Romance and the Aesthetics of Belonging in Atlantic Modernity
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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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 artist 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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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 only months after the scandalous original, Walpole made an addition...
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In one of the nineteenth century’s most influential romances, we are introduced 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 massive disparities in wealth, education, and social stature, they nevertheless cast “wooing glances” at each other and begin a...
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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 personhood invoke Gothic conjurations of the flesh, metempsychotic wanderings 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 Montgomery 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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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, ...
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Illustrations: 8 b/w
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Commonalities (FUP)