Past Issues

53, 2 (2022)

Spring 2022

  • Stephanie Ann Frampton, “Rhetorics of Becoming: Between Metamorphosis and Metaphor”
  • Victoria Googasian, “Feeling Fictional: Climate Crisis and the Massively Multi-Protagonist Novel”
  • Sara Fernandes and Lydia Saleh Rofail, “Perpetual Becoming, Deferred Arrival: The Author-Hero in the Age of Digital Celebrity”
  • Jason de Stefano, “The Gospel of Creativity”
  • Carolyn Dinshaw and Garth Greenwell, “Queer Theory/Queer Fiction” (Creative Writing and Critical Thought I)
  • Doyle Calhoun, “Dead Narrators, Queer Terrorists: On Suicide Bombing and Literature”
    • Winner of the 2021 Ralph Cohen Prize
  • Zhao F. Ng, “The Kingdom and the Pilgrim’s Way: Epic, Irony, and Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

53, 1 (2022)

Winter 2022

  • Hannah Weaver, “Interpolation as Critical Category”
  • Adrienne Ghaly, “What Does Biodiversity Loss Feel Like? Realism in the Age of Extinction”
  • Arthur Rose, “Recovering Franz Kafka’s Asbestos Factory”
  • Cajetan Iheka, “Intricate Intimacies: Reading the Transatlantic Queer in Dinaw Mengestu’s All Our Names
  • Andrew M. McClellan, “Lil Wayne, Imitatio, and the Poetics of Cannibalism”
  • Garrett Stewart, “Verbal Fframe-Advance: Toward a Cinematographic Sentence”
  • Tobias Skiveren, “Postcritique and the Problem of the Lay Reader”

52, 3/4 (2021)

Race and Periodization

  • Urvashi Chakravarty and Ayanna Thompson, “Race and Periodization: Introduction”
  • Margo Hendricks, “Coloring the Past, Considerations on Our Future: RaceB4Race”
  • Mary Rambaran-Olm, “A Wrinkle in Medieval Time: Ironing out Issues Regarding Race, Temporality, and the Early English”
  • Haruko Momma, “The Theater of Race and Its Supporting Actors: A Tale of Two Islands”
  • Farid Azfar, “Leviathan and the Asiento: A Counter-History of the Racial Contract”
  • Nicole Lopez-Jantzen, “Historiography, Periodization, and Race: Italy between Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Europe and Africa”
  • Nizar F. Hermes and Mary Beth Allen, “A Tale of Two Sultans: Franco-Moroccan ReInventions of Mūlāy Ismāʿīl and his Marriage Proposal to La Princesse de Conti”
  • Su Fang Ng, “Making Race in the Early Modern East Indies”
  • Wan-Chuan Kao, “In the Lap of Whiteness”
  • Carol Meija LaPerle, “Ill-Will as Racialized Affect: Early Modern Volition, Critical Race Theory, and Shakespearean Ill-Will”
  • Kyle Grady, “Emphasis and Elision: Early Modern English Approaches to Racial Mixing and their Afterlives”
  • Ruben Espinosa, “Traversing the Temporal Borderlands of Shakespeare”

52, 2 (2021)

Spring 2021

  • Audrey Wasser, “Critical Thinking”
  • Christopher Braider, “Squaring the Circle: Aesthetics and Its History”
  • Shaj Mathew, “Ekphrastic Temporality” (2020 Ralph Cohen Prize winner)
  • Rachael Scarborough King, “The Scale of Genre”
  • Wayne Stables, “What is the Matter? A Meditation on Illegible Writing”
  • Helen Solterer, “A Timely Villon: Anachrony and Premodern Poetic Fiction”
  • Avery Slater, “Primo Levi’s Chernobyl: Ecology and Trauma in The Reawakening

52, 1 (2021)

