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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 195–215.
Published: 01 February 2015
... led Spanos most recently to reconsider the sublime and its symptomatic supplementation by the American political imperative and public ardor for “shock and awe.” This supplanting of the sublime with the spectacle of immense power has begun to extend beyond its initial orchestration (the George W. Bush...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 235–246.
Published: 01 February 2015
...Jonathan Arac William V. Spanos’s most recent book, Shock and Awe: American Exceptionalism and the Imperatives of the Spectacle in Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (2013), offers the occasion to reflect on the distinctive quality of his long, productive career. His work...
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boundary 2 (2006) 33 (1): 151–169.
Published: 01 February 2006
... instrumentalized, and ‘‘security’’ is founded upon a belief that the thera- peutic effects of shock are guaranteed in the long run. And yet this Shock and Awe therapy requires moving from an assumption of universal humanity to a static and deadly balance between two halves of a world—of power and of weakness...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (4): 141–154.
Published: 01 November 2017
... : Cambridge University Press . Ullman Harlan Wade James Jr. 1996 . Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance . Philadelphia : Pavilion Press . Terror Talk and Political Management David Simpson Within a few hours of the...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (3): 1–25.
Published: 01 August 2014
... along perfectly with the plot that fashioned a corporate-­patriotic revenge. Simpson / Toward a Theory of Terror 17 Shock and Awe The attempted (and in mass-­media terms, successful) production of trauma and terror after 9/11 reveals that the “consent...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (3): 159–163.
Published: 01 August 2017
... where one is least creative, when we’re like, Aw, I killed it. “Mastery” is an attempt to dominate the artwork, to weaken it. It is lording our skills over the artwork. If we were to live in that space of always getting it exactly right, we might not be so interested in the process. Many of us...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (3): 165–168.
Published: 01 August 2020
..., for the most part; publicity is a layer of thin dust one brushes off the book before opening it. However, this time it is not dust and definitely not a petty matter. I, too, approached this book with the awe, anticipation, and reverence reserved for the greatest of writers. In my view, Sebald s...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (2): 29–33.
Published: 01 May 2014
... and his towering presence commanding awe and respect rather than demanding it. The third time we met was in 2004, when he, Ali Mazrui, and I were to be accorded honorary doctorates to mark the renaming and relaunch- ing of the former University of Transkei as Walter Sisulu University...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (4): 1–4.
Published: 01 November 2015
... driveway leading up to my house. Dusk is falling earlier and earlier as it’s December. Wind. Some broken limbs. Some deaths. “Race,” we know, is that awful paradox—both a fiction and a radical embodiment. It is inscribed onto (and into) the body, forcing some into the category of “marked,” while...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 97–114.
Published: 01 February 2020
... terror attacks, mainstream American and Jewish news coverage of European anti- immigration protests latched on to one poorly attended demonstration in the western Polish town of Wroc aw.1 With just a few dozen demonstrators present, this gathering won the attention of local and global organizations as it...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (3): 101–137.
Published: 01 August 2013
... what is within the field of vision. Consider the now popularized and commercialized term shock and awe. The term, which originated in the US military strategy of “rapid dominance” in the US invasion of Baghdad in 2003, gained not just immediate attention in popular culture but also rolling...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (4): 27–31.
Published: 01 November 2015
... which Jesse James died, who never set foot in Round Rock. IBM brought me there, my grandpar- ents there, my grandfather, specifically—my mother’s parents. My grand- parents were running from something awful they had done, to somewhere they could keep doing it and stay in one place. They had taken...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (3): 87–107.
Published: 01 August 2007
... Supernatural in Gothic Fiction: Horror, Belief, and Literary Change (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992), 11, 16. Nelson / Faux Catholic  91 from “full of awe” to “awful the cultivation of feelings of terror or dread as a flawed vehicle to the...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 217–233.
Published: 01 February 2015
... [1992], America’s Shadow: An Anatomy of Empire [1999], Shock and Awe: American Exceptionalism and the Imperatives of the Spectacle in Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” [2013 as a tacit theme (in Exiles in the City: Hannah Arendt and Edward W. Said in Counterpoint [2012...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (3): 19–27.
Published: 01 August 2003
... the Iraqi war, not only in the unfolding of the war plan, OPLAN 1003 VICTOR, but in the high values placed on flexibility, speed, and information. The open- ing decapitation strike, the info-war of ‘‘shock and awe the reliance on light...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (1): 197–205.
Published: 01 February 2007
... “stuplimity” Ngai means the uncanny combination of awe and boredom that is the hallmark of such texts as Gertrude Stein’s postmodern classic avant le lettre The Making of Americans (1906–08). She sees in this text such a compromised “sublime,” which is to her more germane as a sign of our times than...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (2): 73–124.
Published: 01 May 2016
... submission through the tactics of shock and awe. Gorgias lies behind some of this tendency. Even Aristotle knew this most basic fact about rhetoric. Compare his acknowledgment that rhetoric, to be effective (which is to say, irresistible), must seek to be a kind of poetry in prose: “In a speech we...
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boundary 2 (2002) 29 (2): 87–108.
Published: 01 May 2002
... history, that of religious vision. Our species may or may not constitute the earth as an ascetic planet, but it surely has made it, and will continue to make it, now with an awful vengeance, an unearthly realm. My corollary assumption, therefore, is that the Enlightenment, with all its critical...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (2): 1–20.
Published: 01 May 2007
... standard English (169): the convention is that standard English represents standard German, while broken English is transcribed as spoken.19 When Twain made his famous encounter with “The Awful German Language” (1880, appendix to A Tramp Abroad ), he was most struck by its grammar, making fun of...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (3): 183–202.
Published: 01 August 2009
... antipoetic influence to be awed, as in Richard Eberhart’s verse-memory of drinking pitchers of martinis with the big poet in his habitual lunchtime inn (“At the Canoe Club in which the recollected “jaunty tone, a task of banter, rills / In mind, an opulence agreed upon”11 of such drunken two-hour...