The Comparatist

Edited by Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College

Frequency: Annually (October)

Latest Issue: Volume 40, October 2016

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 40 October 2016
Editor’s Column

Habit and Its Discontents
Zahi Zalloua


The Bad Habits of Critical Theory
Mari Ruti

Mind the Gap: Toward a Political History of Habit
Tony Bennett

After the Event: Toward a Post-Revolutionary Conception of Habit
Christopher Breu

Deluze on Habit
Brian O’Keeffe

Habits, Nothing But Habits: Biological Time in Deleuze
Tano Posteraro

Samuel Butler’s Life and Habit and the Modernist Literary Character: Rethinking the Subject through the Everyday
Federico Bellini

The Forces of Habit and the Ethics of Self-Composure
Mica Hilson

Loss and the Durability of Everyday Life in Uwe Timm’s In my Brother’s Shadow and Bobbie Ann Mason’s In Country
Gary Baker

Academe in Chains: Habitus, Reform, and the Neoliberal University
Jeffrey R. Di Leo

General Articles

The Comedy of the ‘Para-site’: Duck Soup, Volpone, and Hamlet
Isaac Hui

Fénelon’s Subversive Uses of Aeneid 6
Ippokratis Kantzios

The Deliverance or Domestication of Others: Memos from Comparative Literature Classes in Appalachia
Mich Yonah Nyawalo

Shelley’s Quest for Persian Love
Elham Nilchian

Yusuf’s Queer Beauty in Medieval and Post-Medieval Persian Cultural Productions
Claudia Yaghoobi

Playing Kings, Ultimatums, and Abdications: The Apple Cart and To Play the King
Bernard F. Dukore

“Neutrality” as Nomos? Paradigm, Nuance, and the Politics of Coterritoriality in Late Barthes
Christian Moraru

Conceptualizing Americanness: U.S. Drama in Spain 1910-1930
Ramón Espejo Romero

Necessary Narration in Their Eyes Were Watching God
Amanda Bailey

Review Essays

Sonal Khullar, Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990; Chika Okeke-Agulu, Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria
Elizabeth Miller

Barbara Vinken, Flaubert Postsecular
Brian O’Keeffe

Peter Brooks, ed. with Hilary Jewett, The Humanities and Public Life
Jeffrey R. Di Leo


Vincent Pecora, Secularization Without End: Beckett, Mann, Coetzee
Joseph Blankholm

Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru, eds. The Planetary Turn: Relationality and Geoaesthetics in the Twenty-First Century
Aakash M. Suchak

Judith Butler, Senses of the Subject
Emilio E. Feijo

Owen Clayton, Literature and Photography in Transition, 1850-1915
Joanna Madloch

Donna McCormack, Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing
Valérie K. Orlando

Amaleena Damlé, The Becoming of the Body: Contemporary Women’s Writing in French
Brigitte Weltman-Aron

Aaron S. Gross, The Question of the Animal and Religion: Theoretical Stakes, Practical Implications
Adeline Rother

Shalini Puri, The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory
Raphael Dalleo

Jacob Blevins, Humanism and Classical Crisis: Anxiety, Intertexts, and the Miltonic Memory
Craig Kallendorf

Bart Miller, Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas
Richard Serrano

N. Rodowick, Elegy for Theory
Heather Ashley Hayes

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