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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 141–154.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Shu-Mei Shih This essay deploys “relational comparison” to address the ways in which texts from different parts of the world are related to each other through their partaking and representation of world historical events. It constructs an arc of literary texts that are not distinguished...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 376–398.
Published: 01 September 2010
... Yang's walker in the city in relation to the figure of the flâneur , I show how his exilic writing dramatizes the problem of spatial, temporal, and linguistic dislocation in exile, modernity, and comparison. Whether in Benjamin's reading of Baudelaire, Duoduo's encounter with Baudelaire, Yang's exilic...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (3): 259–271.
Published: 01 September 2020
...David Palumbo-Liu Abstract Palumbo-Liu explores the relation of literature and ethics, noting that literature is always about “something else.” Drawing from a number of specific cases, including the Rohingya refugee crisis, he connects material histories with cultural practices that defy simple...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (3): 270–288.
Published: 01 September 2021
... “linguistic class struggle.” The first meaning concerns comparison as a method (for a recent discussion, see Felski and Friedman ). The second meaning concerns the circumstances of literary creation. How do these two meanings relate to the definition of geopolitics by geopoliticians? The term...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (3): 273–288.
Published: 01 September 2022
... news, shape and produce what counts as knowledge in these Indian Anglophone novels. Both works evoke the failure of a poetics and politics of familial and extrafamilial relations to underline how death and the disappearance of women from families, from society, and from the news enable a comparison...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (4): 427–447.
Published: 01 December 2022
... repeatedly in private to the experience of “losing” his native tongue—this article has two aims. One is to show that de Man’s later works bear witness to this ongoing experience of native-linguistic loss; the other is to relate this experience to the theory of deconstruction that de Man had espoused...
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Comparative Literature (2024) 76 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2024
...Lara Harb Abstract The Aristotelian sense of mimesis (i.e., fictional representation of an evoked world through plot and characters) continues to shape modern views of literature. The medieval Arabic reception of the concept of mimesis and its closely related concept of mythos (fable, story...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 147–155.
Published: 01 June 2022
... the narrative domain, the ethics of “relational comparison” ( Shih )—of bringing into relation seemingly distant entities, issues, terms, or (con)texts for comparison—becomes a more pressing methodological issue. Appanah’s use of “comparable” crises to invoke empathy and her presentation of migration...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 107–115.
Published: 01 June 2016
... P , 2012 . Print . ———. “University.” Critical Ethnic Studies 1 . 1 ( 2015 ): 43 – 55 . Print . Glissant Èdouard . Poetics of Relation . Trans. Wing Betsy . Ann Arbor : U of Michigan P , 1997 . Print . Goldberg David Theo . “Racial Comparisons...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (3): 274–295.
Published: 01 September 2016
...).” Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works . Ed. Kirkham Victoria Sherberg Michael Smarr Janet Levarie . Chicago : U of Chicago P , 2013 . 195 – 212 . Print . Shih Shu-mei . “Comparison as Relation.” Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses . Ed. Felski Rita...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 219–232.
Published: 01 June 2022
... . Shih Shu-mei . “ Comparison as Relation .” In Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses , edited by Felski Rita and Stanford Susan , 79 – 98 . Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press , 2013 . Tadjiri Ahamada . “ Critique: Tropique de la violence de Natacha Appanah...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 246–255.
Published: 01 June 2005
... to undertake comparisons along any number of conceptual or material axes, but also to recognize gradations within and among those dimensions of difference. It makes the domain of comparison a space of potential relations, and a multi-dimensional one at that, instead of an indiffer- entiable accumulation...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 36–45.
Published: 01 March 2013
... . . . . It is then legitimate to counter democratic materialism . . . with a materialist dialectic . . . . There are only bodies and languages, except that there are truths. (Logics of Worlds  1–4) 3 See Apter for a discussion of Badiou’s vexed relation to the question of literary comparison and his statement “I do...
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Comparative Literature (2023) 75 (1): 111–126.
Published: 01 March 2023
... unapprehended relations of things and perpetuates their apprehension” (482). This “relation of things” is, of course, precisely what the comparative critic sets out to apprehend, seeking to defamiliarize literature through fresh comparisons just as the Romantic poet seeks to defamiliarize life through fresh...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 116–129.
Published: 01 June 2016
... within U.S. higher education’s evacuating (if not vacuous) embrace of “diversity” as a guiding prin- ciple of legitimation, this multiculturalism names the uneasy compromise that enables these challenges to its own modes of comparison. It is my contention, then, that these tendencies are related...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
... how these imbalanced relations of cultural production in turn reflect what Pheng Cheah identifies as the “fundamental processes of comparison that create the material conditions of the capacity for ethical comparison” ( 536 ). According to Cheah, these are “material processes in several senses,” which...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 105–113.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Annette Damayanti Lienau Abstract This essay introduces the American Comparative Literature Association Forum “Vernacular Comparisons beyond the Europhone.” Characterizing the Europhone “vernacular” as a protean term of diverse application, the essay highlights the paradoxes associated with its use...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (3): 289–298.
Published: 01 September 2021
... comparisons based on the representation of the New World chiefly derived from the supposed characteristics of its “nature.” This article will identify traces of the demand made by Ferdinand Denis (1798–1890) that the intellectual production of the Americas must reflect the effect of the nature that inspires...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (3): 209–219.
Published: 01 June 2009
...: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison . Stanford: Stanford UP, 2007 . Schmitt, Carl. Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty . Trans. George Schwab. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1985 . Williams, William Carlos. In the American Grain . 1925. New York: New Directions, 1956...
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Comparative Literature (2024) 76 (1): 105–124.
Published: 01 March 2024
... the suffering of the transatlantic slave trade and the simultaneous tendency for such comparisons to occlude the very subject that such a comparison seeks to articulate, the argument identifies the tensions that inevitably emerge out of a discourse of comparative memory. Moving outside of Zong! , the essay...