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Four Theses on Dialectics
Andrew PendakisThis paper explores the contemporary relevance of dialectical thought in the context of a number of common contemporary critiques of the practice. Against the common claim made against dialectical thought that it somehow lacks rigor or disciplinary seriousness I argue for a conception of dialectics as scholarship without a scholar. Against the argument that dialectics is hobbled by an ostensibl...
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Notes on “I Saw My Lady Weepe”
J. H. PrynneText, analysis, and explanation of “I Saw My Lady Weepe,” a solo song with lute accompaniment by John Dowland (approximately 1563-1626)
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A Close Reading of Gwendolyn Brooks’s Sonnet Sequence “Gay Chaps at the Bar:” Allusions, Conscious Discrepancies, and Spiritual Alchemy
Jon WoodsonGwendolyn Brooks’s sonnet sequence, “Gay Chaps at the Bar” is written in compliance with the esoteric literary ideas of the followers of A. R. Orage. Thus each sonnet contains a verifiable intentional mistake, a series of literary allusions, and an esoteric idea. These mistakes have been previously undetected. Most of the allusions have been overlooked by critics. The sonnets are also writt...
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A Politics of Engagement: On Stuart Hall, Cultural Studies and Intellectual Practice
Glenn JordanThis paper discusses eleven key features of Stuart Hall’s life and work: (1) his view that being an intellectual is a serious, often difficult vocation; (2) his commitment to studying the “here and now” —the present conjuncture; (3) his refusal to think of “the cultural” as separate from structures, relation, and practices of power; (4) his dedication to public engagement, including inno...
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Daniel Aaron: An Eminent Americanist
Zhang LongxiDaniel Aaron is a real legend, a great scholar, an excellent chronicler of twentieth century America, and in hi The Americanist, we find an excellent autobiography that depicts the changes and vicissitudes of American literature, life, and politics of the twentieth century from a wise, intelligent, and highly personal perspective
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Interview with Ishmael Reed
Yanyu ZengI had thought that there should be a strange bond between writers and their researchers. As a reader and researcher, he or she is trying to getting to the writer’s mind, which might require his whole life. But he will probably never achieve what he starts with if the writer is writing all his life. The more he reads the more complicated world of the writer he will find. That’s also what makes...
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Theme Park Metatexts: An Aesthetics of Inclusion and Exclusion
Florian FreitagThis 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,
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Culture, Agency, and Realism: Three Roles Things Play in Fictional Narratives
Weisheng TangThere 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 ...
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Identity Formation and Cosmopolitan Vision in Asian-American Literature
Anfeng Sheng, Seon-Kee KimAsian-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...
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“He Did Not Call Himself an Artist”: Revisiting Ronald Johnson’s Outsider Aesthetic
Norman FinkelsteinRonald 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...
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