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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 54–68.
Published: 01 January 2009
... mechanism within the 1966 text of Despair that both relies on and undermines a Freudian reading. I identify a set of objects whose Freudian valence could easily mislead the unwary reader into taking them symbolically, thus overlooking their function as important clues to events in the novel. I also posit...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 68–82.
Published: 01 March 2020
... education and comfort to people who crave housing, work, and books more than uniforms, guns, and tanks” (2). The complex emotional coupling of hope and despair, expressed by Jaspers and Girs, is, I will here argue, characteristic of cultural productions in the immediate aftermath of World War II...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 71–94.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Julián Jiménez Heffernan Influential critics such as Jonathan Dollimore, Michael Hattaway, and Richard Wilson have identified a tendency in Marlowe's plays to arrest dramatic development in what appear to be surface expressions of an original impasse — of desire, despair, or failed authority...
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Comparative Literature (2001) 53 (3): i–xxiv.
Published: 01 June 2001
... you may do, what, do what you may, And wisdom is early to despair: Be beginning; since, no, nothing can be done To keep at bay age and age’s evils, hoar hair, Ruck and wrinkle, drooping, dying, death’s worst, winding sheets, tombs and worms...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 166–184.
Published: 01 June 2015
... with existential despair generally; unlike Sartre’s Roquentin, who only incidentally inhabits “Bouville,” Seferis’s narrator is firmly grounded in the Greek landscape and the absence of, and hunger for, a Greek cultural tradition.10 In fact, it is from the starting point of that Greek cultural tradition...
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Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (1): 74–80.
Published: 01 January 2008
... Amadour’s wife dies, leaving him no plausible excuse for spending so much time with Floride. Sick with despair, Amadour takes to his bed and decides the time has come to risk everything in the hope of achieving the goal he has so long sought. At this point we come to the second scene that I would like...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (2): 165–186.
Published: 01 March 2002
... the teacher finds herself so exhausted “que l’aridité de son sort, soudain, lui apparut” (4; “that the sterility of her own existence sud- denly becomes apparent to her Even more strikingly, although Anne makes an agreeable show of despair at her son’s obstinence, she does so “joyeusement” (“happily...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 416–431.
Published: 01 September 2009
...,” the despair of having lived (23). The primeval mud becomes muck billions of us crawling and shitting in their shit hugging like a treasure in their arms the wherewithal to crawl and shit” (52and the narrator is no longer the child in the womb absorbing the earth but an old man being absorbed...
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Comparative Literature (2007) 59 (1): 33–62.
Published: 01 January 2007
... their works with divertisse- ments. Instead, they prefer uncompromising final tableaux: Hercules in agony, falling on his pyre; Dido in despair, plunging Aeneas’s sword into her heart; Médée in triumph, reviewing the destruction she has wrought from her aerial vantage point...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 232–234.
Published: 01 June 2015
... of her autobiography Delirium and Destiny. For Rog- ers, Zambrano’s autobiography intersects with Ortega’s project for a European Spain, Ocampo’s and Woolf’s feminist critiques, the optimism and despair of intellectuals during and after the Spanish Civil War, and the generation of ‘27’s bond...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (4): 408–426.
Published: 01 December 2016
... are as concerned about keeping the revelers inside the abbey as they are about keeping the Red Death out: “They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or frenzy from within” (136). The narrator asserts, presumably taking on the voice of Pros- pero himself...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 179–188.
Published: 01 March 2010
... towards the welfare state and its representatives —here the Barker COMPARATIVE LITERATURE / 182 novels are essential reading — its intellectuals express their own frustrations and disappointments in ways that approach despair, that are anarchic in their anomie. Robbins’s admirable critical...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 60–71.
Published: 01 March 2018
...— not as a substitute for Israel but as an “ideal place,” a space that, unlike Herzl’s Altneuland, will allow for the existence of utopia. The exercise fails, and in Nevo’s work Israel remains the place in which “Everyone has doubts, everyone feels a quiet, dark despair, everyone practices avoidance from the first...
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Comparative Literature (2000) 52 (2): 97–118.
Published: 01 March 2000
... whom I love, you remain invisible!/Often at midnight I reached out my trembling arm,/And embraced an image, ah yours perhaps! Questions follow, despairing of the lover’s invisibility: “Werd’ ich mein Auge zu dir einst, segnender Himmel, erheben,/Und umarmet sie sehn, die aufblühen du sahst...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of a mania that occurs as a reaction to despair; on the contrary, “it leads the subject to a complete identification . . . with the very agency of the ideal,” and as such it “causes a third party to exist for and through an other” (206–07). This forgiveness, which the subject reaches through...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 233–246.
Published: 01 June 2022
... and African American writers enables Brathwaite to explain how tidalectics is a Sisyphean idea that refuses to give in to lamentation or despair when “something is slowly—sometimes almost immediately—once again being eroded,” and bears a “responsibility . . . to start again. To pick up that burden of Sisyphus...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 234–238.
Published: 01 June 2015
... of her autobiography Delirium and Destiny. For Rog- ers, Zambrano’s autobiography intersects with Ortega’s project for a European Spain, Ocampo’s and Woolf’s feminist critiques, the optimism and despair of intellectuals during and after the Spanish Civil War, and the generation of ‘27’s bond...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 116–129.
Published: 01 June 2016
... across a gamut of political and theoretical posi- tions, might provisionally set aside comparison in pushing through to despair’s farther shore, that teeming region of exuberant plentitude called the blues. Taken as an ensemble of cultural practices centered on collective participation in music...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 46–61.
Published: 01 March 2013
... Guha’s almost despairing turn to Tagore in the epilogue to History at the Limits of World-History (2002) and (more elaborately) the relation between literature and history that Dipesh Chakrabarty proposes in his essay on Tagore (“Nation and Imagination”) in Provincializing Europe (2002). Although...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (2): 128–141.
Published: 01 March 2009
... to stay and simply letting the ship sail, Friday surprises Crusoe once again by paddling out to the ship and sailing away with the crew. Crusoe almost succumbs to despair, believing himself to be isolated once more. Luckily for Cru- soe, however, the ship’s abused Estonian cabin boy jumps ship...