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Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

2015

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Yehuda Jean-Bernard Moraly. L’Œuvre Impossible: Claudel, Genet, Fellini. Paris: Éditions Le Manuscrit, 2013. 207 Pp., Eric Touya De Marenne Jan 2015

Yehuda Jean-Bernard Moraly. L’Œuvre Impossible: Claudel, Genet, Fellini. Paris: Éditions Le Manuscrit, 2013. 207 Pp., Eric Touya De Marenne

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Review of Yehuda Jean-Bernard Moraly. L’Œuvre impossible: Claudel, Genet, Fellini. Paris: Éditions le Manuscrit, 2013. 207 pp.


Speed And Convulsive Beauty: Trains And The Historic Avant-Garde, Marylaura Papalas Jan 2015

Speed And Convulsive Beauty: Trains And The Historic Avant-Garde, Marylaura Papalas

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The train, an invention and evocative symbol of the 19th century, somewhat ironically continued to fascinate avant-garde artists and writers of the 20th century, when faster and more exciting modes of transportation were in use. Locomotive imagery in Italian futurism and French surrealism, however, demonstrates a lasting fascination with speed, locomotive space, and their effect on perceptions of reality. Considering the work of more recent theorists like Paul Virilio, Michel Foucault, and various others who have contributed to the growing field of mobility studies, this paper aims to understand the persisting presence of the train as a symbol ...


9/11, Hyperreality, And The Global Body Politic: Frédéric Beigbeder’S Windows On The World, Jenn Brandt Jan 2015

9/11, Hyperreality, And The Global Body Politic: Frédéric Beigbeder’S Windows On The World, Jenn Brandt

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This essay argues that the success of Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World is due to Beigbeder's use of the seemingly contradictory genres of autofiction and hyperrealism in the depiction of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. By positioning himself in the text alongside his fictionalized American counterpoint, Beigbeder configures 9/11 as a lived-body experience that models the ways in which the post-9/11 subject was formed within specific political, cultural, and national conditions. The effect of the novel’s hyperrealism is such that Beigbeder simultaneously posits and deconstructs the notion of national identity within the ...


Maryse Condé’S Heremakhonon As A Noir Novel, Irina Dzero Jan 2015

Maryse Condé’S Heremakhonon As A Noir Novel, Irina Dzero

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A noir genre analysis of Heremakhonon explains the confusion, sensuality, red herrings, and flashbacks that permeate the novel, as well as the primacy of an investigation to the plot. Upon arriving in a newly independent West African country, protagonist Veronica witnesses the arrest of a political activist who opposed the ruling elite. When she investigates his disappearance, Veronica realizes that she is complicit with the elite perpetrators.


Nebulous Boundaries: Geographies Of Identity In El Hombre Del Acordeón, Julie A. Sellers Jan 2015

Nebulous Boundaries: Geographies Of Identity In El Hombre Del Acordeón, Julie A. Sellers

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Boundaries are never as definitive as they appear at first glance, for they create a broader zone, the borderlands, where the people, practices, and products from both sides comingle. Despite boundaries' demarcating intent, the borderlands they cross are a syncretic blend of the lands on each side. The borderland as fictional setting draws our attention not to the fixedness of boundaries, but rather to their flexibility. Set in the Dominican-Haitian borderland, Marcio Veloz Maggiolo's El hombre del acordeón ('The Accordion Man') draws upon the dynamism of that geopolitical border to call into question other apparently definitive boundaries, thus challenging ...


Cutting Off Cardiologists: The Disappeared In “Puro Corazón” By Luisa Valenzuela, Diane E. Marting Jan 2015

Cutting Off Cardiologists: The Disappeared In “Puro Corazón” By Luisa Valenzuela, Diane E. Marting

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Luisa Valenzuela’s neglected short story “Puro corazón” ('All Heart') uses surreal imagery and plot to write about the increasing violence in Buenos Aires during the time immediately prior to the Dirty War (la Guerra Sucia). By mimicking a police report, Valenzuela’s story manages to reproduce the experience of censorship and repression that denied the fate of the disappeared. This article shows how the story forges ludic connections between the human body (especially hearts, blood, and cardiologists), the censorship and repression in the early 1970s in Argentina, and the discourse that marked the official response to los desaparecidos, the ...


