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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 235–252.
Published: 01 September 2011
..., and its grammatical structures. In particular, the use of the passive voice, the grammatical expression of the state of being-acted-upon, at key moments in the cycle presents a subject deprived of agency, maintaining priority in the sentence but ceding action to its object. This passive position grants...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (2): 171–185.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Vilashini Cooppan Abstract The circulatory connectivity that defines the Indian Ocean as critical object also inheres in objects themselves and the descriptive economies surrounding them. Combining regional chronotopes, the thingly imaginary of Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novel By the Sea , Graham Harman’s...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 336–339.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Monika Kaup Misplaced Objects: Migrating Collections and Recollections in Europe and the Americas . By Spitta Silvia . Austin : University of Texas Press , 2009 . xii, 280 p . © 2011 by University of Oregon 2011 BOOK REVIEWS...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (4): 444–465.
Published: 01 December 2018
... and olive-wood craft figure as metonymic symbols of a new national self. My comparative reading of these novels highlights a complementary set of conditions—objects in books, and the book as object. I argue that the genre’s engagement with things, and its emergence as a thing, suggests how writing both...
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Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (3): 326–344.
Published: 01 September 2022
... perceives the object during the process of artistic creation—in a sense, a photographer cannot see the object itself at the moment of capturing the exposure, and a painter has to cease looking at the object and depict it from memory. Based on this visual dilemma, this article analyzes the two types...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 361–375.
Published: 01 September 2010
... language that is its ostensible ground, while at the same time arguing, through a specific theory of the art object, against the stability of the perceiving subject. The poem thus critiques the concentric circles of identity, nation, and culture by positing a transnational world literature built upon...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 413–429.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Frances L. Restuccia This essay responds to Giorgio Agamben’s call for a renewed interlacing of philosophy and poetry by illustrating how literature can enable philosophy to represent and enjoy its object as well as how philosophy can render literature more conscious of its object. J.M. Coetzee’s...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (4): 381–407.
Published: 01 December 2019
... in a crisis of representation as the fullness of creative, artistic, and amorous satisfaction continues to elude him. The objective of the bildungsroman thus stands as the elusive and problematic ideal to which Il Piacere’ s protagonist should strive and remains a constant, tortured concern throughout...
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Comparative Literature (2023) 75 (4): 437–475.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Aubrey Gabel Abstract This essay examines the history of “I remember” poetry, which began with Joe Brainard’s volume I Remember (1970). The form, which consists of simple, declarative sentences beginning with “I remember,” draws in readers with generational nostalgia, for the objects, brands...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 54–68.
Published: 01 January 2009
... mechanism within the 1966 text of Despair that both relies on and undermines a Freudian reading. I identify a set of objects whose Freudian valence could easily mislead the unwary reader into taking them symbolically, thus overlooking their function as important clues to events in the novel. I also posit...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 69–84.
Published: 01 January 2009
...” (“Sunset at Fossoli”) and Robert Antelme's L'espèce humaine ( The Human Race )—and poems by Francis Ponge. My argument centers on the ability of certain modes of temporal disjunction to subvert any a priori and potentially reductive belief in the objective historicity of an aesthetic form, especially when...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (2): 142–159.
Published: 01 March 2009
... by Cervantes. This would suggest that for Borges the least perfect kind of parasitism is the sort of erratic and idiosyncratic intertextual borrowing that Joyce performs. Menard, on the other hand, has produced a literal instantiation of an eternal Platonic object, the synecdochal exemplar, or “part...
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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 (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 (4): 383–401.
Published: 01 December 2011
... and The Emigrants through parataxis and paralipses leaves the colonial migrants in the grip of an unresolved past. Yet these same devices also operate on a wider textual register to shift readers' focalization from realism's gaze, which disjoins observing subject from observed object, suturing readers and colonial...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (4): 402–422.
Published: 01 December 2011
... images reach their apogee in 1930s films such as Gone with the Wind (1939), Mississippi (1935), and Showboat (1936), all of which portray a Mythic South that is less a specific geographic location than an ideal — or an idyll — less an actual object than a procession of images that proliferate...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 207–229.
Published: 01 June 2012
... Carson. The essay argues that, like D.W. Winnicott's transitional object, resistant poems open a space between interior and exterior worlds, a space of “experiencing” that helps one learn to tolerate frustration, separation, loss, and reality. © 2012 by University of Oregon 2012 Works Cited...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 356–381.
Published: 01 December 2012
... literature of the archaic period) and a discussion of the ways in which his temporal imagination relates to the ideological concerns of the victory ode. Beyond these specific objectives, which lie in the fields of literary and conceptual history, the article discusses the theoretical implications of a close...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 137–161.
Published: 01 June 2013
... to the linguistic origins of Sacher-Masoch's favored fetish object, the fur-lined kazabaika . Sacher-Masoch's particular brand of fetishism, this essay argues, is a form of resistance to the procrustean bed of national identity in favor of an aestheticized and idealized vision of imperial multiplicity. This article...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 162–181.
Published: 01 June 2013
... argument, however, involves an extended comparative analysis of sleepwalking in Sebald's Austerlitz and Hermann Broch's 1933 trilogy The Sleepwalkers . Although these writers have not previously been the object of any sustained comparison, sleepwalking in Broch's novels illuminates much that is left...