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    The Shape of Law

    by Scott Ferguson
    To address neoliberalism’s globalized crises, we must abandon the exculpatory logics of modern sovereignty and avow the universal dependence articulated in Thomas Aquinas’s conception of ‘natural law’. more
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    Unsentimental Vistas

    by Ayten Tartici
    In the endless debate between the old and the new, does sentimentality get in the way? How do we reconcile the desire to preserve the urban landscapes of the past with the need to meet the living needs of the present? more
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    Costs and Crossings: on Apolline Traoré’s "Borders"

    by Lindsay Turner
    Traoré’s 2017 film reminds us that the border itself is a problematic institution. Even in its most stripped-down form, a border exists for the exercise of power against those populations whose movements it controls. Who crosses—and at what cost—depends on lines of race, class, and gender. more
  • Colloquy

    Animals, Animacy, and the Moving Image

    by Moira Weigel
    Animals attract moving images. They always have. Animals flapped and galloped around the zootropes, bioscopes, phenakistoscopes, and other proto-cinematic toys of the mid-nineteenth century. They... more
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    Money on My Mind: Stein's Meditations

    by Kristin Grogan
    This essay looks at Gertrude Stein’s fraught relationship with money across her career . I argue that Stein’s language works to undermine our shared social and economic language while at the same time revealing a profound anxiety about money. more
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    Poetic Currency

    Edited by Adriana X. Jacobs, Anat Weisman
    What are the relations between literature, capital, and labor? This issue of Dibur Literary Journal explores these complicated relations from a variety of perspectives, in a comparative and multilingual context. more
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    Thing Theory in Literary Studies

    by Sarah Wasserman, Patrick Moran
    That things capture our imagination is hardly news. As Andrew Cole wrote in a 2016 issue of October, "materialism is as old as the hills." Cole claims that new approaches to studying things allow us to find similarities where we have too often found difference, and that this method dates back at least to Hegel and Marx. more

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To address neoliberalism’s globalized crises, we must abandon the exculpatory logics of modern sovereignty and avow the universal dependence articulated in Thomas Aquinas’s conception of ‘natural law’.
Given the absences in the Cavafy archive regarding the poet's sexuality, we have no choice but to fill in the gaps with our imagination, bringing together disparate stories and reading between the lines.
In the endless debate between the old and the new, does sentimentality get in the way? How do we reconcile the desire to preserve the urban landscapes of the past with the need to meet the living needs of the present?
The task of literary criticism must be to make the pure epiphanies of a text as obvious as possible—to learn Auerbach’s art of simplicity.
A reflection on an influential figure in the genre-oriented criticism of the late twentieth century.