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This article seeks to define a new genre of the contemporary novel: the maximalist novel . It is an aesthetically hybrid genre that developed in the United States in the early 1970s and then spread to Europe at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The aim of this article is to stake out a...
If Erich Auerbach's Mimesis is generally considered a landmark in twentieth-century literary criticism and an originary text for the modern practice of comparative literature, then this is despite the fact that its profound interpretive structures and hermeneutic consequences still remain to be...
This article examines the politics of irony and considers the role this ostensibly elitist mode of communication plays in a world characterized by economic inequality and unequal access to educational resources. Its study of the political uses of irony is grounded in an analysis of Søren...
The study of the literature of large metropolitan centers that are divided along linguistic, ethnic, and cultural fault lines by colonizations, redrawn borders, or waves of migration provides one alternative to the national model in the study of comparative literature. Often opposed to...
This article explores the emergence of Central American-American discursive and performance poetic art that, written bilingually and occasionally incorporating Portuguese or an indigenous language, has been present in the United States since the mid-1980s, but bloomed in the first decade of the...
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