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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (1): 207–235.
Published: 01 February 2021
...Andrew Warren This is a review essay of Angus Fletcher’s posthumous The Topological Imagination: Spheres, Edges, and Islands (2016). Fletcher’s guiding intuition is that topology—a vast, foundational, formally rigorous pillar of modern mathematics—can offer fresh, useful ways of seeing and thinking...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 25–39.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Jesse Rosenthal Action is traditionally the point at which formal and ethical readings of fiction intersect. To act is to be “heroic,” at once in the formal sense of being a main character and in the ethical sense of being a hero. This essay argues, though, that this formal-ethical emphasis...
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boundary 2 (2019) 46 (4): 63–93.
Published: 01 November 2019
... contradiction, arguing that a dialectical trajectory connects its two extremes. The discussion moves from an immanent critique of formalism to a model of the modernist work as “apparition,” an immanence that “presents itself.” It concludes by insisting that this dialectical trajectory be seen as a historically...
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boundary 2 (2023) 50 (2): 61–91.
Published: 01 May 2023
... positively modeled the dispersed, unwilled—in a word, spontaneous—conception of social order that simultaneously came to theoretical expression in the work of neoliberal intellectuals. This essay offers new insight into the formal unity between spontaneous aesthetics and the neoliberal account of the order...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (2): 141–162.
Published: 01 May 2016
... for the productivity of literary form at the level of the line and for the neutralization and appropriation of that productivity across circuits of commodification, translation, and journalistic-scholarly “appreciation”? © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 poetics philosophy literary theory formalism...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 251–262.
Published: 01 August 2008
... the significant formal signatures of Creeley's poetry and to document how a projectivist poetics attempted to distinguish itself from an influential modernist predecessor, a poetic reorientation inseparable from the history of boundary 2 . © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 Books Reviewed...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (3): 11–24.
Published: 01 August 2009
..., or aleatoric in their conceptualization). Such writers have thereby expanded the concept of writing beyond the formal limits of any expressive intentions, doing so in order to conceive of, hitherto, inconceivable preconditions for the act of writing itself. Duke University Press 2009 Two Dots Over a Vowel...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (2): 107–132.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Jeremy Matthew Glick This essay examines Amiri Baraka's improvisatory, always changing commitment to literary and performative formal innovation in the service of his radical politics. It charts the coupling of romantic longing with radical political prescription in Baraka's career and suggests...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 1–8.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Bruce Robbins “Do Something, Quick!” lays out some of the formal qualities of the philosophical example considered as a literary genre, the subject of the three essays that follow. This introduction takes Adam Smith’s famous imagining of a hypothetical earthquake in China, from The Theory of Moral...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 53–79.
Published: 01 May 2013
... literature given by Pascale Casanova and Franco Moretti, explaining their achievement while also identifying where each finally subtracts the world from world literature. Second, it begins to consider the formal limitations of the novel as genre, and in particular how the late eighteenth-century epistolary...
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boundary 2 (2012) 39 (2): 75–110.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Rashmi Dube Bhatnagar What exactly was invented when the language department of Bhakka was formally instituted at Fort William College in 1801 and Lallu Jee Lal was selected as the first Braj Bhakka scholar? Hindi polemicists celebrate Pundit Lallu Jee Lal’s invention of a Hindi purified of Yavani...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (3): 99–128.
Published: 01 August 2017
... of materialism in Wordsworth's verse, one that alights upon and magnifies aspects of the natural world that are irrecuperable by the subject or by poetic symbol. In poems from across Wordsworth's varied career, the formal properties of poetry are used to record a simultaneous material persistence and autonomy...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (1): 181–200.
Published: 01 February 2018
... and indict the narratives of progress of which the American Dream is emblematic. Each shuns normal syntactic connections, using “ungrammaticality” as a formal technique in their constellated constructions of risk, luck, hazard, and misfortune. Nevertheless, in working through their inherently neoliberal...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (3): 163–179.
Published: 01 August 2013
..., it is all the same haunted by the formal residues of Eurocentrism because the “global” inherits its unresolved binaries and its spatial imagination that tends toward identity, intelligibility, and recognition. What I am calling accented criticism marks the desire to dismantle this post-Eurocentric form from...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (2): 15–30.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., or represent some theme or issue considered to be of major significance and to open it up for teaching is as much a source of literary value as any of its other formal qualities. In locating Farah's latest cycle of novels within this intellectual genealogy, I read Farah's Past Imperfect trilogy as consisting...
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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 February 2011
... was formally adopted in 1978, the country has been undergoing radical sociohistorical transformations that have created not only unprecedented wealth, new freedoms, and possibilities, but also widespread and significant inconsistencies and discontinuities that characterize the everyday life of China...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 213–237.
Published: 01 February 2017
... notion of human autonomy at the same time as it laments a certain automatism of the human in its captivation by the very systems that enable its ongoing life. Differing significantly from other forms of deconstruction that posit a possible future in a formal opening that is made possible by any...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (4): 183–201.
Published: 01 November 2018
... length, along with his differences from postmodernism, liberalism, and proceduralism. Dussel argues against formalism in favor of a model that incorporates three elements: validity conditions, a feasibility threshold, and a material principle. The material principle is primary, from which Dussel...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 115–143.
Published: 01 February 2020
...Paula Rabinowitz Daniel Blaufuks’s video Als Ob/As If formally interrogates the history of Holocaust imagery using a close visual examination of the 1944 “Staged Nazi Film” shot in Thereseinstadt. Layering his footage from present-day Terezín with a number of earlier films and television shows shot...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 173–199.
Published: 01 February 2020
... novel with formal and affective possibilities that becomes all the more significant because of its loss in the second half of the twentieth century. boundary 2 47:1 (2020) DOI 10.1215/01903659-7999557 © 2020 by Duke University Press 1911 in Chengdu: A Novel History Yi Zheng 1. Scaling the Modern...