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Comparative Literature (1 December 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 (1 June 2011) 63 (2): 142–160.
Published: 01 June 2011
...-edged sword. Hence the double entendre of the title: Humboldt's and Gauss's “surveying” ( Vermessung ) enterprises typify human “arrogance” ( Vermessenheit ) toward nature. The ideas presented in Kehlmann's book were no doubt influenced by Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon (1997), a metafictional...
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Comparative Literature (1 January 2000) 52 (1): 90–96.
Published: 01 January 2000
...Lawrence Manley The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making. By Adrian Johns. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. xxi, 753 p. University of Oregon 2000 BOOK REVIEWS/87...
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Comparative Literature (1 January 2010) 62 (1): 95–98.
Published: 01 January 2010
...John Wilkins Nature, Culture, and the Origins of Greek Comedy. By Kenneth S. Rothwell, Jr. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. 326 p. Aristophanes and the Carnival of Genres. By Charles Platter. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. 257 p. University of Oregon 2010...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2013) 65 (1): 85–100.
Published: 01 March 2013
... writers are gazers at nature (in the sense that they situate action in a natural environment that they make visible), by adopting an “affective fallacy” (traditionally called the “pathetic fallacy”) they also convey the “feelings” of the natural world (in this case, its sorrow, suffering, and mourning...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2016) 68 (3): 332–350.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Marco Alexandre de Oliveira By exploring the ubiquity of Bashō's frog haiku in Brazil as the naturalization of a poetics of nature and the ideographic sign, this essay traces distinct affinities between the arts of Zen and concrete poetry, in both theory and practice. It begins by observing the...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 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 (1 September 2011) 63 (3): 291–306.
Published: 01 September 2011
... it was often imagined in European novels, The Surrounded takes up the complicated nature of socialization in the colonial context of Native America in the early twentieth century. While Archilde Leon, the novel's protagonist, ultimately desires socialization and integration into tribal society, the...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2013) 65 (1): 5–14.
Published: 01 March 2013
... comparative in nature, have been made since the early 1990s to reconfigure American studies beyond its established national-linguistic boundaries, either in relation to the American hemisphere or to various constructs of world literature. This essay reflects on those two mutually reinforcing processes by way...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2012) 64 (3): 300–315.
Published: 01 September 2012
... nationalities seek refuge, in a side-by-side nature, from the racist storm of white Christian fundamentalism, without losing their singular self-defining traits. © 2012 by University of Oregon 2012 Works Cited Arias Arturo . “Central American-Americans? Re-mapping Latino/Latin American...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2013) 65 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 March 2013
... constituted James's bid for popularity ( Guy Domville and The Other House ) and to the nature of psychoanalytic allegory, as epitomized by E.T.A. Hoffmann's “Der Sandmann.” The essay offers a psychoanalytic interpretation rooted in the biographical and stylistic progression of the oeuvre to which the story...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2014) 66 (1): 15–24.
Published: 01 March 2014
... consider when and how the valorization of nature might have differential yet tightly related geopolitical effects, under certain circumstances even serving as a screen for postcolonial violence and corporate-driven damage. The essay concludes with an analysis of Halon Habil's Oil on Water in order to argue...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2014) 66 (2): 173–185.
Published: 01 June 2014
... is the relationship between one's outer appearance and inner nature? What is the relationship between a sign and what it signifies? © 2014 by University of Oregon 2014 Works Cited Blecua Alberto . La transmisión textual de El Conde Lucanor . Barcelona : Bellaterra , 1980 . Print...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2015) 67 (1): 29–36.
Published: 01 March 2015
... representations (or non-representations) of nature function systemically, contextual analyses of ecophobia as an often obsolete adaptive survival strategy prove more useful than more myopic analyses that fail to see biophilia as part of a spectrum condition. The article highlights the shortcomings of Edward O...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2016) 68 (1): 59–74.
Published: 01 March 2016
... by the monologic, “terroristic” nature of the narrative. Hamid's Reluctant Fundamentalist , by contrast, has been interpreted predominantly in terms of post-9/11 geopolitical issues articulated within the diegesis: a “reading in” rather than “into.” To redress the critical balance, the article closes...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2016) 68 (3): 312–331.
Published: 01 September 2016
... literature and theater. I contend that Pirandello's plays and his vision of stage acting provide an alternative model of subversive performance that challenges Benjamin's assumptions about both the medium-specificity of film's effects and the nature of the new celebrity culture. This alternative further...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2017) 69 (2): 143–159.
Published: 01 June 2017
... a common enemy. The tale was taken up in the eighteenth century by Voltaire, Rousseau, and Bodmer as an occasion to reflect on the differences between a state of nature and civilization and on the morality of vengeance. In Kleist's Hermannsschlacht it was secularized into a purely political...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2011) 63 (2): 203–224.
Published: 01 June 2011
..., invites consideration of the invested nature of forgiveness and the “work of mourning” that is reconciliation, and points us towards a better understanding of Derrida's conception of “pure” forgiveness, possible (only) as impossible. University of Oregon 2011 Adorno, Theodor W. Negative...
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Comparative Literature (1 December 2017) 69 (4): 355–369.
Published: 01 December 2017
... body, and composition. In Woolf’s and Musil’s breathing pauses, which are not located between the words, but rather constitute intervals filled with words, orality is shifted to the level of composition: a skillful arrangement of sound structures emphasizes the letters’ tonal nature and a harmonious...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2018) 70 (2): 194–217.
Published: 01 June 2018
... the Nazi genocide. Rawicz rejects moral and historical frameworks because they do not engage the Holocaust on the level he finds most salient: as a terrifying experience of ontological truths about the nature of God, subjectivity, and Being writ large. I situate Rawicz’s novel alongside his...