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  • Zero Hour and the Changing Same: Aesthetic Modernism and Black Nationalist Identity

    Author:Lauri Scheyer

    Abstract: Abstract: What is the meaning of Zero Hour for African Americans? The Zero Hour of May 8, 1945 was a celebratory moment to mark “the victory of the cause of freedom,” in the immortal words of Winston Churchill. But what could Zero Hour signify for African Americans who continued to encounter racist and discriminatory practices at the end of the war and into the present? The history of African...

    Vol. 4 No. 1 Jun 2020      Time:2020-07-06 View Citation

  • Modernist Non-Events: Disappearing Modernisms in New York and Singapore

    Author:David Kellogg

    Abstract: Abstract: A 1942 meeting of T.S. Eliot in a BBC recording studio with George Orwell, alongside several Caribbean and British Indian writers of color, suggests a multicultural vision of high modernism that never quite happened. The exemplary modernism of Eliot’s The Waste Land prompted a number of imitations, extensions, and experiments, only some of which made it into subsequent literary histo...

    Vol. 4 No. 1 Jun 2020      Time:2020-07-06 View Citation

  • Fractured Feminine Selves, Autospecular Affect, and Global Modernity: Meena Alexander and the Postcolonial Artist as a Woman

    Author:Parvinder Mehta

    Abstract: Abstract: This essay takes up the modernist tradition of representing fractured feminine selves in the work of contemporary Asian-American author Meena Alexander (1951–2018), examining her representation of the postcolonial artist through a critical exploration of autospecular affect. Drawing on modernist impulses—the breakdown of human communication, the inefficacy of language, as well as ex...

    Vol. 4 No. 1 Jun 2020      Time:2020-07-06 View Citation

  • Entropy and Utopia @ Zero Hour: Modernity and the Manhattan Project

    Author:Gary Huafan He

    Abstract: Abstract: This paper critically reexamines the canonical utopic scene from the end of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust II (1832) through the writings of the British-born Yale physicist Dr. William Francis Gray Swann (1884–1962), who composed one hundred years later a book on the philosophy of contemporary physical science titled The Architecture of the Universe (1934). In his text, Swann in...

    Vol. 4 No. 1 Jun 2020      Time:2020-07-06 View Citation

  • 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...

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

  • 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 ...

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

  • 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 ...

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

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

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