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Western Culture And The Ambiguous Legacies Of The Pig, Benton Jay Komins Dec 2001

Western Culture And The Ambiguous Legacies Of The Pig, Benton Jay Komins

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In his paper, "Western Culture and the Ambiguous Legacies of the Pig," Benton Jay Komins provides a cultural lineage of the pig by the example and reading of Piggies by the Beatles. Komins observes that Piggies enacts the possibilities of the ubiquitous pig in Western culture by juxtaposing swinish antics with interpretations of limitation and heartbreak thereby forcing listeners to blur the distinctions between struggle, unrequited love, and boorishness. Komins continues his discussion by locating this juxtaposition within the Western pantheon of real, metaphorical, and imaginary animals, where the pig is noted to have obsessively endured. Komins argues that through ...


Aimé Césaire And Gestures Toward The Universal, Gary Leising Dec 2001

Aimé Césaire And Gestures Toward The Universal, Gary Leising

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In his paper, "Aimé Césaire and Gestures toward the Universal," Gary Leising argues that Césaire's Notebook of a Return to the Native Land presents a speaker struggling with his own identity, torn between a double consciousness of his black African heritage and his French-European education. This dichotomy appears in the poem in terms of his perceptions of his ancestry as well as in symbols of the masculine and feminine in the surrounding landscape. For the speaker, the African appears as the "real" around him, while the European is an "absent presence," and he confronts the two at the poem ...


Introduction To Art, Literature, And The Empirical Paradigm, Aldo Nemesio Sep 2001

Introduction To Art, Literature, And The Empirical Paradigm, Aldo Nemesio

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About Art, Baruch Blich Sep 2001

About Art, Baruch Blich

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In his article, "About Art," Baruch Blich investigates why is art -- and especially modern art -- so difficult to understand? Why do art objects raise questions as to their status? Why scrutinizing art involves semiotics, philosophy of language, linguistics, epistemology, ontology, and even metaphysics? Why art is interpreted by psychoanalysis as well as by behaviorism and psychology of perception? What anthropology and sociology have to do with art and why do we witness art debated in the courtroom concerning copyright issues? In short -- what makes art a crossroad for many and sometimes conflicting disciplines? Is there something in art which compels ...


British Travel Writing About The Americas, 1820-1840: Different And Differentiating Views, Frank Lauterbach Jun 2001

British Travel Writing About The Americas, 1820-1840: Different And Differentiating Views, Frank Lauterbach

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In his article, "British Travel Writing about the Americas, 1820-1840: Different and Differentiating Views," Frank Lauterbach analyzes representations of the United States and South America in British travel writing of the post-Monroe years. His analysis rests on examples from two travelogues by Basil Hall, written in 1824 and 1829, respectively. Lauterbach discusses three related points: 1) Intent on overcoming the colonial affiliation with Anglo-American culture, British travelers try to establish a clear (romance of) difference between themselves and the United States, they employ a post-colonial rhetoric that stresses the strangeness rather than likeness of America; 2) Ironically, US-American responses to ...


Comparativist Interpretations Of The Frontier In Early American Fiction And Literary Historiography, Barbara Buchenau Jun 2001

Comparativist Interpretations Of The Frontier In Early American Fiction And Literary Historiography, Barbara Buchenau

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In her article, "Comparativist Interpretations of the Frontier in Early American Fiction and Literary Historiography," Barbara Buchenau points towards problematic processes of selection and narrative positioning at work in historiographical studies when analyzing and synthesizing early American frontier fiction. Apart from selecting only a small number of literary texts from the large pool of frontier fiction, these over-arching narratives tend to reduce the meaning of the literary works selected to those characteristics that are understood to be of importance for the emerging national literature. Concentrating on two novels long excluded from the American canon, Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie ...


Regional And National Identities In Robert Frost's And T.S. Eliot's Criticism, Angela M. Senst Jun 2001

Regional And National Identities In Robert Frost's And T.S. Eliot's Criticism, Angela M. Senst

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In her essay, "Regional and National Identities in Robert Frost's and T.S. Eliot's Criticism," Angela M. Senst analyzes Robert Frost's and T.S. Eliot's criticism in order to explore their different concepts of culture and to determine their respective regional and national identities: While both poets stress the necessity of unified cultural entities, Frost is deeply committed to the American principle e pluribus unum, whereas Eliot disapproves of internally heterogeneous societies that strive to level out differences which he considers a prerequisite for the mutual revitalization of cultures. Instead, Eliot promotes the idea of intercultural ...


Gender, Literature, And Film In Contemporary East Central European Culture, Anikó Imre Mar 2001

Gender, Literature, And Film In Contemporary East Central European Culture, Anikó Imre

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In her article, "Gender, Literature, and Film in Contemporary East Central European Culture," Anikó Imre discusses gender, literature, and film in Hungary in the context of East Central European national cultures of the 1980s and 1990s. Anikó Imre analyzes the analogous gender structures that underlie both nation and literature in these transitional cultures. She challenges both social science studies of post-communist transitions and studies of East Central European literatures and cultures for their traditional neglect of gendered desire as a political factor. Thereby, Imre adopts a deconstructionist, feminist, and post-colonial approach to Hungarian "postmodernist" literature and film, which, similar to ...


The Systemic Approach, Postcolonial Studies, And Translation Studies: A Review Article Of New Work By Hermans And Tymoczko, Louise Von Flotow Mar 2001

The Systemic Approach, Postcolonial Studies, And Translation Studies: A Review Article Of New Work By Hermans And Tymoczko, Louise Von Flotow

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Popular Culture, Kitsch As Camp, And Film, Benton Jay Komins Mar 2001

Popular Culture, Kitsch As Camp, And Film, Benton Jay Komins

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In his article, "Popular Culture, Kitsch as Camp, and Film," Benton Jay Komins argues that at the crossroads of kitsch, between the irresistibly human and total spuriousness (Milan Kundera's and Clement Greenberg's respective definitions), lies the first serious glimmer of camp. Komins evaluates the connections between the phenomenon of kitsch and the phenomenon of camp through a theoretical discussion and the cinematic language of Percy Adlon's Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989-90). Critics like Susan Sontag and Andrew Ross, as well as Adlon's film, ask us to consider if camp is a pretentious expression of kitsch that belongs ...


The Systemic Approach And Valle-Inclán, Semiotics: A Review Article Of New Work By Iglesias Santos And De Toro, A. Robert Lauer Mar 2001

The Systemic Approach And Valle-Inclán, Semiotics: A Review Article Of New Work By Iglesias Santos And De Toro, A. Robert Lauer

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No abstract provided.