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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 41–54.
Published: 01 January 2010
... Thursday by the Russian director Alexander Tairov. This fantastic novel by Chesterton is itself the site of multiple betrayals, both in the plot-level reversals of its characters and in its use of the oscillating narrative style characteristic of the fantastic literary mode. The resulting undecidability of...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 339–355.
Published: 01 December 2012
... reconciling them relates to our inevitable temptation to reduce undecidable figures to mechanically decodable signs and involves a complex of related binaries: figure and sign, symbol and allegory, inside and outside. The essay traces these binaries from the German Romantics into more contemporary theory in...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 180–202.
Published: 01 June 2020
... Oregon 2020 cruel optimism undecidability rhetoric literary theory affect theory WHAT DO WE mean when we say that certain social or political conditions are intolerable? The term has long been attractive to radicals, beginning with Marx and Engels , who, in The German Ideology , take for...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 214–218.
Published: 01 June 2005
...: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS/215 Anyone who believes that literary education should still be sponsored by universities must allow that one must learn to read. And to learn to read is to learn to disfigure the undecidable figure into a responsible literality, again and again. . . . By abandoning our commitment to...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (1): 96–99.
Published: 01 March 2016
... seeking and rejecting narrative knowledge is what accounts for today’s oft-noted crisis in the humanities. Literary scholars, cultural theorists, and historians of ideas fatally undercut their enterprises by accepting suspended judgment or undecidability as reasonable conclu- sions. In Pfau’s view...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 37–44.
Published: 01 March 2015
... extra, and make them do what I want.” (57) Wiener does not do anything that can be fairly described as “abandoning semantics.” In fact, he discusses the semantic issue at length and persistently. He frames it as a problem, even as an undecidable. And he does so with a certain humility: as a...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 207–213.
Published: 01 June 2005
... cally what she describes as the undecidable but decisive future that will have been. One might expect a text entitled Death of a Discipline to be elegiac or at least anxious, and yet it speaks largely of what Comparative Literature will do, will be, or rather might do and be, more precisely...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 107–113.
Published: 01 June 2020
... humanities, we find something similar. The very familiarity of the term impasse seems to ensure that it is rarely treated as a concept requiring precise exposition. Be it deconstruction’s well-known preoccupation with undecidability and aporia or the role that deadlocks and dead ends play in psychoanalysis...
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Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (4): 301–330.
Published: 01 September 2008
... in part to have produced: he trades in “paying attention” (hacer caso) for visions and revisions of a translation he never intends to publish, an “indecisive” or “undecided” “Quevedian” translation of a seventeenth-century melancholic’s work.9 Attending to...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 219–226.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Spivak writing at a computer. Cutting and pasting; a typo; teleiopoesis. A difference opens itself to close reading. Here the best guide to Spivak is Spivak: “The meaning of the figure is undecidable, and yet we must attempt to dis-figure it, read the logic of the metaphor” (71). This is not an...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (2): 238–249.
Published: 01 June 2017
... than a “third space” that can be creatively bridged through an undecidable, incalculable min- gling of “a language of direct command and a language of detour,” we are faced here with a stark choice between “narrative subtlety” on the one, writerly hand, and “propaganda” on the other, militant...
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Comparative Literature (2003) 55 (4): 338–349.
Published: 01 September 2003
...- less makes possible a redefined, historicized notion of ethics grounded in situ- ated, historical genealogies. Such a model of ethics is even more directly reflected in Derrida’s justice-yet-to-come venir), an example of what Hanssen calls a “quasi-transcendental script of undecidability that is...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 357–359.
Published: 01 September 2002
... illegibility, and the “tension of its undecidability” makes it “unusable” for “fascist purposes, or any politics that relies on stable meanings and trans- parent essences” (pp. 172-73). To “retreat” in this way from fascism’s oppressive imposi- tion of closure is therefore a transgressive, indeed a...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 359–362.
Published: 01 September 2002
... illegibility, and the “tension of its undecidability” makes it “unusable” for “fascist purposes, or any politics that relies on stable meanings and trans- parent essences” (pp. 172-73). To “retreat” in this way from fascism’s oppressive imposi- tion of closure is therefore a transgressive, indeed a...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 363–366.
Published: 01 September 2002
... illegibility, and the “tension of its undecidability” makes it “unusable” for “fascist purposes, or any politics that relies on stable meanings and trans- parent essences” (pp. 172-73). To “retreat” in this way from fascism’s oppressive imposi- tion of closure is therefore a transgressive, indeed a...
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Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (1): 96–106.
Published: 01 January 2008
...- tween being a province and a nation, somewhere in the undecided middle. Indiana University Works Cited Aribau, Bonaventura Carles. “La Pàtria; Trobes.” El Vapor 68 (1933): 3-4. Bosch, Alfred. L’Atles furtiu. Barcelona: Columna, 1998. Brossa, Joan...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 246–255.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Discipline, Spivak suggests “that literary studies must take the ‘figure’ as its guide.” She goes on to say, “The meaning of the figure is undecidable, and yet we must attempt THE UNHEIMLICH MANEUVER/251 complex and potentially useful way as a spectrum or a...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 230–232.
Published: 01 June 2012
... experiments in the modernist novel. Viewing such familiar modernist elements as James’s symbolism, Proust’s transforma- tion of plot, Kafka’s undecidability, Woolf’s multiple points of view, and Joyce’s use of myth through a social scientist’s lens forces us to rethink what we thought we knew and...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 232–235.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., Kafka’s undecidability, Woolf’s multiple points of view, and Joyce’s use of myth through a social scientist’s lens forces us to rethink what we thought we knew and allows new and important shadings to emerge. Lewis rarely refers to other critics, other compara- tive voices on modernism and religion...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 235–236.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., Kafka’s undecidability, Woolf’s multiple points of view, and Joyce’s use of myth through a social scientist’s lens forces us to rethink what we thought we knew and allows new and important shadings to emerge. Lewis rarely refers to other critics, other compara- tive voices on modernism and religion...