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Carmen and the construction of Oriental Spain

Exorcising exoticism: Carmen and the construction of Oriental Spain Colmeiro, Jose F “The gaze into the Orient had turned, as in a convex mirror, to reflect the Occident that produced it. . .” Rana Kabbani ONE WOULD THINK that everything has already been said about Carmen– the character, the novel, the opera, and her infinite […]

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Rilke and the machine of cinema, The

eye of the panther: Rilke and the machine of cinema, The Calhoon, Kenneth S SHE ASSORTED OBJECTS described in Rilke’s Neue Gedichte make up a collection whose variety and opulence are reminiscent of the Baroque, as are the Jardin des Plantes and the Jardin du Luxembourg, respective settings of two of the most famous of […]

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William Shakespeare by Rene Girard

Book reviews — A Theater of Envy: William Shakespeare by Rene Girard Kahn, Coppelia A THEATER OF ENVY: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. By Rent Girard. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. 354 p. Over the course of nearly twenty years, Ren Girard has published various essays on Shakespeare: piquant, illuminating, engagingly argued readings of individual […]

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Print and Knowledge in the Making, The

Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, The Manley, Lawrence THE NATURE OF THE BOOK: PRINT AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE MAKING. By Adrian Johns. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. xxi, 753 p. With its magisterial title, imposing physical bulk, and sometimes inflated rhetoric, The Nature of the Book promises rather more […]

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“What will become of us if we don’t stop?” Ermo’s China and the end of globalization

“What will become of us if we don’t stop?” Ermo’s China and the end of globalization Li, David Leiwei IN HIS FAMOUS THESIS on “the end of history,” Francis Fukuyama noted the “ineluctable spread of consumerist Western culture in such diverse contexts as the peasants’ markets and color television sets now omnipresent throughout China” (162). […]

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Mrs. Dalloway and No Place on Earth

Merging voices: Mrs. Dalloway and No Place on Earth Reed, Donna K THE BARRIERS to communication are many. Obstacles to understanding one another abound. Even if our heightened awareness of the relativity of truth in the twentieth century can allow us to anticipate multiple points of view, often those differing perspectives are immured by walls […]

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Criticism and the Just Society

Shadows of Ethics: Criticism and the Just Society Cascardi, Anthony J It is something of an open secret that literary criticism and theory have become increasingly preoccupied with questions of ethics. The phenomenon is a curious one when considered in a historical light. Does the re-appearance of “ethics” on critical radar screens represent something more […]

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Crossing Borders: Reception Theory, Poststructuralism, Deconstruction

Crossing Borders: Reception Theory, Poststructuralism, Deconstruction Gemunden, Gerd CROSSING BORDERS: RECEPTION THEORY, POSTSTRUCTULISM, DECONSTRUCTION. By Robert C. Holub. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993. 244 p. In his latest book, Crossing Borders: Reception Theory, Poststructuralism, Deconstruction, Robert Holub traces the histories of some recent critical theories by investigating their fate once they are transferred from […]

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The Novel in Theory from Henry Janes to the Present

Social Formalism: The Novel in Theory from Henry Janes to the Present Prince, Gerald SOCIAL FORMALISM: THE NOVEL IN THEORY FROM HENRY JAMES TO THE PRESENT. By Dorothy J. Hale. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. viii, 251 p. In this fine book Dorothy J. Hale argues that (Anglo-American) theorists of the novel’s literariness and analysts […]

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Commemoration and Conflict From Jonson to Wordsworth by Joshua Scodel

Book reviews — The English Poetic Epitaph: Commemoration and Conflict From Jonson to Wordsworth by Joshua Scodel Stein, Arnold THE ENGLISH POETIC EPITAPH: COMMEMORATION AND CONFLICT FROM JONSON TO WORDSWORTH. By Joshua Scodel. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1991. One history of human responses to death might be summarized briefly. The other history is […]