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Comparative Literature (2001) 53 (4): 389–403.
Published: 01 September 2001
... cultural producers in order to force upon “Asia/Pacific” a critical awareness of its own regional unevenness, alternative possibility, spatial contestation, and desublimated otherness. “Asia/Pacific” can thus become a criti- cal signifier for a cultural and literary studies (inside APEC, as it were) in...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 25–31.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Alice Te Punga Somerville Tracing the various names used for the Pacific Ocean and drawing on Pacific scholarship and poetry, this article suggests alternative genealogies for the field of Ocean Studies that are visible from the Pacific region. Observing that the claim that Ocean Studies began in...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (3): 189–208.
Published: 01 June 2009
... area studies programs that focus on the U.S./Mexico border, the circum-Atlantic, the Pacific rim, the Caribbean, and/or the recently developed conceptual area of the Global South. The editors address these emerging American comparativisms—their limitations and potentials, their disciplinary commitments...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 29–36.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Simon C. Estok This article argues that the systemic focus of empirical studies of literature offers an approach consonant with the goals and methods of ecocriticism, which foregrounds interconnectedness and varieties of systemic analyses. In generating empirically viable comments about how...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (3): 287–311.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Françoise Lionnet J.-M.G. Le Clézio and Amitav Ghosh are prolific award-winning writers who train their reader's eye on transversal and lateral exchanges in the Indian Ocean. This essay presents an approach to the study of their novels as littérature mondialisante rather than littérature-monde...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 45–53.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., Atlantic, Pacific, or Indian Ocean Studies, or inchoate initiatives such as the “Energy Humanities” (see Reviews). Reflecting on the field itself, the invited contributions also draw upon specific long-standing projects that take the oceans as their framework for research: a half-dozen years ago a...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
...John David Zuern Abstract Tapping the critical resources of the disciplines of comparative literature and electronic literature, this essay conducts two cross-media comparative studies to show that a supple and dynamic concept of literary “materiality” emerges when we view the specific material...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 7–15.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Ashley L. Cohen This essay begins by observing that the Indian and Atlantic Ocean worlds were deeply linked in eighteenth-century British literature and colonial discourse—so deeply, in fact, that they shared a common name: “the Indies.” Theorizing outward from this case study, this essay advocates...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 32–44.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Elizabeth DeLoughrey This essay outlines the development of the “oceanic turn” and the rise of “critical ocean studies” as vital to figuring the Anthropocene. It builds upon the work of Elizabeth Povinelli's theory of “geontologies,” and by turning to the submarine sculptures of Jason deCaires...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2017
... others have described as an originally Atlantic Studies-based oceanic turn in literary scholarship, as well as the nature of Oceanic Studies in general. Our existing oceanic labels (in this case “the Pacific”) are imperially imposed, turning vast bodies of waters into blank and abstract spaces, a...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 116–129.
Published: 01 June 2016
... comparison (the “color line”) in response to lynching and imperial conquest. Arguing that the question of comparison in the present must be resolved by collective action rather than scholarship, it tentatively suggests a few possible lines of study attuned to the local and geopolitical dynamics of race and...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (2): 208–226.
Published: 01 June 2014
... twentieth century. Using César Paternosto's study of Incan stone work and architecture, I locate Vicuña's use of the spiral in her 1966 landart installation and poetic performance, Con-cón , in relation to indigenismo's stance within and against the global politics that redefine the late twentieth century...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (4): 418–438.
Published: 01 December 2020
... other kinds of containment in “A Game of Chess” from The Waste Land , resolving some of the section’s enduring ambiguity concerning images of vacuity and the disembodied voice. Ultimately, this article contributes to debates in lyric studies, arguing for a reappraisal of the nightingale in comparative...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (3): 252–271.
Published: 01 September 2019
... their disparate claims to the truth. Chang navigates political ideologies by eschewing linguistic equivalence to favor equivocation instead, ultimately transforming Hemingway’s modernist form via her own. It thus adds to transpacific studies and Cold War historiography by revealing the intimate...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 72–92.
Published: 01 March 2018
... indistinction between subject and mechanism, voice and noise. Tone, in my case studies, indexes failed acts of representation. Wang’s tone is excessively animated, insofar as a compensatory liveliness exceeds Wang’s own person. By contrast, the tone of War Trash is neutral. In approximating “Asian” through...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 114–116.
Published: 01 March 2019
... mediation” (xxvii). As an imagined, conceptual space in which these figures negotiated between the political ideologies of liberalism and leftism as well as Eastern and Western cultures, the Pacific was also mediated quite literally by the advent of new technological media. The historicity of this study is...
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Comparative Literature (2001) 53 (4): 275–282.
Published: 01 September 2001
... counterhegemonic impulse underlies Rob Wilson’s critique of the “Asia/Pacific” construct. “Doing Cultural Studies Inside APEC” (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) reveals how global/local dynamics expresses itself in regionalization. The yoking of Asia to the Pacific evidences the power of trans- national...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (2): 201–221.
Published: 01 June 2017
... . Graham Shane Walters John , eds. Langston Hughes and the South African Drum Generation: The Correspondence . New York : Palgrave Macmillan , 2010 . Print . Green Michael Cullen . Black Yanks in the Pacific: Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II . Ithaca...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 446–461.
Published: 01 December 2012
... at work in the region, as well as the competing narratives of belong- ing to which those influences gave rise over the centuries. In recent years, Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Pacific studies have grown in importance as part of what is now known as “the new thalassology” (Vink). But the...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (3): i–xiv.
Published: 01 June 2002
... being offered to our work by both the University of Texas and Penn State testify to the importance of comparative study today. I think the strong turnout in San Juan reflected our members’ individual sense of this as well. We have real work ahead of us, and you’ll be hearing further from us in the...