Italy was an undercurrent of American thought and literature running below diverse historical meditations. How this enamored undercurrent has shaped nineteenth-century notions of extra-national identity, artistic endeavor, and cultural allegiance is the subject of this dissertation
"I want my happiness!" : alienated affections, queer sociality, and the marvelous interiors of the American romance by Christopher Castiglia( Article )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Micropublics : mob life in antebellum American literature by Eric Joseph Norton( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Sublime Insolvency : The Aesthetics of Failure and American Literature After the Panic of 1837 by Joshua Tendler( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Although it is often glossed over or mentioned in passing in literary studies, the Panic of 1837 was one of the most important historical moments in the antebellum United States. Among other consequences, it served as a catalyst for a surge in literary and cultural production related to economic crisis, the "credit system," and individual failure; its impact lasted through the Civil War. In the wreckage left behind by the collapse, American writers, especially those involved in reform movements, struggled to reaffirm faith in the rationality and comprehensibility of the credit-based market and the possibilities for individual self-possession and permanent value. This dissertation explores four such recuperative sites of fantasy that were prevalent in the literature of the post-Panic years: the home, the spirit-world, the temperance meeting, and the post-1848 West. While these discourses attempted to serve as reassurances for the possibilities of success amidst widespread failure, this project analyzes the ways in which for many authors affected by the Panic, working within these very discourses, this fantasy of recuperation was bound to end in failure. From this failure, however, emerge ways of living and relating to others that run against the grain or question the desirability of the values associated with economic success. Exploring writers from Catherine Maria Sedgwick to Theodore Winthrop, I argue that antebellum literature inverted the prevailing definitions of success and failure, making from the latter the means of imagining social ethics through and beyond the credit market
Ardent spirits : intemperate sociality and the inner life of capital by Christopher Castiglia( Article )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The art and theory of grief by Jessica Brenn( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Let's (not) talk about sex, baby : an analysis of queer topics and contestations in children's literature by Maeve Klutch( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Frightening masculinity : Gothic affect and antebellum manhood by Brian Neff( file )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Reform and antebellum fiction by Christopher Castiglia( Article )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
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