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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (3): 312–331.
Published: 01 September 2016
...- nected from any meaning whatsoever: flapping arms and a fuming face that serves as a blank slate onto which the director later inscribes a role and narrative. The test performance is here simply a tool for unplanned production in a race for profit that strips the actors’ art of meaningful content...
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Comparative Literature (2007) 59 (1): 33–62.
Published: 01 January 2007
... Opera: Rameau and the Tragic Tradition . Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998 . ____. “Rameau Reading Lully: Meaning and System in Rameau's Recitative Tradition.” Cambridge Opera Journal 6 ( 1994 ): 1 -17. ____. Monstrous Opera: Rameau and the Tragic Tradition . Princeton: Princeton...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 35–42.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Julie Avril Minich This essay considers the role of literature in helping us navigate entrenched social conflicts that do not find resolution in simple notions of resistance. It examines the depiction of disability in one contemporary text as a means of considering the broader capacity of...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 400–415.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Proust. Utilizing the hermeneutic categories Paul Ricoeur established in his Freud and Philosophy (Hermeneutics as Recollection of Meaning and Hermeneutics of Suspicion), categories that implicitly guide his commentary on Proust in Time and Narrative , this essay reads several poems from Merrill's last...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 114–127.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Brian McGrath Abstract Though the words impasse and impassive come to English from two different etymological sources— impasse from the French, meaning without a pass; impassive from the Latin, meaning without suffering or without feeling—English invites confusion. In part because one cannot write...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (1): 110–124.
Published: 01 March 2021
...David Quint Abstract This analysis of the structure and meaning of The Tale of the Hunchback , the most novelistic of the tales of the Thousand and One Nights , shows how the Nights stages the relationship of reader to fiction (the fictitious lives of others) as a power relationship and in terms of...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (2): 154–170.
Published: 01 June 2019
... exemplary Aesopian text—one whose “deceptive means,” however, call for a more capacious understanding of Aesopian language. Nineteenth-century satirist Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin first used the term “Aesopian” to indicate the “trembling” littérateur’s unique style of writing, whose “deceptive means” showed...
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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 to...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 339–355.
Published: 01 December 2012
... and essentially external reading. Where mise en abyme is typically associated with the self-enclosed autonomy of the artwork, allegory tends in the opposite direction by treating the text as a disposable means to a proper meaning. Through readings of the chess motifs in Vladimir Nabokov's The Real...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 416–431.
Published: 01 September 2009
... “role” of God in Beckett, for example, is its very meaninglessness.)6 Aesthetic meaning is the meaning of unity, the revolt from theological meaning, or the meaningful revolt from meaning: 6 Adorno moves back and forth between “aesthetic” (äesthetische) and “artistic” (kunstliche) mean- ing...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 22–40.
Published: 01 January 2010
... both writers' works we see an ambivalent relationship to father figures and a desire to challenge the Oedipal pact demanded by the symbolic by means of a literary act of defiance that involves a move beyond meaning and sense. Moving away from her earlier focus on poetry, Kristeva turns to Louis Aragon...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (3): 296–311.
Published: 01 September 2016
... theory as a metaphoric basis for the novel's moral philosophy. Moving beyond his earlier family ideal, he made phagocytes the model for a broader and more impersonal ideal of human unity. Thus, in Resurrection Tolstoy found a way to give moral meaning to science, just as he had called for in his...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (4): 370–388.
Published: 01 December 2016
... circulated, their different formats and means of production, all exemplify the mechanisms for the establishment of an International Republic of Letters. This led in turn to the gradual emergence of a World Canon created under the auspices of Enlightened Universalism, but also driven to a considerable extent...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 144–158.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Rei Terada Abstract Spatial figures of impasse appear when politics is in trouble, and preserve political expectation when its prospects are poor. They take their meaning from the assumption that the political order is synonymous with social reality—as though people could do nothing when political...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Yi-Ping Ong Abstract How do we come to share an ethical outlook with others? Is it possible to teach ethics? What does it mean to live with others when we do not (always) inhabit the same world? J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello engages these profound ethical questions in its very form. Whereas...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 41–63.
Published: 01 March 2019
... dialectical (im)possibility of utopia after upheaval, generating consideration of a new political and social order. In both works, the reader is left to make meaning in a spatialized, affective framework wherein spectral melancholy is not necessarily tied only to mourning or loss but also to imagination...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (2): 139–153.
Published: 01 June 2019
... languages by Raimbaut de Vaqueiras, and “Lo ferm voler,” a sestina by Arnaut Daniel, are read as experimental compositions that promote the function of lyric forms to provide stability to the vernacular in a fluid oral context by communicating meaning in nondiscursive ways. The influence of these works—and...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (3): 251–270.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Alan Levinovitz This article explores the meaning of “nonsense” as it is typically employed in discussions of nonsense literature. Definitions of nonsense vary widely and often pay little attention to cultural context or the phenomenology of reading. After surveying the problems with these...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
... the name of the ancestor deity Pele. To access this riot of meanings, the Hawaiian-literate reader has to perform the work of the “composuist” and the composer alike, mentally sorting letterforms and assembling them into meaningful words. Composed at the cusp of a resurgence of Hawaiian-language...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2020
... century were not associated with women or the domestic sphere, nor—as it turns out—were they considered to be family novels at the time they were written. Only in twentieth-century scholarship, as the original meaning of the term was lost, did they become family novels. In recovering the lost history of...