New Literary History: 52.1

Winter 2021

  • Joel M. Childers, “The Romance of Criticism”
  • Cecilia Feilla, “Future Perfect History: Historiography and Republican Space-Time in French Revolutionary Theater”
  • David Kurnick, “Jane Austen, Secret Celebrity, and Mass Eroticism”
  • John Lurz, “The Sorceress’s Apprentice: Roland Barthes and the Criticism of Magic”
  • Rita Felski, “Recognizing Class”
  • Ana Schwartz, “Anne Bradstreet, Arsonist?”
  • Kayvan Tahmasebian and Rebecca Ruth Gould, “Ajnabi, Or the Xenological Uncanny in Iranian Modernism”
  • Eric Weiskott, “Futures Past: Prophecy, Periodization, and Reinhart Koselleck”

51, 4 (2020)


Special issue edited by Michael Lundblad

  • Michael Lundblad, “Animality/ Posthumanism/ Disability: An Introduction”
  • Sunaura Taylor, interviewed by Sara E. S. Orning, “Being Human, Being Animal: Species Membership in Extraordinary Times”
    • Judith Butler, “Companion Thinking: A Response”
  • Rachel Adams, “The Art of Interspecies Care”
    • Jack Halberstam, “Beyond Caring: Human-Animal Interdependency: A Response
    • Rachel Adams, “We Have Laws for That: A Response to Jack Halberstam”
  • Matthew Chrulew, “Abnormal Animals”
    • Dinesh Wadiwel, “Restriction, Norm, Umwelt: A Response”
  • Michael Lundblad, “Disanimality: Disability Studies and Animal Advocacy,
    • Nirmala Erevelles, “The Political Economy of Disanimality: A Response”
  • Jan Grue, “On the Transhumanist Imaginary and the Biopolitics of Contingent Embodiment”
    • David T. Mitchell, “Where Are You Taking Us? A Response”
  • Cary Wolfe, “The Biopolitical Drama of Joseph Beuys”
  • Neel Ahuja, “Animal Death as National Debility: Climate, Agriculture, and Syrian War Narrative”
    • Jasbir K. Puar, “Atmospherics of War: A Response”

51, 3 (2020)

Summer 2020

  • Nan Z. Da, “Other People’s Books”
  • Atti Viragh, “The Grammar of Instress: Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Victorian Philosophers of Mind (Winner, 2019 Ralph Cohen Prize)
  • Joseph Albernaz, “Fragmentary Domestic: Wordsworth’s Image of the Common”
  • Joshua Billings, “Nietzsche’s Philology of the Present”
  • Brian Glavey, “Lyric Wilt, or, The Here and Now of Queer Impotentiality”
  • John Hoffmann, “The Volk against Fascism: Socialist Realism and the Aesthetics of Expressionism”
  • Walt Hunter, “The American Poetic Subprime: Contemporary Poetry, Race, and Genre”
  • Brian Michael Norton, “Aesthetics, Science, and the Theater of the World”

51, 2 (2020)

The Global Novel

  • Debjani Ganguly, “Introduction”
  • Michael Allan, “Dying to Read: Reflections on the Ends of Literacy”
  • Baidik Bhattacharya, “Radical Illegibility and Democratic Futures: Reading Orhan Pamuk and J. M. Coetzee”
  • Rebecca L. Walkowitz, “On Not Knowing: Lahiri, Tawada, Ishiguro”
  • Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, “The Persistence of the Transcultural: A Latin American Theory of the Novel from the National-Popular to the Global”
  • Daniel Y. Kim, “Translations and Ghostings of History: The Novels of Han Kang”
  • Ranjana Khanna, “Touching the Corpse: Reading Sinan Antoon”
  • Debjani Ganguly, “Catastrophic Form and Planetary Realism”
  • Sarah Nuttall, “Pluvial Time/Wet Form”

51, 1 (2020)

