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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2001) 62 (1): 71–74.
Published: 01 March 2001
...Balachandra Rajan Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688–1804 . By Srinivas Aravamudan. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1999. x + 424 pp. © 2001 University of Washington 2001 MLQ 62.1-05 Reviews 2/9/01 2:08 PM Page 71 Reviews...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2014) 75 (4): 511–539.
Published: 01 December 2014
... texts, are read as symptomatic of a broad cultural and historical shift. While realism registers the knowability and transformability of the present, modernism captures anxiety and the disintegration of agency. As decolonizing and emancipatory hopes shrink in the Middle East, Palestinian modernism...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2014) 75 (3): 385–409.
Published: 01 September 2014
...,” thus unfolds in a provocative dialogue with the Lucretian theory of agency. Setting forth a view of matter’s autonomous and vital properties that flirts dangerously with naturalism, Milton emerges as the uneasy inheritor of an ancient and underground Epicurean tradition that understood motion as a self...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2013) 74 (4): 465–492.
Published: 01 December 2013
... inquiry—metaphysical freedom involves being drawn, overwhelmed, and transformed from without, all so as to enter a strange state of rest. While Arendt is ultimately humanistic in her understanding of freedom and natality, ascribing an important role to agency, freedom in metaphysical poetry plunges...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2018) 79 (2): 203–226.
Published: 01 June 2018
... because the realist novel has been previously theorized in terms of an expressive self-production thwarted by social alienation or the usurpation of individual agency; overlooked because Hardy criticism has focused on work as a protected category of meaning creation and social continuity. Abstract value...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2019) 80 (2): 113–139.
Published: 01 June 2019
... creative God or passive scribe must be replaced by a focus on the middle ranges of literary agency, which in turn requires theoretical elaboration. Premodern tropes of authorial activity, such as the metaphor of authorship as textile labor, gain a much fuller range of complexity and nuance when they are...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2015) 76 (2): 181–199.
Published: 01 June 2015
... fantasy of world-changing power and skeptically suggests that all aspirations to agency entail a leap of faith. Copyright © 2015 by University of Washington 2015 fatalism orientalism consumption magic liberalism Fatalist doctrines were a bête noire of Enlightenment thought, as is attested...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2015) 76 (2): 201–224.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Mark Miller Abstract The inevitable emerges in this issue as a name for the troubled intersection of agency and structural necessity. The most prominent medieval name for that intersection is sin. Far from grounding the medieval subject in a set of theological norms that give it stable coordinates...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2004) 65 (1): 177–194.
Published: 01 March 2004
... on the muse figure, DuPlessis asks what the relationships are among historical women, the female figure addressed in a given poem, and the apparatus of poetry, which now needs to include, along with the énonciation and the enoncé, what DuPlessis calls the “announced”: authorial agency. It also...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1999) 60 (1): 119–122.
Published: 01 March 1999
... agents (authors or intellectuals) who stand outside the social and political ideologies of their time. The construction of this ideal agency also seems to demand the existence of another group (authors, readers) completely without agency vis-g-vis these same ideologies” (5).Her observation is...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1999) 60 (1): 125–128.
Published: 01 March 1999
.... She claims that her quarrel “is not so much with particular critics as with specific critical maneuvers which celebrate lit- erature as a ‘talking cure’ for social ills. This notion often exacerbates the impasses it describes and frequently substitutes the critic’s own agency for the textual...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2019) 80 (1): 7–12.
Published: 01 March 2019
... potential as well as danger. Not everyone reads Desire and Domestic Fiction in these terms. Amanda Anderson ( 2000 : 44) claims that Armstrong is one of many feminist scholars writing in the mid- and late 1980s who oscillate between an assumption of “aggrandized agency” and an understanding of agency...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2019) 80 (3): 311–334.
Published: 01 September 2019
... in Don DeLillo’s End Zone (1972). Though there is no evidence that DeLillo, Smith, or Willingham actually read Johnson’s Stover at Yale , all ultimately affirm and indeed revere the coherence of institutional agency, even as they seek to criticize or investigate it. In doing so, they reproduce a...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1994) 55 (3): 297–319.
Published: 01 September 1994
... Hindu cul- ture, but neither does it enthrone the imperialist subject-position, the proud seat of world-historical agency, analyzed by Said. Disconcert- ingly, the grand narrative structure of romance corresponds to an hi- atic rather than an English cultural identity. It contains the effects...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1994) 55 (1): 107–109.
Published: 01 March 1994
... Miasme et lajunquille for obscuring questions of agency. Even the “Rites of Quantification” fulfill a “phatic”func- tion by establishing the “look”of “uptodate historiography” (166, 180, 174, 180). Carrard observes that the convention of statistics falls hardest on women historians (Valensi...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1993) 54 (2): 263–284.
Published: 01 June 1993
... Nazi spy, the revelation now collaborates in his deception of the still-unwitting reader. The narrative discloses only that there is more here than meets the eye, not that the third place is occupied by an inescapable Nazi agency in specific, no less than by historical time in general. Because...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 1988) 49 (4): 395–399.
Published: 01 December 1988
... closely resem- bling psychoanalysis-are, according to this account, opposed and medi- ated throughout Wordsworth’s writings by the agency of the beautiful, which marks the poet’s deference to a nature not of his own imagining and to a community and culture composed of other, equally significant...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1996) 57 (2): 151–163.
Published: 01 June 1996
..., the regime’s claim to interpretive power could be contradicted openly. Littin’s heroic infiltra- tion was a seizing of agency that simply refused the culture of fear and appropriated-or intercepted- the tools of secrecy. Ironically, Littin’s adventure worked uncritically within the gen...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2018) 79 (4): 445–448.
Published: 01 December 2018
... loves I bear to you. Othello: Ay, and for that thou diest. Desdemona: That death’s unnatural that kills for loving. (5.9.39–42) Discomfiting as it may be, Kottman’s Love as Human Freedom culminates in a reading of Othello that attributes a distinct sort of agency to Desdemona’s desire for...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2019) 80 (1): 1–5.
Published: 01 March 2019
... sharp attention not only to key terms from literary study, such as bildungsroman (Ian Duncan), but also to key terms from law, such as contract (Deidre Lynch); from philosophy, such as agency (Rachel Ablow); and from sociology, such as institution (Jesse Rosenthal). Desire and Domestic...