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Volume 53

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VOL. 53, No. 1, 2016


Brer Rabbit and the Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem: The Double Voice in Literatures of Exile
Rachel S. Mikva

Patrick Modiano's Raphaël Schlemilovitch and Homer's Odysseus Laertiades: Fit(ted) Companions?
Charles O'Keefe

Gender, Modernity, and the End of the Fil-Hispanic World
William Arighi

Did World War I Foster Distinctively 'Spectatorial' Attitudes in Writers?
Michael West

Pierre Menard the Sur-realist
Delia Ungureanu

Pierre Bayard and the Ironies of Detective Criticism: From Text back to Work
Alistair Rolls and Jesper Gulddal

A Dissonance of Discourses: Literary Theory, Ideology, and Translation in Mo Yan and Chinese Literary Studies
Lucas Klein


Book Reviews

Rey Chow. Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture
(Se Young Kim)

Ian H. Magedera. Outsider Biographies: Savage, de Sade, Wainewright, Ned Kelly, Billy the Kid, Rimbaud, Genet: Base Crime and High Art in Biography and Bio-Fiction, 1744-2000
(Joanne Wilkes)

Lorna Robinson. García Márquez and Ovid: Magical and Monstrous Realities
(Jerónimo Arellano)


Online Book Reviews

Lynn Tatlock. German Writing, American Reading: Women and the Import of Fiction
(Jill Suzanne Smith)

Aaron Hillyer. The Disappearance of Literature: Blanchot, Agamben, and the Writers of the No
(Anne McConnell)

Monika Class. Coleridge and Kantian Ideas in England, 1796-1817: Coleridge's Responses to German Philosophy
(Tudor Balinisteanu)

Andrea Mirabile. Multimedia Archaeologies: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Belle Époque Paris, and the Total Artwork
(Ronjaunee Chatterjee)


VOL. 53, No. 2, 2016

GUEST EDITORS: Amritjit Singh and Nalini Iyer


A Note from the Guest Editors



Introduction: Beyond the Anglophone: Comparative South Asian Literatures
Amritjit Singh and Nalini Iyer

Silence, Sympathy, and Violence: A Meditation
Alok Bhalla

‘Walls of Words’: Fakir Mohan, Premchand, and the Language Controversies in Late Colonial India
Sumanyu Satpathy

The Widow, the Wife, and the Courtesan: A Comparative Study of Social Reform in Premchand’s Sevasadan and the Late-Nineteenth Century Bengali and Urdu Novel
Krupa Shandilya

A Space for Debate: Fashioning the Urdu Novel in Colonial India
Jennifer Dubrow

Altered Realities, New Experiences: Bhisham Sahni, Nirmal Verma, and the New Story Movement
Madhu Singh

Aja’ib Al Ghar’aib, Tilismi Qisse, and Rushdie’s Tilismi Realism
Anjali Gera Roy

Into Bhasha and English: Comparative Study of Bhasha and English Translation in India
Mini Chandran

Dialectics and Caste: Rethinking Dalit Life Writing in the Vernacular, Comparing Dalit Narratives
Sreya Chatterjee


Special Feature: How ‘Postcolonial’ Are Contemporary South Asian Literatures?

The Hindi Postcolonial: Categories and Configurations
Harish Trivedi

Anxieties of Postcoloniality: Postcolonialism and Odia Literature
Subhendu Mund

Can Bengali Literature be Postcolonial?
Auritro Majumder


VOL. 53, No. 3, 2016


Psychological Realism in Early Prose Narrative: Dreams in the 1001 Nights and the Greek Novel
Henry Bowles



A Parrot without Feathers? Ventriloquy, Orality, and Nostalgia in Vargas Llosa's The Storyteller and Melville's The Ventriloquist's Tale
Mara de Gennaro

Beckford's Vathek in Italy: The Reception by Mario Praz, Alberto Moravia and Giame Pintor
Daniele Niedda



Introduction: On Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature
Alexander Fyfe

First Reponses
Barbara Harlow, Sarah Brouilette, David Thomas, Maria Elisa Cevasco, Joshua Clover, David Damroschz

WReC’s Reply
Warwick Research Collective

Final Remarks
Barbara Harlow, Sarah Brouilette, David Thomas, Joshua Clover, David Damrosch



Introduction: Toward a Substantial Chinese-Western Theoretical Dialogue
Wang Ning

J. Hillis Miller, Jiang Zhang



Addressed and Redressed: World Literature and Reading Contemporary Poetry in Translation
(Lucas Klein)



Marco Nievergelt: Allegorical Quests from Deguileville to Spencer
(Kate Anderson)