Winter 2020

  • Heather Houser, “Shimmering Description and Descriptive Criticism”
  • Linda M. Austin, “Psychometric Wunderkammern: Word-Association Testing and the Aesthetics of Creative Genius”
  • Morgan Day Frank, “Don’t Read.”
  • Michael Krimper, “Beckett Ongoing and the Novel”
  • Elaine Auyoung, “What We Mean By Reading”
  • Heather Steffen, “Imagining Academic Labor in the US University”
  • Joshua Landy, “In Praise of Depth: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Hidden”
  • Michael Dango, “Filtering: A Theory and History of a Style”
  • Michelle Karnes, “The Possibilities of Medieval Fiction”
Medieval Fictionalities: An NLH Forum
  • Sarah M. Allen and Jack W. Chen, “Fictionality in Early and Medieval China”
  • Carol Symes, “Medieval Fictions vs. the Fetish of Modernity”
  • Carissa M. Harris, “Pastourelle Fictionalities”
  • Sara S. Poor, “The Fuss about Fiction: A View from Medieval German Studies”
  • Katharine Eisaman Maus, “Fake News”
  • Brandon W. Hawk, “Apocrypha and Fictionality”
  • Monika Fludernik, “Medieval Fictionality from a Narratological Perspective”
  • Michelle Karnes, “Synchronous Fictions”
  • Julie Orlemanski, “What We Ask of Fiction”

50, 4 (2019)

Poetry and Race

  • Jahan Ramazani, “Poetry and Race: An Introduction”
  • Evie Shockley, “On Seeing and Reading the ‘Nothing’: Poetry and Blackness Visualized”
    » ex patria
  • Urayoán Noel, “The Queer, Migrant Poemics of #Latinx Instagram”
    » White Latinidad
    » Hay(na)ku Boricua
    » Transversal
  • Josephine Nock-Hee Park, “The Poetics of Consolation: Japanese Aesthetics and American Incarceration”
  • Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, “Theories of African Poetry”
  • Tsitsi Jaji, “Zimbabwe in Verse: Anthologizing the Nation as Alternative Historiography”
    » baba’s voice mail.
  • Vidyan Ravinthiran, “(Indian) Verse and the Question of Aesthetics”
    » My Sri Lankan family
    » And so
  • J. Edward Chamberlin, “Chanting Down Babylon: Poetry and Race”
  • Lorna Goodison
    » So Who Was the Mother of Jamaican Art?
    » To Make Various Sorts of Black
    » Sugar
    » The Journey of the Three Dreads

50, 3 (2019)

In Brief

  • Irina Dumitrescu and Bruce Holsinger, INTRODUCTION
  • Sherif Abdelkarim, SĪRAH
  • Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́, PANEGYRIC
  • Stephanie Burt, SONG
  • Tim Cassedy, DEFINITION
  • Jennifer Chang, FRAGMENT
  • Brooke Conti, PRAYER
  • Megan L. Cook, BLAZON
  • Rita Copeland, ENTHYMEME
  • Irina Dumitrescu, EPIGRAM
  • Denis Ferhatović, RIDDLE
  • Dolores Flores-Silva and Keith Cartwright, FABULA
  • Roberta Frank, DRÓTTKVÆTT
  • Florian Fuchs, NOVELLA
  • Diana Fuss, FLASH
  • Cary Howie, MEDITATION
  • Andrew Hui, APHORISM
  • Andreas Huyssen, MINIATURE
  • Eric Jarosinski, TWEET
  • Seth Lerer, SCRIBBLE
  • Nicola Masciandaro, GLOSS
  • John H. Muse, MICRODRAMA
  • Haun Saussy, JUEJU
  • Jim Seitz, SYLLABUS
  • Haruo Shirane, HAIKU
  • Elizaveta Strakhov, RONDEAU
  • Jesús R. Velasco, MICROBIOGRAPHIES
  • Louise Wilson, DEDICATION
  • Madeline L. Zehnder, COMPANION

50, 2 (2019)

Spring 2019

  • Julie Orlemanski, “Who Has Fiction? Modernity, Fictionality, and the Middle Ages”
  • Jerome McGann, “From Cultural Memory to Living Word: On Mather’s Magnalia”
  • Ariana Reilly Codr, “After Ever After: The Marriage Plot’s Farewell to Its Reader”
  • David Dwan, “Important Nonsense: Yeats and Symbolism”
  • Matthew Burroughs Price, “Old Formalisms: Character, Structure, Action”
  • Simone Stirner, “A Technique of Closeness, an Art of Straying: Reading with Walter Benjamin”
  • Lucas Thompson, “Method Reading”

