Did You Hear What They Said?: The Symbology of Mass Media in David Henderson’s “They Are Killing All the Young Men”
Jean-Philippe Marcoux
In this article, I propose to analyze Henderson’s “They Are Killing All the Young Men” in terms of how he deconstructs the symbology of mass media, a representational apparatus responsible for and erected to support the historical and systemic dehumanization of African Americans. By symbology of the media, I mean the complex intersections of agencies and institutions, whose agenda and ideol...
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Ambivalent Aestheticism: John Butler Yeats’s Legacy to His Son
Robert Archambeau
William Butler Yeats’s ambivalent relationship to aestheticism has rarely been discussed in relation to the views and actions of his father, the painter John Butler Yeats, who had a similarly conflicted relationship to the movement. This article traces the influence of the father’s thinking on the son via an examination of their correspondence and conversations, as well as an examination of ...
Page 56-62
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Bounded and Unbounded Field Functions in Atkins and Olson
Tyrone Williams
This essay discusses the poetry and poetics of Charles Olson and Russell Atkins, two figures whose theories of poetics and literary practices are not customarily addressed in relation to each other. This potentially disputatious comparison is largely oriented towards Atkins’s biography. Still, this text is less an argument than a series of interrogatives posed in the indicative voice, a tribut...
Page 63-68
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Accountable Relationality
Jonathan Stalling
This article includes an excerpt of the artist’s statement that opens the English version of a new book project, “Mirrored Resonance: Interlanguage Art, Poetics, Technology,” a multifaceted project involving linguistics (phonology), poetics, macroeconomics, and cultural theory as embodied by visual arts and poetry on the one hand and applied linguistics (of dictionary, textbook, transcriptio...
Page 69-77
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“But What’s Nationality These Days?”: Cosmopolitanism Old and New in the Prologue of In a Free State
Weiwei Xu
In the prologue ofIn a Free State, Naipaul casts his writer’s net over a multiplicity of underprivileged transnationals, to discuss a series of complex issues of nationality, border-crossing and immigration in violent collision with cosmopolitan ideals. Focusing on the suffering of the tramp, Naipaul questions the social viability of cosmopolitanism on the one hand, and on the other hand fores...
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Free Your Mind: Funk Transfigured as Black Cultural Aesthetics
Tony Bolden
“Free Your Mind: Funk Transfigured as Black Cultural Aesthetics” is a social history of the development of funk music in the late 1960s and 1970s. Using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes literary criticism and a variant of ethnomusicology, the essay examines the coalescence of various socio-historical factors that gave rise to funk music and the transfiguration of the word “funk”...
Page 85-99
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Relationality and Analog: Henry James’s Queer Portraiture in The Wings of the Dove and The Golden Bowl
Wenwen Guo
After identifying instances of queer looking in James’s The Wings of the Dove and The Golden Bowl, I propose to read these instances of queer visual encounter as symptomatic of larger intersubjective engagements that pivot around a relational principle. I read James’s portraits of thinking as regress or progress to an analog-centered way of communication, which signals a larger anachronistic ...
Page 100-113
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Virtual Worlds: Hypothetical Focalization in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!
Paul Jaussen
The narrative device of hypothetical focalization is a central yet underappreciated stylistic feature of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! First coined by David Herman in 1994, “hypothetical focalization” refers to the use of virtual, non-existent, or possible subject-positions from which to generate a narrative perspective. In the case of Absalom, various forms of this device are deploye...
Page 114-127
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Integrating “The Classical” and “The Creative” in Literature: Friedrich Nietzsche, Oscar Wilde, and T. S. Eliot
Zhuyu Jiang
Impulses towards “the classical” and “the creative” both may function in literary goals and composition. Some critics pose these motives in opposition to each other but their relationship can be both complementary and contrasting. Such a point can find support in many literary critics’ argument, from Plato and Aristotle in the ancient world, to Alexander Pope and Wordsworth of later times...
Page 128-133
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The Categorization and Functions of “Overhearing” in Narrative
Yizhong Ning
This essay addresses the topic of “overhearing,” one of the most frequent but rarely studied narrative phenomena, by citing examples from both Chinese and English texts. By analyzing varied examples of “overhearing,” this essay demonstrates the diverse literary functions of this phenomenon by proposing a method of categorization and a framework to consider types of relevant situations. The ...
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