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Comparative Literature (1 December 2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Talking Like a Book: Exception and the State of Nature in Benjamin and Molière N A LETTER dated June 5th, 1927, Walter Benjamin confides to his friend I Hugo von Hofmannsthal that “I sometimes think about writing a book on French tragedy as a counterpart to...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2014) 66 (1): 71–94.
Published: 01 March 2014
... to a post-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...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2009) 61 (4): 367–387.
Published: 01 September 2009
... 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 (1 June 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 (1 March 2013) 65 (1): 26–35.
Published: 01 March 2013
... possibility 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...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2013) 65 (1): 46–61.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of life 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...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 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 (1 June 2014) 66 (2): 208–226.
Published: 01 June 2014
... expressing knowledge via the spiral explores ways of reading experimental poetry like Vicuña's and opens experimental poetry as a site for popular readings of democratic language. The experimental politics of Vicuña's Chile, expressed by the spiral at Con-cón, refers to a poetic practice of democratic...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2014) 66 (3): 322–339.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Neta Stahl The train had a remarkable and meaningful role in the process of modernization and secularization within European Jewish society during the nineteenth century. Not surprisingly, this central role is reflected in the literature of the period, in what I would like to call “the train genre...
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Comparative Literature (1 December 2015) 67 (4): 394–414.
Published: 01 December 2015
... essay traces the structures of trauma across Shelley's and Artaud's Cenci plays, showing that, like a trauma, what resists representation in Shelley's nineteenth-century drama recurs embodied on Artaud's twentieth-century stage. In so doing, the essay illuminates less a straightforward shift than a...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2017) 69 (2): 160–180.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Timothy D. Arner The life and work of the Roman poet Lucan functions as an important intertext for Chaucer's Legend of Good Women . It demonstrates that the vita Lucani and the Bellum Civile were widely available in medieval Europe and that Chaucer likely used both sources in both the Prologue to...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2011) 63 (2): 119–141.
Published: 01 June 2011
... 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 the...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 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 (1 March 2009) 61 (2): 142–159.
Published: 01 March 2009
... problem 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...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2009) 61 (4): 416–431.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Sosein (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 (1 March 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...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 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 (1 September 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...
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Comparative Literature (1 December 2011) 63 (4): 402–422.
Published: 01 December 2011
... 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 (1 June 2005) 57 (3): 256–272.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Hayot that took place in Irvine, California, on May 26, 2005. Eric Hayot: I’d like to begin by asking you what you thought of these responses as responses, how you felt responded to, or if you felt responded to there where you are. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Let me think about this for a minute...