Lorna Fitzsimmons, Ed. Goethe's Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist Interfaces
(Ellwood Wiggins)

David Horton. Thomas Mann in English
(Tobias Boes)

Adam Lifshey. The Magellan Fallacy. Globalization and the Emergence of Asian and African Literature in Spanish
(M'bare N'gom)

Eric Hayot. On Literary Worlds
(Gloria Fisk)

Emma Dawson. Beyond the Postcolonial: World Englishes Literature
(Jamal En-nehas)

Barbar Machosky. Structures of Appearing: Allegory and the Work of Literature
(Jamey Graham)

Maurizio Ascari. Literature of the Global Age: A Critical Study of Transcultural Narratives
(John Pizer)


Online Book Reviews

Gordon Collier, Bénédicte Ledent, Geoffrey Davis, Eds. Speaking the Earth's Languages: A Theory for Australian-Chilean Postcolonial Poetics
(Roxana Cazan)

Michel Delville. Crossroads Poetics
(Renee Silverman)

Roland Greene. Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes
(Anne Balizet)


VOL. 53, No. 4, 2016

Special Issue- The Indiscipline of Comparison


No Discipline: An Introduction to "The Indiscipline of Comparison"
Jacob Edmond



Trying to make it Real: An Exchange Between Haun Saussy and David Damrosh-Introduction by Jacob Edmond
Jacob Edmond



Breaking Discipline, Intergrating Literature-African-China Relationships Reconsidered
Karen Thornber

Theory in a Relational World
Shih Shu-mei

Comparison and Translation: A Perspective from Actor-Network Theory
Rita Felski

Comparison and Corresondence: Revisiting and Old Idea for the Present Time
Zhang Longxi


Review Essay

What the World Thinks about Literature:Beyond Euro-American Theory and Criticism
Thomas Beebee


Book Reviews

19th Century Literature

Paul Binding. Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness By Paul Binding
Marianne Stecher

Emron Esplin and Margarita Vale de Gato, Eds. Translated Poe
Micah Donohue

Shouhua Qi and Jacqueline Padgett, Eds. The Brönte Sisters in Other Wor(l)ds
Chen Wang

Teresa Pinto Coelho. Eça de Queirós and the Victorian Press
Bruno Penteado

Adriana Mendez Rodenas. Transatlantic Travels in 19th Century America
B. Shatro


Politics and Literature

David Kelman. Counterfeit Politics: Secret Plots and Conspiracy Narratives in the Americas. By David Kelman
Andrés Amerikaner

Elise Bartosik-Velez. The Legacy of Christopher Columbus in the Americas: New Nations and a Transatlantic Discourse of Empire
Emron Esplin

Marian Therese Keyes and Aine McGilicuddy, Eds. Politics and Ideology in Children's Literature
Maria Truglio

Silke-Maria Weineck. The Tragedy of Fatherhood: King Laius and the Politics of Paternity in the West
Aleksandar Stevic

Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva. The Testimonies of Russian and American Postmodern Poetry: Reference, Trauma, and History
Adrian J. Wanner


Premodern Literartures

Marc Nichanian. Mourning Philology: Art and Religion at the Margins of the Ottoman Empire
Firat Oruc

Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Karla Mallete, Eds. A Sea of Languages: Rethinking the Arabic Role in Mideaval Literary History
Alexander E. Elinson

Hanjo Berressem, Guenter Blamberger, and Sebastian Goth, Eds. Venus as Muse: From Lucretius to Michel Serres
Ben Pestell

Gregory Jusdanis. A Tremendous Thing: Friendship from The Iliad to the Internet
Christina Dokou

Review of Thomas Pavel's The Lives of the Novel and Steven Moore's The Novel: An Alternative History, 1600-1800
Jeanne-Marie Jackson


Postmodern Literartures

Hanna Meretoja. The Narrative Turn in Fiction and Theory. The Crisis and Return of Storytelling from Robbe-Grillet to Tournier
Gianluca Cinelli

Stefano Ercolino. The Maximalist Novel: From Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow to Roberto Bolano's 2666
Gabriele Lazzari


German Literatures and Others

German Literature as World Literature. Ed. by Thomas Oliver Beebee
Katherine Arens

Caroline Rupprecht. Womb Fantasies
Caroline Ruppert

Michael G. Levine. A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan
Kristina Mendicino


Theory , Poetics, Critique

Simon Morgan Wortham. The Poetics of Sleep: From Airistotle to Nancy
Jason Ciaccio

Jeffrey R. Di Leo. Criticism After Critique: Aesthetics, Literature, and the Political
Ezra Dan Feldman

Jonathan Hart. The Poetics of Otherness: War, Trauma, and Literature
Gail E Finney