Postmodern Studies

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Vol. 55, 2017

Introduction to Part 3
Cities are functional structures as well as symbolic and affective networks. neo-baroque literary, film and architectural images of neo-baroque entertainment encode existing urban structures as places where visual or imaginary effects overshadow social...
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CHAPTER 11: Mexico City's Dissonant Modernity and the Marketplace Baroque: Salvador Novo's Nueva Grandeza Mexicana and Bernardo De Balbuena's la Grandeza Mexicana
Salvador Novo's Nueva grandeza mexicana (New Mexican Grandeur, 1946) was the winner of a Mexican government prize for the best book in 1946 celebrating the Mexican capital, Mexico City.1 A chronicle of the modernizing capital of Mexico at a turning-point...
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CHAPTER 2: Reconsidering Metatheatricality: Towards a Baroque Understanding of Postdramatic Theatre
The term 'the baroque' has gained increasing importance as a transhistorical concept. Not only within this present volume, but also within the humanities at large, the term raises more and more interest, popping up in different scientific fields and...
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CHAPTER 4: Baroque Affinities: Wölfflin, Visconti, the Baroque and the Films of Glauber Rocha
The baroque as an accepted artistic category surfaced in the late 19th century. After being defined in terms of the extravagant or the irregular in the context of art historical texts written a century before, new reflections on the baroque, which appeared...
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CHAPTER 3: Fabricating Film-The Neo-Baroque Folds of Claire Denis
Is it a texture, or a fold of the soul, of thought?-GILLES DELEUZEThose familiar with the work of contemporary French director Claire Denis will be well aware of her appeals to the body. Together with her long-running cinematographer Agnes Godard, Denis...
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CHAPTER 9: Artist's Essay: Towers, Shipwrecks, and Neo-Baroque Allegories
Invested in the relationship between human culture and nature, my works demonstrate the potential of graphic art to foreground critical rhetoric through printed visual language. My artworks are highly embellished, printed wall sculptures meant to operate...
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CHAPTER 5: Artist's Essay-The Neo-Baroque and Complexity
Accounts of what we call the baroque often attribute the first use of the term to art critics of eighteenth century as they discuss the art of the previous century, suggesting the baroque has always been after the fact (see, for example, Helen Hills)....
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CHAPTER 13: Artist's Essay: Post-Digital Neo-Baroque: Reinterpreting Baroque Reality and Beauty in Contemporary Architectural Design
In the last few decades, a quantum leap in computing power and availability, flexibility and adaptability of computer-aided design (cad) software packages has made computers indispensable to architecture. Digital and calculative processes are to architecture...
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Introduction to Part 2
The cultural system and production (of art, theatre, architecture, technologies, scientific thought, philosophy) witnessed during the historical baroque is one often associated with what Thomas Kuhn famously called a "paradigm shift" in his 1962 book...
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CHAPTER 10: Symbolic Dimensions and Cultural Functions of the Neo-Baroque Balustrade in Contemporary Mexico City: An Alternative Learning from Las Vegas
Outline and MeaningsThe neo-baroque balustrade is a standardized trans-historical and transcultural decorative element that fulfills symbolic functions in different spatial and temporary contexts all over the world. Its ornamental uses in all types of...
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CHAPTER 6: Afro-Caribbean Belief Systems and the Neo-Baroque Novel: The Duel of Faiths in Alejo Carpentier's El Reino De Este Mundo and Ludic Voodoo in Alfonso Quijada Urías's Lujuria Tropical
It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Afro-Caribbean belief systems in understanding the Caribbean world and mind-set. Following the virtual annihilation of the indigenous peoples of the islands, the Spanish, French, British, Dutch, and...
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Introduction
The baroque is back in contemporary culture. It is present in cultural life in general, in the debates on culture, in the consciousness of artists and cultural producers, and in scholarship. Thus, the baroque today constitutes a broad and complex field...
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CHAPTER 7: Temporal and Local Transfers: The Neo-Baroque between Politics, Religion and Entertainment
Staging and question of display appear to be inherent to the baroque. Baroque religiosity, worship and the material side of religion are the visible face of the baroque that captures the admiration of its latter-day audiences. This is true even more...
