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Modern Language Quarterly (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 (2023) 84 (1): 87–89.
Published: 01 March 2023
...John R. Ladd laddj@denison.edu Networking Print in Shakespeare’s England: Influence, Agency, and Revolutionary Change . By Blaine Greteman . Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press , 2021 . xiii + 238 pp. Copyright © 2023 by University of Washington 2023 How do new...
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Modern Language Quarterly (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 (2014) 75 (4): 511–539.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., 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 emerges...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 181–199.
Published: 01 June 2015
... of world-changing power and skeptically suggests that all aspirations to agency entail a leap of faith. References Aravamudan Srinivas . 2012 . Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel . Chicago : University of Chicago Press . Baker Geoffrey . 2009 . Realism’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (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 (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 (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...
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Modern Language Quarterly (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 (2004) 65 (1): 177–194.
Published: 01 March 2004
... 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 includes structures of address, whereby char- acteristically a male voice speaks of and to gazed-at female figures but gives them...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (3): 297–319.
Published: 01 September 1994
... 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 of realism within it, including...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 311–334.
Published: 01 September 2019
... education, as evidenced by its enduring power 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...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (2): 263–284.
Published: 01 June 1993
... 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 the narrative double-crosses the truth, it becomes itself double, with two opposite meanings. It allegorizes: its lying 7...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (2): 250–256.
Published: 01 June 2020
... endeavors, one need only add, as a supplement to all Pater’s active “elements,” a sense of cooperative agency, a materially embedded version of Rousseau’s general will or Kant’s intersubjectivity that governs, for example (an example frequently cited), the life of a termite mound. To this disindividuated...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1996) 57 (1): 51–76.
Published: 01 March 1996
...William Jewett Copyright © 1996 by Duke University Press 1996 William Jewett is assistant professor of English at Yale University. He has published no Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley and has recently completed a book on moral and political agency in English romanticism...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (1): 7–12.
Published: 01 March 2019
... 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 “as continuous with unreflective forms...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (3): 431–462.
Published: 01 September 2000
... was distinguished by a crisis of blurred agency and mobile responsibility. Politically, the “reason of state” question had raised but not settled the issue of whether and to what extent a prince was subject to private morality, 3 Foucault, “What Is an Author...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (2): 191–205.
Published: 01 June 2022
... the inconceivable. At the time of this writing in 2021, literary fictionists and scholars have risen to Haraway’s challenge—“Think we must,” she urged (47)—and disproved Ghosh’s ( 2016 : 26, 30) claim that “serious” literature cannot represent the “uncanny” events of climate change or nonhuman agencies (Menely...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1999) 60 (1): 125–128.
Published: 01 March 1999
... 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 agency supposedly being restored” (53).Kaplan sees her argu- ment as restoring “complexity” to the texts she...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1996) 57 (2): 151–163.
Published: 01 June 1996
... 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- dered construction of power that the dictatorship mobilized in its own acts of penetration, whether nocturnal...