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Showing 1 - 127 of 127 Journals sorted alphabetically
19 : Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
a/b : Auto/Biography Studies : Journal of The Autobiography Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
AALITRA Review     Open Access  
AbeÁfrica : Revista da Associação Brasileira de Estudos Africanos     Open Access  
Abgadiyat     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Abusões     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ACME : Annali della Facoltà di Studi Umanistici dell'Università degli Studi di Milano     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Acta Baltico-Slavica     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Acta Humana     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Literaria     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Neophilologica     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Acta Universitatis Lodziensis : Folia Litteraria Romanica     Open Access  
Acta Universitatis Lodziensis : Folia Litteraria Rossica     Open Access  
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae     Open Access  
Actes de la Journée des Sciences et Savoirs     Open Access  
Actio Nova : Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ad Americam     Open Access  
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Akra Kültür Sanat ve Edebiyat Dergisi / Akra Journal of Culture Art and Literature     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aksara     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Al-Abhath     Full-text available via subscription  
Al-Andalus : Magreb     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ALED : Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Discurso     Open Access  
Aletria : Revista de Estudos de Literatura     Open Access  
Algarrobo-MEL     Open Access  
Alpha (Osorno)     Open Access  
Altralang Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
América sin Nombre     Open Access  
American Book Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
American Journal of Philology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
American Literary Realism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 41)
Anagrama     Open Access  
Anagramas : Rumbos y Sentidos de la Comunicación     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Anales Galdosianos     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Anàlisi : Quaderns de Comunicació i Cultura     Open Access  
ANAPHORA : Journal of Language, Literary and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Âncora : Revista Latino-Americana de Jornalismo     Open Access  
Aniki : Revista Portuguesa da Imagem em Movimento     Open Access  
Annales islamologiques     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Anuari de Filologia. Llengües i Literatures Modernes     Open Access  
Anuario     Open Access  
Anuário de Literatura     Open Access  
Anuario Lope de Vega. Texto, literatura, cultura     Open Access  
Ao Pé da Letra     Open Access  
Appalachian Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Arabia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Archivum     Open Access  
Arethusa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Ars Aeterna     Open Access  
Artelogie     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Arthuriana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Artl@s Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Arts et Savoirs     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal  
Astra Salvensis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Atalanta : Revista de las Letras Barrocas     Open Access  
Atalaya     Open Access  
Ateneo Korean Studies Conference Proceedings     Open Access  
Aturá : Revista Pan-Amazônica de Comunicação     Open Access  
Australian Journal of French Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Australian Literary Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Babel     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Babel : Revista Eletrônica de Línguas e Literaturas Estrangeiras     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Bahasa dan Seni : Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, Seni, dan Pengajarannya     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Balkanologie : Revue d'Études Pluridisciplinaires     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Bamboo and Silk     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Barnboken : Journal of Children's Literature Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Barnelitterært forskningstidsskrift     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Basastra : Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pengajarannya     Open Access  
BASINDO : Jurnal Kajian Bahasa, Sastra Indonesia, dan Pembelajarannya     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Belas Infiéis     Open Access  
Bergen Language and Linguistics Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Between     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Beyond Words     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biblioteca Escolar em Revista     Open Access  
Bibliotheca Dantesca : Journal of Dante Studies     Open Access  
Biography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Bisanzio e l'Occidente     Open Access  
Black Camera     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Black Women, Gender & Families     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 22)
Boletim de Pesquisa NELIC     Open Access  
Boletín de Literatura Comparada     Open Access  
Boletín Galego de Literatura     Open Access  
Book History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 116)
Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Brazilian Journalism Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Bridging Cultures     Open Access  
British (Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Inggris)     Open Access  
Bronte Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Brookings-Wharton Papers on Financial Services     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Brumal. Revista de investigación sobre lo Fantástico     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bulletin De L' Association Thaïlandaise Des Professeurs de Français     Open Access  
Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Bunron : Zeitschrift für literaturwissenschaftliche Japanforschung     Open Access  
