The Comparatist

Edited by Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College


Frequency: Annually (October)

Latest Issue: Volume 47, October 2023

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 47 October 2023
Editor’s Column

Editor’s Column: Whose Reason? Whose Authority?
by Zahi Zalloua


In the Beginning Was the Logos: Reason and Revolution
by Paul Allen Miller

Editor’s Column: Whose Reason? Whose Authority?

Zahi Zalloua


In the Beginning Was the Logos: Reason and Revolution

Paul Allen Miller

Psychoanalytic Reason and the Non-Governable of Modern Subjectivity

Carin Franzén

The Slumber of Reason

Brian O’keeffe

Aphorism, System and Reason: The Case of Theodor Adorno’s Minima Moralia

Caio Lee

The Critique of Dead Reason: Baudrillard on Biopolitics after Capitalism

Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Humanist Unreason

Eric Hayot

The Reason of Mysticism

Michael Marder

Reason in the Thinking of Mourad Wahba on Ibn Rushd

Robert K. Beshara

The Blackness of Being (A)Part: Reconceptualizing the Study of the Black Mediterranean

Khalil Saucier

The Biographical Novel as Scandal: A Retrospective on the Condition of Twentieth-Century Knowledge and Aesthetics

Michael Lackey

The Reception of Jack Kerouac in China: A Proxy for Chinese Culture and Politics

Yu MinPaul Allen Miller

Medical Surveillance and Docility in Jerry Pinto’s Em and The Big Hoom

Srijani Nag, Sayan Chattopadhyay

n Contemporary Middle Eastern Literature: The Works of Alexandra Chreiteh and Fadi Zaghmout

Cheryl Toman

The Forest Speaks: Environmental Ethics in Soyinka’s A Dance of the Forests and Madmen and Specialists

Timothy R. Vande Brake

Unwritten Writing: Deconstruction and the Folklore of Dice Games

Andrew Kingston

Narratives Matter: Translating Disability in Émile Zola’s L’assommoir

Magdala Lissa Jeudy

The Latin American Roots of Sontag’s Death Kit: Borges, Machado, Cortázar, and Clarice

Earl E. Fitz

Unhappily Ever After: Hardy, Tess, and the Fairy Tale Manqué

Jessica Campbell

The Quest as a Historical Inquest

Yomna Saber

Object Ontologies, Relationality, and Collaborative Aesthetics: Purloined Things in Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere

Jessi Rae Morton

Mojada, a Medea in Los Angeles or the Symbolization of the Liminal Subject’s Experience

María Andrea Díaz Miranda

The Grass-roots, Mass Power and Biopolitics: The Politicized Pandemic in Shanghai’s Covid Quarantine

Jiyuan Ren


Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Review essays and Reviews
Rutledge Prize

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