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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (3): 307–329.
Published: 01 September 2013
... and present states of being in the dark. This nescient or ignorant epistemology has resonances with Roland Barthes’s writings on Zen as well as with Derek Parfit’s rejection of personal identity and, by extension, of self-interest as a catalyst for moral action. Thanks to Brian McGrath and Maureen...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 247–269.
Published: 01 June 2015
... less common in modernist and experimental fiction. None of these claims survives scrutiny. A rereading of Roland Barthes’s S/Z (1970) should reveal the many shortcuts a narratologist has to take to celebrate open endings as liberating and should also disclose some of the ideological purposes to which...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 187–205.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Shirley Lau Wong Abstract Literary settings are often celebrated for richly representing the many details of a particular place. The close association between detail and setting stems from the realist presumption that detail constitutes what Roland Barthes calls an “index of . . . atmosphere...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (1): 81–116.
Published: 01 March 2022
... Alexandra and Lebow Alisa , 124 – 44 . Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell . Barthes Roland . 1977 . Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes , translated by Howard Richard . New York : Hill and Wang . Barthes Roland . 1989 . The Rustle of Language , translated by Howard...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (4): 525–529.
Published: 01 December 2015
...). Literary and critical theory figures throughout the book in illuminating “constellations” alongside the arc of Romantic and post-Romantic writers (75): Shelley with Walter Benjamin; Keats with Roland Barthes; Dickinson’s iterative poetics as read through Jacques Derrida’s idea of the “event-machine” (here...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (4): 452–455.
Published: 01 December 2018
... life is not a “brake” immobilizing the text’s semiotic play, as Roland Barthes ( 1986 : 53) argued, but an equally uncertain, unsettled object of scrutiny. Viewing a text through a biographical lens raises more questions than it answers. Biography is important, of course, because a human life...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 347–349.
Published: 01 September 2019
... current one” (102). Relying on theorists from Roland Barthes to Jack Halberstam, Block’s wager pays off in insightful analyses of authors from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to Thomas Mann, from Frankenstein to Brokeback Mountain . Copyright © 2019 by University of Washington 2019 Echoes...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (1): 81–83.
Published: 01 March 2023
... an alternative genealogy: a queer approach to thinking about literary influence outside the linear strictures of literary and intellectual history. The other key structuring force in the book is Roland Barthes, whose Preparation of the Novel lecture series on notetaking appears in the first footnote and whose...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (3): 369–373.
Published: 01 September 2023
... have in mind Enlightenment theorizations of the human species—including those of David Hume and Thomas Jefferson—and their invocations of authorship as an index of differential humanity among what they theorized as human races, as well as Roland Barthes’s ( 1977 ) “Death of the Author” and Michel...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (1): 129–139.
Published: 01 March 2006
... of literary texts. Linguistic approaches emphasized the plural and unstable linguistic construction of meaning, since, as Roland Barthes has written, a text is “un espace à dimensions multiples, où se marient et se contestent des écritures variées, dont aucune n’est originelle. . . . un texte est fait...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1991) 52 (3): 355–358.
Published: 01 September 1991
... of the revolutionary” (p. 217), while later in the book that theory of “perverse desire” advanced by Roland Barthes in The Pleasure ofthe Text (1973) is similarly written off as “romantic and Utopian” (p. 330). Good cultural materialist that he is, Dollimore takes care that psycho- sexual dissidence should...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 117–131.
Published: 01 March 2009
... wore lipstick until the day she died. She also wore it into the grave” (135). In summoning his (photographic) memory of her, Blau quotes the obviously pertinent essay by Roland Barthes.3 He also taps the literary highwater marks of the senescent sublime: the very late work of Wil- liam...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1973) 34 (3): 344–348.
Published: 01 September 1973
... Projection." The survey of the Left Bank intellectual ferment is sketchy, but often helpful. The reader gets some sense of the contributions made by such exponents of structural poetics as A. J. Greimas or T. Todorov, and of the vicissitudes of the versatile and unpredict• able Roland Barthes, whose...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1981) 42 (2): 204–207.
Published: 01 June 1981
... in the second place is that Korg speaks of Wittgenstein as if he were Roland Barthes-as, indeed, he later speaks of him as if he were Wallace Stevens: Perhaps the single most important principle common to Philosophical Zn- vestigations and the thinking of the revolutionary writers...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1984) 45 (2): 221–224.
Published: 01 June 1984
... pp. $59.50. Tittler, Jonathan. Narrative Irony in the Contemporary Spanish-American Novel. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1984. 2 10 pp. $25.00. Ungar, Steven. Roland Barthes: The Professor of Desire. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1983. xx + 206 pp...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (1): 114–118.
Published: 01 March 1997
... (230), Daniel Corkery as “the Irish Zhdanov” (231), or Oscar Wilde as “the Irish Roland Barthes” (329),just what is he trying to accomplish, and who, exactly, will such acts of translation help? At moments Eagleton seems to address an audience, educated solely under the poststructuralist...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 117–128.
Published: 01 June 2023
... Henry Lewes ( 1898 : 81) coined the pejorative term detailism to describe realism marred by the accretion of excess details. Decades later poststructuralist scholars revived interest in the detail and began to challenge the long history of its degradation. For Roland Barthes ( 1989 ), the seemingly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1991) 52 (4): 460–463.
Published: 01 December 1991
... with critics like Harold Bloom, Roland Barthes, Paul Ricoeur, JCirgen Habermas, and Julia Kristeva, to name just a few. But this con- text disintegrates as soon as one turns directly to Empson's best-known works: Sewen Tvpes of Ambiguity (1930), Some Versions of Pastoral (1935)' The Structure...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 September 2012
... structuralism to post- structuralism, especially in the work of Roland Barthes, where that shift is clearly visible. S/Z, Barthes’s creative and compelling act of reading that has had a lasting effect on interpretive protocols of narrative, was published in Barthes gave seminars on the topic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (2): 129–161.
Published: 01 June 2011
... of narrative significance.22 The irony of such “useless details” is, as Roland Barthes notes, that their insignificance becomes so very significant: to indicate to the reader that the diegesis is generally complete, one must instantiate the general assertion in specific objects that, having been...