*American Literary History presents a Special Issue: Writing the Presidency *
Editors: Stephanie Li and Gordon Hutner
*About this issue*
The essays contained in this ALH forum on “Writing the Presidency” detail a long tradition of writings by and about US presidents, analyzing how the rhetoric surrounding presidential writing signifies in its immediate political moment, and subsequently how such texts seek to define American patriotism and leadership. Taking up multiple and diverse methodologies, questions, and subjects, the authors gathered here demonstrate how presidents and presidential candidates help construct our national ideals.
Three of the articles from this Special Issue have been made FREE until the end of November.
There Were Two Gerald Fords: John Hersey and Richard Reeves Profile a President James L. Baughman
Reagan and the Rise of the Blockbuster Political Memoir Craig Fehrman
The Parallel Lives of Bill Clinton
*Additional articles in this Special Issue include:*
Introduction: Writing the Presidency
Stephanie Li and Gordon Hutner
Profiles in Courage, JFK’s Book for Boys John Michael
The Primary Colors of American Politics
John M. Murphy
“America’s Exhibit A”: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Living History and the Genres of Authenticity Sidonie Smith
Commentary: Do the Write Thing: Politics, Prose, and the Presidency Glenn C. Altschuler
Dana D. Nelson
The Rise of the Academic Novel
Jeffrey J. Williams
The Humanities and the National Interest Eric J. Sundquist
What Can American Studies and Comparative Literature Learn from Each Other Ali Behdad
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