Maria Stehle. Ghetto Voices In Contemporary German Culture: Textscapes, Filmscapes, Soundscapes. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. 205 Pp., Gizem Arslan Jan 2015

Maria Stehle. Ghetto Voices In Contemporary German Culture: Textscapes, Filmscapes, Soundscapes. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. 205 Pp., Gizem Arslan

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Review of Maria Stehle. Ghetto Voices in Contemporary German Culture: Textscapes, Filmscapes, Soundscapes. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. 205 pp.


Rebecca Riger Tsurumi. The Closed Hand: Images Of The Japanese In Modern Peruvian Literature. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue Up, 2012. Xv + 314 Pp., Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas Jan 2015

Rebecca Riger Tsurumi. The Closed Hand: Images Of The Japanese In Modern Peruvian Literature. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue Up, 2012. Xv + 314 Pp., Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas

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Review of Rebecca Riger Tsurumi. The Closed Hand: Images of the Japanese in Modern Peruvian Literature. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue UP, 2012. xv + 314 pp.


Gayle Rogers. Modernism And The New Spain. Oxford/New York: Oxford Up, 2012. Xvi + 283 Pp., Juan Francisco Maura Jan 2015

Gayle Rogers. Modernism And The New Spain. Oxford/New York: Oxford Up, 2012. Xvi + 283 Pp., Juan Francisco Maura

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Review of Gayle Rogers. Modernism and the New Spain. Oxford/New York: Oxford UP, 2012. xvi + 283 pp.


Robert Zaretsky. A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus And The Quest For Meaning. Cambridge, Mass., And London: The Belknap P Of Harvard Up, 2013. 240 Pp., Melissa M. Ptacek Jan 2015

Robert Zaretsky. A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus And The Quest For Meaning. Cambridge, Mass., And London: The Belknap P Of Harvard Up, 2013. 240 Pp., Melissa M. Ptacek

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Review of Robert Zaretsky. A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning. Cambridge, Mass., and London: The Belknap P of Harvard UP, 2013. 240 pp.


Mary Mcauliffe. Twilight Of The Belle Epoque: The Paris Of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, And Their Friends Through The Great War. Lanham, Md: Rowman And Littlefield. 2014. Vii + 418 Pp., Eric Martone Jan 2015

Mary Mcauliffe. Twilight Of The Belle Epoque: The Paris Of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, And Their Friends Through The Great War. Lanham, Md: Rowman And Littlefield. 2014. Vii + 418 Pp., Eric Martone

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Review of Mary McAuliffe. Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 2014. vii + 418 pp.


Emily Jeremiah. Nomadic Ethics In Contemporary Women’S Writing In German: Strange Subjects. Rochester, Ny: Camden House, 2012. 232 Pp., Brooke D. Kreitinger Jan 2015

Emily Jeremiah. Nomadic Ethics In Contemporary Women’S Writing In German: Strange Subjects. Rochester, Ny: Camden House, 2012. 232 Pp., Brooke D. Kreitinger

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Review of Emily Jeremiah. Nomadic Ethics in Contemporary Women’s Writing in German: Strange Subjects. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012. 232 pp.


The Lesbian And The Room: Proust’S Invention Of Difference, Christina L. Stevenson Jan 2015

The Lesbian And The Room: Proust’S Invention Of Difference, Christina L. Stevenson

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More than a conflict between external activity and internal sanctuary, the room in Proust's writing is a figure that weaves a complex fabric of narrative perception. If, in his youth, Proust's narrator believed the room to be a refuge for containing an eroticized feminine Other, the wiser narrative voice reveals the room as offering the disruption rather than the fulfillment of desire. The perspective of childhood is interwoven with the retrospective voice of the adult narrator who dispels the naïve fantasies of the desiring youth. This paper illustrates that confronting the failure of desire becomes imperative for the ...


