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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 144–158.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Rei Terada Abstract Spatial figures of impasse appear when politics is in trouble, and preserve political expectation when its prospects are poor. They take their meaning from the assumption that the political order is synonymous with social reality—as though people could do nothing when political...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (2): 193–195.
Published: 01 March 2005
...Raphael Lyne Reading Shakespeare's Will: The Theology of Figure from Augustine to the Sonnets. By Lisa Freinkel. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. 384 p. University of Oregon 2005 COMPARATIVE LITERATURE/178 BOOK REVIEWS...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (3): 335–345.
Published: 01 June 2009
...AMARYLL CHANADY This essay develops the concept of the “transamerican outcast” in order to examine the literary figure of economic exile in the Americas. This essay addresses emerging “translocalities” in the hemisphere—that is, multiple cultural networks and socially stratified global cities...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 176–193.
Published: 01 June 2018
... speaks, Bogan’s Medusa is a metonymic figure—the ancient Gorgoneion mask that preceded the woman in myth—whose silent rhetorical force dislodges a literary history of petrified gender relations first consolidated in Ovid’s Metamorphoses . By rethinking Ovidian mythological figures in Bogan’s “Medusa...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 339–355.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Jacob Emery This essay examines situations where a single trope is implicated in two traditionally opposed rhetorical structures: mise en abyme , in which an internal text provides a miniature model of the framing text, and allegory, a figure in which the text at hand is only the key to some single...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (3): 257–269.
Published: 01 September 2012
... does in fact construct a specific method for literary understanding. Second, this hermeneutics stems from his decades-long preoccupation with figural interpretation, the essentially Christian mode of reading that he traces from late Roman antiquity through the Middle Ages. Third, there emerges out...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 357–359.
Published: 01 September 2002
...Seth Lerer Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity. By John David Dawson. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2002. x, 302 p. University of Oregon 2002 BOOK REVIEWS/357...
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Comparative Literature (2003) 55 (3): 270–272.
Published: 01 June 2003
...Steven Shaviro Reading the Figural, Or, Philosophy after the New Media. By David Norman Rodowick. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001. xviii, 276 p. University of Oregon 2003 COMPARATIVE LITERATURE/270 READING THE FIGURAL, OR, PHILOSOPHY AFTER THE NEW MEDIA. By David Norman Rodowick...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 376–398.
Published: 01 September 2010
... a paradigmatic figure of European modernity, the flâneur , and contemporary Chinese poetry, in particular the poetic prose cycle “Guihua” (“Ghost Speech/Lies”) written by Chinese poet Yang Lian during his exile in Auckland, New Zealand, after June Fourth 1989. Emerging out of the relationship between Europe...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 113–126.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Suzanne Roszak This article considers the figure of Tituba in Arthur Miller's The Crucible (1953) and in Maryse Condé's I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (1984). Although Miller's dramatic retelling vindicates the falsely accused and wrongly executed figure of John Proctor, Miller declines...
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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 (1): 22–40.
Published: 01 January 2010
...' works we see an ambivalent relationship to father figures and a desire to challenge the Oedipal pact demanded by the symbolic by means of a literary act of defiance that involves a move beyond meaning and sense. Moving away from her earlier focus on poetry, Kristeva turns to Louis Aragon, Roland Barthes...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 103–121.
Published: 01 March 2010
...David Quint In its retrospect on the history of the European novel, Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo identifies the figure of the aristocratic male libertine as a particular novelistic object of erotic attraction and repulsion. The nobleman's sexual dominance and whip-wielding brutality...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (1): 86–110.
Published: 01 January 2011
...Bishupal Limbu This article looks at how democracy is figured in Nepali writer Manjushree Thapa's novel The Tutor of History , which I read intertextually with Jacques Derrida's The Politics of Friendship . I begin by examining how Thapa's literary practice disrupts the privileged position...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (3): 315–337.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Maureen Moynagh This essay considers the child-soldier figure in contemporary African fiction as a vehicle for a critique of modernity as a particular time consciousness and of its attendant geopolitics. In the work of novelists Ahmadou Kourouma, Chris Abani, Abdourahman Waberi, and others...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (2): 182–202.
Published: 01 June 2011
... Sloterdijk, Jacques Attali, Didier Anzieu, and Luce Irigary. These figures not only present a critique of vision as the dominant paradigm in Western thought, but also develop a positive alternative model of listening that offers the possibility of reintegrating modes of sensual perception excluded...
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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 (2011) 63 (4): 423–437.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Chih-Wei Chang This essay attempts to “bring out” Roland Barthes as an unnamable textual figure in the Taiwanese writer Chu T'ien-wen's Huangren shouji ( Notes of a Desolate Man ). Chu's “gay novel” is notorious for its narrator's seemingly inexhaustible references to a legion of writers, film...
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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 (2014) 66 (3): 301–321.
Published: 01 September 2014
... to conceptions of politics that celebrate the “virile virtues” of fixture, resistance, and comprehension. The essay focuses on three points of resonance: figures of imperiled but resilient selfhood, meditations on the power of thinking to astonish, and the use of figures of the hand to rethink established...