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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (4): 506–508.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Zachary Tavlin ztavlin@saic.edu Forms of Poetic Attention . By Lucy Alford . New York : Columbia University Press , 2020 . xiv + 365 pp. Copyright © 2021 by University of Oregon 2021 Lucy Alford’s terrific Forms of Poetic Attention takes us from ancient Greek lyric...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 83–102.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., attention, and liveliness. He thus opposes the poem to both the obscure fundus animae , the ground of the soul, and to utopian poetry, neither of which can be poetized. By contrast, Blanchot’s literature dissolves this triple foundation into a writing of obscurity, distracted fatigue, and a “death...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 68–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
..., which is therefore “reflected” in his writing. To the contrary, I argue that what is significant about Kashua's writings is that they seem to engage in the destruction of the very perception of coherent and natural “national affiliations” as they call attention to the discursive processes through which...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 25–34.
Published: 01 March 2014
...), the essay draws attention to some of the limits of the literary as a site of praxis. At the same time, it suggests that attention to — or close reading of — moments where literary and other aesthetic characters and forms are drawn into the medical, psychological, legal, political, and economic realms can...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 62–78.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Claire White This article reads George Sand's Le Compagnon du Tour de France (1840) alongside Karl Marx's “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844.” It considers how these contemporaries bring to bear on their accounts of labor, estrangement, and the structures of property an attention...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (2): 97–127.
Published: 01 March 2009
... that the poem's idiosyncratic form indicates that Pushkin was not yet sure whether he was standing on the threshold of an Augustan or Neronian age. Pushkin's acquaintances among Moscow Slavophiles made him for the time being more attentive to the positive parallels between Russian and Roman history than...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (2): 142–159.
Published: 01 March 2009
... to this narrative's hermetic meaning. With sly irony, Borges's story derides the “parasitism” of the mythical method associated with Joyce while eulogizing other modes of literary parasitism. Pierre Menard's description of Joyce's book focuses our attention on both the parasitism of Joyce's mythical method...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 55–67.
Published: 01 January 2010
... had apparently read the French translation of Pellico's memoir in his youth, and his life-long fascination with Pushkin and Gogol, both of whom were attentive readers of Pellico, brought the works of this Italian writer into the orbit of his own literary interests. In this essay, I argue that, in all...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (1): 3–24.
Published: 01 January 2011
...Padraig Kirwan Much has been written about the manner in which Patrick McCabe's The Butcher Boy explores Irish identity on the island of Ireland. This essay examines the novel from an international perspective, paying particular attention to the novel's transatlantic imagery and its intertextual...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (1): 86–110.
Published: 01 January 2011
..., that a mode of reading attentive to the performance of parabasis in the text reveals that even this powerful message is constantly interrupted by the figure of woman as constitutive outside of democracy—that which makes possible its self-definition and simultaneously throws it into turmoil. Questioning...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (4): 402–422.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The essay begins with Benitez-Rojo's description of the indeterminable center or “origen” (“origin”) of the island archipelago to call attention to this proposition: namely, that there is no single “plantation” or plantation image that we can privilege above all others. Like Benitez-Rojo's repeating island...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
... a sovereign law unto itself, whose wider metaphysical as well as historical authority needs no argument. As a result, his interpretation of the nature of French tragedy inevitably would have confirmed his core theses about the German baroque, a fact that in turn draws attention to what Benjamin truly needed...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 137–161.
Published: 01 June 2013
.... Drawing on a psychoanalytic toolbox, this essay develops a provincial reading of psychosexual and geopolitical fantasies in these writers' work within the context of Austrian culture after Austria's defeat to Prussia (1866) and subsequent German unification (1871). The analysis devotes special attention...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (4): 429–449.
Published: 01 December 2013
... how indigeneity and mestizaje are defined in Letters and Almanac (with particular attention to their oppositional features), addressing relationships between these definitions, popular colonialist discourse, and anti-colonial articulations of identity that have developed in American Indian and Chicana...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (3): 325–344.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Jordan Alexander Stein Borrowing a turn of phrase from Talal Asad, this essay asks: What might an aesthetic study of secularism look like? Examining four case studies between roughly 1880 and 1930 (with attention to the critical writings of Walt Whitman, T.W. Higginson, Matthew Arnold, Barrett...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 95–112.
Published: 01 March 2014
... apparent with critical attention to the similarities between scenes found in each work. Read together, the two texts expose the limitations that a unilinear model of the colonization process may impose on life for the colonized subject. Whereas Wuthering Heights figures pre-colonial and colonial modes...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (3): 345–362.
Published: 01 September 2013
... the perspective of a modern Hebrew poet and Orientalist scholar, Elhanan Yehuda Kron, who travels from Palestine to Berlin to pursue his research on the Islamic origins of Jewish mysticism. Through Kron 1 s experiences in Berlin in the 1930s, the novel calls attention to how the origin of modern secular Hebrew...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (3): 251–270.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Alan Levinovitz This article explores the meaning of “nonsense” as it is typically employed in discussions of nonsense literature. Definitions of nonsense vary widely and often pay little attention to cultural context or the phenomenology of reading. After surveying the problems...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (3): 315–337.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of modernity instantiated in the Bildungsroman is not about turning away from futurity itself. Instead, the child-soldier figure yokes together a critical attention to the historical impediments to African futures with an insistence on the possibility of alternative futures. © 2017 by University of Oregon...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 105–113.
Published: 01 June 2018
... in Global Southern contexts. Drawing attention to the asymmetries of conceptual exchange that accompany vernacular comparisons across former colonial contexts, this essay raises the following questions: How might we explore and move beyond the insufficiencies of the Europhone term “vernacular” to frame non...