Critical Practices in Post-Franco Spain Critical Practices in Post-Franco Spain Silvia L. Lopez, Jenaro Talens and Dario Villanueva, Editors 1994 Fall
Looks at critical theory and practices in Spain in the post-Franco period.
Creating American Civilization: A Genealogy of American Literature as an Academic Discipline Creating American Civilization A Genealogy of American Literature as an Academic Discipline David R. Shumway 1994 Spring
“‘American literature’ seems by now so natural and inevitable an entity that we forget that it did not just grow organically out of American soil, much less spring full blown from the minds of a few geniuses. In this highly readable study, David Shumway recovers the forgotten social, historical, and institutional conditions that explain why the concepts both of ‘literature’ and of distinctive literary Americanness emerged together at a particular time and place and how their merger reshaped America's educational vision. Shumway has written a penetrating and provocative account of the making of American Civilization as an academic field.” --Gerald Graff, University of Chicago
Reading Proust: In Search of Wolf-Fish Reading Proust In Search of Wolf-Fish Maria Paganini 1994 Spring
Reading Proust focuses on the specificity of Proustian writing, revealing the patterns of thought and play of words peculiar to Proust's language, and showing how these metamorphose throughout La Recherche du temps perdu. Her work offers a new model for reading fictional prose, one that replaces the critical "why?" with the more practical and productive "how?"
Passionate Fictions: Gender, Narrative, and Violence in Clarice Lispector Passionate Fictions Gender, Narrative, and Violence in Clarice Lispector Marta Peixoto 1994 Spring
A Dialogue of Voices: Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin A Dialogue of Voices Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin Karen Hohne and Helen Wussow, Editors 1994 Spring
Focusing on feminist theorists such as Hélène Cixous, Teresa de Lauretis, Julia Kristeva, and Monique Wittig in conjunction with Bakhtin’s concepts of dialogism, heteroglossia, and chronotope, the authors offer close readings of texts from a wide range of multicultural genres, including nature writing, sermon composition, nineteenth-century British women’s fiction, the contemporary romance novel, Irish and French lyric poetry, and Latin American film.
Against Literature Against Literature John Beverley 1993 Fall
Is there a way of thinking about literature that is “outside” or “against” literature? In Against Literature, John Beverly brilliantly responds to this question, arguing for a negation of the literary that would allow nonliterary forms of cultural practice to displace literature’s hegemony.
The Rift The Rift V. Y. Mudimbe 1993 Fall
This work of fiction explores textuality, writing, solitude and death in the context of contemporary African life, and at the same time examines the constitution and materiality of African subjectivity. “Offers an intricate, subtle, and richly allusive meditation on a singular, very specifically demarcated, ‘postcolonial condition’: that of the France-educated, masculine (but ambiguously sexualized) African intellectual, Ahmed Nara.” --Neil Lazarus, Brown University
Yes, Comrade Yes, Comrade Manuel Rui None None
Yes Comrade! comprises five short stories set in Angola during the revolutionary times of the 1960s and early 1970s. Based on immediate events and using cultural and linguistic codes, Rui explores the ramifications of political independence and nation-state formation. Fascinating and intricate, the stories of Yes Comrade! emerge as telling fictional portrayals of an extremely complex political and cultural scenario.
The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry The Dark End of the Street Margins in American Vanguard Poetry Maria Damon 1993 Spring
Damon foregrounds a number of modern American poets work and lives in order to argue that the American avant-garde is located in the experimental literary works of social “outsiders.” Discussed is the work of Black/Jewish surrealist street poet Bob Kaufman, Boston-Brahmin Robert Lowell and three teenaged women writing from a South Boston housing project, pre-Stonewall gay poets Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and Jewish lesbian-in-exile Gertrude Stein. “A work of art as well as a work of criticism. . . . Addresses important questions about art and social life, about the margins and the center, and about oppression and suppression.” --George Lipsitz
Through the Shattering Glass: Cervantes and the Self-Made World Through the Shattering Glass Cervantes and the Self-Made World Nicholas Spadaccini and Jenaro Talens 1992 Fall
“Offers an important new approach to Cervantes’s works, which have been studied in toto by relatively few critics.” --Edward Friedman
Intersecting Boundaries: The Theatre of Adrienne Kennedy Intersecting Boundaries The Theatre of Adrienne Kennedy Paul K. Bryant-Jackson and Lois More Overbeck, Editors 1992 Spring
This collage of essays and interviews illuminates the complexity and richness of Adrienne Kennedy’s innovative dramas.
Making Sense in Life and Literature Making Sense in Life and Literature Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht 1992 Spring
“The translation of these essays by Gumbrecht on literary theory and history marks the appearance in English of one of Europe’s most learned, productive, and inventive scholars. Their range is extraordinary. They show that Gumbrecht is not only a sophisticated theorist and historian of literature, but a master practitioner of cultural studies.” --Hayden White, University of California, Santa Cruz
Voyage to the Other World: The Legacy of Sutton Hoo Voyage to the Other World The Legacy of Sutton Hoo Calvin B. Kendall and Peter S. Wells, Editors 1992 Spring
A fascinating exploration of pagan Anglo-Saxon culture-a world caught on the boundary between competing ideologies and contrasting social systems. Contributors: James Campbell, Martin Carver, Robert Payson Creed, Roberta Frank, Michael N. Geselowitz, Gloria Polizzotti Greis, Henrik M. Jansen, Simon Keynes, Edward Schoenfeld, Jana Schulman, Alan M. Stahl, Wesley M. Stevens, and Else Roesdahl.
Chaucer’s England: Literature in Historical Context Chaucer’s England Literature in Historical Context Barbara A. Hanawalt, Editor 1992 Spring
Represents the first time that disciples of history and English literature have joined forces to present new interpretations of late fourteenth-century English society. Contributors: Caroline M. Barron, Michael J. Bennett, Lawrence M. Clopper, Susan Crane, Richard Firth Green, Nicholas Orme, Nigel Saul, Paul Strohm, and David Wallace.
Belated Modernity and Aesthetic Culture: Inventing National Literature Belated Modernity and Aesthetic Culture Inventing National Literature Gregory Jusdanis 1991 Fall
Traces literature’s function in the formation of the nation-state through the “belated” emergence of a national aesthetic culture in Greece.