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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
... . Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe . Baltimore : Johns Hopkins UP , 1973 . Print . Williams Bernard . Truth and Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy . Princeton : Princeton UP , 2002 . Print . Christopher Braider Talking Like a Book...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (1): 84–109.
Published: 01 March 2021
... within originary reading practices that are invariably European and British, thus condemned to emulate Victorian novel readers; they are assumed to read like a Victorian reader, learning the proper way to be in the world. My article perforates this narrative by examining an alternate reading practice...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 367–387.
Published: 01 September 2009
..., and Imaginism to create his own idiosyncratic Hebrew modernism. At the center of his modernist poetry and manifestoes is a chameleon-like lyrical “I” that dominates the text as it unfolds. Shlonsky brilliantly used a new literary Hebrew to create himself as a revolutionary modernist poet. Like many of his...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 71–94.
Published: 01 March 2014
...-metaphysical scenario focused on presentation rather than representation and on truth as propitious event rather than individual property can we grasp the limitations of a metaphysical paradigm that writers like Marlowe unwittingly helped consolidate. Today, this scenario is best promoted by Badiou...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (4): 333–356.
Published: 01 December 2019
... context, the festival reinforced a national, linguistic, and religious division between India and Pakistan. It produced a category like “Moonlight’s Children” as an “other” to an imagined Indian literature that is confused with a post–Salman Rushdie postcolonial and global anglophone canon. However...
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Comparative Literature (2023) 75 (4): 437–475.
Published: 01 December 2023
... altered by one of its adopters, Georges Perec, who eradicated themes based in individuated memory, like Brainard’s sexual confession, transforming the genre exclusively into a document of generational and cultural identity. This foundational split—between the sexual-social and the generational—dictated...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (2): 142–159.
Published: 01 March 2009
... of creating a post-Joycean literature of erudition. Likewise, although the drafts of Menard's Quixote are, like Joyce's novel, parasitic on an earlier text, they are, unlike Ulysses , parasitic directly on the “universal Form” of the earlier text rather than (in Menard's case) the actual novel written...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 416–431.
Published: 01 September 2009
... (or So-und-nicht-anders-Seins ) to So ist es (with some other variations: for example, the “Here I am” or “This is what I am” of Etruscan vases), and finally to “Comment c'est,” which Adorno equates with “that's what it's like out there” (“so geht es zu, so ist es draussen”) as well as with “how...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 179–188.
Published: 01 March 2010
... to place Robbins in the tradition of Northrop Frye's efforts to establish a separate science of literature and so to legitimate such knowledge and practice as essential to how society understands its own practices and self-creations. Like Frye, Robbins embraces the critical task of establishing once more...
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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 (2011) 63 (3): 269–290.
Published: 01 September 2011
..., there are still very few examples of the kind of interpretation that Benjamin's allegorical model of understanding would require in a sustained reading of a text like “Le Cygne.” The essay explores why Benjamin's thinking about allegory seems to be resisted by literary critics in their reading of Baudelaire's...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (4): 402–422.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The essay begins with Benitez-Rojo's description of the indeterminable center or “origen” (“origin”) of the island archipelago to call attention to this proposition: namely, that there is no single “plantation” or plantation image that we can privilege above all others. Like Benitez-Rojo's repeating island...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 207–229.
Published: 01 June 2012
... Carson. The essay argues that, like D.W. Winnicott's transitional object, resistant poems open a space between interior and exterior worlds, a space of “experiencing” that helps one learn to tolerate frustration, separation, loss, and reality. © 2012 by University of Oregon 2012 Works Cited...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 26–35.
Published: 01 March 2013
... to conceive of a perfect man-made language, Chinese seemed a likely model. However, Leibniz's dream of a Universal Character relied on a combination of competing semiotic and systemic requirements that only the misguided view of sinographs and hexagrams as an integral part of one Chinese script system could...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 46–61.
Published: 01 March 2013
... as a primal struggle against death. Tied to the notion of a joyful union with the Supreme Being as it unfolds in the scriptural Upanishads, jivalila may at first seem like the kernel of yet another transcendental vision of Totality. But in Tagore's hands it becomes instead a recognition of the enduring gap...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (3): 325–344.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Jordan Alexander Stein Borrowing a turn of phrase from Talal Asad, this essay asks: What might an aesthetic study of secularism look like? Examining four case studies between roughly 1880 and 1930 (with attention to the critical writings of Walt Whitman, T.W. Higginson, Matthew Arnold, Barrett...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 25–45.
Published: 01 March 2018
... realist text turns out to be oriented not to the problematics of civil society (contractarian) aggregation but rather, like tragic drama, to the coercive logics of the state? Put another way, what happens when a realist narrative, with all of its inherited civil-society paraphernalia (as an ostensible...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (4): 381–407.
Published: 01 December 2019
... the portrayal of education in the dedicatory letter and the novel, readers learn that the structures that might have upheld the bildungsroman’s implicit promise are in short supply. The same dynamic is reiterated through classical topoi like the stories of Pygmalion and Zeuxis. These artistically grounded...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (2): 119–141.
Published: 01 June 2011
... and authenticity associated with a “human” selfhood. Selfhood, like text, here becomes assemblage: an assemblage of borrowed words. Focusing on Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts and Graham Rawle's Woman's World , I show how writing, text, and self are inextricably intertwined, and how this reinvigorates...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (1): 25–51.
Published: 01 March 2022
..., like the work of historical poetics as a methodology, honors the history of the form’s travel through its appearance in contemporary American English. The ghazal first developed in Arabic as a short amatory or erotic encomium that served as a sort of preface to the longer qasīdah (a genre often...