Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael J. Drexler, eds., The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 432 pp., $55.

Revolutionary Neighbors

Many of the essays in Dillon’s and Drexler’s book focus on incidents of “obscured interdependence,” moments when the United States’s very attempts to distance itself from Haiti reveal the presence of a deep and abiding, if disavowed, relationship between the revolutionary neighbors.

Cindy Weinstein, Time, Tense, and American Literature: When is Now? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 194 pp., $89.99.

Reading Time

Focusing attention on the various “temporal markers” in each text, Weinstein reveals the ways the novels in her archive unsettle straightforward chronology and leave time in disarray.

“The Binding Strangeness of Each to All”

Attending to “the forms and institutional contexts” that characterized antebellum African American men’s writing, Pratt identifies a political-aesthetic project that he terms “stranger humanism.”


For Brooks, antebellum political abolitionists—not the Populists, not the Progressives—deserve to be remembered as “the most important third-party movement in American history.”

An Un-Founding Father

Sometimes un-knowing our learned assumptions . . . “requires both the associative and the imaginative flexibilities of intellectual and speculative history, respectively.”

Stamp Collection

New things are happening with the Stamp Act, and this volume should signal to a broad range of scholars that 1765 is a good year for deep thinking.

Usable Poetry

Cohen looks at how readers forged social connections through poems—by reading them aloud, recopying them, buying and selling them.

Recovering Rice

David Shields’s book about Southern foodways contains the seeds of many future conversations.

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