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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 264–277.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Isabel Hofmeyr Abstract In the British Empire, much printed matter originated from outside the colony and was funneled through port cities, where customs checked the material to see that it was not pirated, obscene, or seditious. Customs and Excise hence became the section of the colonial state...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 247–263.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Kiene Brillenburg Wurth Abstract In the introduction to this special issue I investigate the feasibility of a material turn in comparative literature. I approach this turn in the sense of the Greek kronos : as a circular, not linear, movement. I propose that this material turn has materialized...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 317–336.
Published: 01 September 2018
... . Stoicheff Peter , and Taylor Andrew . “ Architectures, Ideologies, and Materials of the Page .” The Future of the Page . Ed. Stoicheff Peter and Taylor Andrew . Toronto : U of Toronto P , 2004 . 3 – 25 . Sussman Henry . Around the Book: Systems and Literacy . New York...
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Comparative Literature (2000) 52 (1): 87–90.
Published: 01 January 2000
...Bruce Clarke Inscribing Science: Scientific Texts and the Materiality of Communication. Ed. Timothy Lenoir. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. xv, 457 p. University of Oregon 2000 BOOK REVIEWS/87...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (3): 299–319.
Published: 01 September 2021
... a generalized Soviet republic of letters in its brilliant use of comedy in imagining a true sexual revolution and nonphallocentric social order ( fig. 1 ). Refusing to represent the Bolshevik revolution as an abstract transcendent ideal, the novel’s comic materialism emphasized the concrete universality...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 357–368.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Jan Baetens Abstract This article deals with the material turn in literary criticism at the level of the visual and spatial aspects and dimensions of the text. First, it analyzes the different tendencies and changes that helped increase our awareness to this often neglected form of textual...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
...John David Zuern Abstract Tapping the critical resources of the disciplines of comparative literature and electronic literature, this essay conducts two cross-media comparative studies to show that a supple and dynamic concept of literary “materiality” emerges when we view the specific material...
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Comparative Literature (2001) 53 (3): 268–274.
Published: 01 June 2001
...Rei Terada Toy Medium: Materialism and Modern Lyric. By Daniel Tiffany. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000. x, 351 p. University of Oregon 2001 Agamben, Giorgio. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life . 1995. Trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen. Stanford...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 278–294.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Birgit Mara Kaiser Abstract Focusing on Hélène Cixous’s OR les lettres de mon père (1997), the article considers how a prominent work of the “linguistic turn” already works with the entanglement of matter and meaning. Cixous foregrounds the materiality of language, showing it is indispensable...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 337–356.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Sander van Maas Abstract This essay investigates what the word “book” in the concept of the audiobook has come to refer to, and how contemporary material book cultures suggest ways to reperceive audiobook experience. The essay uses audiobooks by David Foster Wallace and Jacques Derrida, which...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 179–188.
Published: 01 March 2010
..., and to defending the idea that the professions are perhaps the key mode of rising in the stories and worlds he discusses. Robbins does not work comparatively, even though he treats the literatures of several nations and periods. Rather, the materials he gathers and analyzes illustrate a very complicated set...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (1): 64–85.
Published: 01 January 2011
... that Rainbow Nation democracy enables a sense of metaphorical “belonging” to the nation but not a material redistribution of national belongings in the concrete sense of possessions, private property, and land. Neoliberal globalization working through Rainbow Nation ideology performs a deft, dangerous...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 74–90.
Published: 01 March 2017
... performance in the past. It therefore addresses material textuality as well as the implications of aural performativity for generating and sustaining empathetic connection between text and reader, or between the text and an audience of listeners. © 2017 by University of Oregon 2017 emotion voice...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 16–24.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Meg Samuelson This essay makes a case for the categories of littoral literature and coastal form through which it aims to take up the expansive possibilities of the maritime turn while keeping both the materiality of the ocean and the locality of the shore in sight. It elaborates the notion...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (3): 259–271.
Published: 01 September 2020
...David Palumbo-Liu Abstract Palumbo-Liu explores the relation of literature and ethics, noting that literature is always about “something else.” Drawing from a number of specific cases, including the Rohingya refugee crisis, he connects material histories with cultural practices that defy simple...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (2): 209–224.
Published: 01 June 2021
... on their material composition. In these poems, the cliffs’ chalk—formed by fossilized marine microorganisms at a time when what would become Britain was at the bottom of a prehistoric sea—attests to Britain’s geohistorical contingency. Arnold, Auden, and Nagra use this chalk geology to develop a new model...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 156–170.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Clarissa Vierke Abstract The Swahili poetry of the master poet Fumo Liyongo, which dates between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, draws much of its imagery from the Indian Ocean, and in a particularly sensuous way: the poems paint baroque tableaux of Swahili material culture, evoking...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 186–201.
Published: 01 June 2022
... to the linguistic aspects of cross-cultural interactions, the article traces the divergent ways in which the semantic drift among languages stage the materiality and historicity of trans-oceanic encounters. krajbhan@reed.edu Copyright © 2022 by University of Oregon 2022 Indian Ocean literature...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 247–263.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Neelofer Qadir Abstract Popular rhetoric of the twenty-first century as the “Asian century” frequently coheres around China as a rising global superpower and thus focuses on its financial and material ambitions in sites across Asia and Africa. Such narratives, ensconced within the BRICS (Brazil...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 202–218.
Published: 01 June 2022
...” community, to present the enclave as a contact zone for creolization of cultural materials that converge here through two, overlapping circularities: the transoceanic and the littoral. The specific epistemic structure generated through their intersections, that I call “the archipelago of fragments,” moves...
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