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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 278–294.
Published: 01 September 2018
... to signification. The materially inscribed letters “or” (for example, in or , hors , Georges , gorge , Oran , mort , mord , orage , sort , oreille , corps , encore ) germinate multiple narrative lines that revolve around a box of letters from the narrator’s dead father. Cixous’s work explores this entwinement...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 53–67.
Published: 01 March 2020
... lines, the article considers the history of the undulating line as a figure for reading. It suggests that, for Sterne, Hoffmann, and Balzac, the inclusion of a pictured line within text may be seen as a “reverse ekphrastic” maneuver, one that aims to reflect the movement of narrative in visual form...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 430–448.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Rachel Falconer This article discusses Seamus Heaney’s 2016 translation of Virgil’s Aeneid Book 6. It begins by reflecting on the importance of Virgil, the underworld journey narrative, and Heaney’s poetics in general. It then argues that Heaney develops a counterpoint of five- and six-beat lines...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 130–140.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Therí A. Pickens This essay asks what kinds of theoretical paradigms are possible in a geographical space where the foundational racial split is along the fault lines of Blackness and whiteness. What other relationships are possible between communities of color in this geo-political, socio-cultural...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (4): 408–428.
Published: 01 December 2013
... a process of literary praxis in which aesthetic-ideological formations are rigorously critiqued and tested against three mutually constitutive concerns: Upward's personal transformation as a Marxist, the specific demands of the revolutionary movement in England, and the work of narrative itself. Rather than...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (2): 142–160.
Published: 01 June 2011
... to measure, chart, and demarcate the world. At various points in his narrative, Pynchon sums up this basic anthropocentric view as mathesis , a term that recalls the early modern scientific project of mathesis universalis or the attempt to “mathematize” nature. According to Heidegger, mathesis, which sums up...
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Comparative Literature (2004) 56 (4): 283–299.
Published: 01 September 2004
... or Homer’s lines balanced in dactylic hexam- eter and a choice of words in a narrative sequence that, in its synthesis of seem- ing freedom and seeming inevitability, has struck all readers as “natural.” On a dozen axes of values, then, there is a deep congruity, much of it reflecting the influence...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 122–143.
Published: 01 March 2010
... paints portraits of a beautiful woman who, by the story’s end, usurps his place by turning herself into her own portrait. It is also the story of a beautiful woman who becomes blind because she refuses to wear glasses. The relation between these two narrative lines is not one of cause and effect...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2020
... , 153 . Obituary for Mario Puzo . The Times (London), July 5 , 1999 . O’Toole Tess . Genealogy and Fiction in Hardy: Family Lineage and Narrative Lines . New York : St. Martin’s , 1997 . Pellew George . Jane Austen’s Novels . Boston : Cupples, Upham , 1883...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (4): 312–327.
Published: 01 September 2005
... the poet transitions out of this sidelight on the scar back to the main narrative line. Eurykleia offers to point out to her master the servant girls who are loyal to him and those who are worthless, but Odysseus (apparently eager to shut her up) responds: “Nurse, why should you tell me of them...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 June 2014
... communication, and, if the preced- ing paragraph has all the signs of a narrative dénouement, the end carries abso- lutely no weight as closure. “No,” says the pawnbroker, “in all seriousness, when they take her away tomorrow, what will become of me?” (717). The narrative line suddenly curves...
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Comparative Literature (2006) 58 (3): 187–204.
Published: 01 June 2006
... at crucial moments in Arabesques, though I am able to discuss only a few here. One key narrative line follows the quest of the narrator for his lost cousin Anton, who, it is rumored, did not die at all, but was adopted by an affluent Beirut family who changed his name to Michael Abyad. As the narrator...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (3): 320–343.
Published: 01 September 2021
... intermittently sought throughout the poem. Although noted for its allegory of contemporary Indian life, the narrative relies just as much on the grounded experience of its speaker as on its more fantastic elements. The poem begins with brief, staccato lines: zindagī ke . . .       kamroṁ meṁ aṁdhere...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (1): 47–63.
Published: 01 January 2011
... that Farber’s work mirrors the narrative structure of the TRC —​that through testimony recon- ciliation has been achieved. This reading, however, does not account for the audi- ence response —​a long, uncomfortable silence —​or the specific Xhosa context of these lines. The ash that falls on the stage...
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Comparative Literature (2007) 59 (3): i–xxxi.
Published: 01 June 2007
... rather than allowing me to reaffirm an interpretative move. I would begin to admire a page of prose only to have it end, forcing me to choose among several narrative strands. I had no way of charting the narrative in advance or jumping back to earlier passages as I read on. A narrative line following...
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Comparative Literature (2001) 53 (1): 27–41.
Published: 01 January 2001
... to unguided knowledge” does not denote, or even connote, what its counterpart does in Swift’s text—“the methods they had taken to bind me”—unless, of course, one is deliberately reading cross-referen- tially. This connection to Swift’s narrative is somewhat clarified by the following lines: “I took...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2022
... la conquête” in some causal account or narrative movement thus conveys a tentativeness that belies the self-assurance of the line itself. The effect of the poem depends on an unspoken address to readers. At the conclusion of the Cahier , the poetic voice insists that an unspecified other “lie ma...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (3): 197–214.
Published: 01 June 2002
... dépendent. Chaque figure repose et s’appuie sur son ombre [cf. “change of shadows ( JFM34-35) I could criticize Martin du Gard for the discursive stride of his narrative [. . .] His novelistic lantern always illuminates the contemplated events from the front [. . .] Their lines never mix...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 46–59.
Published: 01 March 2018
...: it intensifies the allegorical pull of the narrative, but also points to the distance the narrator has traveled from the pure immateriality of Platonic forms. In other words, if one were to align the movement of the story with Plato’s line, one could say that, in direct contrast to the development...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (4): 361–376.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of desire and disgust in her short stories “The Mole” and “The Quilt” before turning to the work of Kolnai in conjunction with Chughtai’s novel The Crooked Line to mine the interrelations of desire and disgust as the concentrated terrain of gender discipline in a decolonizing India. Chughtai’s...