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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...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 218–234.
Published: 01 June 2018
... a 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...
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Comparative Literature (2006) 58 (1): 24–43.
Published: 01 January 2006
..., is responsible for her broth- er’s death while defending her (now dubious) honor, and is left pregnant and abandoned by Faust. As final testimony of her corruption, she drowns her own child. Mark Rosenthal, one of the only Kiefer critics to note the important detail of this murder, echoes many Goethe critics...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 150–168.
Published: 01 June 2012
... of 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...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 68–82.
Published: 01 March 2020
... child serves as a constant reminder of the father’s moral responsibility. As Bazin notes, “it is the child who gives to the workman’s adventure its ethical dimension and fashions, from an individual moral standpoint, a drama that might well have been only social” ( 53 ). The child symbolizes...
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Comparative Literature (2000) 52 (2): 157–178.
Published: 01 March 2000
... of a child or his son serves a metaphorical purpose. In Kojin na taiken (A Personal Matter, 1964), the protagonist struggles to comprehend the severe brain damage of his unwanted child, and concomitantly engages in the larger ideological and political struggle within Japan in the early 1960s. Finally...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (1): 73–92.
Published: 01 March 2012
...; 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 10–11). While a college student, Rashed quickly gained a reputation as a poet and by the late 1930s forged a new poetic...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (4): 403–420.
Published: 01 December 2021
... us be clear, however, that reconcentrado deaths and “living-deaths” were not senseless per se. It may have been “senseless” that one particular family or child suffered as they did and that others were spared, but their internment as a whole was a calculated war measure with punitive and preemptive...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (3): 316–339.
Published: 01 September 2020
... government. A former mercenary turned officer recognizes an ex–child soldier named Omari, and brutally shoots him down in the street. This murder causes the shégués to riot and take officers hostage, provoking the ire of the municipality. They then urge Isookanga to submit their demands to the governor...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2019
... for the 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...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (4): 345–365.
Published: 01 December 2011
... in a problematic, if not antagonistic, relation- ship to so-called family values. The parents of a gay child, however loving, may nevertheless experience the child’s coming-out as damaging to their idealized version of the family. Gay people who seek recognition by, and ongoing member- ship in, the family...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (2): 171–193.
Published: 01 June 2019
... beautifully complex allusion. When Saeed witnesses the expulsion of a mother and child from the Palestinian village of al-Berwah, the military governor who banishes them introduces himself as Abu Isḥaq ( Habiby 14–16 )—meaning, the father of Isaac ( noms de guerre structured after the Arabic teknonym...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 220–241.
Published: 01 June 2013
... Hamlet’s experience: “suffering the same 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...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 291–306.
Published: 01 September 2002
..., 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 (large), a green plastic badge, a small doll...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 340–360.
Published: 01 September 2014
...- tions. Fernanda herself mutates in the same direction, aspiring to become as violent as the man who controls and abuses her. Thus, she decides to kill her sicario 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...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (4): 389–407.
Published: 01 December 2016
... to the Rhodesian army) as “my child,” the soldier establishes through brutality his own superior position: “Mtanami asibonanga muntu onjalo lapha,” waphendula elokhu emkhangele enhlamvini zamehlo. “Angisuye mntanakho mina mdala. . .” watsho emsikiza ngasiduku sombhobho embanjeni. Wavika waze wawela phansi...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (1): 73–98.
Published: 01 March 2022
... socially progressive artistic style in Soviet Marxist thinking from this period. What did Byron mean in Russia? While in the beginning, foreign reviews helped emphasize the gloominess and misanthropy of the libertine Childe Harold type, Lord Byron’s personal political liberalism provided a separate...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (4): 429–444.
Published: 01 December 2015
...” 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 tragic male hero in their cinematic...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 35–42.
Published: 01 March 2014
... for the work of literary critique. The second narrative is an academic article by Rey, the ethnobotanist, about tadek, a “rudimentary form of justice” practiced in the jungle, in which “the town elders chose a boy under the age of ten, stupefied him with a potent tea, and let the intoxicated child...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (2): 127–144.
Published: 01 March 2002
... characters’ own impersonations of each other. Carmen tries to pass herself off as Basque to don José, replaying the old myth of the child stolen by the Gypsies and speaking to don José in Basque. Don José, in turn, trades his military uniform for a gypsy costume and becomes an aculturated Gypsy...