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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 287–310.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Scott Hess Abstract This essay explores how genius in the nineteenth century simultaneously constituted both individual and collective national identity, helping to produce new forms of liberal democratic nationalist culture. It offers a Latourian interpretation of genius in terms of the kind...
Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (3): 397–399.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., and we see how things have changed. By insisting that individuality precedes social arrangements, Locke moves away from the earlier notion that people are simply their appearances in society. But, having wiped the slate clean of social identity, he has no way of explaining what else individual identity...
Modern Language Quarterly (1986) 47 (2): 207–210.
Published: 01 June 1986
... 209 networks of undisclosed family relation which contribute to dramatic reso- lution in such “novels,” these migrating dreams collapse the individual identity into the collective condition. The transcendent Self is constantly abraded, worn down to merely contingent expression...
Modern Language Quarterly (1974) 35 (2): 173–186.
Published: 01 June 1974
..., Barbey d’Aurevilly, and Mallarme. They differ from each other, of course, as Wilde differs Erom them, but in the vision of each, as Robert Martin Adams says, “The shell of personal identity collapses, the yolk of individuality is split. Even grossness is a form of transpar- DAVID PARKER...
Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (1): 99–119.
Published: 01 March 1998
... to an inevitably politicized African American vernacular culture. Phillip Brian Harper, on the other hand, accepts “InvisibleMan’s relation to literary modernism” as genuine and grounded in “a metaphysical quest for individual identity” that mysti- fies political relations, but he argues...
Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (1): 77–89.
Published: 01 March 1993
... attention to Jean de Coras, the judge who presided over the trial and decided to tell the story. Unlike Guerre himself, Coras left a text, the “talk”we can analyze. It is clear that the question for him was, as it would be for us, not whether Martin had an individual identity but what...
Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (3): 365–390.
Published: 01 September 2005
... Human Stain 379 “It’s something not there that beguiles. . . . there’s a blank in him . . . a blotting out, an excision” (213). By making Coleman’s struggle for individuality mainly a matter of sacriﬁ cing his family and his past, both of which are components of his personal identity, Roth...
Modern Language Quarterly (1964) 25 (4): 451–460.
Published: 01 December 1964
... leider ein durch und durch guter Mensch.” Precisely because they do retain some individual identity, a “Dietrich” and a “durch und durch guter Mensch’’ are failures in the organizations which the new affluent society demands. The transition from a perceptible degree of dis- honesty...
Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (4): 505–525.
Published: 01 December 2006
... . . . quarreling” that other observers might ﬁnd drearily uniform represents for Herder the jostling of secure individual identities. Similarly, in the later Ideas the notion of vital force motivates the more concordant central image of a garden of history nursing the diverse “national plants.” Since each...
Modern Language Quarterly (1989) 50 (1): 38–57.
Published: 01 March 1989
..., or Hurston’s failure in characterization. It is in fact a splendid ending for this subversive novel of the forties. The novel creates the story of the seraph that the title promises, as well as that of a woman who affirms her individual identity, restores the unity of her family on a new...
Modern Language Quarterly (1969) 30 (3): 370–385.
Published: 01 September 1969
... ascendancy of the self- conscious mode. The former mode provides the touchstones for the intuition of the unified life and anticipates the “spots of time” recorded in Book XI. The latter is tied to the development of the sense of individual identity essential to psychological maturity...
Modern Language Quarterly (1973) 34 (3): 247–271.
Published: 01 September 1973
... the faceless horde of Love’s victims be- cause she is not merely victimized. Through her extraordinary powers of memory and imagination she virtually creates an identity, and this process of individual self-creation both augments her suffering and gives significance to her pain. l6 “Virtue...
Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (3): 297–319.
Published: 01 September 1994
... Bruff, echoes if not alludes to a Dickensian trope of the interchangeability of individual identities in an institutional economy: Boodle, Coo- dle, Doodle, and BW, CWin the government satire of Bbak House (chap. 12). Cuff and Bruff are serially related in the plot; only the intervention...
Modern Language Quarterly (1986) 47 (4): 422–432.
Published: 01 December 1986
... of the later fiction on which the original energy of Virgznia Woolfand the Politics of Style seems to abate. Although sound on the theme of the difficulties of the self in formulating individual identity in The Waves and recognizing how Woolf conveys this through character and through Bernard’s...
Modern Language Quarterly (1992) 53 (2): 173–199.
Published: 01 June 1992
..., children, servants, and others had worked and lived together.18 But the male bourgeoisie now earned its livelihood within, and was both excluded and dominated by, absolutism’ssymbolically determined net- work of social relationships and identities. Consequently, the con- struction of individual...
Modern Language Quarterly (2001) 62 (4): 425–452.
Published: 01 December 2001
... of temporal control was and is itself deﬁned by homogeneous existence over time: its individual con- sciousness of being always who it was depended on its having a contin- uously homogeneous identity. It was itself, in more ways than one, a period, and a period...
Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (1): 27–51.
Published: 01 March 2007
...,” or a group called “we.” The existence of this sense of categorical, not individual, identity is what Burckhardt seeks to question: who are we to know ourselves as “the sons of modern Europe,” or as Europeans, or to know our mother as the Renaissance? Our self- identification makes us what we are: “We...
Modern Language Quarterly (2003) 64 (1): 97–121.
Published: 01 March 2003
... . . . the pedagogical, and the . . . performative,” and “this splitting . . . becomes the site of writing the nation.”10 If a nation, culture, or community must be “written” to exist, the negative distance between individual identity and group belonging is the difference that makes pedagogy both possible...
Modern Language Quarterly (2002) 63 (4): 441–469.
Published: 01 December 2002
... of individual identity dissolve in social existence, mix, and recrystallize in new forms. Elsewhere in the novel Alexis describes historical change in similar terms: the elements of new ideas that are latent in one generation have to break apart and recombine in the next before they can develop further (120...
Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (1): 65–94.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of individual identity, racial identity, cultural history, and aesthetics, all themes that recur throughout The Weary Blues . Rhetoric is a tool for Hughes to juxtapose and combine the many voices of pan-African history in patterns that converge and diverge suggestively yet remain irreducible to a single moral...