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Contemporary Literature
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.133
Number of Followers: 22  
 
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ISSN (Print) 0010-7484 - ISSN (Online) 1548-9949
Published by U of Wisconsin Press Homepage  [10 journals]
  • The Archival Poetics of Claudia Rankine's Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An
           American Lyric
    • Abstract: The X-ray image of a cancerous breast lump, warning labels from assorted prescription medication bottles, still shots of well-known movies, and photographs of unused stretchers at Ground Zero in New York City are among the visual materials in Claudia Rankine's volume Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004). The images of memorial artifacts mix with those from U.S. news media at the turn of the twenty-first century, which highlight, for example, TV coverage of the death of Princess Diana, the execution of Timothy McVeigh, and the acts of racist police violence that caused the death of Amadou Diallo and the near death of Abner Louima. A constellation of photographs and text―prose poems extending into an ... Read More
      Keywords: American poetry; Concrete poetry; English fiction
      PubDate: 2018-05-31T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Joseph Anton's Digital Doppelgänger: Salman Rushdie and the Rhetoric
           of Self-Fashioning
    • Abstract: @SalmanRushdie―who are you' why are you pretending to be me' Release this username. you are a phoney. all followers please note.In September 2015, Salman Rushdie sat for an interview on PBS NewsHour to discuss his latest novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (2015). He discussed topics such as fiction's relationship to history, the need to preserve cultural artifacts, and the decline of political engagement in the face of atrocity, but the online article accompanying the interview displayed the following headline: "Why Salman Rushdie Is Probably Quitting Twitter" (Carlson and Segal). At first glance, these two versions of Rushdie―the respected novelist and the online celebrity―seem diametrically ... Read More
      Keywords: American poetry; Concrete poetry; English fiction
      PubDate: 2018-05-31T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Passing as Post-Racial: Philip Roth's The Human Stain, Political
           Correctness, and the Post-Racial Passing Narrative
    • Abstract: In March 2016, Robert Folsom published an article in The Socionomist declaring that the rise of Donald Trump as a viable presidential candidate marked "the violent death of political correctness" (1). Folsom argued that while "[t]he conventional narrative on Trump is that he has succeeded despite his rejection of political correctness," the "truth is that he has in large part succeeded because of it" (4). Indeed, the past few years have seen the rise of vigorous, mainstream opposition to many multiculturalist policies associated with political correctness at all levels and from all directions: from the Supreme Court's back and forth on voting rights and affirmative action, to the 2015 spate of articles that derided ... Read More
      Keywords: American poetry; Concrete poetry; English fiction
      PubDate: 2018-05-31T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Stories of the State: Literary Form and Authoritarianism in Ninotchka
           Rosca's State of War
    • Abstract: In 1979, Filipino novelist and publisher F. Sionil José wrote a letter to an American friend, translator and scholar Sam E. Solberg, to ask for help publishing his novel Mass. Completed in 1976, and the fourth novel in the quintet known as the Rosales Saga, Mass is a tale of revolutionary commitment in the early Marcos period. In José's estimation, given his prior experience as a publisher under Ferdinand Marcos's regime, this was a manuscript "which is unpublishable here" ("Letter"). As he later put it, "In the first days of Martial Law [of 1972], many writers, particularly journalists, who had displeased Marcos and his wife were imprisoned" ("Marcos Years" 329). Ninotchka Rosca was one of those writers ... Read More
      Keywords: American poetry; Concrete poetry; English fiction
      PubDate: 2018-05-31T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Making Words Global
    • Abstract: Jamie Hilder's first savvy move in this highly readable, compelling book is to focus on a work of concrete poetry that could never be identified with the pictorial, playful, or Pop―Mary Ellen Solt's often-anthologized "Forsythia," for example. Instead, Hilder focuses on a work that is nearly Brutalist in its severity (were it to be architecture) or uncompromising in its minimalism like a painting by Malevich or Ad Reinhardt, the plinth of 2001: A Space Odyssey, or the dark blocks that punctuate Donald Barthelme's story "The Explanation." Austrian artist Heinz Gappmayr's "Zeichen" (Sign) from 1965, reproduced just before the start of the first chapter of Designed Words, teases the eye: the edges of the black ... Read More
      Keywords: American poetry; Concrete poetry; English fiction
      PubDate: 2018-05-31T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Queer Theory's Bad Breakup: Psychoanalysis, Romantic Love, Negativity
    • Abstract: "Love: not too sexy, politically conservative, repetitive, domestic, and even a bit dowdy"; that is Ashley T. Shelden, early in her book Unmaking Love: The Contemporary Novel and the Impossibility of Union (4). The judgment is not Shelden's, but a canny summing up of the ways queer theorists have traditionally treated the rhetoric of love, as opposed to the seemingly more intriguing matters of sex and death. Shelden's work thus begins by revisiting a cluster of debates from the late 1990s and 2000s that animated the then-nascent field of queer theory. As graduate students during those years, my student peers and I watched the polemic play out with awe and trepidation; from our notably cheap and distant seats, we ... Read More
      Keywords: American poetry; Concrete poetry; English fiction
      PubDate: 2018-05-31T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
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