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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (1): 67–85.
Published: 01 February 2015
...Sergio Villalobos-Ruminott From the beginning, the work of William V. Spanos has been characterized by a secular vocation, the confrontation with historical relations of power and subordination. His writings on American literature, contemporary humanities, and the Harvard Red Book, along with his...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (3): 55–91.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Eric Cheyfitz This essay analyzes the current historical moment in the United States, where, it argues, ideology has been displaced in the public sphere by what the essay defines as Disinformation . The term itself is Russian in origin, coined in 1949. While the essay retains disinformation ’s...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (3): 1–26.
Published: 01 August 2016
... practice and an important concept-metaphor in Marx's and Lenin's writings. If their writings may all too conveniently be construed as prophecies that lost their historical force in mistranslation (among other misfortunes), we might say that our obligation today is to translate Marx and Lenin more...
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boundary 2 (2019) 46 (2): 139–162.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Yiching Wu What are the lessons to be drawn from post-Mao China’s transition toward capitalism, and from the historical experience of the country’s revolutionary past? In contrast to the view advocated by many critics on the left that opposes post-Mao China’s “reform and opening up” to Mao’s...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 173–199.
Published: 01 February 2020
... ethnohistorical novel series, Li locates what he calls the “historical real” in the intertwining of political upheavals and the “stirrings in people’s lives and feelings” of a particular place, where local characters become makers and riders of historical “great waves” through processes of socialization within an...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (4): 25–61.
Published: 01 November 2020
... explicitly for Chinese nationals and yet goes on to engage the sensibility of readers from a Western historical and ideological context. This essay critically identifies certain acts of reading Wolf Totem and looks at the way these selected readings, all allegorical in their approach, step across the...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (2): 187–212.
Published: 01 May 2017
... indicates that his critique of Grant rests upon a diagnosis of a shift in the temporality of politics following the US Civil War. Taking Grant as exemplary of this more thoroughgoing historical transformation, Adams examines the intertwining within the administration of two seemingly contrary...
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boundary 2 (2012) 39 (2): 111–141.
Published: 01 May 2012
... equipped to synchronize with other monothematic mantras of modernity like scientific progress, democracy, or techno-financial development. The essay visits some nodal moments of this historical narrative–the coming into being of a Hindu “tradition” under the auspices of colonial Indology, Rammohun Roy’s...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (3): 165–195.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Jed Rasula This essay considers the disappearance from the historical record of hundreds of American poets who published regularly in the first half of the twentieth century. Since a pedagogically oriented canon emerged in 1950, scholars have assumed that a small number of established figures were...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 203–219.
Published: 01 May 2018
... awakening as a function of remembrance and expectation. Already in the “early” Benjamin, historical remembrance is understood dialectically as awakening from and to “that dream we name the past” (as he will put it in The Arcades Project more than a decade later). At once metaphysical and sociological, this...
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boundary 2 (2019) 46 (3): 121–152.
Published: 01 August 2019
... equivalent in native geopolitical conceptions of the area so designated and “mis-recognized” its historical political configurations. The renaming called for radical re-signification of the idea of Zhongguo , the political and cultural space it presupposed, and the identification it demanded of its...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (2): 19–27.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Michael Hays This essay addresses the rather complex questions of the history and function of the word tragedy : Is there a historically and logically consistent use of the word that can serve as a constant in discussions of both drama and dramatic theory? I will try to address some of the reasons...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 239–250.
Published: 01 August 2008
..., practices, and customs into a single edifice of Hinduness. This effort, however, failed to overcome the historical differences of caste, gender, class, and region and invent a singular, constitutive discourse of Hindu being. The essay speculates that perhaps, in recent times, this project toward a Hindu...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (3): 5–28.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Lawrence Venuti This article offers a historical examination and ideological critique of Jerome's famous Letter to Pammachius (395 CE), exploring its complex relations to the Roman translation tradition, on the one hand, and to an emerging Christian tradition, on the other hand, with examples taken...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (3): 183–202.
Published: 01 August 2009
... work from theoretical alliances until past the point when such would fix its standing in contestations between, for example, theoretical as distinct from historical approaches. To the extent that Stevens can seem anything to anyone, the legacy is of little impact. The many imitations of Stevens's...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (1): 35–47.
Published: 01 February 2021
...Howard Eiland There is no getting around our residence in language—language understood not primarily as a system of signification but as the necessarily ambiguous existential condition of intelligibility in which we always already find ourselves situated, the historically evolving collective...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 1–26.
Published: 01 August 2008
... the significance of historical reality. The possibility of recognizing the image of the past further depends on being attuned to a peculiar temporality, a movement within the medium of memory in which the meaning of the past is realized in the present. Finally, as I argue, the past emerges in...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 213–221.
Published: 01 August 2008
... which texts can evoke a material impression (the “lightest” possible material impression, however) through effects of prosody. “Reading for the ` Stimmung '” can connect us with unusual immediacy to the Stimmung of a past historical period and a different cultural environment. “Reading for the...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 223–238.
Published: 01 August 2008
...Leo Ou-fan Lee This essay aims to gauge the different receptions of Ang Lee's recent film Lust, Caution between American and Chinese publics and across a cultural landscape of the pan-Chinese regions of Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. It also brings a contextual and historical dimension to...
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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (1): 101–134.
Published: 01 February 2011
... concept, they nonetheless find it useful for both normative and empirical analysis, particularly when that analysis is sensitive to China's specific historical and institutional context. The study shows that the commercialization of media in China as elsewhere has created a seemingly apolitical...