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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 (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 (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 (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): 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 (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 (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 (2013) 65 (1): 123–135.
Published: 01 March 2013
..., it is also one that demands to be read against other key intertexts of the modern moment, including Darwin's Descent of Man , Flaubert's Un Coeur Simple , and the more recent voices of Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, and Maurice Blanchot. Weaving these diverse materials together in a manner that echoes...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (4): 459–480.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Astrid Lac This study is situated against the broader theoretical premise: when modern Japanese literary criticism made an epochal turn towards theory in the 1980s, all that might fall under the designation of the “biographical”—material, method, or ethic—became the unmourned remains...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 62–78.
Published: 01 March 2015
... to the fate of the senses under capitalism. Both elaborate a critique of political economy—Sand's voiced by her worker-hero—that demonstrates how the individual's sensuous life is circumscribed by the pressures of material subsistence. The article examines how this attention to the senses inflects...
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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): 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): 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 (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 (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...