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CHAPTER 1: Meditations on the Baroque
They are the sparks of the rebellion, which emerging from the great creative leprosy of our baroque, is nourished, when pure, by the gusts of the true American rainforest.JOSÉ LEZAMA LIMA (106)2I Alonso Quijano and the IndiansAlmost exactly 100 years...
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CHAPTER 12: Baroque Theatricality and Scripted Spaces: From Movie Palace to Las Vegas Casinos
In his Life of Forms in Art (1934) Henri Focillon understands form in art as an entity that was not necessarily limited to the constraints of time or specific historical periods. Quoting a political tract from Balzac he stated that "everything is form...
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CHAPTER 8: The Religious Shines Through: Religious Remnants and Resurgences in 90s Cinema
In my research on the 'return of the baroque' and on the neo-baroque in contemporary culture, I have come across what I consider to be a cinematic subgenre that was particularly popular during the 1990s. This sub-genre revolves around one specific question:...
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Introduction to Part 1
This section brings together four texts and an artistic contribution that can conceptually fall under the heading of 'constitution'. Referring to the question of the baroque, constitution here means the make up of its central concept, as determining...
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Vol. 54, 2016

Concluding Remarks
This study of recent picaresque fiction in English and Italian has ventured into a relatively uncharted area of comparative studies: instead of proceeding from the investigation of the presence, or influence, of a theme in a selected corpus of novels,...
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CHAPTER 1: History through Roguish Eyes
Non avevo ancora capito che, ad immaginare altri mondi, si finisce per cambiare anche questo.ECO, BANDOLINO1Thus it was history itself that became our subject, our enemy, our ambition.Together we hammered at its pages, windows, doors.CAREY, PARROT AND...
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Introduction: A Journey around the Picaresque Novel
"The world wants to be deceived; therefore, let it be deceived." This sentence, more than any other, can describe my first impressions in dealing with the literary trickster: the more I became acquainted with the picaresque anti-hero, the more I enjoyed...
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CHAPTER 2: Alienation and Counter-Culture
Sono nato quarto di tre figli in una famiglia decorosamente malestante. Fin dove risale la mia memoria, l'omissione della mia persona fu concorde e completa.1It may very well be that I'm not playing with a full deck.The cards won't add up for me; the...
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Acknowledgements
I am especially thankful to Dr Nicole Prunster, Professor Sue Martin and Dr Brigid Maher for their constant encouragement and invaluable suggestions during my PhD studies at La Trobe university. Thanks to Nicole for being always ready to answer enthusiastically...
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CHAPTER 4: Humour and the Muffled Voice of Reason
Quello che volevo dalla politica, e non solo da quella, era gia racchiuso in una frase: bisogna assomigliare alle parole che si dicono.Forse non parola per parola, ma insomma ci siamo capiti.Benni, Saltatempo1I was ready to die myself - I was banking...
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CHAPTER 3: Women on the Edge: Sexuality and Gender Dissent
io e mia sorella non contavamo, eravamo solo delle donne e con ogni probabilita lo saremmo rimaste per sempre.1a mother is always a mother, since a mother is a biological fact, whilst a father is a movable feast.2ForewordIn Marquis de Sade's Justine,...
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Vol. 53, 2016

CHAPTER 4: Inventing Jewish Worlds
Far from unique to the four authors central to this study, a strong interest in the Holocaust is in fact a common theme in much contemporary Jewish American literature. Arguably, it has even become one of the most important aspects that marks this writing...
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CHAPTER 6: Post-Postmodern "Entertainment"
The Holocaust and Renewalism in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Everything Is Illuminated, The History of Love, and Great HouseThough to proclaim the end of postmodernism may itself be a characteristically postmodern gesture, it is certainly...
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CHAPTER 1: Historical Consciousness and the Americanization of the Holocaust
Seventy years after the end of the Holocaust, this history continues to be the subject of a seemingly endless and ever swelling stream of books, movies, plays and documentaries. In this context, the traditional insistence on the Holocaust's unspeakable...