Leon Sachs. The Pedagogical Imagination: The Republican Legacy In Twenty-First Century French Literature And Film. Lincoln/London: U Of Nebraska P, 2014. Xi + 227 Pp., Zachary R. Hagins Jan 2015

Leon Sachs. The Pedagogical Imagination: The Republican Legacy In Twenty-First Century French Literature And Film. Lincoln/London: U Of Nebraska P, 2014. Xi + 227 Pp., Zachary R. Hagins

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Review of Leon Sachs. The Pedagogical Imagination: The Republican Legacy in Twenty-First Century French Literature and Film. Lincoln/London: U of Nebraska P, 2014. xi + 227 pp.


Testimonial Ecology In Gioconda Belli’S El País De Las Mujeres, Joel Postema Jan 2015

Testimonial Ecology In Gioconda Belli’S El País De Las Mujeres, Joel Postema

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This article provides an analysis of the intersection between testimonial literature, ecological commentary, and feminist ideology as presented in Gioconda Belli’s 2010 novel El país de las mujeres.


How To Listen To Pachamama’S Testimonio: Lessons From Indigenous Voices, Luis I. Prádanos, Leonardo Esteban Figueroa Helland Jan 2015

How To Listen To Pachamama’S Testimonio: Lessons From Indigenous Voices, Luis I. Prádanos, Leonardo Esteban Figueroa Helland

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This article analyzes the collective, open-access, and modifiable publication El Vivir Bien como respuesta a la Crisis Global as a posthumanist testimonio or ecotestimonio intending to give voice to the biotic community of the Andes. Written by Quechua and Aymara people and presented to the United Nations by the Plurinational State of Bolivia, this document targets the global ecological, financial, and social crises from the perspective of Indigenous knowledges. This document also exemplifies the worldwide reemergence of Indigenous voices that are confronting the global ecological crisis and its environmental injustices through the revitalization of Indigenous worldviews and practices. This ecotestimonio ...


English Translation Of Selection From Ojos Negros ('Black Eyes') By Eduardo Sguiglia, Erin S. Finzer Jan 2015

English Translation Of Selection From Ojos Negros ('Black Eyes') By Eduardo Sguiglia, Erin S. Finzer

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This is an English translation of a pivotal segment of Eduardo Sguiglia's novel, Ojos negros ('Black Eyes').


Louise Westling. The Logos Of The Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, And Language. New York: Fordham Up, 2014. Xiv + 187 Pp., Vera Coleman Jan 2015

Louise Westling. The Logos Of The Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, And Language. New York: Fordham Up, 2014. Xiv + 187 Pp., Vera Coleman

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Review of Louise Westling. The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language. New York: Fordham UP, 2014. xiv + 187 pp.


Anna Rocca And Kenneth Reeds, Eds. Women Taking Risks In Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2013. 232 Pp., Kate Averis Jan 2015

Anna Rocca And Kenneth Reeds, Eds. Women Taking Risks In Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2013. 232 Pp., Kate Averis

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Review of Anna Rocca and Kenneth Reeds, eds. Women Taking Risks in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2013. 232 pp.


Bleeding Mud: The Testimonial Poetry Of Hurricane Mitch In Nicaragua, Erin S. Finzer Jan 2015

Bleeding Mud: The Testimonial Poetry Of Hurricane Mitch In Nicaragua, Erin S. Finzer

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Beginning with Rubén Darío, Nicaragua has long prided itself in being a country of poets. During the Sandinista Revolution, popular poetry workshops dispatched by Minister of Culture Ernesto Cardenal taught peasants and soldiers to write poetry about everyday life and to use poetry as a way to work through trauma from the civil war. When Hurricane Mitch--one of the first superstorms that heralded climate change--brought extreme flooding to Nicaragua in 1998, poetry again served as a way for victims to process the devastation. Examining testimonial poetry from Hurricane Mitch, this article shows how the mud and despair of this environmental ...


Yasemin Yildiz. Beyond The Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition. New York: Fordham Up, 2012. 292 Pp., Suzuko M. Knott Jan 2015

Yasemin Yildiz. Beyond The Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition. New York: Fordham Up, 2012. 292 Pp., Suzuko M. Knott

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Review of Yasemin Yildiz. Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition. New York: Fordham UP, 2012. 292 pp.


Rubén Gallo. Proust’S Latin Americans. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Up, 2014. 280 Pp., Eric Touya De Marenne Jan 2015

Rubén Gallo. Proust’S Latin Americans. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Up, 2014. 280 Pp., Eric Touya De Marenne

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Review of Rubén Gallo. Proust’s Latin Americans. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014. 280 pp.


