Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Modern Literature Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Articles 1 - 10 of 10

Full-Text Articles in Modern Literature

Corrupting Capitalism: Michael Ende’S Momo And “Cathedral Station”, Heike Polster Jan 2016

Corrupting Capitalism: Michael Ende’S Momo And “Cathedral Station”, Heike Polster

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Michael Ende, the well-known author of The Neverending Story, foresaw dramatic changes in the fabric of society resulting from a turn toward neoliberal policies. One such far-reaching and dangerous change has to do with a diminishing of temporal autonomy, the ability to freely determine the use and meaning of our time. This article explores how neoliberalism is shaping our concept of time and our experience of it. In an effort to demonstrate the process and the line of reasoning behind the monetization of time, and to connect time to more qualitative considerations of the human condition, I shall demonstrate how ...


Utopia, Archive, And Anarchy In Los Siete Hijos De Simenon By Ramón Díaz Eterovic, Lila Mcdowell Carlsen Jun 2011

Utopia, Archive, And Anarchy In Los Siete Hijos De Simenon By Ramón Díaz Eterovic, Lila Mcdowell Carlsen

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The detective narratives by Ramón Díaz Eterovic (Chile 1956) address some of Latin America’s most relevant socio-political problems, such as the disappeared, racial discrimination, drug trafficking, corruption, social oppression, and ecological negligence. While some critics have emphasized specific social issues of the new detective novel and, in particular, the novel by Díaz Eterovic studied here, Los siete hijos de Simenon (2000) ‘The Seven Sons of Simenon,’ less attention has been placed on the ideological and ethical foundation from which these social issues emerge. This novel displays a utopian perspective that points directly to a distorted system of values evident ...


From The Atlantic To The Pacific: Maruja Mallo In Exile , Shirley Mangini Jan 2006

From The Atlantic To The Pacific: Maruja Mallo In Exile , Shirley Mangini

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Maruja Mallo's life (1902-1995) and art represent one woman's odyssey from the European vanguards to political commitment during the Spanish Republic (1931-1939) and finally to a unique transcendent art form after her wrenching exile from Spain and her residence in Latin America from 1937 to 1965. In her early career she was a leader among the avant-garde painters when few Spanish women were recognized as creative artists. In Latin America, her work diverged radically from European avant-garde trends and from her ideologically oriented subject matter of the 1930s; Mallo not only reflects the impact of her discovery of ...


Alvaro Mutis And The Ends Of History, Gerald Martin Jan 1995

Alvaro Mutis And The Ends Of History, Gerald Martin

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Part of the confusion of the current literary and critical moment, in Latin America and elsewhere, involves a debate as to whether the most characteristic forms of contemporary writing are the more apparently transparent (in contrast to current critical practice) or the more impenetrable and indecipherable of literary texts. This debate is of particular relevance to Latin American discussions about the so-called "Post-Boom," and the work of the Colombian Alvaro Mutis, a writer who came late to narrative fiction and to critical attention, offers several insights into the links between writing, criticism and idology at this moment close to the ...


Althusserian Theory: From Scientific Truth To Institutional History, Philip Goldstein Jan 1994

Althusserian Theory: From Scientific Truth To Institutional History, Philip Goldstein

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Scholars have emphasized the scientific and the rationalist features of Althusser's work, but few have noted its post-structuralist aspects, especially its Foucauldian accounts of discourse and power. In the early Pour Marx, Althusser divides ideological practices from objective science and theoretical norms from empirical facts; however, in several later essays Althusser repudiates his earlier faith in theory's normative force as well as his broad distinction between science and ideology. He argues that every discipline establishes its own relationship between its ideological history and its formal, scientific ideals. This argument, together with Althusser's earlier rejection of totalizing approaches ...


Response To Ideology Takes A Day Off: Althusser And Mass Culture, Janet Staiger Jan 1994

Response To Ideology Takes A Day Off: Althusser And Mass Culture, Janet Staiger

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Chip Rhodes defends Althusser's scientific belief that the subject is a bearer of structures and opposes the humanist claim that the subject functions independently of its contexts. However, recent work in cultural studies examines how identity is constructed and allows us to reconcile the scientific and the humanist view. Ideological interpellation may define our subject positions but we are still able to refuse them. For instance, Rhodes' account of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" assumes that the subject is a fully interpellated, adolescent, Anglo, middle or upper class, heterosexual male. However, the film also offers various oppositional subject positions ...


Pedro Páramo, A Metaphor For The End Of The World, Julio Ortega Jan 1990

Pedro Páramo, A Metaphor For The End Of The World, Julio Ortega

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

In Rulfo's novel, popular Catholic culture functions as an ideology and as such, it encompasses the totality of the represented universe. Because reality is only captured through ideology, there is no criterion in the novel that is outside ideology and which would therefore offer a critical standpoint, though this criterion does exist by implication in the world of the reader.


Modernity And Marginality In Love In The Time Of Cholera, Mabel Moraña Jan 1990

Modernity And Marginality In Love In The Time Of Cholera, Mabel Moraña

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The two male protagonists of García Márquez's novel, Dr. Urbino and Florentino Ariza (whose lives are linked by their relationship to Fermina Daza), enact to the limit nineteenth century ideologies of scientific progress and romanticism. The anachronistic plot of romantic love taken to the point of parody is deployed by the author as a critique of fin de siècle modernity.


"The Universal Andalusian," "The Zealous Andalusian," And The "Andalusian Elegy.", Richard A. Cardwell Jan 1983

"The Universal Andalusian," "The Zealous Andalusian," And The "Andalusian Elegy.", Richard A. Cardwell

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Biographers and critics have been content to repeat Juan Ramón Jiménez' own comments concerning the influence upon him of Krausism, the Institución Libre de Enseñanza and the personality and model of Francisco Giner de los Ríos. In general, little discussion of the nature of that contact and virtually no evidence for arguing the importance or the shape of Krausist ethos on Jiménez' intellectual formation have been adduced. In previous studies I have considered Jiménez' literary apprenticeship in the light of the Krausist contacts. In the present study I further contend that Platero у уо, arguably his best known work, represents ...


Zamyatin's We And The Idea Of The Dystopie, Margaret Lael Mikesell, Jon Christian Suggs Sep 1982

Zamyatin's We And The Idea Of The Dystopie, Margaret Lael Mikesell, Jon Christian Suggs

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

An examination of We clarifies conventions for the dystopic novel even as it reveals that We transcends those conventions. Under the surface text, which presents a narrative of political and "romantic" struggle, lie subtexts exploring the personal and ideological implications of the conflict between reason and emotion. Analysis of these texts, seen in a New Comedy framework informed by elements of irony and romance, demonstrates that on every level the novel fails to reach comic resolution. Moreover, it is this very failure that marks the departure of We from the conventions of the dystopic novel. Like Brave New World and ...