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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (4): 383–407.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Tradition (à la Pound or Eliot), but neither can it simply deny, subvert, or pastiche it. To ask whether or not Beckett escapes into nihilism, to wonder if he finds a philosophically satisfactory solution to his rejection of a faith in reason, or to look for his synthesis of the Ancient dialectic he...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 52–70.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Matthew Lau This article argues that a 1931 text by Wittgenstein discussing Beethoven, philosophy, and cultural history sheds a unique light on both Wittgenstein's later philosophy and the relationship between music and philosophical thought more broadly. The first part of the essay claims that in...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 429–445.
Published: 01 December 2012
...' investment in the philosophical depth of riddles, irony, and parabolic and nonsensical expression as unorthodox modes of indirect instruction about ordinary language and world, the yearning for transcendence, and the failure to achieve it. Both demanding works deal with the ethical difference between...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 46–59.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Alex Spektor This essay investigates philosophic trends of Russian modernism through an analysis of recently discovered author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s short story “In the Pupil,” which can be said to be a philosophic allegory. In order to understand its place in the history of Russian modernism...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 43–53.
Published: 01 January 2009
...NINA PELIKAN STRAUS What does W.G. Sebald mean by the doubling of his character Jacques Austerlitz with Ludwig Wittgenstein, a “poetic” philosopher who, although of Jewish ancestry, had little to say about the fate of the Jews during the Nazi period? Sebald's initiation of the reader into...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 301–321.
Published: 01 September 2014
... understand the political significance and performative force of their philosophical writing. The essay attends to the resonance generated when each thinker's words become the circumstances for reading the other's. In the disarming experience of astonishment Levinas and Emerson seek alternatives to...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 269–290.
Published: 01 September 2011
... Baudelaire's poetry. It suggests that Benjamin's conception of allegory cannot adequately be addressed without first registering the impact that the allegorical dimension of poetic language exerts upon fundamental philosophical concepts such as subjectivity, experience, and historicity itself. If Benjamin...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 121–149.
Published: 01 June 2012
... formally as allegorical, philosophically as rationalist, historically as akin to Enlightenment, and psychoanalytically as obsessional. New Historicism and Cultural Studies embrace (despite appearances) a symbolist mode of presentation and an empiricist epistemology, recapitulate the literary-historical...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 26–35.
Published: 01 March 2013
... meanings). Leibniz's project of a Characteristica universalis , a universal philosophical language, drew inspiration from the Chinese script—or rather, from what was known or fantasized about it by European scholars. In a time in which the quest for the monogenetic origin of languages gave way to the...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 166–184.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Ricardo Apostol Both the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer and the Greek poet Giorgos Seferis attempted to solve the problem of classical reception by connecting the modern reader with the poetry of ancient Greece. Read according to Gadamer, Seferis's poetry of the 1930s articulates and enacts...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 45–61.
Published: 01 March 2015
... philosophical category. Hyperion 's figurations share the theoretical horizon of Keats's contemporaries in post-Kantian philosophy and betray a concern with one of the formative impulses behind Hegel's system-building: the interplay of myth and rationality. Reading Hyperion in comparison with a line of...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (3): 246–266.
Published: 01 September 2015
... in ways that resonate with the Odyssey 's own preoccupations. The conceptual framework used to bring these poets into dialogue draws from ancient skepticism as a posture or way of being in the world that shapes philosophical and literary works bound up in what the Pyrrhonists called “the searching...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 62–78.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Claire White This article reads George Sand's Le Compagnon du Tour de France (1840) alongside Karl Marx's “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844.” It considers how these contemporaries bring to bear on their accounts of labor, estrangement, and the structures of property an attention to the...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (3): 287–311.
Published: 01 September 2015
... , that is, as world-forming literature rather than world literature. Borrowing from Jean-Luc Nancy's philosophical discussion in The Creation of the World or Globalization , I propose a notion of world literature as a critical practice attentive to the mobilities within the texts. Theoretical...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 181–198.
Published: 01 June 2016
... clergyman had invited men and women to his bedroom, read them the novel, and showed its illustrations. Beristain's story offers a rare glimpse into readership practices and the transmission of ideas in the eighteenth-century Spanish world. Le Portier was not just pornographic; it also had a philosophical...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 194–217.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Sven-Erik Rose Abstract When Piotr Rawicz’s (1919–82) semi-autobiographical novel Le Sang du ciel ( Blood from the Sky ) was published in 1961, Rawicz expressly rejected documentary status for his novel and eschewed moral indignation in his self-consciously philosophical and literary treatment of...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 399–419.
Published: 01 September 2010
... effectively the assumption that theory is the product of a uniquely Western philosophical tradition. This essay argues for the need to globalize the field of literary theory beyond inducting a few non-Western greats into theory's hall of fame toward radically redefining theory itself in ways that include not...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (1): 86–110.
Published: 01 January 2011
... possible to go beyond the familial, fraternalist, and androcentric configuration of politics. Thapa presents the philosophically persuasive case for democracy as dharma —not the claiming of rights but the dispropriative structure of responsibility that sustains collectivities. I demonstrate, however, that...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 356–381.
Published: 01 December 2012
... implications of a close association between distinct temporal patterns and poetic genres, as well as the issue of the priority of literary vs. philosophical influences on cultural perceptions of time. © 2012 by University of Oregon 2012 Works cited Anglet Andreas . Der “ewige” Augenblick...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (3): 270–285.
Published: 01 September 2012
... lesser-known writings on “passionate sarcasm” — a politically progressive manifestation of irony that vigorously ridicules the corruption of the social status quo while also building a positive movement for historical change. It argues that although Kierkegaard's philosophical study of irony is of...