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This article investigates and compares the motif of the “primal scene” in the writings of Maurice Blanchot and Hélène Cixous. It explores Blanchot's account of a child's experience of the void of nothingness while looking at the sky, and a comparable scene of threatening strangeness that...
It has been argued that Romantic images of childhood have disappeared from late twentieth-century culture, and that the innocent child of nature has made way for the “knowing child.” However, if we go beyond pictorial traditions and include literary Romanticism, a caesura in the cultural...
Drawing insight from Hans Frankel and Robert Bly, we may examine how these very similar poems address death, transition, and the cycle of human and natural events through imagism and the skillful use of associative counterparts. Differences between the poems may have their root in disparate...
Sophocles' Antigone has been repeatedly translated, reanimated, and refigured during historical moments of massive human losses. In the years 1914–18, Antigone was popular because of the parallels between ancient Thebes and Germany: unlike Oedipus Rex or Oedipus at Colonus , Antigone takes...
Despite the existence of a Foucauldian research tradition in Kafka scholarship, its central tenets (power, subjectivity, and space) have seldom been brought together in readings of Kafka's The Trial . This article proposes to read Kafka's novel as a coherent reflection on the nature of...
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