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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 413–429.
Published: 01 December 2017
... , give rise to one of Agamben’s central concepts, the Open. Literature here allows philosophy to take on an opaque form of representation that connects it with lived experience and thereby brings about its full vitality. In turn, this essay also demonstrates how to make literary critical use of The Open...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 145–165.
Published: 01 June 2015
... Celan).” Trajectories of Mysticism in Theory and Literature . Ed. Leonard Philip . New York : St. Martin's P , 2000 . 25 – 45 . Print . LISA A. BARCA Celestial Asterisks: Referential Openness and the Language of...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 337–356.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Andrew Adam Newman opened a newspaper discussion of the audiobook in 2006. Over the past decade, the audiobook has consolidated its popularity among book buyers, securing a place on the sales lists behind print books but ahead of e-books ( Maloney ). Having exited the era of analog media, the...
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Comparative Literature (2003) 55 (2): 112–129.
Published: 01 March 2003
... York: Cambridge University Press, 1992 . ____. The Limits of Interpretation . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990 . ____. The Open Work . Trans. Anna Cancogni. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989 . Empson, William. Seven Types of Ambiguity . Edinburgh: New Directions Book...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 37–44.
Published: 01 March 2015
..., versus a semiotic philosophy that would potentially circumscribe all discourses including discourse on systems. The cybernetic categories of matter/energy, information, and organization in forms of relative openness and closure are used to offer a counter-reading of Derrida's concepts of writing (gramme...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (1): 16–24.
Published: 01 March 2017
... nativist thought. At the same time, coastal form is found to decenter, extend, and thicken constructions of world literature, while opening to a planetary perspective sensible to the prodigious and implacable forces of the Anthropocene. © 2017 by University of Oregon 2017 Indian Ocean African...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (3): 272–297.
Published: 01 September 2019
... conception of community that contrasts with and occasionally contests the nationalist histories promulgated by modern European nations. As a scientific and literary project, Bākīkhānūf’s cosmological cosmopolitanism shows how epistemic openness advances cultural inclusivity, in part by recognizing the...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 430–448.
Published: 01 December 2017
...” sound and the translucent, aerial voice of a dream vision. The article concludes with a consideration of the different interpretative possibilities opened up by this juxtaposition of rhythm and sound in Heaney’s translation of Virgil’s katabatic narrative. Copyright © 2017 University of Oregon 2017...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 114–131.
Published: 01 June 2018
... Egyptian theory, which derived ʿāmmiyya (dialect) from fuṣḥā (standard) or redefined fuṣḥā as a generalist language that ideally addresses a middle audience. I suggest that a long (if suppressed) continuity in Arabic between common and elite language, if not between dialect and standard, opens horizons of...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 132–144.
Published: 01 June 2018
... “vernacularization” as a process of opening spaces for “the local,” vernacular languages, ontologies, and epistemologies are paradoxically oriented towards English/the West. What happens if the word, term, concept, process “vernacular” loses this purchase? What might we notice if we refused to rehabilitate...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 317–336.
Published: 01 September 2018
... pages and the reader’s computer screen. The work’s title suggests its formal aesthetic and also the type of reading practice it promotes: a comparative textual media approach. This essay uses Between Page and Screen as a case study for considering what new possibilities and orientations are opened up by...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (4): 392–407.
Published: 01 December 2018
... allows both writers to reimagine the concept of the soul in modern secular terms: in Tartt’s conception of post-traumatic “soul loss” as a critical stage in the moral and aesthetic education of the self, and in Dostoevsky’s view of wounded memory as opening up the self to the more expansive, overwhelming...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (2): 203–224.
Published: 01 June 2011
...) opens the rhetoric of “ordinary” forgiveness to personal and political abuse, to hypocrisy and calculation. Forgiveness might suture a wound, enabling healing and reconciliation, but its closure also ushers in, if not forgetting, an attenuation or weakening of the suffering of victims of unforgiveable...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (2): 238–249.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Chris Bongie Not so long ago, Negritude was an object of scepticism in many postcolonial quarters for its supposed implication in a variety of no-longer respectable patterns of thought: its purportedly essentialist approach to cultural identity seemed dated in relation to the more open-ended...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 83–102.
Published: 01 March 2020
... a “death resurrected”; literature opens aesthetics to that which had been constitutively excluded at its founding moment. The clarifying powers of the poet-aesthetician are replaced by passive “fascination” and a “passion of the image” that delimits a radically different, countercosmic, and thus...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 41–54.
Published: 01 January 2010
... by attempts to firmly establish its interpretation. In the context of the revaluation of fidelity accomplished in recent ethical discourse, I ultimately argue that an appreciation for the revelatory potential of such literary betrayals can foster an openness to the unknown that is vital for...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 68–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
... experience of the Israeli Palestinian as a site of productive ironic performativity, Kashua's texts, I conclude, break open the monolithic image of the nation, exposing the inherent violence and contradictions involved in positioning Israel as a “Jewish State” and in situating Israeli Palestinians as...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (3): 228–245.
Published: 01 June 2010
... openness of Russia's historical future. Mediating between the novel and its contemporary journalistic discourse with the help of the formal (narratological) categories of character and emplotment, I argue that the novelistic search for the proper emplotment of its enigmatic hero corresponds to the search...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 121–149.
Published: 01 June 2012
... in psychoanalytic terms. Where critical theory goes from here remains an open question. Completion of mourning for the socially sanctioned delusion we still evidently have difficulty doing without remains a methodological desideratum. © 2012 by University of Oregon 2012 JEFFREY S. LIBRETT...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 180–202.
Published: 01 June 2020
... essay queries these assumptions. Opening with a discussion of how the concept of “the intolerable” features in the work of radical thinkers, the first section examines Lauren Berlant’s project in Cruel Optimism and explores her notion of “the impasse of the present.” The second section then turns to the...