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  • Globalization: A Dialogue

    Author:Ottmar Ette, Ruan Wei

    Abstract:  The issue of globalization has long been a subject that has garnered the attention of the international academic community. In June 2019, Professor Ottmar Ette and Professor Ruan Wei engaged in a discussion on this topic at Hunan Normal University.Ottmar Ette has been Chair of Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam, Brandenburg since 1995. His research and teaching focus on Alexander ...

    Vol. 3 No. 2 Dec. 2019      Time:2020-01-13 View Citation

  • Reordberend in Old English Poetry

    Author:Carolyn S. Gonzalez

    Abstract: Abstract: A peculiar term appears in five Old English poems. The term is “reordberend,” which translates to “speech-bearers” in modern English. The reordberend are described in Dream of the Rood, Daniel, Andreas, the Christ poems, and Elene. Speech is the defining characteristic of humanity in these poems, an intrinsic part of what it is to be human. However, objects also speak in Old Engli...

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  • Applications of Indigenous Presence: The Osage Orthography Amplifying Traditional Language Resurgence

    Author:Jake Barrett-Mills

    Abstract: Abstract: It is generally accepted that languages underpin communal and national identities the world over. This importance holds particularly true for subjugated peoples, and few have been so systematically dispossessed as the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This essay argues that the revitalization and re-vision of Indigenous languages deploys a potent assertion of Indigenous sovereignty ...

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  • Gender and the Chinese Tradition of Translation

    Author:Zaixi Tan

    Abstract: Abstract: In the much-discussed Chinese tradition of translation, prominence was almost always given to men translators and translation thinkers, as though they were the entirety of the Chinese translation landscape. This essay discusses the work performed by Chinese women for centuries in the field of translation and translation discourse. Starting from an examination of the presence of women ...

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  • Zero Hour: Simone White and D.S. Marriott

    Author:David Grundy

    Abstract: Abstract: This essay has two strands. It examines Simone White’s writing on U.S. Trap in Dear Angel of Death (2017), bringing in questions of gender and of the history of writings of “The Music,” in dialogue with thinkers such as Amiri Baraka and Nathaniel Mackey. Historicizing writings on Black music, and their intersections with questions of gender and class, the essay also reflects on the...

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  • The Text of the Context: John Marrant’s Literary Identity

    Author:Martin Japtok

    Abstract: Abstract: “The Text of the Context: John Marrant’s Literary Identity” argues, in relation to Marrant’s A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black that identity, blackness, and masculinity are all deeply context-dependent, and that it is difficult at best to establish any fixed meanings for those terms that transcend historical periods. There are continuities, o...

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  • “My Shadow Has Gone Mad”: Irony and Self-Consciousness in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Shadow

    Author:Eli Park Sorensen

    Abstract: Abstract: Hans Christian Andersen’s international breakthrough as the author of fairytales came during the 1840s. In 1846, Andersen arrived in Italy after a hugely successful but exhausting book tour through several European countries. In Italy, Anderson would write on two works: an autobiography, The True Story of My Life, and a strange—and highly atypical (at least by Andersen’s standards)...

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  • “An Aquatic Reverie” | Mallarmé’s Writing on Water and the Naming of Waves

    Author:Clark Lunberry

    Abstract: Abstract: At his home outside Paris, in Valvin, Stéphane Mallarmé spent much time on his small boat dreamily sailing upon the Seine, seeing this body of flowing water as a site for inspiration and inscription. Indeed, Mallarmé once confided to a friend, “I no longer write a poem without an aquatic reverie running through it,” and that, for him, poetry was like an “oar stroke,” and the sail,...

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  • Shakespeare and Experimental American Poetry

    Author:Alan Golding

    Abstract: Abstract: Why the particular emphasis proposed in my title on Shakespeare’s importance for experimental or avant-garde American poetry? We can take Shakespeare’s significance for American poetry generally, as for most writers in the English language, as a given. One can certainly trace Shakespeare’s presence in a wide range of more mainstream twentieth-century poetry, from John Berryman to A...

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  • When Interfaces Interfere: Crashlands, Cancer, and Embodied Gaming

    Author:Brian Reed

    Abstract: Abstract: In Gameworld Interfaces, Kristine Jørgensen maintains that the best interfaces provide an optimal amount of useful information about a gameworld without becoming obtrusive. Video games are, however, complex objects, and sometimes they serve purposes other than entertaining users through facilitating immersive gameplay. They can, for instance, promote educational and aesthetic ends tha...

    Vol. 3 No. 2 Dec. 2019      Time:2020-01-13 View Citation

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