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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 173–199.
Published: 01 February 2020
... and mass experience is also central to his con- ception of modern history and historical fiction. The historical role of the individual is a manifestation of the historical spirit in the mass experience, and modern history the experience of quick successions of change on a massive scale. Two years earlier...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (3): 55–91.
Published: 01 August 2014
..., historical process of the erasure of history itself, culminating in a disruption or blockage of critical thinking, in which particular fictions (the “war on terror,” for example), through repeated and widespread use in our major institutions (schools, media, government, and political parties), substitute...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (4): 25–61.
Published: 01 November 2020
... as antipolitical, nonideological possibilities. My reading will not feed the ever- expanding network of readings with another allegory. In my effort to resist the temptation of allegoresis, I take up this book as a work of fiction having its specific historical place and functions, including its functions extended...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (2): 29–48.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Daniel T. O’Hara The large historical transformation from a culture of work and achievement to one of consumption and pleasure, in progressively extreme and democratically available forms, finds its expression in the finest details of fictional, literary artistry. Thomas Mann’s development...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (3): 85–101.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Yahya Elsaghe; Sina Rahmani; Yahya Elsaghe Why does W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz escape from the laws of fictionality and factuality? How do so many of the people and place names inside of it start so improbably with the letter A ? Why do so many iterations of A —as initials, as markings...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 31–54.
Published: 01 May 2009
... with a child soldier in Africa than with Idi Amin. The child-soldier character gets to live as a character, whereas the Idi Amin character walks around in the chains of being Idi Amin. There is a large body of historical fiction about these great figures and about the specialness of them, and I find...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (2): 1–20.
Published: 01 May 2007
... genre forms for historical fiction, keeping in mind that in Life on the Mis- sissippi (1883) Twain attacked Scott as savagely as he later did Cooper. Huckleberry Finn is itself a historical novel, but not at all in the mode shared by Scott, Cooper, and Cable. Faulkner draws from both Twain...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (3): 235–240.
Published: 01 August 2009
...- unhappiness changeability with unhappiness, father, unhappiness of, 1–44; obitu- 22–25 ary of, 217; death certificate heart attack, 55, 98–145 passim of (photo), 219; pots made by HGTV, 87 (photo), 222 historical fiction, 13 feed farming, 69...
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boundary 2 (2001) 28 (3): 19–60.
Published: 01 August 2001
..., observes perceptively that ‘‘the revolt against the conception of historical truth and with it the belief in the applicability of rational criteria, say scientific or scholarly, to the investigation of the past cannot be viewed as a 16. Nancy F. Partner, ‘‘Historicity in an Age of Reality-Fictions...
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boundary 2 (2004) 31 (1): 25–47.
Published: 01 February 2004
... acknowledged is the impact of another frontier, that of the Atlantic and the immigrant, or ‘‘alien’’ other, on the foundational fictions of modern America. It is true that, in terms of historical grievances and political trajectories, both frontiers represent very different presences on the political...
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boundary 2 (2006) 33 (1): 203–228.
Published: 01 February 2006
... the dynamic specific to the sphere of art production; consequently, it can explicate neither the content of a given work of art nor the historical fluctua- tions in its aesthetic value. Yet it is easy to see that Adorno’s critique can be circumvented if we distance ourselves from the individualistic notion...
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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (3): 27–65.
Published: 01 August 2011
...,” the article argues that what brings these authors together is a unique understanding of democracy as the defining trait of modernity. This translates into a democratic pragmatics, in which moral norms and historical laws are fractured and questioned, leaving an “empty place” (Claude Lefort) at the center...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (1): 135–169.
Published: 01 February 2018
... retreat from the Tiger and found recourse in memoir, historical fiction, sported-­up naturalism, and low‑key lyrical grumbling.1 If the rise of Celtic Tiger Ireland was dramatic enough, its fall has been even more spectacular. Like the boom, the bust owes as much to the wider fortunes...
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boundary 2 (2012) 39 (3): 97–124.
Published: 01 August 2012
...: Harvard University Press, 2001), 9. Intellectuals who function as arbiters of those criteria thus define the temporal vectors for the historical narratives that frame knowledge (e.g., Jameson clearly demonstrates how science fiction functions as a pri- mary trajectory for postmodern...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (3): 87–107.
Published: 01 August 2007
... is not lust but covetousness. In Italy, both Giuseppe Garibaldi in the nine- teenth century and Benito Mussolini (in his prefascist socialist phase) in the twentieth wrote anticlerical Gothic historical romances. Anti-Catholic exposés masquerading as nonfiction but cast in Gothic fictional conven...
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boundary 2 (2004) 31 (2): 197–218.
Published: 01 May 2004
... oeuvre: the stalking of the novel in English by ver- nacular Indian fiction. This ‘‘other’’ archive—a phrase I use deliberately to capture Ghosh’s ongoing historiographic projects—that shadows his novels generates what can only be called a hauntological literary oeuvre. Here I speak...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (3): 59–86.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Lee Konstantinou This essay investigates the common charge that contemporary US fiction and the literature of 9/11 have failed to meaningfully engage with the world. While it is true that American fiction has become increasingly insular and that the New York City-based publishing industry...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (2): 105–134.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Old Testament events lose none of their historical validity once they are interpreted as figures for New Testament events to come. Bolaño’s employment of this arcane hermeneutic device records the insistent geopolitical closure that has been registered across a variety of cultural realms under...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (1): 219–248.
Published: 01 February 2016
... terms. But in the footnotes that accompany the chapter, Marx quotes the reportage of various humanitarian agencies and the testimony of workers (not The Worker) in a manner that materializes the irreducible particularity of individuals and their historically situated speaking. In this essay, I read...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (3): 101–122.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Eric Savoy According to Derrida, there is something perverse about the archive. Usually understood in a positive sense as the site of cultural transmission, and as the temporal pivot between historical traces and the intellectual work to come in an ideal futurity, the archive contains an auto...