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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
... tragic drama in terms of their contrastive nature.” However, to do so “something must be added” that the book he wrote failed to supply. The aim of this essay is twofold: to reconstruct what Benjamin might have said about French classical tragedy and to identify the mysterious addition. Why does the...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 15–24.
Published: 01 March 2014
... primary sense of “remediation” might seem unrelated to Jay Bolter and Richard Grusin's use of that word to describe certain paradigmatic representational strategies of new media, where the environment is concerned, these two etymologies ultimately converge: to remediate is to re-present the environment...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 35–42.
Published: 01 March 2014
... remediation efforts, and challenging the impulse to cure non-normative bodies. My reading of this novel suggests that we might understand narrative literature as a site where we become more critical readers of our world. In this way, we might come to re-evaluate our most devastating political losses — such as...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 240–257.
Published: 01 June 2020
... accumulation, must not go. At the same time, the more fungible the differences between ecological spheres, the more rigid the enforcement of state and private property lines, so that the discourse of trespass whereby one might hope to prosecute environmental crime in fact criminalizes once permitted commoning...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 43–53.
Published: 01 January 2009
... photographs included in Austerlitz . Indeed, Austerlitz and Wittgenstein mirror each other in so many ways that a reader familiar with Ray Monk's biography of the philosopher and Wittgenstein's own work might suspect that Sebald lifted specific elements from these texts into his own. But Sebald's work also...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 54–68.
Published: 01 January 2009
... that prevailing discourses, coupled with what might be called the “cultural competence” of the reader or scholar, are co-determinants of literary devices, semantic structures, and textual patterning in Nabokov's texts. In the case of the 1966 version of Despair , the resulting text is a palimpsest, as...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (2): 128–141.
Published: 01 March 2009
... intertextual threads connecting these three works that suggest that they might profitably be read as an evolving discussion regarding the opposition of culture and nature, the limits of the scientific perspective, the workings of power, and the viability of utopian visions. All three novels critique the...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (2): 160–176.
Published: 01 March 2009
... undifferentiated, homogenous “Other.” However, just as medievalists have something to learn from postcolonial theory, so postcolonial theorists might have something to learn about the history and specificity of their own field of inquiry from a better-informed view of the past. This essay offers an appreciative...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 432–446.
Published: 01 September 2009
... reading,” as well as political, religious, and commercial issues connected to the writing and transmission of literary works. They also include an invigorated awareness of the ways in which questions of “foreign” and “home,” other and same, might find a place in a more dialogic and responsive mode of...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 41–54.
Published: 01 January 2010
...Lucas H. Harriman A transcultural adaptation of a literary work often reveals aspects of the original that had previously been obscured in its native context. In a similar vein, a creative reading that truly attempts to do justice to its object might be said to betray it, both in the traditional...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 336–360.
Published: 01 September 2010
... novels by Jules Verne and Eduardo Ladislao Holmberg. While both writers create images of travelers spreading modern bourgeois culture throughout the world and beyond, as might be expected, Verne's images differ significantly from Holmberg's. My claim here is that the particular geopolitical...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 192–206.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Brian L. Price This essay examines how Fernando del Paso and Salvador Elizondo, two Mexican authors at opposite ends of what might be termed the Joycean spectrum, assimilate Joyce into their respective cultural projects. The essay argues that the incorporation of Joycean aesthetics into Mexican...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (3): 257–269.
Published: 01 September 2012
... field, one must first and foremost read him reading. This essay attempts to demonstrate three essentially interrelated points that might begin to salvage Auerbach's criticism from its obscured place in the literary critical canon. The first of these points is that throughout his entire corpus Auerbach...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 5–14.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Peter Hitchcock This article examines how critical concepts interact between disciplines as a measure of their priorities and possibilities. In particular, the critique focuses on the identity and identification processes of comparative literature and how these might be reconfigured, or remediated...
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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 (2014) 66 (1): 52–70.
Published: 01 March 2014
... part brings the insights of this minor text to bear on both the controversial “rule-following” paradox from Philosophical Investigations and the role of skepticism in Wittgenstein's late philosophy. I suggest two related analogies, or what Wittgenstein himself might have called “family resemblances...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (3): 345–362.
Published: 01 September 2013
... secular Hebrew shares roots with an Orientalist Christian world view that is allied with Nazism. Goldberg's protagonist attempts to resolve this crisis by addressing a community of women readers whose exclusion from the world of traditional Jewish texts might enable them to envision and create a secular...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 269–290.
Published: 01 September 2011
... insists on associating allegory with modernity in Baudelaire's poetry, this is because history can be said to become modern only at the moment that the thinking subject's own experience sustains an irreversible alteration that might best be characterized as “allegorical,” for want of a better term. The...
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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 of the...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (4): 394–414.
Published: 01 December 2015
... complex interplay between diegesis and mimesis at the heart of the plays. Shelley and Artaud might then be seen to co-opt the trauma scenario as an epistemological paradigm whereby their theaters assume revolutionary potential. © 2015 by University of Oregon 2015 Shelley Artaud Cenci trauma...