Edward J. Hughes. Proust, Class, & Nation. Oxford, New York: Oxford Up, 2011. Xiii + 287 Pp., Adeline Soldin Jan 2015

Edward J. Hughes. Proust, Class, & Nation. Oxford, New York: Oxford Up, 2011. Xiii + 287 Pp., Adeline Soldin

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Review of Edward J. Hughes. Proust, Class, & Nation. Oxford, New York: Oxford UP, 2011. xiii + 287 pp.


Stephen Parker. Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. X + 704 Pp., Jesse C. Wood Jan 2015

Stephen Parker. Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. X + 704 Pp., Jesse C. Wood

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Review of Stephen Parker. Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. x + 704 pp.


Sara J. Brenneis. Genre Fusion: A New Approach To History, Fiction, And Memory In Contemporary Spain. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue Up, 2014. Viii + 241 Pp., Anna E. Hiller Jan 2015

Sara J. Brenneis. Genre Fusion: A New Approach To History, Fiction, And Memory In Contemporary Spain. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue Up, 2014. Viii + 241 Pp., Anna E. Hiller

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Review of Sara J. Brenneis. Genre Fusion: A New Approach to History, Fiction, and Memory in Contemporary Spain. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue UP, 2014. viii + 241 pp.


In And Out Of Place: Geographies Of Revolt In Camus's La Peste, Erin Tremblay Ponnou-Delaffon Jan 2015

In And Out Of Place: Geographies Of Revolt In Camus's La Peste, Erin Tremblay Ponnou-Delaffon

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From Roland Barthes to Shoshana Felman, some of the most insightful readings of Albert Camus’s La Peste (The Plague) have focused on its historical dimension. In contrast, this article attends to less studied spatial representations, bringing recent insights from human geography to bear on depictions of Oran and exile in the novel. From its start, The Plague insistently connects plot, spatial setting, and notions of normativity and transgression. Understandings of place—and in particular, who or what is out of place—catalyze contestation and shape Camus’s universalized ethics of revolt, one that views evil and suffering as always ...


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Putting Environmental Injustice On The Map: Ecotestimonies From The Global South, Erin S. Finzer Jan 2015

Putting Environmental Injustice On The Map: Ecotestimonies From The Global South, Erin S. Finzer

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This introductory essay to STTCL 39.2 discusses the importance of testimony as a flexible literary genre that can tell the stories of environmental injustice in the Global South, which is disproportionately affected by environmental violence and less represented in the growing global environmental movement.


Anticipatory Testimonies: Environmental Disaster In Claudine Jacques's Fictional Prophecies, Julia L. Frengs Jan 2015

Anticipatory Testimonies: Environmental Disaster In Claudine Jacques's Fictional Prophecies, Julia L. Frengs

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In Caledonian author Claudine Jacques's 2002 novel L'Âge du perroquet-banane, Parabole païenne, a tribal elder warns a man "from elsewhere": "in our country, if you remove a taboo bone, you disrupt the sea, if you touch it without respect you invite a cyclone, if you toss the bones of our elders you provoke a...tidal wave" (54). Although this work is set in a futuristic world after an ambiguous "Great Disaster" on an unnamed Oceanic island, the author manages to allegorically recount the history of the environmental atrocities attributed to the earth's human occupants that have transformed ...


Nona Fernández's Mapocho: Spirits In A Material Wasteland, Resha S. Cardone Jan 2015

Nona Fernández's Mapocho: Spirits In A Material Wasteland, Resha S. Cardone

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This analysis of Mapocho (2002), a novel by Chilean writer and performer Nona Fernández, explores the significance of the author’s environmentalist representation of Chilean history as the accumulation of spiritual and material contaminants—ghosts and trash—that the victorious from throughout the country’s history have attempted to erase to further various economic and political agendas, particularly the neoliberal model installed during the Pinochet dictatorship. Fernández’s depiction of Chile as an ecological and spiritual wasteland in which the female protagonist (re)collects, recycles and reuses the specters and detritus of past conflicts represents the author’s own literary ...