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Southern American Regional Sensibility Versus The North, Krzysztof Kowalczyk-Twarowski Jun 2001

Southern American Regional Sensibility Versus The North, Krzysztof Kowalczyk-Twarowski

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In his paper, "Southern American Regional Sensibility versus the North," Krzysztof Kowalczyk-Twarowski investigates some key myths underlying the culture of the American South. Kowalczyk-Twarowski discusses the issue of national versus regional sensibility in early statesmen and writers such as Thomas Jefferson, George Fitzhugh, and John C. Calhoun. Starting with the mythology that evolved about North-South relations in the wake of the Civil War, Kowalczyk-Twarowski delineates some steps in the construction of regional feeling. In his analysis of the latter, Kowalczyk-Twarowski argues that the romanticized image of the South is a product of Northern needs for an antidote to the fast ...


Canadian Feminist Writing And American Poetry, Eugenia Sojka Jun 2001

Canadian Feminist Writing And American Poetry, Eugenia Sojka

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In her article, "Canadian Feminist Writing and American Poetry," Eugenia Sojka explores contemporary English-Canadian feminist avant-garde and language-focused writing and its intertextual linkages with American Language Poets. Texts of English-Canadian feminist writers such as Lola Lemire Tostevin, Daphne Marlatt, Betsy Warland, Erin Mouré, and Gail Scott are read with reference to ideas and hniques inscribed in the writing of Ron Silliman, Charles Berstein, Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian, and Carla Harryman. Sojka focuses first on the socio-historical dimension of the writing and proceeds to the exploration of several discourses inscribed in the texts of writers associated with both groups. Their texts ...


From Redskin To Redneck: Atrocity And Revenge In American Writing, Terence Martin Jun 2001

From Redskin To Redneck: Atrocity And Revenge In American Writing, Terence Martin

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In his article, "From Redskin to Redneck: Atrocity and Revenge in American Writing," Terence Martin argues that one of the basic narrative patterns in American writing is that of revenge for the violation of innocence. Martin explores in his study Robert Montgomery Bird's Nick of the Woods, Brian Garfield's Death Wish, and John Grisham's A Time to Kill, texts in which ambiguities of the pattern are expressed in a dramatic and disquieting fashion. After brutality to innocent victims precipitates the action, each of these novels identifies predators and revenge figures and thus sets in motion an escalating ...


Selected Bibliography For The Study Of Interculturality In The Americas: Theories And Practice, Barbara Buchenau, Marietta Messmer Jun 2001

Selected Bibliography For The Study Of Interculturality In The Americas: Theories And Practice, Barbara Buchenau, Marietta Messmer

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No abstract provided.


Fay Weldon's Late Bloomers And Comedy And A Lawyer, A Vet, And A Couple Of Dogs, One Of Them Dead, Susan Rote Siferd Jun 2001

Fay Weldon's Late Bloomers And Comedy And A Lawyer, A Vet, And A Couple Of Dogs, One Of Them Dead, Susan Rote Siferd

Dissertations

Creative dissertation begins with a critical study of comedy as Weldon employs it in her novels of marriage, infidelity, and divorce. Traditionally, comedy ends in marriage; Weldon's dark comedies end in self-understanding as a necessary prerequisite to growth and possible future relationship. However, Weldon does not celebrate divorce. She recognizes the impact on women's lives of historic period, world events, and their own female nature. An avowed feminist, Weldon yet refuses to blame men for women's problems, but insists that while women struggle against sexism, they often conform to it. If there is no genre designation comparable ...


The Shahnameh Of Ferdowsi: An Icon To National Identity, Laina Farhat-Holzman Apr 2001

The Shahnameh Of Ferdowsi: An Icon To National Identity, Laina Farhat-Holzman

Comparative Civilizations Review

No abstract provided.


Richard L. Burger. Chavin And The Origins Of Andean Civilizations, Laina Farhat-Holzman Apr 2001

Richard L. Burger. Chavin And The Origins Of Andean Civilizations, Laina Farhat-Holzman

Comparative Civilizations Review

No abstract provided.


Ashok Kumar Malbora Transcreation Of The Bhagavad Gita., Michael Andregg Apr 2001

Ashok Kumar Malbora Transcreation Of The Bhagavad Gita., Michael Andregg

Comparative Civilizations Review

No abstract provided.