50, 1 (2019)

NLH at 50

  • Bruce Holsinger, “New Literary History at 50: Reflections and Futures”
  • Jeffrey J. Williams, “The Rise of the Critical Interview”
  • Liesl Yamaguchi, “Sensuous Linguistics: On Saussure’s Synesthesia”
    Winner of the Ralph Cohen Prize for 2018
  • Erica Weaver, “Premodern and Postcritical: Medieval Enigmata and the Hermeneutic Style”
  • Ingrid Nelson, “Poetics of the Rule: Form, Biopolitics, Lyric”
  • Michael North, “The Afterlife of Modernism”

– – – –

  • Ralph Cohen (1917-2016), “On the Presuppositions of Literary Periods”
  • John L. Rowlett, “Ralph Cohen on Literary Periods: Afterword as Foreword”

49, 4 (2018)

Romanticism, Now & Then

  • Bruce Holsinger and Andrew Stauffer, “Introduction”
  • Anahid Nersessian, “Romantic Difficulty”
  • James Chandler, “The Question of Sensibility”
  • Marlene L. Daut, “‘Nothing in Nature is Mute’: Reading Revolutionary Romanticism in L’Haïtiade and Hérard Dumesle’s Voyage dans le nord d’Hayti (1824)”
  • Virginia Jackson, “‘Our Poets’: William Cullen Bryant and the White Romantic Lyric”
  • Tristram Wolff, “Being Several: Reading Blake with Ed Roberson”
  • Holly Watkins, “Romantic Musical Aesthetics and the Transmigration of Soul”
  • Jerome McGann, “Romantic Subjects and Iambic Laws: Episodes in the Early History of Contract Negotiations”
  • Cordula Grewe, “The Arabesque from Kant to Comics”

49, 3 (2018)

Summer 2018

  • Brian McGrath, “Understating Poetry”
  • Omri Moses, “Poetry and the Environmentally Extended Mind”
  • Benjamin Mangrum, “Audre Lorde, Theodor Adorno, and the Administered Word”
  • Brian Gingrich, “Pace and Epiphany”
  • Tess McNulty, “Literary Ethics, Revisited: An Analytic Approach to the Reading Process”
  • Laura Hughes, “In the Library of Jacques Derrida: Manuscript Materiality after the Archival Turn”
  • Julian Hanich, “Great Expectations: Cinematic Adaptations and the Reader’s Disappointment”

49, 2 (2018)

On Kwame Anthony Appiah

  • Jahan Ramazani, “Appiah’s Identities: An Introduction”
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah and Homi Bhabha, “Cosmopolitanism and Convergence”
  • Susan Stanford Friedman, “Cosmopolitanism, Religion, Diaspora: Kwame Anthony Appiah and Contemporary Muslim Women’s Writing”
  • Werner Sollors, “Cosmopolitan Curiosity in an Open City: Notes on Reading Teju Cole by way of Kwame Anthony Appiah”
Appiah’s Keywords
  • Ananya Jahanara Kabir, “Tradition”
  • yasser elhariry, “Temporality”
  • Marie Ostby, “Cosmopolitanism”
  • Adam Etinson, “Conversation”
  • Robert Gooding-Williams, “‘Du Bois’ / ‘Race’”
  • Ranjana Khanna, “Stranger”

49, 1 (2018)

Winter 2018

On Cavell
  • Niklas Forsberg, “Carver, Cavell, and the Uncanniness of the Ordinary”
  • Chiara Alfano, “Toward an Ordinary Language Psychoanalysis: On Skepticism and Infancy”
  • Matthew Rubery, “Ulysses, Blindness, and Accessible Modernism”
  • Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, “Trade Secrets: Poetry in the Teaching Machine”
  • Wendy Veronica Xin, “Reading for the Plotter”
  • Dennis Yi Tenen, “Toward a Computational Archaeology of Fictional Space”
  • Ross Wilson, “The Hidden Seeds of Survival: Adorno and the Life of Art”

