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The Comparatist

Edited by Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College

Frequency: Annually (October)

Latest Issue: Volume 43, October 2019

Size: 6" x 9", approx 175 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 0195-7678


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. 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 43 October 2019
Editor’s Column

Pessimistic Times
by Zahi Zalloua


What is Critique without Pessimism?: Postcritique, Neoliberalism, and the Future of the Humanities
by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

The Concept of Post-Pessimism in 21st Century Dystopian Fiction
by Annika Gonnermann

The Epistemology of Pessimism
by R. Radhakrishnan

Notes Toward (Inhabiting) the Black Messianic in Afro-Pessimism’s Apocalyptic Thought
by Andrew Santana Kaplan

Affirmation in the Dark: Racial Slavery and Philosophical Pessimism
by Jared Sexton

Asia-Pessimism: Modeling a Revolution in Failure
by John Streamas

An Anarchist Power Amidst Pessimism: The Overcoming of Optimism in Jos. Saramago’s Blindness and Seeing
James Martel

Pessimistic Chinese Cosmopolitanism and Jia Zhangke’s The World
by Sijia Yao

The Pointless Ecology of Renaissance Cynicism
by Pauline Goul

General Articles

Creolizing the Canon: Manuel Puig, Junot Díaz, and the Latino Poetics of Relation
by Charles H. Geyer

Judas, My Brother: Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation of Christ with Slavoj Žižek
by Virginia Nickles Osborne

Pataphysical Assemblages: Fascist Spectacle in Paul Grimault’s Le roi et l’oiseau
Thomas L. Cooksey

An Autobiography of Her Own—Matalon’s The Sound of Our Steps
Tammy Frade Galon and Adia Mendelson Maoz

The Dissolution of Walls: Trauma, Healing, and the Sufi Way in Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor
by Lidan Lin

Towards a Fanonian Poetics: Cultural Decolonization as Translation
by Richard L. W. Clarke

The “Annabel Lee” Blues: Re-Reading Edgar Allan Poe’s Rhythm and Rhyme Scheme
by Jacky W. Dumas

Latinxs in the Attic: (Erasing Latinx Presence and the) Policing (of) Racial Borders in Faulkner’s Light in August
Paul M. Worley and Melissa Birkhofer

Reading as Resistance: Practicing Literacy and Interconnection in Nadeem Aslam’s The Golden Legend
Beth Miller

Review Essay

R. Alton Lee, Publisher for the Masses, Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Book Reviews


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