Byzantion Nea Hellás     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Caderno de Letras     Open Access  
Caderno de Squibs : Temas em estudos formais da linguagem     Open Access  
Caderno Seminal     Open Access  
Cadernos de Literatura em Tradução     Open Access  
Cahiers Balkaniques     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers d'histoire. Revue d'histoire critique     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Cahiers de civilisation espagnole contemporaine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers de littérature orale     Open Access  
Cahiers de Narratologie     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cahiers du Monde Russe     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Cahiers d’Études Germaniques     Open Access  
Cahiers d’études italiennes     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Cahiers franco-canadiens de l'Ouest     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
caleidoscópio: linguagem e tradução     Open Access  
Callaloo     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Cambridge Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Canadian Journal of European and Russian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Caracol     Open Access  
Carnets : Revue électronique d'études françaises     Open Access  
Carte Italiane     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Catedral Tomada. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana     Open Access  
CAUCE : Revista Internacional de Filología, Comunicación y sus Didácticas     Open Access  
CELEHIS : Revista del Centro de Letras Hispanoamericanas     Open Access  
Cervantes : Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Chasqui. Revista Latinoamericana de Comunicación     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Children's Literature Association Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Chimères     Open Access  
Chinese Studies Journal     Open Access  
Chrétiens et sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ciencies. Cartafueyos Asturianos de Ciencia y Teunoloxía     Open Access  
Cipango     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cipango - French Journal of Japanese Studies. English Selection     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Circe de clásicos y modernos     Open Access  
Claraboia     Open Access  
CLCWeb : Comparative Literature and Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Coastal Review : An Online Peer-reviewed Journal     Open Access  
Cognitive Studies : Études cognitives     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
College Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Colloquia Germanica     Full-text available via subscription  
Colorado Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Commonwealth Essays and Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Communication and Culture Online / Komunikacija i kultura     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comparative Critical Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Comparative Cultural Studies : European and Latin American Perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Comparative Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 56)
Comparative Literature : East & West     Open Access  
Comparative Literature Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 46)
Comunicação & Sociedade     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comunicação e Sociedade     Open Access  
Comunicación y Género     Open Access  
Con Texte     Open Access  
Conexión     Open Access  
Configurations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Conradiana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Consonanze     Open Access  
Contemporary Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Contemporary Pacific     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Contemporary Women's Writing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
COnTEXTES     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Contextes et Didactiques     Open Access  
Contexto     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Convergences Francophones     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Coolabah     Open Access  
Corpus Pragmatics : International Journal of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
CoSMo | Comparative Studies in Modernism     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CR : The New Centennial Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Cracow Indological Studies     Open Access  
Criando     Open Access  
Crime Fiction Studies     Hybrid Journal  
Criticism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Criticón     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Croatica et Slavica Iadertina     Open Access  
Crossways Journal     Open Access  
Cuadernos AISPI     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Ilustración y Romanticismo     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Rusística Española     Open Access  
Cuadernos del CILHA     Open Access  
Cuadernos LIRICO : Revista de la Red Interuniversitaria de Estudios sobre las Literaturas Rioplatenses Contemporáneas en Francia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuban Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cultura de la República : Revista de Análisis Crítico (CRRAC)     Open Access  
Current Writing : Text and Reception in Southern Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Dalhousie French Studies     Open Access  
Das Questões     Open Access  
De Signos y Sentidos     Open Access  
Diagonal : Zeitschrift der Universität Siegen     Hybrid Journal  
Dialectologia     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Dialektika : Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia     Open Access  
Diálogos Latinoamericanos     Open Access  
Dialogues : An Interdisciplinary Journal of English Language Teaching and Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dicenda. Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica     Open Access  
Diciottesimo Secolo : Rivista della Società Italiana di Studi sul Secolo XVIII     Open Access  
Dickens Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Diegesis : Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung     Open Access  
DIGILEC : Revista Internacional de Lenguas y Culturas     Open Access  
DIKBASTRA : Jurnal Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra     Open Access  
Dil ve Edebiyat Araştırmaları     Open Access  
Discours     Open Access   (Followers: 1)

