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. 38, No. 2, June

Introduction
Even the title, "Still for Sale: Love Songs and Prostitutes from La Traviata to Moulin Rouge," suggests that thought of "the gift" in Grace Kehler's essay will involve some duality. Not just an offering, an expression of generosity, the gift, says...
Jungle Creatures and Dancing Apes: Modern Primitivism and Nella Larsen's Quicksand
This essay examines the repercussions of modernist primitivism on black subjectivity in Nella Larsen's Quicksand. The essay forges intertextual connections between Larsen's novel and contemporary cultural forms in order to untangle the cultural web...
Patterns of Victimization in Light in August
A victim/victimizer pattern characterizes the troubled relationship between Joe Christmas and Joanna Burden, and it is this unreconciled paradox that leads to their tragic deaths. This essay analyzes victim/victimizer transformations through an interdisciplinary...
Primacy, Technology, and Nationalism in Agnes Deans Cameron's the New North
This essay investigates primacy as evident in new technologies in Agnes Deans Cameron's 1909 The New North. Cameron uses cameras, typewriter, and map to consolidate and expand upon the traveller's conventional claim to be first, a claim that she enlarges...
Seeking Symbolic Immortality: Visualizing Trauma in Cat's Eye
This study investigates how Cat's Eye, a novel about an artist's development, explores the complex interrelationship between trauma, identity, and culture, and specifically, how trauma shapes the construction of the protagonist's gendered identity...
Still for Sale: Love Songs and Prostitutes from la Traviata to Moulin Rouge
This essay challenges the prevailing notion of popular culture as debased by interrogating the fraught relationship with commodity culture Baz Luhrmann's 2001 Moulin Rouge shares with its reviewers. ********** Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, hailed...
The Revolutionary Empowerment of Nature in Gioconda Belli's the Inhabited Woman
By applying Mikhail Bahktin's literary theory to The Inhabited Woman, this essay illustrates the way in which Belli's work empowers nature as a speaking subject and, reflecting the beliefs of Native American cultures, restores the important relationship...
The Twilight Zone of Experience Uncannily Shared by Mark Strand and Edward Hopper
Although Strand has written books about artists, his poetry never is compared with visual art. This essay compares Strand with Hopper and offers an explanation of the Freudian as well as the ekphrastic nature of this correspondence through which aesthetic...
Trauma and Sadomasochistic Narrative: Mary Gaitskill's "The Dentist"
This essay applies trauma theory and relational psychoanalysis to a close reading of Mary Gaitskill's short story "The Dentist." It argues that the sadomasochistic relationship central to this story, and to much of Gaitskill's fiction, is rooted in...
What Maxie Knew: The Gift and Oedipus in What Maisie Knew and Rushmore
This essay examines the relationship between gift-giving and violence in texts about the Oedipus complex. It argues that in Henry James's novel What Maisie Knew and Wes Anderson's film Rushmore, a secondary repression is enabled by narrative techniques...
Writing Back through the Body: Flesh and Spirit in the Work of Mary Swander
This essay explores the desire, or more accurately, the need to write back through the body that pulses beneath the lines of Mary Swander's poetry and prose. ********** How surprised we are to find we live here, Here within our bodies.--Eric Pankey,...
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