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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2019
... . postmodernism risk management figurative language preemptive speculation Orly Castel-Bloom “IT’S THE FREE MARKET. You are free to collapse. When you collapse, you are free. I collapse, ergo I am free” ( Castel-Bloom, Sipurim 104 ). This succinct remark is the only explanation provided by the laconic...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 26–42.
Published: 01 January 2009
... cosmopolitanism may require a provisional deafness vis-à-vis the accent. This essay seeks to apply recent poststructuralist thinking on language, translation, and exile to a figure who straddles the Enlightenment and Romanticism and whose life and work starkly embody the inaudible accent of exile...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 376–398.
Published: 01 September 2010
... writing, or my reading of each through the flâneur , touch stands as a figure for, and embodiment of, a comparative poetics that deploys a flâneur -like hypersensitivity to the duality of language to bring places and times into encounter, acknowledging their mutually constituting and irreconcilable...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (3): 257–269.
Published: 01 September 2012
... of his “figural hermeneutics” a thoroughly modernist critical point of view, one whose understanding of mimesis depends upon the structure of figural understanding rather than any naïve doctrine of literary realism. Mimesis, as it gradually emerges out of Auerbach's hermeneutics, is a figure of language...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (3): 332–350.
Published: 01 September 2016
... and ideas into char- acters. Especially with regard to translation, an overall sensitivity to the sonorous and verbal qualities of haiku poetics is irredeemably distorted by an insensibility to the visual and nonverbal characteristics inherent in the haiku language of ideo- grams, a figurative script...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 53–67.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Polly Dickson Abstract This article examines the figure of an undulating line, or “squiggle,” printed initially in Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy and copied by two nineteenth-century writers: first, by the German E. T. A. Hoffmann, in a little-known fragment, and, second, more famously...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 123–135.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of entering the state archive in Prague and discovering his own origins, he has a dream which implicitly recalls the figure of Humboldt's parrot, a talking animal and the only creature to preserve the sounds of a now extinct language. If this is an image sourced in the literature of eighteenth-century science...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (1): 23–40.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., and others. The author suggests that, with mood, Hebrew prose figuratively stretched language itself, giving form to a new sense of “being there.” Furthermore, this poetics of mood offered authors an alternative to psychological realist prose and to the fixed subject position it implied. Thus, this article...
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Published: 01 September 2020
Figure 1. “This graphic shows the uneven numbers of speakers of languages in the world. Nearly 80% of the world’s population speaks only 83 (1.1%) of the world’s languages. The 3,586 (51.2%) smallest languages are spoken by only 0.2% of the world’s population.” Source: Gregory Anderson and K More
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 137–161.
Published: 01 June 2013
... up in the Eastern borderlands of the Habsburg Empire, in the Crownland of Galicia, which was inhabited by Ukrainians, Jews, and Poles. A third figure with a distinctly Habsburg imperial biography, Sigmund Freud, provides both techniques for reading and serves as a subject of analysis in his own right...
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Published: 01 September 2020
Figure 2. Twenty countries with highest index of linguistic diversity. Source: Ethnologue: Languages of the World , 18th ed., www.ethnologue.com . More
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 429–445.
Published: 01 December 2012
... depicts an exchange between a set of interlocutors who vocalize (in a manner reminiscent of the conversations of the Philosophical Investigations) conflicting view- points about figurative language and its bearing —​or failure to bear —​on the realities of everyday life. It is a parable with two...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (3): 293–305.
Published: 01 September 2022
... and no imagination without sensation. Attending to imagination’s psychological function—which was to create or cause the imaginable—al-Fārābī’s next move was to consider its relationship to aesthesis mediated through poetic mimesis. More precisely, he explored the way by which figurative language in its similitude...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 180–202.
Published: 01 June 2020
... a reading of KC Green’s webcomic “On Fire” (best known as the source text of the viral “This is Fine” meme), I then turn to the work of de Man, who helps frame the difficulty that each thinker highlights as a consequence of the radical figurality of language. As a theorist whose work is often associated...
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Comparative Literature (2000) 52 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 January 2000
.... This does not mean that the author of Peri hupsous was anything else than an unusual rhetorician. Putting metaphor and other tropes in a rather remote place, he propounded another aspect of figurative language as abso- lutely essential to the sublime. Of all rhetorical devices, phantasia could...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (4): 408–425.
Published: 01 December 2018
... Man refers to when he writes of Rilke’s strategy “to let the poetic meaning be carried by the rhetorical and the phonic dimensions of language: the seductions of syntax and of the figuration have to make even the most extreme paradoxes appear natural” ( Allegories 53 ). In fact, lyric form always...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (4): 427–447.
Published: 01 December 2022
... the persistent references to Flemish in late de Man (in essays or book chapters otherwise dedicated to writings in other languages) as so many coded attestations to his experience of native-linguistic loss, even while taking seriously his own caveats on the totalizing and mystifying logic of figuration...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (4): 383–401.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of Friendship. Trans. George Collins. New York: Verso, 1997. Print. Rogues: Two Essays on Reason. Trans. Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas. Stanford: Stan- ford UP, 2005. Print. de Man, Paul. Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Proust. New Haven: Yale UP, 1982...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (2): 154–170.
Published: 01 June 2019
...,” in Andrei Terian’s words, a “‘figurative language of slavery’” ( 75 ). “Ia—russkii literator” (I am a Russian littérateur), Saltykov-Shchedrin writes in his 1885 “Unfinished Conversations (‘In-between matters’)” ( “Nedokonchennye besedy [‘Mezhdu delom’]” ), “i potomu imeiu dve rabskie privychki: vo- pervykh...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 121–149.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., Paul. Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Proust. New Haven: Yale UP, 1979. Print. Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1983. Print. The Resistance to Theory. Minneapolis: U...