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  • Ethical-Reparative Reconfigurations of the Literary Today

    • Authors: André Cechinel
      Abstract: This essay aims to debate the evidence of an ethical-reparative function for literature and literary studies today. Therefore, it is divided into two fundamental moments, two argumentative channels that, without a totalizing intention, point out the general perspective of the current, changing, stuation. On the one hand, the literature of the 20th century is presented through the image of a supposed negativity or radical intransitivity, capable of “undoing the work” in its “aesthetics of suppression.” On the other hand, from an introductory debate around some of the places of transitivity envisioned for literature at the beginning of the 21th century, the literary is now conceived as an ethical-reparative field, responsible, among others, for “giving visibility,” “remembering,” “repairing damage,” “comforting,” etc. This transition results in a notion of growing discomfort in relation to social artifacts that, even in the artistic field, cannot be reconciled with a utilitarianism that cannot preserve anything intact, not even literature.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:06:50 PST
       
  • “It Is Not All That Bad”—Hitler and Identity-building in Er ist
           wieder da (Look Who’s Back)

    • Authors: Yuan Xue
      Abstract: In Germany, multiculturalism and “leading culture” (Leitkultur) are a pair of closely connected but opposite concepts. Multiculturalism has been accused of being the main reason why culture loses its core cohesion. Despite the persistence of calls for a leading culture in Germany in recent years, many scholars argue that the concept is also problematic. A monopolistic leading culture may be hard to realize in an already pluralistic Europe. I argue that the choice between the two reflects the dilemma of the establishment of German cultural identity. Focusing on the German bestseller Er ist wieder da (Look Who’s Back, 2012), this paper analyses the social, political and economic developments that the image of Hitler mediates. In light of this, this paper will explore how literary representations of Hitler might contribute to the construction of German cultural and national identity.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:06:40 PST
       
  • “Passive Revolutions” after the Crisis of Globalization: Gramsci and
           the Current Culture of Populism

    • Authors: Yuri Brunello
      Abstract: This article compares the ways in which two scholars, the anthropologist Kate Crehan and the philosopher Diego Fusaro, analyze Gramsci’s thought, verifying its current relevance and effectiveness in interpreting populism. In Crehan’s recent Gramscian studies the categories of senso comune and buon senso become crucial. Crehan utilizes categories such as “culture” and senso comune to explain both the Tea Party experience and Donald Trump’s election. Fusaro, on the contrary, is an Italian public intellectual who declares himself a sovereignist and who often includes, among the theoretical references of Italian contemporary sovereignism, the author of Quaderni del carcere. In the book Antonio Gramsci: la passione di essere nel mondo, Fusaro aims to demonstrate how Gramsci’s reflections arise within the theoretical horizon of philosophical idealism, both as regards his views on politics and the economy and his conception of culture: in Fusaro’s opinion, Gramsci is still relevant today because he is anti-capitalist and because he is not hostile, idealistically, to the family and to the establishment of a popular and national state. However, a limitation of Antonio Gramsci: la passione di essere nel mondo is the reductiveness of Gramsci’s conception of culture.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:06:30 PST
       
  • The Logic of "Social Enterprise": The Big Issue Organization and New
           Labour Policy at the Millennial Juncture

    • Authors: Suman Gupta
      Abstract: This paper explores the emergence of and policies and practices underpinning ‘social enterprise’ in Britain: that is, the concept that businesses could provide social services and benefits while returning profits to those who have invested in them. This paper argues that, in Britain, the concept was massaged into existence and adopted as a business and policy model at a particular historical juncture, in the later 1990s and early 2000s. The process involved a careful interweaving of linguistic maneuvers with financial calculations both at the level of specific businesses and at that of political regimes. This process is traced here with reference to a specific organization, the Big Issue, and a particular policy regime, introduced by the New Labour government between 1997 and 2005. For the former, the transition from business activity focused on the Big Issue magazine to brokering activities for the “social enterprise” sector generally is tracked. The New Labour government’s concurrent focus on “social exclusion” and rearticulation of terms denoting sectors providing public services are traced. Thus, light is thrown on the relationship between the strategic terminology deployed at the ground-level of business operations and the top-down level of governmental policy and welfare restructuring in this period.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:06:19 PST
       
