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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 218–234.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Lynley Edmeades John Cage's “Empty Words” (1974–75) was designed to collapse the space between music and language. In attempting to do so, the work simultaneously disrupts and depends upon expectations generated by our regular interpretive frameworks. Using contemporary affect theory, I offer a new...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (1): 33–48.
Published: 01 March 2012
... translation — the word for word — in favor of cultural expression and thus risks emptying cultural translation of its linguistic specificity. Much recent criticism of early modern English literature and culture has been so engaged by arguments about the making of the English nation and of the English...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (3): 252–271.
Published: 01 September 2019
... American modernism became “emptied of content,” to focus instead on “a set of formal techniques and attitudes.” This then came to represent American life because “ only a free society could create art this challenging and allow artists this daring the freedom to create ” (3, 8). 12 In other words...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (4): 418–438.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Land , Eliot also includes “O swallow swallow” in this passage, an allusion to Swinburne’s “Itylus,” which further demonstrates the necessity of reading semantically, as the word connotes both the bird and deglutition, an action difficult for Philomela’s empty mouth ( Poems 1:335 ). Besides...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 166–184.
Published: 01 June 2015
... insistent structure brings to a crescendo the later chain of similes with its hollow mask and dry, empty jar. There the hollow echoes spread beyond the words in end positions to encom- pass entire lines: “the King of Asine a void beneath the mask / everywhere with us everywhere with us, beneath...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (1): 18–30.
Published: 01 March 2016
... tells us, is to experience something truly remarkable: it is “to travel the entire extent of the reality of time” and, in doing so, to experience “time as space and empty place.” It is to experience, in other words, a stunning transformation whereby pure empty time, “the time of the récit,” liter...
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Comparative Literature (2004) 56 (4): 331–346.
Published: 01 September 2004
... existence outside the parameters of the social hierarchy. Finally, regarding nar- rative voice, Woolf transforms Proust’s description of an empty church existing in the fourth dimension of time into a narrative about a house in which time COMPARATIVE LITERATURE/332 passes observed only by airs...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 355–369.
Published: 01 December 2017
.... And it is the emptiness which, as pure word, the caesura — for a little — thinks, holds in suspense, while for an instant the horse of poetry is stopped. (44) For both Musil and Woolf, the narrative pauses where breath comes up function as an impetus in Agamben’s sense, a moment when their respective textual struc...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (2): 208–226.
Published: 01 June 2014
..., sculpture, textiles, dance/theatre, and literature). However, Vicuña’s formal interventions are unique even in this context because of the inter- relatedness of her poetic engagement with society and language and the spatial dimension of her sculptural works. Vicuña, in other words, focuses on composi...
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Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (1): 58–73.
Published: 01 January 2008
... with an anthology of the works of Chinese women poets: The quiet night grows deeper, but I can’t take to my pillow. I stir the lamp and quietly read these women’s words. Why is it the talented ones are so unlucky? Most of these poems are about empty beds, husbands...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (1): 84–99.
Published: 01 January 2005
.... “It’s only me, let me come in. I hear you have great empty halls inside you, unseen, their beauty in vain, soundless, not echoing anyone’s steps. Admit you don’t know them well yourself.” “Great and empty, true enough,” says the stone, “but there isn’t any room. Beautiful, perhaps...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 207–229.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., którym nikt nie da wiary. (34) I’ll enter and exit empty-handed. And my proof I was there will be only words, which no one will believe. (Baran´czak and Cavanagh 63) The proliferation of negative constructions in this contemplation of what...
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Comparative Literature (2007) 59 (3): 241–268.
Published: 01 June 2007
... . ____. Hitler in Seiner Heimat . Berlin: Zeitgeschichte-Verlag, 1938 . ____. Hitler: wie ihn keiner kennt . Berlin: Zeitgeschichte-Verlag, 1935 . Huberman, Georges Didi. Images Malgré Tout . Paris: Les Éditions de minuit, 2003 . Hüppauf, Bernd. “Emptying the Gaze: Framing Violence through...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 25–31.
Published: 01 March 2017
... —Selina Tusitala Marsh T IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that there is no singular I name for our ocean. Every class I teach includes a discussion of the words used for this body of water that stretches over a third of the earth’s surface: the layering, the tides, the multiplicity of names...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 145–165.
Published: 01 June 2015
... of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus and Duino Elegies , the possibility of a transcendence compatible with secular modernity becomes increasingly evident. Engaging a vocabulary of religious images whose authority has been attenuated but which have not been emptied of significance, the poetry reflects a modern...
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Comparative Literature (2004) 56 (2): 147–167.
Published: 01 March 2004
... to the decision of the political moment. Following the Lévinasian subject, a being who empties itself of its Being, Derridian friendship begins with a sense of loss. The conditions of possibility for friendship are to be found in the idea of a de-distanced, dissymmetrical topol- ogy. Philia begins...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 235–250.
Published: 01 June 2016
... fullness of life ineffectual. Thus, when Jaromil turns away from Modernist poetry to become a Revolutionary poet, he encounters the same emptiness and disillusionment. He remains locked within the same lyrical self-involvement —​never finding what he is looking for, but con­ tinuing to be unwavering...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 123–135.
Published: 01 March 2013
...-lost campaigns . . . , who having studied the note I handed him shrugged his shoulders, saying that unfortunately the tribe of the Aztecs had died out years ago, and that at best an ancient perroquet which still remembered a few words of their lan- guage might survive here and there. (210...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 370–393.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of the Western canon to seeing that which no other writers had seen before? How, in other words, does Russian literature tran- scend its belated and presumably secondary status to become one of the great cultural achievements of the nineteenth century? In this article, I argue that Gogol’s approach...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 357–368.
Published: 01 September 2018
... because they become as important as the signs they help exist, but also because the functional distinction between white and black or, more precisely, between empty and full—which can be taken here in the metaphorical, interpretive sense of these words—is dramatically redefined. On the one hand...