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    Postmodernism and Thing Theory

    by Matthew Mullins
    If postmodern literature reveals the constructed nature of our general categories, then what are the particulars out of which those general categories are constructed? more
  • Guy Goldstein - Few Moments (detail)
    Dibur Issue

    Visions of the Future

    Edited by Gisèle Sapiro, Vered Karti Shemtov, Anne Simon
    How does today's art make sense of, reflect, and react to the pace of social, political, and technological changes of the last few decades? In this issue, twelve articles explore the question. more
  • Guy Goldstein - Few Moments (detail)
    Dibur Article

    The Helmeted Beholder

    by Margaret Cohen
    How does Jules Verne transform romantic images of beholding ruins as picturesque or sublime by putting a helmet on the beholder? more
  • Colloquy

    Queer Environmentalities

    by Irena Yamboliev
    How can queer theory and ecocriticism inform each other? And why should they? Scholars working to bring these two fields together argue that each has undermined its central goals by keeping aloof... more
  • Colloquy

    Prosody: Alternative Histories

    by Eric Weiskott, Natalie Gerber
    What are the historical stakes of prosody, and why should we ask? ‘Prosody’ refers both to the patterning of language in poetry and to the formal study of that patterning. In both senses, it is ... more
  • Blog Post

    Returning to Order through Realism

    by Santiago Zabala
    Law and Order is the familiar rallying cry for a generation of contemporary right-wing politicians from Poland and Turkey to Brazil and the USA. In the context of such a political program, difference, change, and cultural others must be avoided as disruptions of the safety that order is supposed to represent. more
  • Colloquy

    On Being a Medievalist and More

    by Marisa Galvez
    This Colloquy is one of two that originated in the "After 1967" conference in which we celebrated the work of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. While the other (soon to appear) Colloquy gathers papers and... more
  • Colloquy

    Personification and Allegory: Selves and Signs

    by Vladimir Brljak
    What has allegory to do with personification, and personification with allegory? Are we justified in speaking, as we often do, of “allegorical personifications” and “personification allegory,” or... more
  • Colloquy

    Critical Semantics: New Transnational Keywords

    by Anston Bosman
    This Colloquy arises from a 2018 MLA Convention session I organized on behalf of the Forum on Comparative Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. The original call for papers read simply: "Extend... more

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Sacrifice and care are attributes that are difficult to map onto commonplace understandings of subjectivity. Perhaps that is because subjectivity has long been thought in gendered ways that leave little place for the seemingly feminine.
It is difficult to envision the sheer quantity of pearls dredged up from the New World by sixteenth-century colonists. An average of a 1,000 pounds of pearl per year in tax revenue alone. The social, political, and ecological challenges of producing such richness is the subject of a fascinating book by historian Molly Walsh reviewed here.
Searching for the childhood haunts of the great poet Cavafy reveals both what has been lost to time and what remains alive in human memory.
Can you recall your earliest gesture? Perhaps not consciously, but traces of these first attempts to orient our bodies in space linger in our everyday experiences.
Pirate or privateer? In practice, identical, but in terms of legal and social standing, the designations were considered worlds away in the contested waters of the North Atlantic. How did sanctioned privateering transition over time to being considered lawless pirating?