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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 131–144.
Published: 01 June 2015
... no longer freely travelable, but crisscrossed by internal and international borders. This process is crucial in terms of the history of the novel because it undid the nexus of space, mobility, and narrative characteristic of the early-modern novel and forced the genre to invent plots that better aligned...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (4): 389–407.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of such essentialist binaries, this article develops a nuanced understanding of the concepts of time and history expressed in two categories of novels in three African languages: Ujamaa novels in Swahili (Tanzania) and Chimurenga/Umvukela novels in Shona and Ndebele (Zimbabwe). While Ujamaa novels often operate...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Anna A. Berman Abstract What is a family novel ? Russian literary scholars—who use the term frequently—claim that it is originally an English genre, yet in English scholarship the term has virtually disappeared. This article recovers the lost history of the family novel, tracing two separate...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (4): 383–401.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The systematic orchestration of two key devices in Rhys's Voyage in the Dark and Lamming's The Emigrants challenges modes of perception, temporality, and history shaping the realist discourses each novel directly or indirectly invokes. Voyage in the Dark responds to Zola's naturalist novel Nana through the use...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 103–121.
Published: 01 March 2010
...David Quint In its retrospect on the history of the European novel, Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo identifies the figure of the aristocratic male libertine as a particular novelistic object of erotic attraction and repulsion. The nobleman's sexual dominance and whip-wielding brutality...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 307–327.
Published: 01 September 2011
... show how the literary consensus about the history of white slavery emerges as a consistent set of narrative tropes; then I discuss how in several contemporary historical novels the admixture of history and fiction seems to allow anti-Semitism to be both omnipresent and depoliticized — simultaneously...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (3): 265–284.
Published: 01 September 2013
... characterized as a standoff between religious proscription and the right to freedom of expression. This way of casting the debate failed to comprehend the complex stakes Azazeel mobilized, eliding substantive disagreements about religion, history, and literature. Through a careful reading of the novel...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 291–306.
Published: 01 September 2011
... section of the essay, I argue that economic theories of uneven development illuminate why McNickle's novel transforms the Bildungsroman as it does. It is my claim that theories of uneven development, while at first glance seemingly unrelated to questions of literary history, help explain why writers from...
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Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (2): 225–236.
Published: 01 June 2021
... as a bleak other to the novel as genre. Yet if one thinks of the history of the novel as inseparable from that of carbon capitalism (as Amitav Ghosh has argued), such a claim is reversed—this site where powerful strategic interests drive the flow of oil, capital, and power is the place of the continual...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 253–268.
Published: 01 September 2011
... Chulkov. The English novel in question, The History of Charlotte Summers, The Fortunate Parish Girl (1749), was translated into French in 1751 and from French into Russian in 1763, just three years before the publication of the first installment of Chulkov's first literary work, The Mocker or Slavonic...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 March 2013
...” — and especially in The Turn of the Screw — is the kind of female protagonist scrutinized by the Goncourts' novel. I argue that the structure of The Turn of the Screw — and the critical controversies that have beset its reception history — can be explained by linking it to the two failed texts that constituted...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 235–250.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Daniel Just This essay discusses the implications of Milan Kundera's conception of the novel for literary theory and history. It presents Kundera's theory of the novel as a search for a type of didacticism that inscribes the reader in a process of learning that does not have a concrete content...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 64–85.
Published: 01 March 2019
... how Suite française engages creatively with War and Peace and its reception. Building on archival material and close textual analysis, the article unravels the complex relation between the two novels by exploring questions of structure, the connections between history and fiction, and the use of music...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (1): 93–109.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Dennis Duncan A recurring problem in much critical writing about the Oulipo is a tendency to homogenize the output of the group's writers in order to present a universal poetics of constrained writing. Oulipians rightly bristle at these attempts to oversimplify the group's history, and a useful...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 123–135.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Jessica Dubow; Richard Steadman-Jones This essay takes a particular image in W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz and traces the hidden web of literary, theoretical, scientific, and philosophical allusion that informs it. At a crucial point in the narrative, when the protagonist is on the verge...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 179–188.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Paul A. Bové Since Bruce Robbins's Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State deals with the novel, readers will rightly place it next to Lukacs and more recent historians and theoreticians of the genre. Critically, however, I believe it is also important...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (3): 316–339.
Published: 01 September 2020
... as a moniker, albeit contested, for twenty-first-century postcolonialism. Similarly, I show how a Congolese novel incorporates the Cold War and Afro-Asian solidarity into contemporary DRC-PRC relations. Congo Inc. puts into relief this alternative history of postcolonial literature by revealing...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 247–263.
Published: 01 June 2022
... not only in relation to British colonial history, but also, more importantly, within a deep archive of Indian Ocean histories that reveal a millennia-long history of travel and exchange without romanticizing these histories, in spite of such tendencies within the novels themselves. This essay shows how...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 202–218.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Ananya Jahanara Kabir Abstract This essay argues for creolization as a salient theoretical and historical category for Indian cultural history that can offer an epistemic alternative to its land-centric bias. Through literary analysis of Franco-Tamil author Ari Gautier’s novel about Pondicherry, Le...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (4): 333–356.
Published: 01 December 2019
... positions were enacted: cooperation and competition, which should be understood as a tension between mutually constitutive literary and cultural histories and the rigid structures of national literatures and nation-state politics. If in Anglo-American academic spaces, the Pakistani novel and, in turn...