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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (3): 300–315.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Arturo Arias This article explores the emergence of Central American-American discursive and performance poetic art that, written bilingually and occasionally incorporating Portuguese or an indigenous language, has been present in the United States since the mid-1980s, but bloomed in the first...
Comparative Literature (2006) 58 (3): 261–263.
Published: 01 June 2006
...Michael Heim History of the Literatures of East-Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Volume 1. Edited by Marcel Cornis-Pope and John Neubauer. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2004. xx, 647 p. University of Oregon 2006 COMPARATIVE LITERATURE...
Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 86–107.
Published: 01 March 2019
.... Should it be said that one is always ‘inside’ power, there is no ‘escaping’ it” ( Foucault 95 ). Foucault refigures the life-and-death struggle within a multipronged system, but the central essence of the idea is the permanence of the specter of dialectics. The internalization of the master that goes on...
Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (4): 389–407.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Alena Rettová A central discussion in African Philosophy concerns the “African concept of time,” famously theorized by John S. Mbiti. Mbiti makes a distinction between a circular and a linear concept of time, associating the former with Africa and the latter with the West. Critical of such...
Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (3): 316–339.
Published: 01 September 2020
... factors. In contrast, this article examines China as a trope in Congo Inc. (2014) by In Koli Jean Bofane. Congo Inc. is one of the first African novels to take the Africa-China relationship as central theme, depicting how Congolese actors negotiate the PRC’s presence in the Democratic Republic of the...
Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 19–40.
Published: 01 March 2019
... shared ground between al-Jurjani’s theory of nazm , or construction, Frank’s concept of spatial form, and Kristeva’s “spatialization” of the word in the practice of intertextual reading and demonstrates the centrality of spatial concerns to the novel’s critical commentary on the experience of modernity...
Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 413–429.
Published: 01 December 2017
... , give rise to one of Agamben’s central concepts, the Open. Literature here allows philosophy to take on an opaque form of representation that connects it with lived experience and thereby brings about its full vitality. In turn, this essay also demonstrates how to make literary critical use of The Open...
Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 25–45.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Ilya Kliger This essay attempts a reading of Ivan Turgenev’s First Love as a case study within a broader inquiry into the social imaginary of Russian realist fiction. One way to formulate the central question of the essay is to ask what happens when, on some deep structural level, an ostensibly...
Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 429–445.
Published: 01 December 2012
... presenting a face of significance that is at once linguistically meaningful and ethically valuable. The central aim of this discussion of Wittgenstein's Tractatus and “Lecture on Ethics” alongside Kafka's parable is to examine the ways in which Wittgenstein's philosophical outlook, writing, and method...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 162–181.
Published: 01 June 2013
... surefootedness of the sleepwalker. The convergence of sleepwalking and certainty in a single phrase poses an interesting challenge to one of the central tenets of the English-language canonization of Sebald, for his writing has been most highly valued for its ability to move the reader through apparent...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 182–199.
Published: 01 June 2013
... on Brecht as exemplar of committed literature, the article then examines the convergence between the two writers' attitudes to the aesthetic. Essayism is a central preoccupation, as a discussion of both writers' preferred forms shows: Adorno's “The Essay as Form” and Barthes's “Inaugural Lecture...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (4): 408–428.
Published: 01 December 2013
..., I show how Upward's work was centrally shaped by Soviet aesthetics, a reception which led him to an innovative conception of literary commitment, surprisingly resistant to the powerful critiques later offered by Theodor Adorno and Raymond Williams. This conception of commitment emerges through a...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 123–135.
Published: 01 March 2013
... echoes Sebald's own textual and aesthetic practice, we argue that Sebald's parrot crystalizes a central problematic of the novel: What is the relationship between the archive and testimony in the experience of the desubjectified subject? What is the status of linguistic signification in the aftermath of...
Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 301–321.
Published: 01 September 2014
... political concepts. Centrally, both Emerson and Levinas cast virility as a firmness or “fixture” that desirable political labor would relax. Fixture does not account for a kind of power so mobile, flexible, or fluid that it cannot even be said to resist that over which it exerts power. Reading Emerson and...
Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 322–339.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Neta Stahl The train had a remarkable and meaningful role in the process of modernization and secularization within European Jewish society during the nineteenth century. Not surprisingly, this central role is reflected in the literature of the period, in what I would like to call “the train genre...
Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 207–227.
Published: 01 June 2015
... optimism central to the post-independence works that imagined the nation as a large family with a powerful patriarch and ideal mixed-race children. The novels' spotlight on sexual violence and its results challenges the symbolic overlap between women's bodies and the land. © 2015 by University of Oregon...
Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 79–93.
Published: 01 March 2015
... readers, after Sedgwick, who emphasize James's style rather than his biography. However, in none of those recent discussions do notions of temporal or stylistic queerness in James's work resonate with the ideas about gendered time and language that are central to Duras's approach, and to twentieth-century...
Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 January 2009
..., and a cognitive side that is engaged with questions about whether the things we perceive can lay claim to being knowledge. As such, it is central to some of the most persistent concerns of Western philosophy. The epistemic and emotional registers of doubt have a long history, but it is also a history...
Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (3): 295–315.
Published: 01 June 2009
... is primary among the European theorists, but Saussure and Kristeva are also central to her evaluation of Sarduy. While Malcuzynski remains critical of certain aspects of these theories, she also implies that their historical rootedness in Latin America and the Caribbean make them more useful...
Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 68–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
...Gil Hochberg This essay is dedicated to the writings of Sayed Kashua, the young Israeli Palestinian novelist, journalist, and screenwriter who has become a central, if controversial, figure within the Israeli public domain: a target of both political and literary praise and blame. Specifically the...