Romance and the Aesthetics of Belonging in Atlantic Modernity
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Born of the productive polarity between two necessary fictions—one of origins and origination, the other of closure and completion—what the acknowledgment first acknowledges is the mystery of belonging in and bearing witness to an experience, a history, a life. I owe my sense of this mystery—and my desire to explore its aesthetics of belonging—to many ...
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In a powerful series of paintings composed between 2005 and 2008, the French artist Armelle Caron creates a set of decontextualized images of the modern cityscape (figure 1). On the left side of each image, the art-ist presents a familiar, monochromatic map of a major city—New York, Montpellier, or Paris, for example—while on the right side she identifies ...
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...a s i n g u l a r b l e n d: g e n r e a n d t h e a e s t h e t i c s With the addition of one word to the second edition of The Castle of Otranto (1765), Horace Walpole performed the perfect generic gesture. Whereas the first edition of his bizarre tale of incest, patriarchal violence, and talking paintings is subtitled simply “A Story,” with the second edition, published ...
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...r o m a n c e , r a c e , r u i n : h e n r y m a c k e n z i e a n d t h e a f t e r l i f e o f s e n t i m e n ta l e x c h a n g eIn one of the nineteenth century’s most influential romances, we are intro-duced to a restless young man who abandons his sleepy hometown, eager to try his fortunes in the big city. He meets a girl. Though separated by ...
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...c o n j u r i n g c o m m u n i t y : a r t h u r m e r v y n When Arthur Mervyn, the eponymous hero of Charles Brockden Brown’s 1798 romance, begins to hear reports of a yellow-fever epidemic taking root in nearby Philadelphia, he immediately filters the gruesome details through an aesthetics of the sublime. These reports, he later reflects, were...
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In the previous chapter, we saw how modern forms of property and per-sonhood invoke Gothic conjurations of the flesh, metempsychotic wan-derings of the spirit, and mesmeric pathways of pestilence and infection. Although frequently employed by discourses of democracy and abolition, I argued that these peculiar common things are already deeply implicated in ...
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In stories like “The Man That Was Used Up,” we have seen how Poe exposes the spectral special effects demanded by modern forms of national, racial, and colonial community. Like Sterne, Brockden Brown, and Montgom-ery Bird before him, Poe shows us how the literature of romance helps to conjure some of the peculiar common things—such as the “air distingué” ...
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...1. Available online at: www.armellecaron.fr/art/index.php?page=plans_de_ 2 . Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community, trans. Peter Connor, Lisa Gar-bus, Michael Holland, and Simona Sawhney (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 3. Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism (New York: Verso, 1983), first published in 1983, has had a ...
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Roberto Esposito, Terms of the Political: Community, Immunity, Biopolitics. Translated by Rhiannon Noel Welch. Introduction by Vanessa Lemm.Maurizio Ferraris, Documentality: Why It Is Necessary to Leave Traces. Dimitris Vardoulakis, Sovereignty and Its Other: Toward the Dejustification Anne Emmanuelle Berger, The Queer Turn in Feminism: Identities, ...
Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 8 b/w
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Commonalities (FUP)