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. 43, No. 4, December

A Place That Is Other: Ethos of Groundlessness in Rushdie's the Ground beneath Her Feet
Salman Rushdie's The Ground Beneath Her Feet opens with the heroine, world-famous singer Vina Apsara, being swallowed by a big earthquake in Mexico on 14 February 1989 (the same date that the fatwa against Rushdie was announced). As the story unfolds...
Autism and Modular Minds in Elizabeth Moon's the Speed of Dark
Late in Elizabeth Moon's Nebula Award-winning science-fiction novel The Speed of Dark, the autistic protagonist Lou Arrendale asks a doctor what effect an experimental surgery to remedy his autism might have on his basic intelligence. "Shouldn't have...
Between Physics and Metaphysics: Spenglerian Bergsonism in Durrell's Revolt of Aphirodite
Recent scholarship offers convincing reasoning for reconsidering Lawrence Durrell's understudied The Revolt of Aphrodite. Despite Durrell's declared affinities for Oswald Spengler, this essay argues that Henri Bergson offers a clearer lens through...
Diana Abu-Jaber's Arabian Jazz: Hybridizing Arab-American Feminism and Literature
Arabian Jazz deals with the family of the Jordanian immigrant Matussem Ramoud, a fan of jazz who lives with his two American-born daughters, Jemorah and Melvina, in a poor, white community in upper New York state. He struggles with his Arab background...
Introduction
Not long after assuming the editorship of Mosaic, I was given some advice from one of North America's most established journal editors as to how, in today's highly competitive publishing world, I might best promote this particular journal. "Attract...
Metaphor and Madness as Postcolonial Sites in Novels by Jean Rhys and Tayeb Salih
" here must have been a draught for the flame flickered and I thought it was out. I But I shielded it with my hand and it burned up again to light me along the dark I passage" (Rhys 156). Thus ends Jean Rhys's novel Wide Sargasso Sea (first published...
Racial Imaginings in Raymond Carver's Short Stories and in American Culture
In the essay "Fires," an autobiographical essay that details various influences on his writing, Raymond Carver recalls the event that inspired the character of Nelson in "Vitamins," published in Cathedral: On the other end of the line was the voice...
Reflexivity as Entertainment: Early Novels and Recent Video Games
This essay compares self-reflexive devices in eighteenth-century novels and contemporary video games. The comparison suggests a long history of popular entertainment that draws attention to its own mediation while challenging the more radical forms...
Sinners in the Temple: Transgressions of Social Space in Sanctuary
William Faulkner's novel Sanctuary focuses on a series of transgressions involving reputable and disreputable spaces. This essay uses space theory to examine how space is constructed and transgressed in the novel, how space relates to character, and...
"The Reader of the Book": A Reflection on Reading Poetry
"The Reader of the Book," a poem by the Iraqi Assyrian exile poet Sargon Boulus (born al-Habbaniyah, 1944; died Berlin, 2007), figures writing as an Orphic journey and reading as a looking back that casts the text into the irrevocable distance of the...
The Stein Differential: Gertrude Stein's Mathematical Aesthetic
"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty." --Bertrand Russell Among Gertrude Stein's many pronouncements about her own methods, one stands out: that she considered herself logical, her writing exact and mathematical....
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