English Studies in Canada

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2-3, June-September

Diagnosing Romanticism
DISEASE IS THE MASTER TROPE OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD. When poets, critics, and social commentators wrote about the state of current affairs, they consistently employed the paradigms of medical discourse to figure larger concerns about morality, class...
Estranging the Familiar: "East" and "West" in Satrapi's Persepolis (1)
PERSEPOLIS: THE STORY of A CHILDHOOD (2003) is Marjane Satrapi's highly acclaimed coming-of-age story set in revolutionary Iran. It is part of a new wave of autobiographical writing by diasporic Iranian women, which includes such authors as Tara Bahrampour...
Faking It for Real
[T]he greatest wizard (Novalis inemorably wrote) would be he who would cast a spell over himself to the point of taking his own phantasmagorias as autonomous appearances. Would not this be our case?" l conjecture that it is. We (the undivided divinity...
Feminism: What Are We Supposed to Do Now?
WE UNDERSTAND that feminism doesn't actually have a first-person plural subject. Even before the various politics of gender equality--or the differently strategized movements to overturn globally ranged and differently performed patriarchies--came...
Hetty's Hanky
The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers, Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends Or other testimony of summer nights. T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land THREE TIMES IN GEORGE ELIOT'S ADAM BEDE, the narrator mentions a certain mysterious...
In Pursuit of Feminist Postfeminism and the Blessings of Buttercup
I'M PRETTY SURE I'M NOT ALONE in thinking that the term "postfeminism" is often and perhaps most frequently used--by the mainstream media generally and by actual people--as a kind of casual dismissal of feminism that comes implicitly coupled with the...
Literary London: Post-, Ex-, Trans-, Neo-?
THE OTHER DAY, ON THE COMMERCIAL ROAD, just past Aldgate where the street suddenly changes from the wealthy private corporate zone of the City of London into one of the main drags of the poorest local borough in England, Tower Hamlets, I witnessed...
Memory's Homeland: Agha Shahid Ali and the Hybrid Ghazal
Memory is no longer confused, it has a homeland-- Says Shammas: Territorialize each confusion in a graceful Arabic. Agha Shahid Ali, "Arabic," Ishmael Writes Shammas: Memory, no longer confused, now is a homeland-- his two languages a Hebrew...
"Morpho Eugenia" and the Fictions of Victorian Englishness: A.S. Byatt's Critique
"There I was, in lands never before entered by Englishmen, and round me fluttered Helen and Menelaus, Apollo and the Nine, Hector and Hecuba and Priam. The imagination of the scientist [Linnaeus] had colonised the untrodden jungle before I got there....
Of Bombs, Baking, and Blahniks
Conditions seem ripe for a totalizing, mythological reading of our moment in history. A finger to the cultural and political winds would seem to indicate strong backward gusts, in the direction of space-times previously passed through. We're thinking...
"Perestroika in the Groves of Academe": Feminism and the Future of the Humanities as a Profession
I have a Marxist moment, contemplating us all--visiting professor and graduate teaching assistants alike--as workers duped into labouring for the good of the corporation. I wonder if we are all merely participants in hegemony, furthering our own exploitation...
Possibilities of Life: My Women's Movement
this we were, this is how we tried to love, and these are the forces they had ranged against us, and these are the forces we had ranged in us, within us and against us, against us and within us. Adrienne Rich So, IT'S JUNE of 2005. A dozen blocks...
Speaking of Godwin's Caleb Williams: The Talking Cure and the Psychopathology of Enlightenment
I will write a tale that shall constitute an epoch in the mind of the reader, that no one, after he has read it, shall ever be exactly the same man that he was before. William Godwin, Preface to Fleetwood, 1832 I. THIS PAPER ADDRESSES w PSYCHOANALYSIS...
The Paradox of Effeminized Masculinity and the Crisis of Authorship
Making a spectacle out of oneself seemed a specifically feminine danger. The danger was of an exposure. Men, I learned somewhat later in life, "exposed themselves," but that operation was quite deliberate and circumscribed. For a woman, making a spectacle...
"The Soul of Art": Understanding Victorian Ethical Criticism
Introduction In an 1845 article called "The Literature of Fiction," an anonymous writer in the British Quarterly Review concludes a short history of the English novel with some reservations about the morality of Scott's Waverley novels. In particular,...
Twenty-First Century Global Sex Trafficking: Migration, Capitalism, Class, and Challenges for Feminism Now
THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG GIRLS IN THERE. They were from Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Bulgaria. Some were crying. Others looked terrified. We were told not to speak to each other....All the time, very mean and ugly men came in and dragged girls into...
"We Who Are Not the Same" in Times That Are/not the Same
IT IS NOW SOME TWO DECADES since Adrienne Rich delivered "Notes toward a Politics of Location" (1984), to a Conference on Women, Feminist Identity, and Society in the s, at the First Summer School of Critical Semiotics (Utrech). Her "Notes" remain,...
"With Usura Hath No Man a House of Good Stone" (Pound, Canto 45): An Interview with Leon Surette
THAT LEON SURETTE has been writing for more than four decades primarily about Ezra Pound (1885-1972), the American poet, may seem unusual and surprising--but this "scholarly monomania" may be attributed to the fact that Pound continues to be a controversial...
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