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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (4): 444–465.
Published: 01 December 2018
... as well as economic and political upheaval. Within these narrative worlds, objects—like Claude Lévi-Strauss’s animals—become “good to think” ( bonne à penser ) by providing a vivid sense of how materiality matters for midcentury Jewish cultural forms. Novels also are indebted to the material form...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 301–321.
Published: 01 September 2014
... conceptions of politics that celebrate the “virile virtues” of fixture, resistance, and comprehension. The essay focuses on three points of resonance: figures of imperiled but resilient selfhood, meditations on the power of thinking to astonish, and the use of figures of the hand to rethink established...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (2): 185–192.
Published: 01 March 2005
...Zhang Longxi Early China/Ancient Greece; Thinking through Comparisons. Edited by Steven Shankman and Stephen W. Durrant. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. 320 p. University of Oregon 2005 Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (4): 481–488.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Eric Hayot Do we think that ideas only come in a limited number of sizes? Obviously not. And yet … it would be perfectly reasonable for someone from the outside to accuse us of so thinking. These are the constraints of the institution, and we reinforce them constantly: in, for instance, our...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 269–290.
Published: 01 September 2011
..., there are still very few examples of the kind of interpretation that Benjamin's allegorical model of understanding would require in a sustained reading of a text like “Le Cygne.” The essay explores why Benjamin's thinking about allegory seems to be resisted by literary critics in their reading of...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 37–44.
Published: 01 March 2015
..., arche-writing, the trace). At stake is the notion of “whole organization” that informs all systems thinking from Ludwig von Bertalanffy forward, a schema of contemporary techno-scientific thinking typically evaded by postmodern discourses, which offer instead tropes of “schizo-fracture” or “liquid...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 130–140.
Published: 01 June 2016
... space? In keeping with this forum's emphasis on “relationality,” I argue for a turn to Blackness since it troubles the emphasis on Eurocentric ways of thinking and disrupts the linear progressive narrative with which we are all acquainted. To relate to Blackness as a deliberate choice authorizes a...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (1): 19–31.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Israeli dystopia require eliminating Palestinians from the narrative? Is it possible (how is it possible?) to think of a Jewish (Israeli) future, present, and past without thinking about a Palestinian past, present, and future? Following the example of South African dystopias, this article concludes that...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (4): 432–446.
Published: 01 September 2009
... underscores some key differences. I argue above all for the gains to be had in “thinking translation” as we go about our increasingly transnational and interdisciplinary teaching and writing in comparative literature. These gains include a range of new questions affecting what we mean by “text,” and “close...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Christopher Braider Walter Benjamin confides to his friend Hugo von Hofmannsthal that “I sometimes think about writing a book on French tragedy as a counterpart to my Trauerspiel book,” noting that his “plan for the latter had originally been to elucidate both the German Trauerspiel and the French...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (3): 251–273.
Published: 01 September 2016
... wrapped up in Orientalist thinking and politics of the time. Modern editions tend to present texts based on twelve tablets found in the ruins of the library of a seventh-century B.C.E. Assyrian king. Yet this “standard” text incorporates fragments from other places and times, and itself existed in...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (1): 18–30.
Published: 01 March 2016
... established at the extreme limit of separation. Rather than thinking of intimacy and distance in a traditional manner, as fundamentally at odds with one another, Blanchot insists that the most profound intimacy occurs only when separation has been experienced, and affirmed, in its most radical form. © 2016...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (2): 235–250.
Published: 01 June 2016
... the ultimate moment of completeness and definitive truths. Rather, maturity is a process and practice that embraces change and the capacity to see life from different perspectives. The novel is a catalyst and medium of this practice because it stimulates our ability to think, question, and, as a...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (2): 123–138.
Published: 01 June 2019
...Katherine Hallemeier Abstract This article argues that reading for the vernacular of Standard American English in Nigerian Anglophone literature creates the opportunity to think about how the Englishes of British and American empire have not always been negotiated as singular or sequential, either...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (3): 298–313.
Published: 01 September 2019
... War II. Seussian pedagogy teaches us to hear all persons as whos rather than whats or things. Yet this essay argues that all persons are also things. While this thingliness remains unequally distributed thanks to persistent sociopolitical hierarchies, it also calls on us to think about ethics and...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (4): 408–435.
Published: 01 December 2019
... break dislocate the rhetoric of national conception, providing a critical insight into the development of liberal thought, particularly into the contradictory blend of progressive and regressive thinking from which liberal notions of autonomy and self-determination have emerged. By demonstrating how the...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (2): 238–249.
Published: 01 June 2017
... poetics of creolization, and its politics was seen as either too committed to Manichean patterns of anti-colonial thinking or too accommodating in its willingness to envision federalist as opposed to nationalist solutions to the problem of decolonization. Over the past decade that situation has changed...
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Comparative Literature (2009) 61 (1): 26–42.
Published: 01 January 2009
... cosmopolitanism may require a provisional deafness vis-à-vis the accent. This essay seeks to apply recent poststructuralist thinking on language, translation, and exile to a figure who straddles the Enlightenment and Romanticism and whose life and work starkly embody the inaudible accent of exile and...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 336–360.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Mariano Siskind In this essay I propose two different but complementary models with which to think about the relation between the novel and the historical process of globalization. The first— the globalization of the novel —works not with particular textual formations, but with the historical...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 361–375.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Paul Stasi Ezra Pound argued that it was impossible to think in only one language in the contemporary world. To this end he worked in The Cantos to create a world culture built on the comparison of works of “great value” from a variety of cultures. Pound's epic poem serves to displace the English...