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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (3): 315–337.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Maureen Moynagh This essay considers the child-soldier figure in contemporary African fiction as a vehicle for a critique of modernity as a particular time consciousness and of its attendant geopolitics. In the work of novelists Ahmadou Kourouma, Chris Abani, Abdourahman Waberi, and others...
Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (1): 73–92.
Published: 01 March 2012
... Urdu and central to the comportment of a respectable North Indian Muslim man.2 N.M. Rashed was educated in this fashion; although he was also educated in English, he learned Persian as a child and earned his ﬁrst college degree in Persian from the elite Government College in Lahore (Tabas- sum...
Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 218–234.
Published: 01 June 2018
... process of spectral recuperation, these children of survivors employ the figure of the child to tell the event of their own refugee becoming. Former child refugees recently come of writerly age across a multilingual global diaspora are thus reappropriating an in-between generation’s collective postmemory...
Comparative Literature (2000) 52 (2): 157–178.
Published: 01 March 2000
... significance of the author’s own weakened condition. Nobel Prize Laureate (1993), O¯ e Kenzaburo¯ (b. 1935), has written numer- ous works in which the medical condition of a child or his son serves a metaphorical purpose. In Kojin na taiken (A Personal Matter, 1964), the protagonist struggles to comprehend...
Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 150–168.
Published: 01 June 2012
... London, the cowboys of the American West, and the ANZAC soldiers of the First World War (see, for example, Childs and Bratcher)— for the speaker there is no such problem; in fact, he has remained in close enough contact with Stetson to ask about the “corpse [he] planted last year in [the] gar- den...
Comparative Literature (2006) 58 (1): 24–43.
Published: 01 January 2006
... drowns her own child. Mark Rosenthal, one of the only Kiefer critics to note the important detail of this murder, echoes many Goethe critics when he rationalizes that “love leads Margarete to be deceitful to her mother and to kill her own baby” (99). But Margarete does not kill her child for love...
Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 68–82.
Published: 01 March 2020
... state of affairs. This aberration is magnified by the constant presence of Antonio’s son, Bruno, and the sight of bicycles. Through chance and circumstance, the six-year-old Bruno accompanies his father on his search for the stolen bicycle. Naturally, the presence of the angelic-faced child serves as a...
Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (3): 316–339.
Published: 01 September 2020
... Maoist temporality with the Afro-Pessimism embodied by the child soldier, Omari and other victims of the First Congo War. The shégués ’ thus confront a corrupt national bourgeoisie as the “主要的矛盾” ( Mao and Zhang, Quan vol. 11, 50 ; “principal contradiction,” Mao, On Practice 88 ). Zhang Xia...
Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 291–306.
Published: 01 September 2002
... form of a poodle, a beer-bottle opener, a woman’s bracelet (probably silver), a hair grip, a wooden pencil, a child’s plastic water pistol, a plastic knife, sunglasses, a little chain, a spring (small), a rubber ring, a parachute (child’s toy), a steel chain about 18 inches in length, four nails...
Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (2): 171–193.
Published: 01 June 2019
... establishes the similarities between the two texts. He reminds us of Pangloss’s “optimistic” comforting words to the women of the Abares, who have been raped and slaughtered in the hands of Bulgar soldiers, and compares those to the consoling words of Israeli officials after the killing of Israeli athletes in...
Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (4): 345–365.
Published: 01 December 2011
... position of originary narra- tive. In the Prologue, the remote inn run by Vera’s father is used as a relay by the soldiers escorting a chain-gang of condemned Nihilists to exile in Siberia; among the prisoners, desperately trying to conceal his face, is Vera’s brother Dmitri. Rec- ognizing his son...
Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2019
... baby’s protection and health. “I had to protect this child against countless evil afflictions and natural disasters,” Dolly says. “I had to keep him safe, keep the lightning and thunder from striking him and the earth from swallowing him up” (22). The adversities threatening the child are endless, at...
Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 35–42.
Published: 01 March 2014
... which “the town elders chose a boy under the age of ten, stupefied him with a potent tea, and let the intoxicated child find the culprit. . . . The child would attach himself to an adult, and this was enough. The elders would proclaim tadek over and lead the newly identified criminal away, to...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (4): 450–465.
Published: 01 December 2013
... through the transfer of perpetratorship and guilt. Both novels ask how postwar generations are to posi- tion themselves toward the legacy of their ancestors. Beyer and Mortier negotiate this question through the first-person perspective of a child protagonist. In Flughunde the focalization...
Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (4): 429–444.
Published: 01 December 2015
... end in explicitly “domestic” scenes, with their heroes caring for a newborn child.5 Films like Munich and To Walk on Water thus expose the structure of tragedy as a device that services the violent and manipulative machinations of the state (even as they continue to glamorize the blinded...
Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (4): 331–354.
Published: 01 September 2008
... Representation of the Cannibal from Columbus to Jules Verne . Trans. Rosemary Morris. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 1997 . Levenson, Jon Douglas. The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 200–219.
Published: 01 June 2013
... claims that her deceased daughter is “in all of them,” but the narrator sees only the Madonna and Child, “madonna e bambino” (220/147). Subsequently, the mother utters the following words from Barthes: יש את או של של רק של לא (Tatslum” 147...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 220–241.
Published: 01 June 2013
... fate as his father, being poisoned by the same rival” (Origins 224). COMPARATIVE LITERATURE / 232 by acting as his father’s surrogate. This is not just the fantasy that, as Watson notes of Fortinbras’s quest, “the living child can repair the losses of the dead par- ent”; beyond that, the...
Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 340–360.
Published: 01 September 2014
... boyfriend’s former lover, a woman living in poverty in a slum on the out- skirts of Monterrey. Although that woman’s child is in the end Fernanda’s only victim (and accidentally so), Fernanda expresses no remorse and is actually excited, since by navigating the city in order to commit a crime with...
Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (3): 215–228.
Published: 01 June 2002
..., Vitlin seems to have assumed that the adult Jews for whom he wrote were more igno- rant in many instances than Campe’s child audience. The readership’s lack of knowledge about ships is matched by Alter-Leb’s total ignorance of geography: for example, he believes that London is only a few miles...