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  • Integrating Culture into Beginner-Level Chinese Language Teaching

    Author:Page 94-103

    Abstract: Culture is widely regarded as imperative for foreign language (FL) education because culture and language intertwine when people use language for communication. Many teachers and scholars who agree with this argument tend to integrate culture into advanced-level language courses. However, culture is insufficiently integrated into beginner-level FL courses. This insufficiency comes from teachers...

    Vol. 2 No. 2 Dec. 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

  • Ashbery Alpha and Omega: Presentism, Historicism, and Vice Versa

    Author:Barrett Watten

    Abstract: This reading of a single poem from the last collection of verse John Ashbery published before his death in 2017 sees it as an example of a concept of “presentism” that differs from modernist or postmodern accounts of the “present” associated with abstraction or immanence. Rather, Ashbery’s presentism is historical in being based on overlapping and discontinuous linguistic and experiential ...

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  • Writing Poetry that Focuses on the Autobiographical

    Author:Hank Lazer

    Abstract: Poetry has other possibilities than the autobiographical. This essay presents an argument against an over-reliance on a Western bourgeois capitalist concept of the self and self-expression in contemporary American poetry. An alternative balance is presented through Zen Buddhist and Daoist perspectives on the self, particularly as seen in the writing of Dogen, ancient Chinese poetry, and, more r...

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  • “Seek it in Poetry”: John Dewey, William Carlos Williams, and Avant-Gardist Educational Reform

    Author:Alan Golding

    Abstract: This essay looks at the unlikely conjunction of avant-garde poetics, educational reform, and the ideas of John Dewey in the work of William Carlos Williams, a conjunction unaddressed in the major critical treatment of Williams and Dewey, John Beck’s Writing the Radical Center. I focus mainly on Williams’s work of the 1920s, when he was reading Dewey’s essays in The Dial and thinking through ...

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  • In Search of a Nuyorican Sixties: Reading the Pedro Pietri and Jack Agüeros Archives

    Author:Urayoán Noel

    Abstract: Although Nuyorican poetry is typically identified with the founding of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the 1970s, New York Puerto Rican had been active since the 1960s, embodying a poetic and political activism that would help define the Nuyorican tradition. The institutional archives of two of these poets, Pedro Pietri (1943-2004) and Jack Agüeros (1934-2014), reveal the richness and complexity o...

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  • “A Vagabond and a Slave”: Frankenstein as (African-American) Slave Narrative

    Author:Grant Matthew Jenkins

    Abstract: Although several studies have examined the influence of the context of slavery on Romanticism as well as Romanticism’s influence on the discourse of abolition, few have considered the ways in which narratives by former slaves who lived in the Americas have conditioned the production of Romanticism. Written soon after the abolition of the slave trade in England, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in ...

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  • Richard Wright’s “Basket of Deplorables”: The Return of the Lumpenproletariat in U.S. Political Discourse

    Author:Joshua Lam

    Abstract: ​Political coverage of the US presidential election of 2016 involved numerous theories about the motivations of Donald Trump’s supporters. These theories were often tied to racial and socioeconomic demographics, and based in speculations about racism and prejudice. Some of the rhetoric in these speculations, such as Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” analogy and the informal term “...

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  • Maggie O’Sullivan’s Notational Poetics

    Author:A. J. Carruthers

    Abstract: The poetry of Maggie O’Sullivan, a poet associated with the British Poetry Revival, activates prosodic dissonance and incorporates music, which is to say musical scores. In works like From the Handbook of That & Furriery and Palace of Reptiles, musical scores are collaged into the body of the poem. Using the phrase “notational poetics,” this analysis is as much concerned with poems that soun...

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  • Reading Li Shang-yin

    Author:Massimo Verdicchio

    Abstract: The fate of poets like Li Shang-yin, who are labeled “medieval,” is never to be modern. Critics both ancient and modern read them within a perspective they call “medieval” and will not allow these poets the freedom of expression which is rightly theirs and which qualifies them as baroque and, hence, “modern.” In the paper I examine the case of Li Shang-yin and what makes him not only a gr...

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  • African American Literature and the Gothic: Some Critical Usage Considerations

    Author:Martin Japtok

    Abstract: As the term gothic has moved out from its confined space in 18th and 19th century European literature and is now applied to many literatures, both past and present, its definition has also become more and more expansive. The essay argues that critics should be more modest in the application of the gothic, not least by asking themselves whether “gothic” is the appropriate term to use to descri...

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