The Comparatist

Edited by Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College


Frequency: Annually (October)

Latest Issue: Volume 46, October 2022

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 46 October 2022
Editor’s Column

On the Use and Abuse of Analogy
by Zahi Zalloua

Comparative Racisms

The Primal Scene of anti-Blackness: The Masochist Jouissance of White Racism
by Derek Hook

Slave/Animal/Labor: Marxist Incapacity and The Direction
Analogy Flows
by Sara-Maria Sorentino

Racial Capitalism and the Grounds of Contradiction
by Peter Hitchcock

The Language of Absurdity: Keith and Mendi Obadike’s
“Blackness for Sale”
by Charlotte Kent

The Tenure of Racism: Cornel West, Critical Race Theory,
and the Neoliberal Assault on Critique
by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Ornamentalism in the French Empire
by Akrish Adhikari

The Fancy Girl Episteme: Tracking the Legacy of Master-Slave Rape in the Evolution of the Tragic Mulatto Trope
by Zeena Yasmine Fuleihan

Literary Alibi: The Consumption of African American and
Dalit Literatures
by Austin Anderson

Žižek’s Jews
Adam Komisaruk

General Articles

The Language of Flowers in Henry James’s In the Cage:
Mrs. Jordan’s Ecological Message
by Mohammed Hamdan

Hell is Definitions
by Victor Peterson II

“God is everywhere”: What Muriel Spark Is Up To in Robinson
by Cynthia Lewis

Countermapping and Temporal Borders in Rachid Boudjedra’s Topographie idéale pour une agression caractérisée
by Brittany Murray

Theory, Place: Exile and Roots
by Jane Gallop

Review Essays

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Crowds: The Stadium as a Ritual of Intensity
by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Kōjin Karatani, Marx: Towards the Centre of Possibility; Cedric J. Robinson, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition; Thomas Nail, Marx in Motion: A New Materialist Marxism; Jules Joanne Gleeson and Elle O’Rourke, eds. Transgender Marxism
by Matt Bost

Jeffrey Clepp and Emily Ridge, ed. Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture; Merle A. Williams, ed. Hospitalities Transitions and Transgressions: North and South
by Brian O’Keeffe

Rutledge Prize

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