The Comparatist

Edited by Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College

Frequency: Annually (October)

Latest Issue: Volume 41, October 2017

Size: 6" x 9", approx 175 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 0195-7678


Awarded the Phoenix Prize for Significant Editorial Achievement by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 1996, The Comparatist is a dynamic, well-established journal of comparative literature that has appeared annually since 1977. Its areas of focus include the comparative study of literature, cultural movements, and the arts; and literary and cultural theory. For more information, visit The Comparatist‘s website.

Zahi Zalloua is associate professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Whitman College.

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Zahi Zalloua

Table of Contents

Volume 41 October 2017
Editor’s Column

Witnessing Catastrophe, Interpreting Catastrophe
by Zahi Zalloua


Literature, Catastrophe, and Numbers: Saadat Hasan Manto and Tahar Ben Jelloun
by Dominic Rainsford

Racial Microbiopolitics: Flint Lead Poisoning, Detroit Water Shut Offs, and the “Matter” of Enfleshment
by Chelsea Grimmer

Carlos Mérida’s “Goce Emocional”: An Aesthetics Proposal Circumventing the Space of Catastrophe and Mexican Nationalism
by Judith Sierra-Rivera

Troubled Waters: Liquid Memory in the Wake of Disaster
by Lauren Ravalico

Goodbye Crude World: The Aesthetics of Environmental Catastrophe in Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and Edward Burtynsky’s Oil Photographs
by Sofia Ahlberg

Writing the Hyper-Disaster: Embodied and Engendered Narrative after Nuclear Disaster
by Emily Jones

Overturning Catastrophes
by Alexandra Perisic

Moderating Revolution: V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, Toussaint Louverture, and the Civility of Reform
by Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

Catastrophic Education: Saving the World with H. G. Wells
by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

General Articles

Transculturality and the Gesta Romanorum in Light of Hartmann von Aue’s Gregorius and Heinrich Kaufringer’s Verse Narratives
by Albrecht Classen

The Author’s Heroes: Bulgakov’s Molière, and Other Deployments of World Literature Classics
by Margarita Marinova

The Ghost Story in Mexican, Turkish and Bengali fiction: Bhut, Fantasma, Hayalet
by Ian Almond

The Waterfall, the Whirlpool, and the Stage: “Boundaries of Americanness” in Poe’s “A Descent into the Maelstrom”
by Micah K. Donohue

Frank O’Hara: Salute to the French Negro Poet, Aimé Césaire
by Alexandra J. Gold

“Getting Under Your Skin: Sebald on Chatwin and Flaubert”
by Patrick ffrench

Truth Commissions and Unspoken Narratives in Gillian Slovo’s Red Dust and David Park’s The Truth Commissioner
by Lisa Propst

On the Brink: Identity and Language in the Poetry of Arab-American Women
by Lubna Safi (2015 Rutledge Prize Winner)

Review Essays

Eric L. Santner, The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy
by Matthew Bost

David Cowart, The Tribe of Pyn: Literary Generations in the Postmodern Period;
Brian McHale, The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodernism
by Christian Moraru

Gianni Vattimo, Of Reality. The Purposes of Philosophy
by Brian O’Keeffe

John Haydock, Melville’s Intervisionary Network: Balzac, Hawthorne, and Realism in the American Renaissance
by Kevin J. Hayes


Laurent Dubreuil, The Intellective Space: Thinking Beyond Cognition
review by Josh Doty

Rebecca Gould, Writers and Rebels. The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus
review by Adelheid Rundholz

Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Peter Hitchcock, eds., The New Public Intellectual: Politics, Theory, and the Public Sphere
review by Robert T. Tally Jr.

David Kornhaber, The Birth of Theater from the Spirit of Philosophy: Nietzsche and the Modern Drama
review by Mary Ann Frese Witt

John A. Mitchell, Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child
review by Nicholas Parmley

Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy
review by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Roch C. Smith, Gaston Bachelard: Philosopher of Science and Imagination
review by Ben Stoltzfus

Judith Palmer and Ben Stoltzfus, Romoland: A Pictonovel
review by Lynn A. Higgins

Laura Chiesa, Space as Storyteller: Spatial Jumps in Architecture, Critical Theory, and Literature
review by Thomas L. Cooksey

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