Globalization And Conferencing Comparative Literature In Egypt And Slovenia, Babis Dermitzakis Mar 2001

Globalization And Conferencing Comparative Literature In Egypt And Slovenia, Babis Dermitzakis

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In his article, "Globalization and Conferencing Comparative Literature in Egypt and Slovenia," Babis Dermitzakis discusses two recent conferences in the discipline of comparative literature. The former conference was held on the topic of literary criticism in Cairo and the latter on the genre of the romantic epic poem in Ljubljana. The implicit and explicit objective of both conferences was to discuss as well as to demonstrate a stand against globalization with specific reference to culture and literature. The conference participants as much as the organizers intended to show that cultures and countries peripheral to economic, political, and cultural centres -- in ...


Examples Of The Motif Of The Shrew In European Literature And Film, Louise O. Vasvári Mar 2001

Examples Of The Motif Of The Shrew In European Literature And Film, Louise O. Vasvári

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In her article "Examples of the Motif of the Shrew in European Literature and Film" Louise O. Vasvári presents the shrew-taming story as a masterplot of both Eastern and Western folklore and literature concerned with establishing the appropriate power dynamic between a married couple. Vasvári firts reviews the comparative groundwork of the story she has documented in her earlier studies of the topic. In addition to tracing the bundle of motifs that make up the shrew story from medieval Arabic and European versions to the present, she then devotes attention to Hungarian folklore traditions. In the second part of the ...


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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No abstract provided.


Translation Studies, Cultural Context, And Dante, Reuven Tsur Mar 2001

Translation Studies, Cultural Context, And Dante, Reuven Tsur

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In his article, "Translation Studies, Cultural Context, and Dante," Reuven Tsur explores limits of legitimacy in translation studies. Tsur's approach is a critique of the theoretical assumptions and their application in Edoardo Crisafulli's cultural interpretation of Seamus Heaney's decisions in translating the Ugolino episode in Dante's Inferno. Crisafulli claims that Heaney's choices show internal consistency, and can be accounted for by appealing to "the Irish situational context." Instead, Tsur argues that Crisafulli's cultural interpretations are arbitrary and that a more satisfactory account can be offered through an analysis of constraints within a conception of ...


Popular Culture And The Rituals Of American Football, Mark Axelrod Mar 2001

Popular Culture And The Rituals Of American Football, Mark Axelrod

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In his article, "Popular Culture and the Rituals of American Football," Mark Axelrod reflects on meanings of cultural practice in American popular culture. Before globalization -- driven by economics -- became a fact of life with profound implications, there were myths and rituals that provided a kind of insulation from the mysteries of life. These practices were ritualized by "primitive" men and women who, seemingly, did not understand the universe as well as we moderns do. But in fact one only needs to witness throngs of Baltimoreans rushing after a caravan of cars attempting to kiss the Vince Lombardi Trophy as if ...


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 ...


Memory And The Quest For Family History In One Hundred Years Of Solitude And Song Of Solomon, Susana Vega-González Mar 2001

Memory And The Quest For Family History In One Hundred Years Of Solitude And Song Of Solomon, Susana Vega-González

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In her article, "Memory and the Quest for Family History in One Hundred Years of Solitude and Song of Solomon," Susana Vega-González explores similarities between the novels of García Márquez and Morrison with a special focus on the use of memory and imagination. Based on theoretical models, Vega-Gonzálezas proposes that fictional representations are a means of rewriting history, a particular aspect of literay discourse. The texts under scrutiny constitute true quest stories of characters who search for their family history along their own identity amidst the dangers of capitalism and its excessive desire for progress and class ascendance. The break ...


Testimonial Poetry In East European Post-Totalitarian Literature, Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva Mar 2001

Testimonial Poetry In East European Post-Totalitarian Literature, Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva

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In her article, "Testimonial Poetry in East European Post-Totalitarian Literature," Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva reexamines the belief that postmodern literature and deconstructive writing have parted literary and theoretical discourse from reality, thereby obstructing and annihilating our access to history. Lutzkanova-Vassileva exemplifies her prognosis in an inquiry into post-totalitarian and postmodern Bulgarian literature and its texts of poetry. Born in the turmoil of communism's debacle, the analysis is an attempt to illustrate that, contrary to denying reference, postmodernism solely rejects the reduction of reference to a world that is perceptible and cognitively masterable. Rethinking what many have seen as a self-referential literature ...


The New Knowledge Management And Online Research And Publishing In The Humanities, Steven Tötösy De Zepetnek Mar 2001

The New Knowledge Management And Online Research And Publishing In The Humanities, Steven Tötösy De Zepetnek

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In his article, "The New Knowledge Management and Online Research and Publishing in the Humanities," Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek discusses the problematics of new media scholarship and technology and online publishing in the humanities today. He argues that while there are legitimate questions about scholarly material in the humanities online, the reality is that most undergraduate as well as graduate students today use the web for at least the initial stages of their research. In order to increase the quality of content of scholarship on the world wide web, scholars in the humanities ought to get involved with new media ...


