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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (1): 41–54.
Published: 01 January 2010
... Was 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...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 339–355.
Published: 01 December 2012
... 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 an effort...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 180–202.
Published: 01 June 2020
... of 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...
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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...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 207–213.
Published: 01 June 2005
... 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, might...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (1): 37–44.
Published: 01 March 2015
... 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 scientist, the semantic question exceeds what is here useful to sci- ence, and he cannot...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (1): 96–99.
Published: 01 March 2016
... 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, our modern tendencies constitute nothing...
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Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (4): 301–330.
Published: 01 September 2008
...) 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 historical circumstance, paying attention to the march of history toward one...
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Comparative Literature (2020) 72 (2): 107–113.
Published: 01 June 2020
... with undecidability and aporia or the role that deadlocks and dead ends play in psychoanalysis, Marxism, and environmental studies, impasse is routinely mentioned without any formal account of what it means to come to, be at, or break through one. In its most unyielding guise, an impasse is an insurmountable...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 219–226.
Published: 01 June 2005
... is undecidable, and yet we must attempt to dis-figure it, read the logic of the metaphor” (71). This is not an injunction to respect the mysteries of the signifier, but rather an ethics of read- ing that pushes toward a consideration of the metaphor’s material ground, that insists by its figurative practice...
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Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (4): 369–391.
Published: 01 December 2018
... for a rhetorical lacuna or an undecidable edge, something that Claudio and his brother, Giulio Cesare, constructed while offering an exegesis on the seconda prattica as a relation between mistress and lover, a metaphor of obedience, in the explanatory remarks for the Scherzi musicali (1607). 4 Giulio Cesare...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 246–255.
Published: 01 June 2005
... discontinuity, such a model, or “figure” to use Spivak’s terminology,7 imagines difference in a more 7 Throughout Death of a 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...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 357–359.
Published: 01 September 2002
... and dispersal, legibility and 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...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 359–362.
Published: 01 September 2002
... and dispersal, legibility and 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...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 363–366.
Published: 01 September 2002
... and dispersal, legibility and 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...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (1): 71–94.
Published: 01 March 2014
..., and republican subversion remained a latency shared by initiates. It seems therefore consistently misleading to read the Elizabethan age as nurturing revolutionary COMPARATIVE LITERATURE / 88 attitudes on the evental scale required for politics to become a genuine militant, undecidable wager laid...
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Comparative Literature (2000) 52 (4): 269–290.
Published: 01 September 2000
... presupposes a deci- sion that Faust never makes. Faust’s life culminates in the act of withholding judgment—“Zum Augenblicke dürft’ ich sagen . . .” (“To the moment I might say . . 9 The moment that Faust “might” affirm remains undecided, a pure possibility. As such it is bound to no particular set...
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Comparative Literature (2003) 55 (4): 338–349.
Published: 01 September 2003
..., 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, still, enabling and genera- tive” (7). Hanssen thus suggests that Habermas underestimated...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 230–232.
Published: 01 June 2012
.... 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 allows new and important shadings...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (2): 232–235.
Published: 01 June 2012
...,” there is no doubting his conclusion that there are significant connections between new methodologies in the social sciences and formal 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...