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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 225–251.
Published: 01 June 2021
... of literary experience, a claim for which Theodor Adorno’s account of speculative thinking serves as a basis. B.Etherington@westernsydney.edu.au Copyright © 2021 by University of Washington 2021 world literature critical humanism Alexander Veselovsky Erich Auerbach Edward Said...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (1): 77–101.
Published: 01 March 2014
... and unconscious mind. It follows the history of such criticism through the rise of psychoanalysis in the humanities to the waning of its influence in the early years of the present century. The article argues that our postpsychoanalytic present is the ideal moment to reexamine the parallels and divergences...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... of scientism, privileging scientific methodologies or partnership with scientific methodologies, in recent literary-critical scholarship is one result. The older formation of “humanities computing,” for example, has reemerged as the digital humanities, with claims to the status of interpretive methodology...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 395–414.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Petrus Liu Reconstructing modernist fiction from 1970s Taiwan as a critical realism, this essay proposes that the historical creation of two Chinas (the Republic of China on Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China) provided a formative stage for vibrant literary ruminations on the dissonance...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 453–474.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Stephen Best A good deal of recent scholarship into the slave past proclaims that the past’s political significance resides in its continuity with our present, finding both ethical moment and critical motivation in a recovery imperative that seeks to continue, reanimate, or complete the political...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 217–237.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Caroline Levine Many scholars have embraced world literature as a project to understand literature’s role in a large-scale story of global inequality. Yet critics have paid remarkably little attention to one of the most unevenly distributed of the world’s resources: literacy itself. For most...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (2): 193–214.
Published: 01 June 2014
... professor of literature at the University of Sydney (and a figure central to the direction of the humanities academy in Australia), taught Victorian literature, including Browning, from the 1890s. MacCallum’s public lectures, like his pedagogy, aimed to convert a primary obstacle for many readers...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (2): 239–257.
Published: 01 June 2014
..., folks”—en route from Romanticism to Leavisism and New Criticism, with a quick nod to Matthew Arnold. This essay works against this habit, introducing and analyzing the intellectual legacy of the idealist philosopher T. H. Green, whose life and work inspired generations of liberal-thinking students...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (1): 141–165.
Published: 01 March 2008
..., Rilke, St. John Perse, Canetti, Borges, Nabokov, Pasternak, Frisch, Robbe-Grillet, and Kundera, among others. The form of Biography of Men is certainly postmodernist, its view of male human beings provocative. By using familiar clichés, Hai Nan shows her criticism of stereotyped language...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (3): 361–365.
Published: 01 September 1997
... is everyone’s right” (54). Surely, if this were so, then the task at hand would be not logical justification but political actualization. Instead an Orwellian slant starts to color the task of intellectual history, despite Todorov’s self-professed “critical humanism.” Even as Todorov informs us...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (1): 61–79.
Published: 01 March 2008
... Chinese New Humanism provides us with a rich case study of the mechanisms regulating cultural production. Furthermore, reexamining the questions it raised will help us rethink the problems of Chinese modernity, which went awry at certain critical historical moments. In the age of globalization...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1950) 11 (1): 17–26.
Published: 01 March 1950
... aberrations in human understanding ; they afford pleas- urable self-observation and mental exertion. The critic never changed his positivistic viewpoint. In 1843, in a note added to his review of Dugald Stewart’s Philosophical Essays, Jeffrey inquired if the French 11 Jeffrey...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (4): 573–580.
Published: 01 December 2016
..., they differ greatly in the degree to which they uncenter the human and situate systems of human language and aesthetic form within a material, biological, and more-than-human world. Tobias Menely’s Animal Claim makes the nonhuman or “creaturely” voice central to its study. Challenging the critical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1977) 38 (2): 212–215.
Published: 01 June 1977
...Samuel Hynes Barbara Hardy. London: Athlone Press, University of London, 1975. xiii + 279 pp. Distributed in U.S.A. by Humanities Press, Atlantic Highlands, N.J. $16.00. Copyright © 1977 by Duke University Press 1977 212 KEVIEWS...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1980) 41 (4): 373–378.
Published: 01 December 1980
... contexts for Conrad: “critical,” “ideological,” historical and bio- graphical.‘ Watt has long been convinced that Conrad’s work has suf- fered badly at the hands of those who were not content with his “literal meaning” or with “direct evidence” for that meaning. There is, of course, a great deal...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1966) 27 (4): 477–480.
Published: 01 December 1966
.... Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1965. viii + 143 pp. $4.95. Omell’s injunction that all saints should be judged guilty until proved innocent is one that the common reader would willingly apply to literary critics, criticism beirig in his view as eccentric a vocation as sainthood...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (1): 41–58.
Published: 01 March 2000
... theory of its dangers to the happy future of humanity. The critical school of Russian formalism, perhaps one of the most typical cases, had been by 1930 virtually disbanded and erased from the country’s intellectual map.8 Some of its members (Jakobson) chose exile; others...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1948) 9 (2): 208–215.
Published: 01 June 1948
... by the critic who is himself a humanitarian. The requirement that the realistic novelist should prove himself to be a true humanitarian, that is, a fair, sympathetic, unspiteful, fearless depicter of human beings, is no more fantastic than the ideal of science, that the scientist be a person whose...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (1): 31–40.
Published: 01 March 1993
... allegiance that it comes to command. Thus the left Niet- zscheanism currently hegemonic in the literature departments of North America, with its postulate that adversarial power is the center of human beings and relationships, has generated an enormous amount of research and has insinuated itself...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1990) 51 (2): 101–104.
Published: 01 June 1990
... this point of ’ See the discussion by Charles G. Nauert, Jr., “Renaissance Humanism: An Emergent Consensus and Its Critics,” The Indiana Social Studies Quarterly, 33 (1980): 5-20. From Humanism to the Humanities: Iiducalion and Ihe Liberal Arts in Fi.eenth- and Sixleenlh- Centu7y Europe...