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  • “He Did Not Call Himself an Artist”: Revisiting Ronald Johnson’s Outsider Aesthetic

    Author:Norman Finkelstein

    Abstract: Ronald Johnson’s relationship to outsider art has long been recognized as crucial to our understanding of his poetry. In interviews and other statements, the poet often affirms his connections with the self-taught makers of fantastic, visionary sculptural environments. The works of such figures as Simon Rodia, le Facteur Cheval, Raymond Isidore, and James Hampton serve as formal and thematic m...

    Vol. 3 No. 1 Jun 2019      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Identity Formation and Cosmopolitan Vision in Asian-American Literature

    Author:Anfeng Sheng, Seon-Kee Kim

    Abstract: Asian-American literature is often identified as foreign by Asians and considered inauthentic American literature by the American mainstream. However, this minority group literature is unique in its characteristics so that it cannot be easily judged by either Asian or American norms. In order to better understand Asian-American literature, it is necessary to study how the members of Asian immig...

    Vol. 3 No. 1 Jun 2019      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Culture, Agency, and Realism: Three Roles Things Play in Fictional Narratives

    Author:Weisheng Tang

    Abstract: There has been an obvious “turn” to things or nonhumans in contemporary narrative studies, that is, a turn to “things” that have been largely neglected in the past, including animals, plants, minerals, ecosystem, landscapes, places, etc. Basically, things can play three roles in fictional narratives: things that, as cultural signifiers, reflect (or influence) human culture, things that, as ...

    Vol. 3 No. 1 Jun 2019      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Theme Park Metatexts: An Aesthetics of Inclusion and Exclusion

    Author:Florian Freitag

    Abstract: This article uses the examples of guide maps, so-called autothemed rides, and apps to examine the aesthetics of theme park metatexts, that is, medial representations of theme parks or parts thereof that are produced by the parks themselves and that serve as a medial interface between the park landscape and its visitors. Such theme park metatexts have frequently been employed as sources in theme park research, but have only very rarely been figured as objects of research themselves. Based on Lukas’s description of theme parks’ representational strategies as a “politics of inclusion / exclusion,” the essay argues that theme park metatexts stress certain aspects of the park while deemphasizing others, and thus have a major impact on the way visitors anticipate, experience, and remember the park. This applies to more “traditional” forms of metatexts such as printed guide maps, which are handed out for free to theme park visitors,

    Vol. 3 No. 1 Jun 2019      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

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