48, 4 (2017)

Writ Large

  • Krishan Kumar and Herbert F. Tucker, “Introduction”
  • Martin Jay, “‘Hey! What’s the Big Idea?’ Ruminations on the Question of Scale in Intellectual History”
  • Caroline Levine, “Model Thinking: Generalization, Political Form, and the Common Good”
  • Ayesha Ramachandran, “How to Theorize the ‘World’: An Early Modern Manifesto”
  • Chris Hann, “Making Sense of Eurasia: Reflections on Max Weber and Jack Goody”
  • Lauren M. E. Goodlad, “Bigger Love”
  • Rafael Alvarado and Paul Humphreys, “Big Data, Thick Mediation, and Representational Opacity”
  • Mark Algee-Hewitt, “Distributed Character: Quantitative Models of the English Stage, 1550-1900”
  • Darrin McMahon, “Afterword: Why Big, Why Now?”

48, 3 (2017)

Summer 2017

For Example
  • Simon Goldhill, “The Limits of the Case Study: Exemplarity and the Reception of Classical Literature”
  • Paul Fleming, “Tragedy, for Example: Distant Reading and Exemplary Reading (Moretti)”
  • Eric Hayot, “What Happens to Literature if People Are Artworks?”
  • Joshua Foa Dienstag, “The Example of History and the History of Examples in Political Theory”
  • Nicholas Paige, “Examples, Samples, Signs: An Artifactual View of Fictionality in the French Novel, 1681-1830”
  • Helen Small, “Speech Beyond Toleration: On Carlyle and Moral Controversialism Now”
  • Baidik Bhattacharya, “Reading Rancière: Literature at the Limit of World Literature”
  • Laura Zebuhr, “Sound Enchantment: The Case of Henry David Thoreau”

48, 2 (2017)

Spring 2017

Aesthetics Now
  • Charles Shepherdson, “Aesthetic “Sense” in Kant and Nancy”
  • Sam Rose, “The Fear of Aesthetics in Art and Literary Theory”
  • Robert S. Lehman, “Formalism, Mere Form, and Judgment”
  • John Michael, “Lyric History: Temporality, Rhetoric, and the Ethics of Poetry”
  • Brian Boyd, “Does Austen Need Narrators? Does Anyone?”
  • Ruth Bernard Yeazell, “Henry James’s Portrait-Envy”
  • Sarah L. Townsend, “The Drama of Peripheralized Bildung: An Irish Genre Study”
  • Sean Gaston, “Derrida and the Problem of History 1964-1965”
  • Zachary Samalin, “Plumbing the Depths, Scouring the Surface: Henry Mayhew’s Scavenger Hermeneutics”

48, 1 (2017)

Winter 2017

  • Saikat Majumdar, “The Critic as Amateur”
  • Aarthi Vadde, “Amateur Creativity: Contemporary Literature and the Digital Publishing Scene”
  • Frances Guerin, “The Ambiguity of Amateur Photography in Modern Warfare”
  • Carolyn Abbate, “Overlooking the Ephemeral”
  • Herbert F. Tucker, “After Magic: Modern Charm in History, Theory, and Practice”
  • Christopher Catanese, “Refinement and Romantic Genre”
  • Ulf Schulenberg, “Marxism, Pragmatism, and Narrative”
  • Nicholas Carr, “Symbol and Allegory in Romantic History”

47, 4 (2016)

Autumn 2016

Style, Form, Formalism
  • David James, “Critical Solace”
  • Nicholas Gaskill, “The Close and the Concrete: Aesthetic Formalism in Context”
  • Anastasia Eccles, “Formalism and Sentimentalism: Viktor Shklovsky and Laurence Sterne”
  • Ben Highmore, “Taste as Feeling”
  • Christopher Grobe, “On Book: The Performance of Reading”
  • Bryony Randall, “A Day’s Time: The One-Day Novel and the Temporality of the Everyday”
  • William Cook Miller, “Enlivened Generalities: Truism in Mill and Dewey”

47, 2-3 (2016)