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.


The Unreliable Narrator Of Job, James W. Watts Jan 2001

The Unreliable Narrator Of Job, James W. Watts

Religion

This essay by James W. Watts provides analysis on the book of Job, questioning previous interpretations of its narrative. Watts also compares the book of Job's narrative style to that of modern and historical authors. Watts argues that the author of the book of Job employed an unreliable narrator in the form of an omniscient charatcer, which attacked literative conventions of the time, but ultimately proved difficult for readers to understand.


Women Musicians In Victorian Fiction, 1860-1900: Representations Of Music, Science, And Gender In The Leisured Home, Phyllis Weliver Jan 2001

Women Musicians In Victorian Fiction, 1860-1900: Representations Of Music, Science, And Gender In The Leisured Home, Phyllis Weliver

The George Eliot Review

The title and subtitle of this book must intrigue anybody who ·takes an interest in the cultural background of nineteenth-century literature. The familiarly stereotypical figures of the 'accomplished' Victorian girl at her piano, the evolutionary scientist and the domestic hearth where they might meet have often been analysed - and questioned. In fact, Phyllis Weliver's chapter on sensation fictions shows the seductive, female demon lurking behind the deceptively correct musical performances of two 'fallen' heroines. In East Lynne, the protagonist, who is to abandon her husband and children to live abroad in shame, starts out playing hymns, and Lady Audley ...


George Eliot Birthday Luncheon, 19 November 2000 The Toast To The Immortal Memory, Kathleen Adams Jan 2001

George Eliot Birthday Luncheon, 19 November 2000 The Toast To The Immortal Memory, Kathleen Adams

The George Eliot Review

Now I am in my thirty-second year as Secretary of the Fellowship, Bill and I can look back over those years and realize what an immense change they have made to our lives. When we joined the tiny Fellowship in 1965 we could have had no idea what was in store for us - the interesting things that have happened to us, the lovely people (some of them quite famous!) we have met, the friends we have made and the places we have been to, all because of that wonderful lady we are celebrating today.

My first contact with George Eliot ...


Review Of George Eliot And Victorian Historiography: Imagining The National Past, Memory And History In George Eliot: Transfiguring The Past, Neil Mccaw, Hao Li Jan 2001

Review Of George Eliot And Victorian Historiography: Imagining The National Past, Memory And History In George Eliot: Transfiguring The Past, Neil Mccaw, Hao Li

The George Eliot Review

Two recent books address the important subject of how and why George Eliot represents history in her fiction. Neil McCaw's George Eliot and Victorian Historiography is concerned primarily with Eliot's relationship to Victorian history writing - to the historians, theories and ideologies that shaped the way Victorians understood and reconstructed an English national past. Hao Li's Memory and History in George Eliot aims to understand Eliot's conception of the 'mechanisms and functions' of 'communal memory' in relation to history. Li draws on Victorian physiological and psychological theories of memory, as well as on twentieth-century thinking about the ...


Review Of Oxford Reader's Companion To George Eliot, John Rignall Jan 2001

Review Of Oxford Reader's Companion To George Eliot, John Rignall

The George Eliot Review

For a reader of George Eliot, opening this Companion may be a bit like opening a box of chocolates. There is a pause as one wonders where to begin, but once begun, it is difficult to stop tasting and savouring the contents. The articles are written in a fluid and concise, easily readable style, and present such an abundance and particularity of detail that the most dedicated student of George Eliot's life and work will find new information and insights. And even where the facts are more or less familiar, details we may have forgotten remind us again of ...


Review Of Scenes Of Sympathy: Identity And Representation In Victorian Fiction "Without Any Check Of Proud Reserve": Sympathy And Its Limits In George Eliot's Novels, Audrey Jaffe, Ellen Argyros Jan 2001

Review Of Scenes Of Sympathy: Identity And Representation In Victorian Fiction "Without Any Check Of Proud Reserve": Sympathy And Its Limits In George Eliot's Novels, Audrey Jaffe, Ellen Argyros

The George Eliot Review

These two books, when read together, make an exceedingly interesting comparative study of 'sympathy', that term so pervasive in George Eliot's work. Audrey Jaffe's book resituates the idea of 'sympathy' in the Foucauldian notions of spectacularization and surveillance, thus examining sympathy from a cultural studies perspective. She comments that her book is 'not an attempt to define sympathy per se ... this book rather exposes and explores the recurrent connection between sympathy, representation, and constructions of social identity in a series of Victorian texts' (8). Jaffe thus brings an entirely new perspective to bear on what critics and readers ...


Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative In Darwin, George Eliot, And Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Gillian Beer Jan 2001

Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative In Darwin, George Eliot, And Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Gillian Beer

The George Eliot Review

In Darwin s Plots, Gillian Beer writes that 'On the Origin of Species is one of the most extraordinary examples of a work which included more than the maker of it at the time knew, despite all that he did know'. Published in November 1859 with a print run of 1,250, Origin shook Victorian Britain. Its conclusions seemed inescapable. Life on earth was not the six-day product of a divine creator, but the outcome of random evolutionary process. Its impact was immediate and immense. Man 'was born yesterday - he will perish tomorrow' declared the Athenaeum. In later life Thomas ...


Priest And Nun?: Daniel Deronda, Anti-Catholicism And The Confessional, Kirstie Blair Jan 2001

Priest And Nun?: Daniel Deronda, Anti-Catholicism And The Confessional, Kirstie Blair

The George Eliot Review

In Chapter 32 of Daniel Deronda, Sir Hugo Mallinger jocularly remarks to Deronda, 'You are always looking tenderly at the women, and talking to them in a Jesuitical way. You are a dangerous young fellow'.' Deronda responds with undue irritation, drawing the narrative observation that, 'Sir Hugo's notion of flirting, it was to be hoped, was rather peculiar'. Both Deronda's defensive reaction and Eliot's sly comment hint at the potential dangers of 'peculiar' flirtation with Gwendolen, a peculiarity linked to the term 'Jesuitical'. In the pervasive late Victorian discourse of anti-Catholicism, Jesuit priests are associated with insinuation ...


Review Of A Community Of Interest- The Story Of The George Eliot Fellowship 1930-2000, Kathleen Adams Jan 2001

Review Of A Community Of Interest- The Story Of The George Eliot Fellowship 1930-2000, Kathleen Adams

The George Eliot Review

On November 22nd 1930 an inaugural supper for the George Eliot Fellowship was held at the Newdegate Arms in Nuneaton, at which Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG of Arbury Hall presided. He told the assembled company that it was high time that those who lived Nuneaton should pay every honour they could to George Eliot. He went on to say 'I cannot myself speak of her writings as an expert, but I do know that she has done a great deal for the neighbourhood in the way she has reproduced Warwickshire as it was 100 years ago and has preserved the ...


Edward Casaubon And Herbert Spencer, June Skye Szirotny Jan 2001

Edward Casaubon And Herbert Spencer, June Skye Szirotny

The George Eliot Review

Identifying the originals of George Eliot's characters has always fascinated readers. And none of her characters has inspired speculation about an original more than Edward Casaubon, George Eliot's scholar and clergyman in Middlemarch. In 1973, Richard Ellmann published an essay, 'Dorothea's Husbands: Some Biographical Speculations' ,re-examining the claims made for various persons George Eliot had known, as the original of Casaubon: Mark Pattison, Herbert Spencer, Dr. Robert Herbert Brabant, Jacob Bryant, Robert William Mackay, and George Eliot herself. Since then readers have focused on other contenders, mostly literary figures. 2 Of the traditional contenders, Mark Pattison, a ...


The George Eliot Review: Journal Of The George Eliot Fellowship 2001 No. 32, Beryl Gray, John Rignall Jan 2001

The George Eliot Review: Journal Of The George Eliot Fellowship 2001 No. 32, Beryl Gray, John Rignall

The George Eliot Review

CONTENTS

Notes on Contributors ........................................................................ 5

ADDRESSES Viscount Daventry: Address at the wreath-laying in the George Eliot Memorial Gardens, 18 June 2000 ................................................ 7

Jonathan Ouvry: Address at the wreath-laying in Westminster Abbey, 21 June 2000 ........................................................................... 9

Serena Evans: Address at the opening of a garden at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, 9 July 2000 .................................................. .11

Barbara Hardy: The Twenty-Ninth George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 21 October 2000...................... 13

Kathleen Adams: The Toast to the Immortal Memory: George Eliot Birthday Luncheon, 19 November 2000 .......................................... 23

ARTICLES June Skye Szirotny: Edward Casaubon and Herbert Spencer (Prize Essay) ..............................29

Kirstie Blair : Priest and Nun ...