Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Mosaic, subtitled A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, is a scholarly journal that covers interdisciplinary studies and literary criticism. Founded in October of 1967, Mosaic prints this journal quarterly. Mosaic covers the topic of literature. The Editor is Dr. Dawne McCance.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 1, March

An "Impossible Science": Wallace Stevens and the Ecstatic Mind
This essay explores Wallace Stevens's collection Parts of a World alongside Roland Barthes's discussion of the paradoxical "absence-as-presence" of the photograph. The collection marks an important transition toward the development of a new space beyond...
Beyond, between, and Otherwise: Mark McMorris's Postcolonial Poethics
I read Mark McMorris's experimental poetry in the historical context that conditioned it. In the 1970s, his native Jamaica underwent profound political change after colonial rule, and McMorris draws intertextually on public discourse involving an ethics...
Dying Objects/living Things: The Thingness of Poetry in Yusef Komunyakaa's Talking Dirty to the Gods
Drawing on interdisciplinary work on the significance of cultural artefacts by scholars such as Bill Brown and W.J.T. Mitchell, this essay explores images of things in Komunyakaa's recent mythopoetic verse while connecting this motif to the thingness...
Falling into Silence: Giorgio Agamben at the End of the Poem
Defining poetry as the potential of enjambment, Giorgio Agamben concludes that the final non-enjambed line of a poem cannot really be "poetry." My essay explores this poetic state of exception in terms of Agamben's project of reconciling poetry and...
From Sympathy to Empathy: Baudelaire, Vischer, and Early Modernism
While often regarded as similar, the difference between sympathetic and empathetic identification is essential in the so-called "expressivist turn" that took place in early modernism. This essay argues that the deep connection between Baudelaire's...
Introduction
In its Call for this special issue, Mosaic asked what is happening between poetry and philosophy today--if not an Hegelian passage from one to the other, an Ubergehen, what Derrida in Glas calls a "disappearing movement" (2a) in which poetry would...
Japanese Poetry and the "Pathetic Fallacy"
Many poems in the tradition of Japanese haiku appear to exhibit what John Ruskin named "the pathetic fallacy." A proper understanding of the philosophical framework within which these poems were created will show that this charge is unfounded because...
Lyric Fever: Erin Moure and the Queer Anatomy of Lyric Life
This essay reads Erin Moure's O Cadoiro with Derrida's Archive Fever and against lyric criticism's dream that its genre lives, arguing that Moure's work anatomizes the lyric and queers its archive to reveal that it has always been nominal: its singular...
Nietzsche's Poet-Philosopher: Toward a Poetics of Response-Ability, Possibility, and the Future
This essay examines the role of the poet in Nietzsche's prose, focusing on three attributes to Nietzsche's discussion: the poet and philosopher as single entity; the poet-philosopher's responsibility for maintaining the ability to respond; and the...
On the Non-Rivalry between Poetry and Philosophy: Plato's Republic, Reconsidered
Revisiting Plato's Republic in light of the cultural shift from orality to literacy, this essay suggests that Plato is fully aware of myth's indispensability for logos-oriented culture--of the fact that both poetry and philosophy rely on mythical thinking....
Poetic Fact: On Research Questions as Relations of Force
Drawing on Aristotle's Poetics and Peirce's philosophy of science, I argue that scholarship comes closest to contemporary creative art at the point at which it generates doubt in prior knowledge, forcefully. Foucault and Auden exemplify this convergence....
The Poetic Atheology of Giorgio Agamben: Defining the Scission between Poetry and Philosophy
By utilizing the work of Giorgio Agamben, this essay examines how the poetic can exist as the last refuge of meaning in an "atheological" world, that is, one without its previous theological justifications. After one has abandoned a belief in god,...
Time as a Simple/multiple Melody in Henri Bergson's Duration and Simultaneity and Gertrude Stein's Landscape Writing
In 1922, Einstein and Bergson publicly discussed the nature of time. I argue that this debate, which pivoted on the question of whether there is one time or a plurality of times, and especially the phenomenological stance promoted in it by Bergson,...
"To Find God in Nature": Thoreau's Poetics of Natural History
"A history of animated nature must itself be animated," Thoreau recorded in his Journal in 1850, implying that such histories must animate the imagination of their readers if they are to make any impression on them. Yet, scholars claim that Thoreau...
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