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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 (2023) 84 (2): 169–185.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Jennifer Spitzer Abstract Virginia Woolf seems to have agreed with Georg Lukács about the static quality of details in turn-of-the century fiction: she too condemned the pictorialism that transformed human subjects and their environments into “still lives.” Her own details are anything but static...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 129–146.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Caroline Levine Abstract This essay makes the case that most methods in literary studies explicitly privilege the detail but covertly depend on structures. The article turns to structuralism, specifically to the debate between Vladimir Propp and Claude Lévi-Strauss about the role of the detail...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 117–128.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Jennifer Spitzer; Shirley Lau Wong In recent years scholars have extended Barthes’s concept of the reality effect and explored how the detail helps us construct mental models of worlds that, while fictional, promote an implied ontological extension beyond the book. As Elaine Auyoung ( 2015...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 147–168.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Dora Zhang Abstract Departing from the premise that novelistic details particularize and locate characters in a sociocultural matrix, this essay examines what happens to the detail in texts that refuse certain norms of specification. The essay focuses on the French writer Anne F. Garréta’s novel...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 239–259.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Wendy Allison Lee Abstract This essay examines the work of detail in contemporary Asian American metafiction by reconsidering Georg Lukács’s understanding of description as a mode of fiction that transforms humans into observers and objects via an excess of detail. Lukács’s work has informed views...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 261–272.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Paul K. Saint-Amour psain@english.upenn.edu Copyright © 2023 by University of Washington 2023 The literary detail is a fuzzy-edged thing. It’s easy to name individual details in works of literature. But try naming a literary element that’s almost but not quite a detail, or one that’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 207–238.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Tyler Bradway Abstract This essay reconsiders the skepticism toward queer characters and the default privilege given to antirepresentational aesthetics in queer theory. To grasp the queer affordances of character, the essay identifies character-detail as an iconic and embodied dimension...
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Published: 01 June 2021
Figure 3. Detail showing the Clyde and the Forth dividing Britain (left) and Hadrian’s Wall (right). Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Gough Gen. Top. 16. Courtesy of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. More
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Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 2. Detail from a preliminary version of panel 48 of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas . Photo: Warburg Institute. More
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Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 6. Detail of panel 79 of the Mnemosyne Atlas : cover page of the illustrated supplement of an evening edition of the Hamburger Fremdenblatt . Photo: Warburg Institute. More
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Published: 01 June 2023
Figure 2. The accumulation of character-details in a single frame expands the social narration of queerness, transforming group identity into group work. Illustration from A. K. Summers, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag . Copyright © 2014 by A. K. Summers. Used with the permission More
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Published: 01 June 2023
Figure 4. Summers composites the character-details of Tintin and Joan of Arc onto Teek, capturing the fraught relationship queers can have to character types cast as anachronistic. Illustration from A. K. Summers, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag . Copyright © 2014 by A. K. Summers More
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (2): 153–174.
Published: 01 June 2010
...” or degraded version of periodization; perhaps for this reason, it is also the perfect narrative mode for the present's historical self-consciousness. Ellis's novels American Psycho and Glamorama expose the contradictory link between the ephemeral details of consumer life and the essence of a single, self...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (2): 175–196.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Liran Razinsky This essay examines Jonathan Littell's novel The Kindly Ones ( Les bienveillantes ) as a project of bearing witness. It turns a critical eye on the role played by the poetics of excess and transgression, on the novel's historical aspects (dates, events, and other details...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 341–353.
Published: 01 September 2018
... totally rejects Western literary-critical theorists as guilty of what he calls “imposed interpretation.” Zhang eschews formulas or models in literary criticism in favor of reading each work as something unique and sui generis. Zhu Liyuan discusses in detail the influence in China of the present author’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (4): 373–396.
Published: 01 December 2018
...James Mulholland Abstract For decades scholars have relied on the concept of circulation to explain the operation of texts and to animate the significance of literary studies. Its overuse has elided differences in the virtual relationships created by reading and has blurred empirical details about...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (3): 303–334.
Published: 01 September 2022
... of debut authorship, adding concrete detail to the much-discussed association between youth and literature in this era. It also shows how ideals such as precocity and categories such as juvenilia arose in response to the new possibilities and problems opened by dated publication. jw476@duke.edu...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (4): 427–442.
Published: 01 December 2022
... an interest in persons, situations, and worlds imagined at a level of detail and complexity well beyond the fictional placeholders other disciplines employ in their thought experiments. This raises ethical and ontological questions about the “reality” of our objects of study. Dominant Western epistemological...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (4): 443–459.
Published: 01 December 2022
..., made history. In his fury and his despair, Melville maps out in cartographic detail the solidification of what would become “literature” as such as a by-product of secular discipline. coviello@uic.edu Copyright © 2022 by University of Washington 2022 secularism empire literature...