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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 1–26.
Published: 01 August 2008
...Eli Friedlander The present essay sketches in broad outlines the philosophical armature of Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project by analyzing the central theoretical notion in that incomplete manuscript of his: the dialectical image. So as to bring out the uniqueness of Benjamin's use of image, I...
boundary 2 (2020) 47 (3): 185–192.
Published: 01 August 2020
...He Ning; Claire Xue Li This essay discusses the role of photographs in Sebald’s Austerlitz . The author argues that photographs constitute a crucial paratext to the entire narrative, making possible the representation of traumatic memories through “the bricolage of words and images.” Engaging with...
boundary 2 (2016) 43 (4): 127–145.
Published: 01 November 2016
... defense of aesthetic distance directed against the current “regime of visual flow” and its comfortable assumptions about the artwork's necessary ideological bearing and belonging to the world. Remaining constant in his work through the years is not only a method of intensive close reading of visual images...
boundary 2 (2019) 46 (3): 117–118.
Published: 01 August 2019
...Keijiro Suga This essay is conceived as a supplement to Masao Miyoshi’s only book of photography. Miyoshi was an avid traveler and photographer all his life. He called his practice “anti-photography” and left a book titled This Is Not Here (2009). His photographic images are interesting in many...
boundary 2 (2020) 47 (4): 157–179.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Kenneth Gross The essay describes Angus Fletcher’s ambitious, often uncanny ways of mapping the nature of literary form and literary knowing. The essay describes how Fletcher himself describes our crucial metaphors of order and disorder, our “cosmic” (sometimes cosmetic) images, how he explores...
boundary 2 (2014) 41 (3): 55–91.
Published: 01 August 2014
... reflexively for facts. But Disinformation is not ideology. It is, rather, ideology’s mirror image, in the sense that while Disinformation appears as ideology’s double, it is the reverse of ideology: whereas ideology is a narrative that retains certain ties to reality, Disinformation is rhetoric utterly...
boundary 2 (2017) 44 (4): 95–112.
Published: 01 November 2017
... against all.” While Hobbes intended that image as a justification for the quasi-absolute power of the political sovereign, those who most vigorously pursue cryptographic politics appear bent on realizing it as a welcome sociopolitical goal. To reject that vision, we need to adopt a different picture of...
boundary 2 (2018) 45 (1): 31–57.
Published: 01 February 2018
... the state’s image as the poster child for Euro-austerity. Meanwhile, the postwar settlement in Northern Ireland faces its most severe challenge yet, as drastic cuts in public spending imposed by Britain’s Conservative government put the local power-sharing administration under intense strain. This...
boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 157–169.
Published: 01 May 2018
... be concentrated in a single focal point, like those traditionally found in the utopian images of the philosophers. He goes on to speak of elements of an ultimate condition that are deeply embedded in every present day. I would like to take these propositions as hints to the Benjaminian concept of...
boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 107–123.
Published: 01 February 2017
... Friedrich Hölderlin, Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Johst, and Dante, among others. If such an analysis shows that our problem today is less the technicization of the image than its industrialization, then the present and future of this problem lies between the conjoined threats of the televisual and the...
boundary 2 (2019) 46 (3): 181–198.
Published: 01 August 2019
... for humanistic disciplines to address the global commons created by runaway consumption and environmental deterioration. In drawing on the visual images of photographer-artist Shimpei Takeda and the ecocritical work of Timothy Clark, this essay suggests how Miyoshi’s appeal for a new analytical...
boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 115–143.
Published: 01 February 2020
... at or about the Nazi concentration camp, he contemplates the role of the image, both still and moving, in the creation of memory and history of the Holocaust. His video and phototextual book connect to literary explorations of the Czech concentration camp—by Georges Perec, W. G. Sebald, and Jiří Weil...
boundary 2 (2020) 47 (2): 29–48.
Published: 01 May 2020
... theorists such as Slavoj Žižek and Robert Pfaller term the interpassive subject. As we have seen in Mann’s career and our epoch, the creative images of voice, the critical terms of self-narration, mark the phases of this movement from literature as traditionally understood to the apocalyptic expenditure of...
boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 239–250.
Published: 01 August 2008
... without completing a “story” as such. That is, it can do so without trying to resolve historical disputes that have dogged the career of Indian modernity (e.g., how exactly can caste be squared with scientific and democratic tempers?). The image of a “shining” Hindu normative metropolitanism is...
boundary 2 (2010) 37 (2): 133–153.
Published: 01 May 2010
... the human—thereby perpetuating Descartes' (other) error, the assumption that animals and/or machines can react but not respond . Finally, the article considers the Voyager Golden Record—a collection of images and audio, curated by NASA in 1977 for the edification of would-be curious extraterrestrials...
boundary 2 (2013) 40 (1): 137–153.
Published: 01 February 2013
... unrepresentable—or, perhaps, especially the unrepresentable—is an idol, an object of worship that is otherwise silenced by a language that claims to worship a nonobject. In this sense, the prohibition of images in monotheism ( Bildverbot ) is a highly sophisticated mode of idolatry. © 2013 by Duke University...
boundary 2 (2013) 40 (3): 101–137.
Published: 01 August 2013
... from notions of ideology. This emergence testifies to the transformed role of the state in a globalized capital formation and the occurrence of two paradigm shifts: from the narrative to the visual, and from the image’s dominance of aesthetic representation to its dominance by global capital. The...
boundary 2 (2014) 41 (1): 135–152.
Published: 01 February 2014
... “transition societies,” which had a very clear image of the short-term trajectory to follow in order to reach the European framework but had far fewer ideas, let alone social consensus, of the type of democratic culture they wanted to create as a result of the transition. © 2014 by Duke University Press...
boundary 2 (2021) 48 (2): 123–160.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Hala Halim In contradistinction to Anglophone criticism's airbrushing of all things Egyptian/Arab from the iconic image of C. P. Cavafy, this essay dwells on the poet as an Egyptiote. An Egyptiote orientation, it is argued, variously informs given poems and prose texts in his later years. Probing...
Published: 01 May 2021
Figure 2. A caricature by Sopho Antoniadis printed in Egyptiotes Ellin/al-Yunani al-Mutamassir on May 31, 1933, showing the Francophone Egyptian writer Ahmed Rassim, first to the left, among a number of public figures. Image courtesy of the Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive in Athens More