  • On a Small Glossary of Academic Anti-Intellectualism

    • Authors: William Díaz Villarreal
      Abstract: This article presents the Small Glossary of Anti-intellectualism, where the most common rhetorical strategies and themes of contemporary academic anti-intellectualism are commented on. Anti-intellectualism is as old as intellectual life itself. However, its contemporary version is historically and sociologically rooted in the very structure of modern culture industry. It is a manifestation of a now universal pseudo-culture (Halbbildung) which, according to Adorno, has become the “dominant form of contemporary consciousness.” Arthur Schlesinger said that anti-intellectualism has long been the anti-Semitism of the businessman; today, anti-intellectualism is certainly the antisemitism of several social and political groups, including academia itself—a fact which by the way might attest to how influential businessman-ideology is in our society. In recent years, education and research have undergone crucial changes that redefine their nature and their relation to society, feeding new forms of anti-intellectualism, which manifest in the vast penetration of managerial discourse in the institutions for higher education. But academic anti-intellectualism is also the result of the institutionalization of ideas, which are naturalized as commonplaces. The six entries of the Glossary that are presented in the final part of this article assume one of the most important tasks of the intellect: to break and open the narrow margins of ossified thought.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:06:09 PST
       
  • Brazilian System of Television, or How to Get a President

    • Authors: Tauan F. Tinti
      Abstract: The purpose of this essay is to draw attention to some perhaps unexpected affinities between a considerably expressive segment of the Brazilian culture industry that for several reasons seems to usually fly under most interpretive radars and a certain regressive frame of mind that is becoming increasingly manifest and now holds both considerable political power and a surprisingly firm grip over a portion of the population whose size is still unclear. The following remarks and associations gesture tentatively at what could be preliminarily defined as a constellation of cultural junk being outlined, its shape against the night sky sometimes resembling maybe a black shirt. The essay then explores the idea that, in the Brazilian context, a particularly bright star of such constellation is the SBT broadcast network, whose assumedly second-rate programming stands in contrast with what is known as the “Globo standard of quality” of its main rival network, which might in itself be revealing of relevant national contradictions.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:06:00 PST
       
  • Introduction: A Return to the Bad Old Times

    • Authors: Fabio Akcelrud Durão et al.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:05:51 PST
       
  • Poetic Explorations in Bill F. Ndi’s Worth Their Weight in Thorns:
           (De)Constructing Hegemonic National Integration and Debating
           Francophonecentric National Governance.

    • Authors: Hassan Mbiydzenyuy Yosimbom
      Abstract: This paper explores “hegemonic national integration” and “Francophonecentric national governance” in The Cameroons (TC) poetic scape. The former refers to La République du Cameroun (LRC)-British Southern Cameroons (BSC) or Southern Cameroons (SC) interconnectedness dominated by Francophones. The latter is governance that promotes a Francophone cultural superiority that refuses to see the Cameroonian world through Southern Cameroonians’ eyes. Cameroonians live in a time of enormous fragmenting “Francophonizing” and “Anglophonizing” processes. To flesh this argument out, this paper borrows critical perspectives from Benhabib’s “democratic iterations” and “deliberative democracy” and Rosenau’s “six-governance typology’ as requisites for good governance. It contends that “hegemonic national integration” and “Francophonecentric national governance” are pervasive features of Bill Ndi’s poetry. Indeed, SC literature of the anti-Francophoncentrism kind such as Nkengasong’s Across the Mongolo, Besong’s Disgrace, Nyamnjoh’s Souls Forgotten, etc., has not been recognized. For demonstrative purposes, focus will be on Ndi’s Worth their Weight in Thorns, a glaring example of such works. TC in which the poems are set is ruled by a power-drunk elite and characterized by socioeconomic and politico-cultural marginalization which is symptomatic of “hegemonic national (dis)integration” and “Francophonecentric national governance”. In TC, national integration and governance have become a kind of postcolonial re-racialization because the disparities between the wealthy/powerful Francophones and the poor/powerless Southern Cameroonians possess something akin to the racial character being witnessed in the USA. Consequently, reading Ndi’s collection from this perspective reveals the ongoing rivalry between the dominant LRC and the dominated SC as a stellar representation of a master-servant relationship.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:57:42 PST
       
  • Language and Betrayal: Posthuman Ethics in Kazuo Ishiguro’s
           Never Let Me Go

    • Authors: Netty Mattar
      Abstract: Netty Mattar discusses in her article “Language and Betrayal: Posthuman Ethics in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go” the complexities of ethical compassion in this biotechnological age. Mattar highlights how genetic technology creates new forms of life that dissolve the line between ‘human’ and ‘technology.’ In spite of this, contemporary ethical discussions do not take into account changing conceptions of human subjectivity and instead reinstate older assumptions about what ‘human’ is. Mattar argues that speculative fiction (SF), as a self-conscious play on signs and signification, can draw attention to how ethical responses are determined by the language we use. Mattar reads Kazuo Ishiguro’s SF novel Never Let Me Go as a critique of liberal humanist ethical discourse, which eliminates difference as it promises inclusion. She argues that Ishiguro’s uncanny narrative presents a posthuman ethics that forces the reader to confront their own dependence on exclusionary understandings of ‘human’.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:57:29 PST
       
