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  • From Luminous Detail to Luminous Debris: Ezra Pound, Gustaf Sobin, and the Modernist Imaginary of Ruins

    Author:Patrick Pritchett

    Abstract: This essay traces the central role that Provence plays in the poetry of Ezra Pound and Gustaf Sobin. For both poets, this region in the south of France was a major site of inspiration, whether as the nexus of troubadour culture for Pound, or as a landscape of remnants left by Roman and Neolithic cultures for Sobin. I will focus on their use of the toponymic aura of Provence and how it enables t...

    Vol. 2 No. 1 Jun 2018      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • “Cannot Understand / Feels Deeply”: John Ashbery, The Tennis Court Oath, and Queer Affect

    Author:Brian Reed

    Abstract: ​ John Ashbery’s poetry has often been read for its coded or obscured references to his sexuality. This essay argues that a book such as The Tennis Court Oath (1962) is better read, not for its encrypted autobiographical content, but for its giddy strange tone, its “queer affect.” Poems such as “Europe” and “A Last World” do not detail Ashbery’s emotions in a documentary or confessiona...

    Vol. 2 No. 1 Jun 2018      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Interview with Ishmael Reed

    Author:Yanyu Zeng

    Abstract: I 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...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Daniel Aaron: An Eminent Americanist

    Author:Zhang Longxi

    Abstract: Daniel 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

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • A Politics of Engagement: On Stuart Hall, Cultural Studies and Intellectual Practice

    Author:Glenn Jordan

    Abstract: This 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...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • A Close Reading of Gwendolyn Brooks’s Sonnet Sequence “Gay Chaps at the Bar:” Allusions, Conscious Discrepancies, and Spiritual Alchemy

    Author:Jon Woodson

    Abstract: Gwendolyn 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...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Notes on “I Saw My Lady Weepe”

    Author:J. H. Prynne

    Abstract: Text, analysis, and explanation of “I Saw My Lady Weepe,” a solo song with lute accompaniment by John Dowland (approximately 1563-1626)

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Four Theses on Dialectics

    Author:Andrew Pendakis

    Abstract: This 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...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Imaginary Conversations

    Author:Mark Turner

    Abstract: A range of multimodal form-meaning pairs has arisen to prompt for the generic integration template called blended classic joint attention (BCJA). This article presents examples and principles

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

  • Li Shang-yin and the Baroque

    Author:Massimo Verdicchio

    Abstract: The issue of the poetry of Li Shang-yin and the Baroque is not yet settled since various critical attempts have not proved sufficiently satisfactory to justify a definition of his poetry as Baroque. The main difficulty stems from the attempt to read his poetry symbolically rather than allegorically, which is the poetic mode characteristic of Baroque poetry. This is what this paper attempts to d...

    Vol. 1 No. 1 Dec. 2017      Time:2019-07-09 View Citation

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