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CHAPTER 2: The Dynamic of Distance
The idea that the Americanization of the Holocaust entails not so much the inevitable reduction of history but represents a complex, contemporary cultural phenomenon by itself is powerfully illustrated by a short story like Nathan Englander's "The Tumblers."...
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CHAPTER 5: Cultivating the Desert
To many critics and intellectuals, the Holocaust does not only represent the brutal murder of six million Jews, but also the bankruptcy of the project of modernity. After this gruesome history, which took place within the heart of civilization and was...
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Bibliography
"2005 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion-Jewish Identity (6/7)." American Jewish Committee, December 20, 2005. http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=846741&ct=1740391 (accessed December 10, 2015)."AJC 2013 Survey...
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Introduction: Ever after Auschwitz: Holocaust Piety, Impiety, and Jewish American Fiction
In his novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon presents a classic American detective story in which the reader follows homicide detective Meyer Landsman and his partner as they work on the murder case of a Jewish junkie. In the process, they...
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Afterword
An American StoryIn his 2011 work The End of the Holocaust, the eminent scholar Alvin Rosenfeld warned that "the image of the Holocaust is continually being transfigured, and the several stages of its transfiguration, which one can trace throughout popular...
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Index
Adorno, Theodor 2, 43, 67, 146, 184Alba, Richard 90-92Alter, Robert 108-109, 112Americanization of the Holocaust 12-13, 24-28, 30, 34, 47-50, 83, 99, 229Amian, Katrin 171, 200-202, 204, 206Anderson, Perry 152-153, 158Auschwitz 1-5, 16, 43, 186, 224Baudrillard,...
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CHAPTER 3: Jewish American Identity and the Holocaust
Though they represent characteristically twenty-first century attitudes and approaches to the Holocaust, the fictions of Nathan Englander, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, and Michael Chabon are part of a well-established tradition of American responses...
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No. 50, 2014

Acknowledgements
My deep and lasting gratitude to Michele Grossman, for her peerless wit and contagious brio, which always made dialogue with her a joy, for the unfailing acuity of her literary, theoretical and political insight, and, of course, for her sustaining encouragement....
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The Fetishised Coupling: Poetics and Revolution
We have to amplify this struggle, also give it its avant-garde writing, rapid, allusive, a deeper historical insight into those attempts whereby for a century our society has learned to call itself into question, to interrogate its outside, its logic,...
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Chapter 1: Jean Genet's Transgressive Scenography
I. IntroductionWhether or not, accepting Edmund White's sober readjustments, one views with corrective scepticism Genet's self-mythologisation, consecrated by Sartre in his Saint Genet: comédien et martyr,1 2 the compelling evidence from the exhaustive...
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Chapter 2: Monique Wittig's le Corps Lesbien / the Lesbian Body
I. Introduction and overviewAs the previous chapter notes, in Genet's last play, Les paravents, imaging through spraypainting makes its material insurrection on the stage; rather than being a translation from the wings, it is literally screened as active...
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Chapter 3: Re-Materialising the Disappearing Body in Angela Carter's the Bloody Chamber
Was there not Cassandra, who always spoke the truth, although nobody ever believed her? And that, in mythic terms, is the hell of it. Since that female, oracular mouth is located so near the beastly backside, my vagina might indeed be patronisingly regarded...
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Chapter 4: Kathy Acker or Catheter the Hack
I. Introducing aborted identity and the narrative non-sequiturKathy Acker kickstarts her Don Quixote with a striking piece of dream logic, which is simply a more pronounced version of the free association whereby "episodes" are linked in earlier work...
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Chapter 5: Textual Intercourse: Kathleen Mary Fallon's Working Hot
I. Introduction: the contextFollowing the shock punk splashdown of her 1978 Blood and Guts in High School the 1980s were a period of extraordinary productivity for Acker, always ready, as she was, to push her work further in its traffic with political...