  • The Symbolism of Clothing: The Naked Truth About Jacques Lacan

    • Authors: Peter D. Mathews
      Abstract: In the work of Jacques Lacan there exists an extended metaphor of clothing, whereby the ‘naked’ truth is always ‘clothed’ in deception. For Lacan, clothing functions at the intersection of the symbolic and the imaginary, with outward appearance shaping what we imagine to be underneath in order to determine the landscape of symbolic desire. Joan Copjec considers the political implications of this metaphor, arguing that utilitarianism, in particular, divides desire into a false dichotomy of rational, naked desire, and the ornamental clothing of irrationality, a mindset woven into both capitalism and French colonialism. The article then examines two examples from Lacan’s commentary on ethics: the story of Saint Martin and the beggar, and the myth of Actaeon and Diana, further demonstrating how clothing metaphors are entwined with notions of truth and deception. The article concludes by considering whether Lacan’s words are similarly clothed in deception, and ponders whether he should be telling us the naked truth. Lacan weighs both options and concludes that the most effective form of communication constitutes a double bluff in which he strategically pretends to lie, not for the sake of deception, but in order to ‘clothe’ (and thus protect) the naked truth concealed underneath.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:57:18 PST
       
  • Returning to East Africa via India: On M. G. Vassanji’s And Home
           Was Kariakoo

    • Authors: Shizen Ozawa
      Abstract: In his article “Returning to East Africa via India,” Shizen Ozawa examines how M. G. Vassanji further develops his diasporic aesthetics in his latest travel book/ memoir And Home Was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa (2014) from two perspectives. First, the essay explores some possible influences of his earlier travelogue A Place Within: Rediscovering India (2008). It seems partly because of his deepening relationship with his land of ancestral origin that in And, Vassanji emphasizes the cross-continental connections between East Africa and India more strongly than in his earlier works. Especially, he characterizes the very presence of Asian Africans as testimony to the enduring relationship between the two regions in spite of the post-colonial turbulence they had gone through. Second, my article examines how Vassanji at the same time affirms his “African” identity. Describing East Africa as a place to return to, he foregrounds his strong attachment to it. Moreover, he highlights the emergence of a racially inclusive society in which Asian Africans can feel a genuine sense of belonging. By doing so, Vassanji widens the corpus of an Asian African literature and at the same time brings a new phase in his own diasporic writing.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:57:07 PST
       
  • Tituba, “Dark Eve” in the Origins of the American Myth: The Subject of
           History and Writing about Salem

    • Authors: Junghyun Hwang
      Abstract: Recasting the Salem witchcraft trials in light of Walter Benjamin’s theses on historiography, this paper revisits the question of history by examining ways in which Tituba is dis/con-figured as the subject of American history in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Maryse Condé’s I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. Both stories of persecution revolve around the figure of Tituba, a slave from the Caribbean to whom the beginning of the witch trials is attributed, as the nodal point of different modes of representing the Salem history. The telos in Miller’s drama coincides with the subject-formation of Proctor as the legitimate inheritor of American history from the Puritan civilizing mission to the Cold War Manichean worldview. Miller’s reaffirmation of the American myth is problematic because it ends up reproducing the same oppressive ideology it proposes to criticize by displacing its contradictions onto peripheral figures. Condé begins from this periphery, collecting pieces from disparate historical and cultural records into a collage of Tituba’s story, which does not reproduce, but instead ruptures, the narrative of progress. Condé captures history not as linear but sedimented, and Tituba does not progress to identify with the American telos but re-articulates the sum total of its ideology.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:56:53 PST
       
