The Comparatist

Edited by Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College


Frequency: Annually (October)

Latest Issue: Volume 45, October 2021

Size: 6" x 9", approx 175 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: Print 0195-7678; Digital 1559-0887


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. Members of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts receive a subscription to The Comparatist. 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 45 October 2021
Editor’s Column

Fantasy’s Realities
by Zahi Zalloua


Sovereignty and Cruelty: Resistance or Refusal?
by Catherine Kellogg

Barred Objects (o): Police Brutality, Black Fetishes, and Perverse Demonstrations
by Calvin Warren

On the Annihilation of the Human’s Fundamental Fantasy of Life: Toward an Anagrammatical Liturgy of Black Messianic Death
by Andrew Santana Kaplan

The Fantasy of Technoimmortality and the Psychoanalytic Infinite
by Alla Ivanchikova

“The kind of person who would mess with a kid”: Cultural Fantasies
of Stranger-Danger and AM Homes’ “Looking for Johnny”
by Mica Hilson

Transitional Objects Are Not Toys: Illusion, Fantasying, and Negative Psychogenics in Thomas Kiefer’s El Sueño Americano
by Daniel G. Butler

Sinthomosexuality and the Fantasy of Travel in The Time Machine
by Dan Abitz

Wagering on Happiness: Philosophical Affect in Badiou
by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

General Articles

Archival Futures: Michel Houellebecq’s Anthropocene
by James Dutton

The Sound of Seamus Heaney’s Sense: Robert Frost’s Influence on Heaney’s Poetics
by William Fogarty

The Last Metanarratives: Cognitivism, Neuroscience and Subjectivity in the Works of Richard Powers and Slavoj Žižek
by Richard Hardack

Queering the Colonizer: (Re)mapping Whiteness in Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time
by Marc Keith

Visual Distortions: Space and Time in El secreto de sus ojos and Zulu Love Letter
by Henry Morello

First Miles Philips, and Then Tony Last: The Noble Savage Myth in Hakluyt and in Waugh’s A Handful of Dust
by Matt Phillips

Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant: The (Re)turn to Fantasy from The Remains of the Day
by Richard Rankin Russell

Disciplining Desire and the Problems of Authorship in Denis Diderot’s The Nun and Mary Wollstonecraft’s Maria: Or, the Wrongs of Woman
by Sandra Sokowski

Review Essays

Geoffrey Bennington, Scatter 2 Politics in Deconstruction
by Brian O’Keeffe

Helen Small, The Function of Cynicism at the Present Time
by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Rutledge Prize

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