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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (4): 444–465.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Barbara E. Mann Abstract This essay analyzes the depiction of “things” in three modernist novels: Dovid Bergelson’s The End of Everything (Yiddish, 1913), a tale of ennui set in a provincial town outside Kiev, where faded fabrics and cherished ornaments in drawing rooms emblematize the end of an...
Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 307–327.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Claire Solomon In Argentina, a multimedia boom in historical fictions about the so-called Jewish White Slave Trade of the early twentieth century in Buenos Aires has created a consensus about a particular set of events that deviates in consistent ways from the available evidence. In this essay I...
Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (2): 179–188.
Published: 01 March 2010
... more the fact that literature, especially the novel, does work within a society that both exposes social processes and psychological drives and creates the institutions they need and desire. Frye organized his anatomy around a set of interlocking hermeneutical and structural levels and modes that...
Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (2): 225–236.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Thangam Ravindranathan Abstract This essay considers the unworldly setting of Jean Rolin’s novel Ormuz (2013), composed around the attempt by a shadowy character named Wax to swim across the Strait of Hormuz. This twenty-one-nautical-mile-wide stretch of sea separating Iran from the Arabian...
Comparative Literature (2021) 73 (2): 131–149.
Published: 01 June 2021
... rights reserved. environmental humanities oceanic studies commons setting Alvin Baltrop THIS SPECIAL ISSUE gathers reflections on beaches and ports—landscapes of leisure and of industry, coastal sites with incommensurate histories and complex social and ecological dynamics. Our aim is to...
Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 19–40.
Published: 01 March 2019
... create a sense of synchronicity, repetition, or rupture, the essay shows how such effects serve to disrupt the representation of linear time, introduce intertextuality by quotation or allusion, and situate the novel’s setting, a small Sudanese village, in a global network of power. This reading uncovers...
Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 64–85.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Marta Laura Cenedese Abstract Published in 2004, Irène Némirovsky’s Suite française is a historical novel set during the French debacle and the German Occupation of France (1940–42). Scholars have studied it in relation to other French novels that touch upon similar issues; however, little...
Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (3): 213–225.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Emily Apter Abstract Rather than stand down the naysayers with a nihilistic credo of the humanities for its own sake, this essay examines the apparently weak resources of “justification” as a set of rhetorical procedures that navigate that which is ungrounded or untranslatable. Justification, as a...
Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (3): 303–314.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Disparition and Abish's Alphabetical Africa , focusing on the alphabetical constraint that structures Abish's novel. It demonstrates how, in true Oulipian style, the constraint goes well beyond the ludic or arbitrary imposition of a structural rule and examines how, set against the backdrops of colonial...
Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (3): 247–263.
Published: 01 September 2018
... material turn in comparative literature emerges out of—rather than against—what is perceived to be its oppositional figure: poststructuralist thought and the linguistic turn. This insight urges us to reconsider the material turn not as a new development in the history of the humanities, but as a set of...
Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 159–179.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Lenora Hanson Abstract This article proposes that eighteenth-century and Romantic-era accounts of dreams offer a useful model for understanding the phenomenon of enclosure, or what Marx famously labeled “so-called primitive accumulation.” Rather than a historical event or a set of particular laws...
Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
... association grounded in the historical ontology of modernity against which absolutism sets its face. In addition to opening new sightlines on seventeenth-century tragedy and comedy alike, the result raises questions about the metaphysics underlying both Benjamin's thought and the tradition of critical theory...
Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (1): 73–92.
Published: 01 March 2012
... language that bridged the gap between (Muslim/Pakistani) Urdu and (Hindu/Indian) Hindi and deemphasized Persian. These critics opposed modernism ( jadidiyat ), a movement associated with Rashed and with Indo-Muslim identitarianism, as socially regressive. By setting the poem in Iran and using modern...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (2): 137–161.
Published: 01 June 2013
... multiplicity. This article aspires to remind twenty-first-century critics that Freudian psychoanalysis was born at the border and emerged from the interstices of multiple languages, religions, and nationalities. In the Habsburg imperial setting where psychoanalytic thinking first took hold, the psychoanalytic...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 101–122.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Stanislav Shvabrin Overlooked by students of John Keats's reception in Russia and misattributed by scholars researching the earliest stages of the writer's evolution, Vladimir Nabokov's Russian domestication of “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” (1921) poses before its interpreter a set of problems ranging...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (3): 306–324.
Published: 01 September 2013
... cultural assets, and therefore its general educational employment within public institutions, as opposed to its religious or liturgical use, causes no offense to anyone's freedom of conscience guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Confidence in this idea, however, set in only after a...
Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (4): 450–465.
Published: 01 December 2013
... integration. In this manner, they enable a fresh and productive approach to the past that moves beyond guilty silence, assignation of blame, or even calls for amnesty — a stance that notably sets them apart from previous writings on the war. Both Beyer and Mortier participate in what has come to be known as...
Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 257–276.
Published: 01 September 2014
... neglected essay “Iduna, or the Apple of Rejuvenation,” which offers a persuasive counter-position to Kant's critical trajectory. In reinvigorating the idea of rejuvenation tied to the formative power of the imagination and poetic synthesis, Herder sets out to explicate the generative power of poetry as...
Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (2): 227–246.
Published: 01 June 2014
...Ryan James Kernan Literary critics in the U.S. have generally considered the artistic merit of Langston Hughes's so-called radical poetic production of the 1930s to be far below the standard the poet set in the previous decade. Its detractors (as well as its precious few champions) tend to...
Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (2): 185–206.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Steven S. Lee In June 1932, Langston Hughes and twenty-one other African Americans traveled to Moscow to make a movie. Set in the contemporary U.S. South, Black and White was to have exposed Jim Crow to the world, but soon after Hughes and his companions arrived the project was cancelled — due...