  • Socrates the Degenerate: Irony as Trope of Decadence

    • Authors: Daniel R. Adler
      Abstract: Decadence is typically associated with a fall from, or an opposition to, ideals of civilization. Western Civilization traditionally traces its roots to the culture of Ancient Greece. While theorists of periodicity from Vico to Nietzsche and Deleuze, to Hayden White and other contemporary scholars, associate decadence with excess, artificiality and over-indulgence, they also recognize that decadence often incorporates pre-civilized, base or “Other” tendencies. Paradoxically, decadence as a degeneration of an original culture’s values can also rejuvenate that culture’s core values through mutation so that a new version of the original culture arises. In literature, degeneration has also been associated with the master trope of irony. Throughout ages when language fails to capture reality, or reality and ideals clash in other ways, irony results. Self-consciousness, for example, is inherently ironic, and could be set in contrast to “Golden Age” literature, in which master tropes such as metonymy and synecdoche dominate. Perhaps one of the first instances of a decadent character in Western literature was Plato’s Socrates, whose irony appears throughout the Dialogues as dissembling. If this is one of Socrates’ key characteristics, could it be why philosophy has been categorized as pre- and post-Socratic' Here I examine how Socratic irony relates to degenerative aspects of Greek society; better determine what we mean by the “Western” tradition that is supposed to have begun during the fifth century; and suggest that a society, a literature, or an individual must encounter an affirmative or positive irony to turn from degeneration to regeneration.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:56:40 PST
       
  • Exploring the Margins of Kotha Culture : Reconstructing a Courtesan’s
           life in Neelum Saran Gour’s Requiem in Raga Janki

    • Authors: Chhandita Das et al.
      Abstract: In their article, “Exploring the Margins of Kotha Culture: Reconstructing a Courtesan’s life in Neelum Saran Gour’s Requiem in Raga Janki,” Chhandita Das and Priyanka Tripathi discuss the invisible challenges in life of a famous courtesan Janki Bai Ilahabadi through close analysis of Neelum Saran Gour’s 2018 novel, Requiem in Raga Janki. In this novel, Janki belongs to the infamous kotha but she never fails to seek her subjectivity. This marginal place of Janaki’s belonging will be discussed by appropriating and the theoretical framework of Indian feminist Lata Singh’s (2007) for whom courtesans have been represented as “‘other’ in history” (1677). Other than Singh, bell hooks’ ‘margin as a space of radical openness’ (Yearning 228), Veena Oldenburg’s spectacular scholarship on courtesans’ in ‘Lifestyle as Resistance’ (1990) will be synthesized to deconstruct the social hierarchy. Although baijis or tawaifs in India possess rich artistic heritage but surprisingly enough they have been often in a questionable space wherein their individual and social integrity has been compromised. Gour attempts to rewrite life of a courtesan from Allahabad and in the process creates an alternative discourse or understanding of a courtesan’s life through Janki, matron, yes! not patron of Indian classical music and tradition.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:56:27 PST
       
  • Identity Reconfigurations, Memory and Personal History in Norman Manea and
           Saul Bellow’s ‘Spoken Book’

    • Authors: Simona Antofi et al.
      Abstract: In their paper, “Identity Reconfigurations, Memory and Personal History in Norman Manea and Saul Bellow’s Spoken Book, ”Simona Antofi and Nicoleta Ifrim analyze the book of interviews Settling My Accounts Before I Go Away: A Words & Images Interview, a two-authored mirror-like writing in which two biographical courses and two scriptural identities engage in dialogue. Their aim is to define a double reading effect embedded into the self-oriented narrative: a collective history of the Jewish exile from the communist totalitarian space (Soviet and Romanian) towards the “promised land,” with literary, cultural and political insertions; then, the legitimation of an implicit “identity pilgrimage” of the two writers in dialogue, with peculiarities stemming from each one’s existential path, in permanent reference to dominant history. Aside from the latent "Jewish question," which subtextually directs the existential and cultural choices of the two writers-confessors, the intercultural dialogue with the European and American literary space also marks the becoming of some problematic identities projected onto the inside of their own “life stories.”
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:56:14 PST
       
  • Beyond Victimhood: Female Agency in Nigerian Civil War Novels

    • Authors: Enajite E. Ojaruega
      Abstract: Enajite E. Ojaruega discusses in her “Beyond Victimhood: Female Agency in Nigerian Civil War Novels” the agential roles women played during the Nigeria-Biafra war as reflected in selected fictional narratives. Female characters are generally impacted negatively by their individual and collective war-time experiences. However, there is another important aspect of women's war-time experiences that has largely been underplayed in most historical or literary accounts on war. Female agency recognizes this gender’s participatory roles during the conflict as they reconstruct their subjectivity in more beneficial ways in the unfolding circumstances of war. Women are depicted as being able to explore their womanhood and other available resources within diverse social, political and economic spheres to make a difference during the extremely traumatic period.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:56:02 PST
       