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Chapter 6: Kim Scott's Benang: From the Heart
I. Benang, an introductionAlready in Working Hot, but throughout her recent production in novel, film and stage (Paydirt / Call me Mum / Buyback) Kathleen Fallon uses a heteroglossic range of parody to mobilise and undermine paranoid responses to difference...
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Chapter 7: Radical Disorientalism in Brian Castro's Shanghai Dancing
Suggesting that Castro's Shanghai Dancing is a work of fictional polybiography1 illuminates a key aspect of this writer's challenge to the classic Western autobiographic quest. In striking consonance with Benang the narrative proceeds from the dramatised...
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In Guise of Conclusion
The emancipation which had failed in the streets and factories could be acted out instead in erotic intensities or the floating signifier Discourse and desire came to stand in for the Godard and Guevara that had failed.1This enquiry was powered by the...
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Appendix: Ironic Trans-Contextualisation in a Work of Postmodern Parody
I'd like to engage with the workings of this subversive mode of intertextality by considering a visual text, brought to wide attention by Linda Hutcheon1 in her discussion n of the politics of postmodern parody: Canadian artist Andy Fabo's Craft of the...
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No. 51, 2014

Acknowledgements
I owe my gratitude to many people without whom this book would not have come to completion. My thanks go first to Jay Boyer, Cordelia Candelaria, Mark Lussier, and Cynthia Hogue for their guidance and feedback during the early stages of this project....
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On the Association Line: A Narrative Revolution
A Technician learns to think and write in association blocks which can then be manipulated according to the laws of association and juxtaposition.-William S. Burroughs'We are interested in a text as a place of encounter in which we continually create...
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Word Virus, Pharmakon, and Burroughs' Method
It would seem that a technique a tool is good or bad according to who uses it and for what purposes.-William S. Burroughs'The parasitic structure is what I have tried to analyze everywhere, under the names of writing, mark, step /marche/, margin, différance,...
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Get off the Point: Deconstructing Context
Space travel involves time travel, seeing the dimension of time from outside time, as a landscape spread out before the observer, where a number of things are going on simultaneously.-William S. Burroughs1Ideology only corresponds to a corruption of...
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The Mark Inside: Decentralizing the Narrative Subjectivity
Hustlers of the world, there is one Mark you cannot beat: The Mark Inside.-William S. Burroughs'...every concept necessarily receives two similar marks - a repetition without identity - one mark inside and the other outside the deconstructed system.-...
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Cross the Wounded Galaxies: Implications and Influences of Burroughs' Narrative Experiments
Where's that line over which lies inhumanity? The technology is us, man. White magic or black, it doesn't make a difference. Natural and artificial? Obsolete distinctions.-David Porush1It's not easy to see things in the middle, rather than looking down...
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Conclusion: A Singularity
Working for the holeI'll get the mule to foalI'm the uninvited moleThe errant lawless soulI pop out hereand I pop out thereI have no human goalI'm a singularityI have no human MEEENo man can pay my feeNo man can set me freeI'm a lock without a keyA singularity.-William...
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No. 49, 2013

Acknowledgments
I began working on collage in a dissertation that explored the use of ready-made materials in modem American literature at The University of Iowa, and this book extends and develops that work. Neither the dissertation nor this book would have been possible...
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Introduction
Over the course of the twentieth century, the twin developments of mass production and mass media in the capitalist economies of the Global North completed a total transformation of everyday life, reorienting almost every activity toward consumption....
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Fragments: Production, Consumption, and the Readymade
No ideas but in things.-William Carlos WilliamsI fall to pieces each time I see you again.-Patsy ClineThings and WordsOn his fantastic travels, Lemuel Gulliver encounters scholars busily inventing new forms of language. These include a large mechanical...
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Invention: Newspapers, Advertising, and the Origins of Collage
The newspaper is the sea; literature flows into it at will.-Stéphane Mallarmé, "The Book: A Spiritual Instrument," 1895If the resplendent posters betrayed their secret, we would be forever lost to ourselves ...-André Breton, Soluble Fish, 1924On the...
