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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (2): 181–185.
Published: 01 March 2005
...Andrew Ford The Play of Character in Plato's Dialogues. By Ruby Blondell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xi, 452 p. Poetics Before Plato: Interpretation and Authority in Early Greek Theories of Poetry. By Grace M. Ledbetter. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. viii...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 400–415.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Inner Room and A Scattering of Salts , demand particularly close considerations of the intertextual presence of Proust's novel. Such considerations reveal not only superficial connections between the work of the two authors, but also Merrill's deep engagement with interpretive strategies modeled by...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (3): 257–269.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Jacob Hovind If Erich Auerbach's Mimesis is generally considered a landmark in twentieth-century literary criticism and an originary text for the modern practice of comparative literature, then this is despite the fact that its profound interpretive structures and hermeneutic consequences still...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 41–54.
Published: 01 January 2010
... sense of being unfaithful to mainstream interpretations of the text and in the more revelatory sense of the word whereby a reading betrays, or divulges, a previously unacknowledged aspect of the work. This essay considers a particularly provocative “betrayal” of G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (1): 59–74.
Published: 01 March 2016
...-reflexivity and metanarrative, the representation of the past, and the use of pronouns. This leads to an analysis of the reception of The Fall and the manner in which critics have turned to paratextual material in their historico-political interpretations, a form of “reading into” which I suggest is prompted...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 161–178.
Published: 01 March 2010
... interpretations of “The Nose” that dominated both Formalist and psychoanalytic literary criticism in early-twentieth-century Russia. Copying and revising Freudian interpretations of “The Nose,” wherein the nose symbolizes the phallus, Ugrešić substitutes Nada Matić—the female plastic surgeon who finds Mato...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 315–335.
Published: 01 September 2010
... professor of modern German literature, sets out to attempt a reading of a poem by the medieval Japanese writer Fujiwara no Teika, only to discover that what remains when linguistic barriers cannot be overcome and cultural specificity cannot be recognized is an interpretation that is constricted by the...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 336–360.
Published: 01 September 2010
... expansion of the novel form hand-in-hand with the colonial enterprise of Western Europe. With this interpretative concept, I review the historical and theoretical parameters that have been used to study both the historical spread of the novel from Europe to the peripheries and the constitution, at the end...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Catherine Toal This essay proposes an alternative account of the significance, for the development and interpretation of his work, of Henry James's engagement with French literature. Beginning with James's critique of the “cruelty” of the Goncourt brothers' novel Sœur Philomème , it argues, through...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 35–42.
Published: 01 March 2014
... conflicting and competing narratives that make up our contemporary social world. It suggests that literature's most important remedial function lies in the kind of interpretive work it forces its readers to perform. This interpretive work can lead us to act politically even after enduring political loss...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (4): 377–405.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Christopher D. Johnson Abstract This article examines Jorge Luis Borges’s ingenious, largely dehistoricized interpretations and imitations of seventeenth-century writers typically called Baroque. It contends that the aesthetic, epistemological, and metaphysical values Borges assigns to works by...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (4): 406–417.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Rodríguez; the novel El hombre de hierro ( The Iron Man ; 1907) by Rufino Blanco Fombona, which was interpreted as a copy of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary but justified by its local character; and the very curious case of Rafael Bolívar Coronado, whose writing implodes the category of authorship that underlies...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 54–68.
Published: 01 January 2009
...JOANNA TRZECIAK Although Nabokov dismissed Freud as a trivial and vulgar thinker and derided him at every turn, the presence of Freud and Freudianism is quite conspicuous in his works. With great vigilance, Nabokov anticipates and short-circuits potential Freudian interpretations of his work...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (3): 256–273.
Published: 01 June 2009
...ENRIQUE DUSSEL The present essay offers an interpretation of hispanos (Latin Americans and U.S. latinos) as historically, culturally, and geographically located “in-between” many worlds that combine to constitute an identity on the intercultural “border.” To illustrate how hispanos have navigated...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 399–419.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Revathi Krishnaswamy While the literatures of the (third) world are being rapidly curricularized in revamped Comparative/World or Postcolonial literature classes, the theories and methodologies used to interpret and evaluate these texts are still drawn primarily from the Western tradition. The...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (1): 25–46.
Published: 01 January 2011
... compared in Women in Love and Anna Karenina , with which Lawrence was preoccupied when he wrote Women in Love . The article discusses ideas on consciousness in the novels' own terms, its interpretative goal being comparative rather than thematic. Its method is to compare the states of consciousness, and...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 169–191.
Published: 01 June 2012
... project that reflects the story's ambivalent cultural status, celebrating the novel even while unraveling its narrative threads. While Hughes's introduction to the 1952 edition is often cited by scholars, there has been little sustained consideration of the multiple layers of critical interpretation...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
... sovereign law unto itself, whose wider metaphysical as well as historical authority needs no argument. As a result, his interpretation of the nature of French tragedy inevitably would have confirmed his core theses about the German baroque, a fact that in turn draws attention to what Benjamin truly needed...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 407–428.
Published: 01 December 2012
... methodology and peremptory interpretations in his two essays on Baudelaire. Finally, it offers a close comparative reading of Baudelaire's lyric “The Swan” and Benjamin's ninth aphorism in “On the Concept of History,” staging an unexpected and revealing correspondence between the two works to argue that “The...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 429–445.
Published: 01 December 2012
...”) and the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus . The essay builds upon the so-called resolute program of Wittgenstein interpretation developed by Cora Diamond, James Conant, and others, bringing its insights to bear on Kafka's perplexing work. The essay explores the ethical weight of these two writers...