  • Confucianism and Folklore in Vietnamese Fantasy Short Stories: The
           Case of Ghost Stories

    • Authors: Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan
      Abstract: Truyền kỳ, which is a genre of fantasy short stories, was formed and developed in the historic period of medieval literature of Vietnam in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Despite being derived from a similar Chinese genre, the truyền kỳ of Vietnam was the work of the endogenous development of the national fantasy short story, which was closely associated with folk literature and historical prose. However, at the time of its inception, as well as at the glorious top of this genre, truyền kỳ had never been accepted as an official genre. It was rather a metaphor for unorthodox discourse in formal Confucian society. The reason is that truyền kỳ founded the first elements of folk narrative genres that were considered inferior and which Confucius advised Confucians to reject. Therefore, truyền kỳ deeply influenced Confucian doctrines, yet in this genre by itself, the deficiencies of Confucian philosophy related to the metaphysical world were exposed in competition with other non Confucian religions that had emerged, such as Buddhism, Taoism, and especially folklore. By analyzing ghost stories that represent the most typical case or expression of the complex relationship between Confucianism and folklore in the Vietnamese truyền kỳ genre, this article concludes that all the ontological crises of Confucianists that manifested in truyền kỳ derived from this tradition of folklore which created a minor discourse of a Confucian literatus who wrote on the periphery of official Confucianism.
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:55:50 PST
       
  • Representation of Terror and Terrorism in Two Arab Films: Paradise Now
           (2005) by Hany Abu-Assad and Horses of God (2012) by Nabil Ayouch

    • Authors: Mustapha Hamil
      Abstract: Middle Eastern violence and terrorism are not novel subjects in world cinema, especially American cinema. The Arab or Muslim other in these films is always presented as someone who epitomises a culture of violence, directed mostly against innocent civilians. Against the backdrop of Hollywood’s stereotypical representation of Middle-Easterners as advocate of indiscriminate terror and terrorism, Arab filmmakers have turned in recent years to the representation of terror and religious extremism. Paradise Now (Abu Assad 2005) and Horses of God (Ayouch 2012) address the controversial issue of suicide bombing with the same motivation: to examine the choice of suicide bombing within its immediate socio-economic and politico-religious milieu. Both works have raised eyebrows in the Arab world as well as in the West as to their unorthodox cinematographic representation of terrorism. For a reason. Both films tend to demystify the idea of martyrdom while still granting the suicide bombers their humanity.
      PubDate: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:01:40 PDT
       
  • Looking Back, or Re-visioning: Contemporary American Jewish Poets on
           “Lot’s Wife”

    • Authors: Anat Koplowitz-Breier
      Abstract: Although mentioned only twice in Genesis (19:17, 26), Lot’s wife has been a topic of much discussion amongst both traditional and modern commentators and exegetes. The traditional midrashim seek to explain why she chose to disregard the instructions she was given and the nature of her punishment. In doing so, they follow two principal directions, representing her a) negatively as a wicked sinner, a Sodomite who acted as such even before disobeying the divine decree not to look backwards—thus linking her disobedience with her intrinsic character (e.g., curious, greedy, inhospitable, faithless); or b) positively as a loving mother and daughter. However, as opposed to the androcentric traditional midrash, the Jewish American women poets, who write midrashic-poetry, re-read the biblical story with a feminine/feminist lens, making what Alicia Ostriker calls “revisionist mythmaking.” As such, they very rarely take the first route, almost always highlighting Lot’s wife’s positive—female—aspects. In this article, I shall analyze nine poems written by American Jewish women poets from the 1980s until 2015, who draw on the biblical text in order to deal with contemporary issues or contextualize it in the modern period.
      PubDate: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:01:29 PDT
       
  • Resisting Pacification: Locating Tension in G'Ebinyo Ogbowei's
           Poetry

    • Authors: Niyi Akingbe et al.
      PubDate: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:01:18 PDT
       
 
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