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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
... often eschews linguistic 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...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... rarely mentioned. Empson’s significant work The Structure of Complex Words , completed in Peking in the early 1950s, remains untranslated and under-studied. Empson’s encounter with China illuminates the material mediation of language, local and global politics, and cultural difference, which have...
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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...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 355–369.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the transport of itself. 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...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (2): 119–141.
Published: 01 June 2011
... also a lethal intervention: authors must be killed for signs to emerge. It is as such a lethal apparatus that the shark resembles the scrambling machines that have appeared on the Internet since the 1990s. Like other conceptual fish, it is visibly a composite and emptying out of the words and...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 43–53.
Published: 01 January 2009
... “inhabitations” (Mikhail Bakhtin's word) by Wittgenstein's family resemblance, as well as his notion that ethics is a kind of metaphysics. University of Oregon 2009 Bakhtin, Mikhail. Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics . Trans. Caryl Emerson. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1984 . Chandler, James K...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (4): 459–480.
Published: 01 December 2014
... mimesis, which operates not only in the (very real) fantasy of the “life and work” continuum but also in the sensual experience of the text as the Other's life-words , an important aspect of Uno's authorial actuality. It is the body that finally brings these disparate modalities of mimesis into a...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (3): 332–350.
Published: 01 September 2016
... concludes by positing a direct correspondence between concrete poetry and Zen, aptly represented in the work of Paulo Leminski. Along the way, the essay explores questions regarding the inscription of reality in the natural sign, the transcription (or translation) of experience in a language of words, and...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 91–110.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Daniela Caselli This article analyzes Dante's presence in Dorothy Richardson's novel series Pilgrimage , focusing on Interim and making references to Deadlock and Revolving Lights. It argues that, although his words are never quoted directly, Dante is a strong presence in the novel and a revealing...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 19–31.
Published: 01 March 2020
... ( Kfor ) by Shimon Adaf (2010). These texts draw on biblical or Rabbinic Hebrew, Jewish sources, and Jewish historical events (specifically the destruction of the First and Second Temples), making them just as much about a dystopian past as they are about a dystopian future. They are, in other words...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 337–356.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Sander van Maas Abstract This essay investigates what the word “book” in the concept of the audiobook has come to refer to, and how contemporary material book cultures suggest ways to reperceive audiobook experience. The essay uses audiobooks by David Foster Wallace and Jacques Derrida, which...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 203–223.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Kristina Mendicino Abstract Whatever may be said to come to pass could not have happened once, if its iterability is what will have permitted each word thereof to pass for such a one. The very terms for speaking of an occurrence would thus seem to be the impasse that renders each a fiction of no...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (3): 252–271.
Published: 01 September 2019
... translation arranges itself around this empty word makes it all the clearer that, in the moving structure of meaning of a literary text, truth is not objective or relative, but relational —that is, it resides in the moment of comparison between an original and its translation: what is, in the end, an...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (4): 418–438.
Published: 01 December 2020
... natural world—as the word denotes an enclosure both for animals and humans, something between a hovel and a stable (1: 324). Philomela is locked in the hut, hidden in the woods inside a rival kingdom or territory. Philomela’s empty mouth introduces an additional layer of nested containment. In one of the...
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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, and as...
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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 (2012) 64 (2): 207–229.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., grasping motion frustrated, my intuition was forced awake. I felt myself having to “listen” with other parts of my sensibility . . . . And I saw that it was the resistance of the poem — its occlusion, or difficulty — that was healing me. (xvi) Graham’s repeated use of the word resist conveys the...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (1): 18–30.
Published: 01 March 2016
... 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- ally gives way to pure empty space —​a space “freed of the events that always ordi- narily fill it” Book( to Come 13...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (3): 201–227.
Published: 01 June 2010
... than the poetry of imaginary displacement, represents the most likely context in which such interlingual switches are generated. If we dismiss the view expressed by a few critics that foreign words are mere rhetorical ornament or an irritating supplement to this or that poem, there remain...