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The Confession of an Uncontrived Sinner: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"

By Małgorzata Grzegorzewska
Polish Journal for American Studies

Brilliant phenomenological analysis of the ticking sound in Poe’s story.

The Problems of Environmental Criticism: An Interview with Lawrence Buell

By Julia Fiedorczuk
Polish Journal for American Studies

An interview with Lawrence Buell on environmental criticism.


By SHIH Shu-mei
Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities

This essay is a modest proposal for relational comparison. It argues for comparison as relation, or doing comparative literature as relational studies. To set up the relational framework, I first draw insights from the integrative world history detailed by such scholars as Janet L. Abu-Lughod, John M. Hobson, and André Gunder Frank. I synthesize these findings with the theory of Relation developed by Édouard Glissant as a way to link geocultural and socioeconomic history not only to literature but also to poetics. The specific pivot traces what I call the “plantation arc,” stretching from the Caribbean to the American South and to Southeast Asia. I examine the interconnectedness of the literary works along the post-slavery plantation arc such as the plantation novels of William Faulkner set in the American South, Chang Kuei-hsing’s Monkey Cup set in the Borneo rainforest and the Caribbean of Patricia Powell, the Jamaica of post-abolition blacks, white coolie traders, Chinese coolies, and shopkeepers. The purpose here is two fold: first, to illustrate how doing relational studies with a keen world historical sense demands that world literature take its worldliness more seriously than thought possible; and second, to show how relational comparison opens up a new arena, perhaps even a new life, for comparative literature.

Introduction, On knowing and not knowing about obeah

By Wisecup, Kelly and Toni Wall Jaudon
Atlantic Studies: Global Currents

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"Like the sound of a crumbling wall": transcultural spatiality in James Baldwin's "Just above My Head"

By Kilpeläinen, Pekka
Atlantic Studies: Global Currents