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in Speaking of Babel: The Risks and Rewards of Writing about Polyglot Societies > Comparative Literature
Published: 01 September 2020
Figure 1. “This graphic shows the uneven numbers of speakers of languages in the world. Nearly 80% of the world’s population speaks only 83 (1.1%) of the world’s languages. The 3,586 (51.2%) smallest languages are spoken by only 0.2% of the world’s population.” Source: Gregory Anderson and K More
Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 407–428.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Swan” is no less a thesis on the concept of history and affords rather more stunning illuminations of the modern condition. Both the poem and the aphorism feature incapacitated winged creatures, debris, bad weather, and, most strikingly, a speaker who stands in the present, considers the past, and...
Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 355–369.
Published: 01 December 2017
... mentioned in scenes located in-between, when the narrative comes to a halt. The prose rhythm demanded by the ancient rhetoricians is structured by intervals that should be marked by a breathing pause. Aristotle, Cicero and Quintilian discuss breathing in the context of speech’s oral delivery, the speaker’s...
Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (1): 84–99.
Published: 01 January 2005
... cultural sphere, so that their independent life is sometimes the product of the speaker’s fantasy (as in “Interview with a Child and sometimes a claim made for or by objects themselves but simultaneously undermined in the poem. In different ways and with different levels of ethical anxiety...
Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 275–290.
Published: 01 September 2002
... served his King, Henry II, as a “king’s justice” (Rigg, History 88). His book appears to have been a private manuscript, what has been aptly termed “the commonplace book of a great after-dinner speaker” (Brooke-Mynors xlv). The Cistercian order targeted in Distinctio 1:25 of De Nugis is one in a...
Comparative Literature (2007) 59 (2): 140–157.
Published: 01 March 2007
... advertisements, not tigers and serpents. Modern poems on ruins also differ from their baroque and romantic counterparts both in their reading of history and in their representa- tion of the poetic self. The speakers in these poems are not fixed or stable; they can be both melancholic and nostalgic, humorous...
Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 207–229.
Published: 01 June 2012
... ambivalence make the work of acknowledging that otherness especially hard. Between a rock and a hard place is exactly where the speaker of Wisława Szym- borska’s “Rozmowa z kamieniem” (“Conversation with a Stone”) ﬁnds herself as she knocks again and again on the door of a stone, trying to convince...
Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (2): 176–193.
Published: 01 June 2018
..., as Medusa’s petrifying power transforms not only the speaker and the landscape, but also the progression of time within the lyric. Immediately after the speaker, who has been walking toward a house in a clearing in the woods, encounters the “bare eyes” and “hissing hair” of Medusa, the poem pivots...
Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 400–415.
Published: 01 September 2009
... both Merrill and Proust with a great deal of allusive material (Poems 504). As in many of Merrill’s poems, the speaker is viewing his face in a mirror. Like the split I of Proust’s novel, or the older versions of those characters that appear at the Guermantes’s final reception, the mirrored face...
Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (2): 161–181.
Published: 01 June 2011
... [choroba epoki]” (Metafizycna Pauza [A Metaphysical Pause] 246; my translation). COMPARATIVE LITERATURE / 166 This broad-range perspective confers an authority upon the lyric speaker that Heaney clearly finds desirable. It makes central what may otherwise be relegated to the sidelines and...
Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 367–387.
Published: 01 September 2009
... roof of the “kitchen,” with feet threshing, stomping, dancing: “di mame kokht varenikes — un ikh bin fleyshig” (“Mama’s cooking dumplings —but I ate meat Shlonsky establishes himself as a pioneering modernist in this short collage of images and words. As his speaker huddles in his tent in...
Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (4): 438–458.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., a poetics epitomized by Celan, apparently leaves nothing more to be said about the subject. The result is a self-conscious scholarly literature in which some lament, like the speaker of Ecclesiastes, that there is nothing new under the desiccative sun of Holocaust literary criticism. Perhaps...
Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (3): 246–266.
Published: 01 September 2015
... speaker seeks to persuade by making the weaker position (a late contender) into the stronger (a superior contender). Yet the poem’s rhetoric is complicated by the broader his- torical stage on which the poem appears as a re-reading. Metatextually, “Ithaca” is one of many versions of the Odyssey...
Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (2): 97–126.
Published: 01 March 2002
... object, in effect subjectifying the experience, since we are obviously being called upon to identify ourselves with the poet in participating similarly (or rather identically) in the described experience. (Krieger 94) The salient point here, for our purposes, is that desire in the speaker/poet is a...
Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 203–223.
Published: 01 June 2020
... real only as multiple, they remain strangers, separate from one another, crossing paths without meeting” (34). _________ Readers of Nietzsche, such as Martin Heidegger , Pierre Klossowski, and Blanchot, to name only a few, have remarked upon the ways in which the eponymous speaker of Also...
Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (2): 164–185.
Published: 01 March 2008
... relationship be- tween advocacy on behalf of ethnic groups and creative writing, particularly in vernacular languages.2 By vernacular, I mean language in its specific function as mother tongue. Most speakers and readers of Yoruba, the African language I will be considering, are mother tongue speakers of...
Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 45–61.
Published: 01 March 2015
...: “some words she spake . . . some mourning words, which in our feeble tongue / Would come in these like accents (Oh, how frail / To that large utterance of the early gods (1: 47–51). In the subsequent Fall of Hyperion it is Moneta, the speaker’s divine guide, who performs this translation...
Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 207–213.
Published: 01 June 2005
... correspondingly raises and ultimately embodies the danger of creating “an equivocal being.” This being is at once the lost friend (returned as vampire), the speaker (those bitten by vampires become vampires themselves), and not least the poem itself. Because the discourses of Orientalism and translation...
Comparative Literature (2006) 58 (3): i–xvi.
Published: 01 June 2006
... comparatists. In the past academic year, as in previous years, we sponsored sessions at the MLA and ACLA conferences. Our well-attended December 2005 MLA Special Session on “Teach- ing World Literature” was chaired by Elaine Martin (University of Alabama), with speakers Alexander Dunlop (Auburn), Nina...
Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (1): 74–80.
Published: 01 January 2008
... “felicity conditions” ( J.L. Austin) of a promise (the speaker must have the ability to carry out the threat, and the hearer must believe that the speaker has that ability, etc.) with the excep- tion of the rule that the thing promised must be something the hearer desires. A threat is thus a “promise...