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Critique: Collage and the Politics of the Cut
The technique of collage is not strictly aligned with the transgressive forces of the avant-garde; it can just as easily serve the most reactionary and conservative desires, and this fact is brilliantly illustrated in at least one story about the invention...
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Nostalgia: Collage, Collecting and the Paste
Avant-garde traditions emphasize the critical moment of collage: cutting. As we have seen, artists-ffom dada to the situationists and punk subcultures-cut up the objects of consumer capitalism, shattering established orders and ideas, producing a critique...
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Gleaning: Everyday Life in Collage Culture
The distinction between being and having produces terrible anxieties for critics of consumer culture. For the young Karl Marx, it is the key difference between a real human paradise and a hellish state of alienation, and in The Economic and Philosophic...
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Conclusion: From the Twentieth-Century's Cutting Edge to the Twenty-First-Century Copy
By the end of the twentieth century, the popular image of collage is represented most pivotally in serial killer films. Consider Silence of the Lambs, in which Buffalo Bill literally cuts up his victims, taking pieces of their skin to assemble a patchwork...
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No. 48, 2012

Introduction
The present volume is a collection of critical essays on short stories published during the period in which modernism and postmodernism developed. As a whole, it is also a reassessment of modernism, postmodernism and their interrelationship, from the...
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Modernism, Postmodernism and the Short Story
Abstract This essay discusses the different approaches to modernism and postmodernism together with the development of the modern short story in English and its theorisations. Drawing on Dominic Head's The Modernist Short Story (1992), the essay highlights...
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The Short Story and the Difficulty of Modernism
Abstract. The difficulty of the modernist text is usually considered an effect of its rhetorical density and superabundant allusiveness. However, difficulty is also a feature of writing that foregrounds its shortness or transparency, and which makes...
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Allegory and Fragmentation in Wyndham Lewis's the Wild Body and Djuna Barnes's A Book
Abstract. Fragmentation is usually treated as a central category in Anglo-American modernism, particularly in its most canonical configuration. It is also a crucial feature of the historical avant-gardes that flourished at roughly the same time. However,...
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Man in a Sidecar: Madness, Totality and Narrative Drive in the Short Story
Abstract Taking as its starting point the philosopher Stanley Cavell's brief reflections on Poe's "The Imp of the Perverse" and writing as self-understanding, self-concealment and madness - and as its founding image Cary Grant speaking of love alone...
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Stories, Spectres, Screens
Abstract. The ghost story plots an occluded continuity between modernist and postmodernist forms of short fiction, its movement displaying, within dominant literary traditions, the defamiliarising effects associated with the uncanny: in modernism, it...
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The Writing Machine: J. G. Ballard in Modern and Postmodern Short Story Theory
Abstract. This chapter begins as a critical reflection upon my book, The Short Story: An Introduction (2009). There, I argued against the New Critical glossing of the short story in modernist terms, and suggested an approach that might tally with Gilles...
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Postmodernist Tales from the Couch1
Abstract. This paper concentrates on the work of Samuel Delany (1942-) and Hart Crane (1899-1932) examining as a case study Delany's short fiction in Atlantis: Three Tales (1995), specifically its second story "Atlantis: Model 1924", as a complex intertextual...
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Mind the Gap: Modernism in Salman Rushdie's Postmodern Short Stories
Abstract. Contrary to current readings of Rushdie's poetics in postmodern terms, we propose a modernistic approach to Rushdie's short story collection East, West. This paper considers the internal coherence of this collection as well as its ellipsis...
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One anOther: Englishness in Contemporary Irish Short Fiction1
Abstract. Reaching out toward the Other has been rendered problematic in communities where colonialist and nationalist discourses have had contesting and contested views on difference. This essay discusses the extent to which Britain has featured as...
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A Move against the Dinosaurs: The New Puritans and the Short Story
Abstract. The short story in Britain experienced a modest, but significant, change in its fortunes at the end of the 1990s and in the first years of the new millennium. Despite the bleak commercial prospects for the short story as a genre, new authors...
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