Intertexts

Scholarly journal covering comparative literature.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall

Canadian Biraciality and Its "Zebra" Poetics
For Adrienne Shadd (1) Preamble Like all African diasporic writing, African-Canadian literature engages the symbol and the image of the mixed-race black because this figure violates the sanctity of racial polarities, thus reminding Africans and...
Narration vs. Description in Georg Lukacs's History and Class Consciousness
Georg Lukacs's essay collection Probleme des Realismus (Problems of Realism, 1955) includes a provocative piece entitled "Erzahlen oder Beschreiben?" ("Narrate or Describe?" 1936). Though Lukacs's question implies that the writer of prose fiction may...
Olympe De Gouges: Feminine Sensibility and Political Posturing
Rappelez-vous cette virago, cette femme-homme, I'impudente Olympe de Gouges, qui abandonna les soins de son menage, voulut politiquer et commit des crimes... Cet oubli de son sexe l'a conduite l'echafaud." (Pierre Chaumette 1793) (1) [Never forget...
The Train as Word-Image Intertext in the Films "Ballad of a Soldier" and "Thief"
W. J. T. Mitchell has argued that "the word-image threshold," together with the "ideology/nature" boundary that it encompasses, invariably acts as the site of culture's "fundamental conflicts and contradictions" (Mitchell 1986, 44). (1) Such an assertion...
Towards a Theory of Citation: Florid S(c)ites in Rousseau's "Deuxieme Promenade"
In the opening pages of his final, unfinished (1) Les Reveries du promeneur solitaire (1778), Jean-Jacques Rousseau exposes the skeleton of the textual strategy through which his work will be articulated. In this final installment of his project of...