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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 180–202.
Published: 01 June 2020
.... This essay queries these assumptions. Opening with a discussion of how the concept of “the intolerable” features in the work of radical thinkers, the first section examines Lauren Berlant’s project in Cruel Optimism and explores her notion of “the impasse of the present.” The second section then turns...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 107–113.
Published: 01 June 2020
... of a breaking point or threshold at which conditions become intolerable and radical action therefore becomes a necessity. According to Schey, this idea condenses a cruelly optimistic dream that theories of impasse share as well as scrutinize. Examining how Lauren Berlant (the theorist of cruel optimism...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 54–73.
Published: 01 March 2017
...://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?231648 >. Achebe Chinua . A Man of the People . New York : Anchor , 1967 . Print . ———. Things Fall Apart . Greenwich : Fawcett Crest , 1959 . Print . Berlant Lauren . Cruel Optimism . Durham : Duke UP , 2011 . Print . “Best of Bollywood...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (2): 171–193.
Published: 01 June 2019
...-Mutashaʾil ( The Strange Circumstances of the Disappearance of Saeed the Ill-Fated Pessoptimist ), 2 written in 1974 by the Palestinian author and politician Emile Habiby, and compare it to Voltaire’s famous Candide: ou l’optimisme ( Candide: or Optimism ), to which it pays a self-proclaimed homage...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 86–107.
Published: 01 March 2019
... option for escaping colonialism. Freedom, conceived of as a unified self unbound to others, is an undesirable outcome for the human struggle, as the aspiration for freedom produces a relation of cruel optimism, one where the outcome can’t provide what has been promised but instead produces its...
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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...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (2): 101–116.
Published: 01 March 2005
... depend upon such reversals of fortune. Pandarus, with his infectious optimism and fraternal affection, effectively con- soles Troilus by assuring him of the mutability of Fortune, “That, as hire joies moten overgon,/So mote hire sorwes passen everechon” (1.846-7).1 Chaucer added such passages...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 68–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
.../Border Posts. Ed. Homi Bhabha. Spec. issue of Critical Inquiry 23 .3 ( 1997 ): 431 -59. Butler, Judith. “Critically Queer.” GLQ 1 .1 ( 1993 ): 17 -32. Darwish, Mahmoud. “Unqidhuna min hadha al-hubb al-qasi” [“Save Us from This Cruel Love”]. al-Jadid 6 ( 1969 ): 2 . [Arabic] Deleuze...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (3): 270–285.
Published: 01 September 2012
... elitist mode of communication, in a world charac- terized by economic inequality and unequal access to educational resources? Or, more generally, what role can be assigned to humor and levity in a politics that must confront the cruel consequences of these basic inequalities? When address- ing...
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Comparative Literature (2000) 52 (4): 321–338.
Published: 01 September 2000
... in the poem seeming to move it toward the elegy or threnody. Perhaps even more relevant to “To S.A.” is Frye’s description of the complaint, the poem of exile, neglect, or protest at cruelty, though as we have seen, it is Death, not the cruel Mistress that the persona complains of here. This ambiguity...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (4): 375–393.
Published: 01 December 2015
..., SHELLEY, LEOPARDI & ITALIANNESS / 387 that is a “dura nutrice” (44; cruel nurse) or, more simply, “dell’uomo ignara” (289; unaware of man). Leopardi’s target here is not so much the degeneration as the overconfidence of the moderns, who believe in their magnifiche“ sorti e progressive” (51...
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Comparative Literature (2001) 53 (4): 354–372.
Published: 01 September 2001
... questions such as the following: is it possible to represent in fiction an “alien” cultural practice or belief system without violating the inner logic—the self-understanding—of the culture itself? And to what extent is it defensible to represent a cultural practice as simply cruel and misogynistic over...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 41–63.
Published: 01 March 2019
..., fatherlessness and a lack of consciousness that had been cruel and universal. Chagataev remembered his mother’s words: “Keep going till you come to strangers. Let your father be a man you don’t know.” He had kept going a long way, and now he was on his way back; he had found a father in Stalin, a stranger who...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 185–206.
Published: 01 June 2015
... faulty optimism, which is particularly evident in its abruptly formed workers’ alliance. In fact, the CPUSA’s success with blacks largely alienated white workers, who 6 As Joseph Entin has shown, this combination of avant-gardist shock and social concern appeared in interwar America...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (1): 73–98.
Published: 01 March 2022
... the Greeks and the Ottomans inevitably imagined the Christian Greeks as the noble inheritors of classical culture and their Muslim foes as cruel Oriental despots. 19 Significantly, Byron and other Western Europeans also frequently presented Russia in Orientalist terms, construing Russian autocracy...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 199–217.
Published: 01 June 2016
... to the heterogeneity of the Brazilian nation: J’adore cette ville Saint-Paul est selon mon cœur Ici nulle tradition Aucun préjugé Ni ancien ni moderne Seuls comptent cet appétit furieux cette confiance absolue cet optimisme cette audace ce travail ce labeur cette spéculation qui font construire dix maisons par...