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Comparative Literature (1 June 2012) 64 (2): 121–149.
Published: 01 June 2012
... for God, and to replace him. The essay argues that rationalism involves a melancholic gesture, whose structural representative in Freudian terms is obsessive-compulsive discourse. Empiricism, in turn, arises as a manic phase of attempted (and failed) mourning, stabilized in what will come to be known...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2018) 70 (2): 105–113.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Annette Damayanti Lienau Abstract This essay introduces the American Comparative Literature Association Forum “Vernacular Comparisons beyond the Europhone.” Characterizing the Europhone “vernacular” as a protean term of diverse application, the essay highlights the paradoxes associated with its use...
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Comparative Literature (1 December 2011) 63 (4): 366–382.
Published: 01 December 2011
... article, I explore British soldiers' poetic accounts of the Second World War in the Oasis archive, which contains around 20,000 items by over 200 authors. The concepts of victim and perpetrator testimony are both relevant and problematized in relation to soldier testimony. Clearly, the origin of the terms...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2011) 63 (3): 269–290.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Kevin Newmark This essay considers Baudelaire's “Le Cygne” in terms of the crucial place the poem should occupy in any theoretical reflection on literary and historical “modernity.” Despite the proliferation in recent years of references to Walter Benjamin in the reception of Baudelaire's poetry...
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Comparative Literature (1 December 2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
... tragic drama in terms of their contrastive nature.” However, to do so “something must be added” that the book he wrote failed to supply. The aim of this essay is twofold: to reconstruct what Benjamin might have said about French classical tragedy and to identify the mysterious addition. Why does the...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 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 (1 January 2009) 61 (1): 26–42.
Published: 01 January 2009
... cosmopolitanism: the cultural critic and novelist Germaine de Staël (1766-1817). It argues that de Staël conceived of exile in terms of translation—as the necessity, even the opportunity, of crossing borders that are not only national but also linguistic and cultural. I begin by situating de Staël in relation...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2009) 61 (2): 160–176.
Published: 01 March 2009
... controversial. Indeed, in the view of some medievalists the Middle Ages cannot be “postcolonial,” because the term by definition refers to historical circumstances and cultures that emerged only after the disintegration of the global empires that were formed in the modern period by European powers such as...
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Comparative Literature (1 January 2010) 62 (1): 22–40.
Published: 01 January 2010
..., Roland Barthes, and Jean-Paul Sartre for examples of this defiance. Yet Aragon himself looked to Bertran de Born as a poet in revolt, and the poetic form remains a better venue for the expression of what Kristeva terms the semiotic—that is, the rhythmic bodily forces that resist reduction to the symbolic...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2010) 62 (3): 201–227.
Published: 01 June 2010
... stanza Crnjanski retreats to the capsular space of his mother tongue for protection and the gestation of a monolithic poetic idiom, a movement that reflects Crnjanski's incomplete integration of the English language in his own verbal creativity. Crnjanski thus represents interlinguality in terms of an...
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Comparative Literature (1 January 2011) 63 (1): 25–46.
Published: 01 January 2011
... compared in Women in Love and Anna Karenina , with which Lawrence was preoccupied when he wrote Women in Love . The article discusses ideas on consciousness in the novels' own terms, its interpretative goal being comparative rather than thematic. Its method is to compare the states of consciousness, and...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2011) 63 (3): 235–252.
Published: 01 September 2011
... of “passion,” a term that in its various Greek, Latin, and vernacular forms signifies not only a psychological affect but also a state of being-acted-upon more generally. The Rime 's participation in this discourse is signaled by certain features of its vocabulary, its adoption of ancient poetic...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2012) 64 (1): 33–48.
Published: 01 March 2012
... capital that was “translated” or “borne across” the channel during an important chapter in the history of cultural translation, a term taken from social anthropology. While useful for literary and cultural studies, its deployment in anthropology and its recent appropriation by postcolonial studies too...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2012) 64 (2): 192–206.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Brian L. Price This essay examines how Fernando del Paso and Salvador Elizondo, two Mexican authors at opposite ends of what might be termed the Joycean spectrum, assimilate Joyce into their respective cultural projects. The essay argues that the incorporation of Joycean aesthetics into Mexican...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2012) 64 (3): 257–269.
Published: 01 September 2012
... critical readings of Mimesis . This tendency, originating in the work of Edward Said and practiced in some form or another by nearly all of Auerbach's critics of the last three decades, is to contextualize the writing of Mimesis and to explain its seemingly ungainly form in terms of the specific...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2013) 65 (1): 26–35.
Published: 01 March 2013
... multiplicity of linguistic and cultural expressions that are the corpus of Comparative Literature as a discipline. However, the term “original” also has less benign innuendos that conceptually void hybridity and polyvalence: the original (versus the copy), the origin (versus derivation and decadence), as well...
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Comparative Literature (1 September 2012) 64 (3): 300–315.
Published: 01 September 2012
... place the anthology within what Aníbal Quijano has called the “coloniality of power,” a term deployed to move thinking beyond Western and Eurocentric conceptualizations. This approach provides a new way of framing the issues of cultural production and agency in order to transcend identities originally...
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Comparative Literature (1 December 2013) 65 (4): 408–428.
Published: 01 December 2013
... exhibiting the mechanistic understanding of cultural production for which English thirties leftists are typically condemned, Upward develops a mode of commitment that sees praxis as inherent to the cultural field. Reading Upward's work in terms of cultural praxis thus adumbrates new lines of inquiry in the...
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Comparative Literature (1 March 2014) 66 (1): 15–24.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Leerom Medovoi As an environmental term, “remediation” converges with “sustainability,” “resilience,” and “greening” to evoke an ethically positive resolution to ecological crisis and suggest the restoration of some nearly lost vitality through the neutralization of its afflictions. Although this...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2014) 66 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 June 2014
.... The essay argues that this psychoanalytic conceptual framework — elaborated further by an analysis of political and philosophical takes on it by Judith Butler and Julia Kristeva —allows us to see the shift between modernist and postmodernist fiction in intersubjective terms, thus situating it within...