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A journal focusing on literature and literary topics for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall

Erich Auerbach's Mimesis-'Tis Fifty Years Since: A Reassessment
Recent conferences at Stanford and at Groningen commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Erich Auerbach's Mimesis (1946). [1] 'Tis fifty years since--now more than fifty--when appeared the first German edition of a scholarly volume that was recognized...
Flying High and Flying Low: Travel, Sabbaticals, and Privilege in Academic Life
I myself find safety in locating myself completely within my workplace. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, The Post-Colonial Critic Introduction. Flight Check In her recent collection of autobiographical considerations and occasions, Getting Personal,...
Frank Lentricchia' S Critical Confession, or, the Traumas of Teaching Theory
Ours is a confessional age, as the popularity of Oprah Winfrey's and other television talk-shows testifies to. Recently, the confessional mode has made its way into what--for at least the first half of this century--aspired to be a relatively impartial,...
Introduction
I have a confession to make. I am addicted to the word "postmodernism." For a long time, I tried to live without it. "It's a stupid word," I said to myself, "and I am just going to avoid using it." But I found that I could not. So I have fallen off...
Is Gerald Graff Machiavellian?
At first hearing, this question may sound like an accusation. The stock figure of the Machiavel, like the commonplace connotation of "rhetoric," calls to mind a calculating schemer who will use any means to attain an end, a manipulator of appearances...
Paul Val[acute{e}]ry: Literature as Such
G[acute{e}]rard Genette We read in Paul Val[acute{e}]ry's Tel Quel: "Literature is thronged with people who don't really know what to say but feel a compelling urge to write" ("Odds and Ends" 130). A sentence stating a rather harsh, but not exclusively...
Postmodernism, Etc.: An Interview with Ihab Hassan
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Ihab Hassan followed the path that many bright young Egyptians took in the first half of this century: he trained to become an engineer. After graduating with highest honors from the University of Cairo, Hassan came to the United...
The New Belletrism
"Publicize Your Privates" This past fall, alongside their stolid fleet of anthologies, Norton released a postcard-sized, surprisingly whimsical book called Life's Little Deconstruction Book: Self-Help for the Post-Hip (Boyd). Playing off the 1991...
Troping History: Modernist Residue in Fredric Jameson's Pastiche and Linda Hutcheon's Parody
History is unquestionably one of the most contentious areas of debate among those concerned with postmodernism. I would like to take up Fredric Jameson's and Linda Hutcheon's competing accounts of the relation between postmodernism and history not...