Recomposing the Humanities—with Bruno Latour

Edited by Stephen Muecke and Rita Felski

  • Rita Felski, “Introduction”
  • Stephen Muecke, “An Ecology of Institutions: Recomposing the Humanities”
  • Graham Harman, “Demodernizing the Humanities with Latour”
  • Steven Connor, “Decomposing the Humanities”
  • Antoine Hennion, “From ANT to Pragmatism: A Journey with Bruno Latour at the CSI”
  • Yves Citton, “Fictional Attachments and Literary Weavings in the Anthropocene”
  • Barbara Herrnstein Smith, “Anthropotheology: Latour Speaking Religiously”
  • Michael Witmore, “Latour, the Digital Humanities, and the Divided Kingdom of Knowledge”
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty, “Humanities in the Anthropocene: The Crisis of an Enduring Kantian Fable”
  • Nigel Thrift, “The University of Life”
  • Patrice Maniglier, “Art as Fiction: Can Latour’s Ontology of Art be Ratified by Art Lovers? (An Exercise in Anthropological Diplomacy)”
  • Francis Halsall, “Actor-Network Aesthetics: The Conceptual Rhymes of Bruno Latour and Contemporary Art”
  • Bruno Latour, “Life among Conceptual Characters”

47, 1 (2016)

Climate, Species, The Anthropocene

  • Benjamin Morgan, “After the Arctic Sublime”
  • Shital Pravinchandra, “One Species, Same Difference? Postcolonial Critique and the Concept of Life”
  • Aaron R. Hanlon, “Margaret Cavendish’s Anthropocene Worlds”
  • Richard Rorty, “Getting Rid of the Appearance-Reality Distinction”
  • John Frow, “Reading with Guns: Institutions of Interpretation and District of Columbia v. Heller
  • Winfried Fluck, “Philosophical Premises in Literary and Cultural Theory: Narratives of Self-Alienation”
  • Tania Modleski, “Remastering the Master: Hitchcock after Feminism”
  • Daniel Yacavone, “Film and the Phenomenology of Art: Reappraising Merleau-Ponty on Cinema as Form, Medium, and Expression
  • Marco Caracciolo, “Cognitive Literary Studies and the Status of Interpretation: An Attempt at Conceptual Mapping”

46, 4 (2015)


Edited by Jahan Ramazani and Herbert F. Tucker

  • Jahan Ramazani and Herbert F. Tucker, “Introduction”
  • Lawrence Kramer, “Song as Paraphrase”
  • Emma Dillon, “Unwriting Medieval Song”
  • Joseph S. C. Lam, “Ci Songs from the Song Dynasty: A Ménage à Trois of Lyrics, Music, and Performance”
  • Bonnie Gordon, “It’s Not About the Cut: The Castrato’s Instrumentalized Song”
  • Elizabeth Helsinger, “Poem Into Song”
  • Andrew Peart, “‘The Abstract Pathos of Song’: Carl Sandburg, John Lomax, and the Modernist Revival of Folksong”
  • T. Austin Graham, “Songs of the Century”
  • Charles O. Hartman, “Dylan’s Bridges”
  • Catherine M. Appert, “To Make Song without Singing: Hip Hop and Popular Music in Senegal”
  • Shana Goldin-Perschbacher, “TransAmericana: Gender, Genre, and Journey”
  • Sangita Gopal, “The Audible Past, or What Remains of the Song-Sequence in New Bollywood Cinema”
  • Eric Lott, “Songs Are Like Tattoos: A Response”

46, 3 (2015)

Beyond Bourdieu and Other Essays

  • Georgina Born, “Making Time: Temporality, History, and the Cultural Object”
  • Bernard Lahire, “Literature is Not Just a Battlefield”
  • Caroline van Eck, “Works of Art That Refuse to Behave: Agency, Excess, and Material Presence in Canova and Manet”
  • Richard Shusterman, “Pierre Bourdieu and Pragmatist Aesthetics: Between Practice and Experience”
  • Jahan Ramazani, “Poetry and Tourism in a Global Age”
  • Yohei Igarashi, “Statistical Analysis at the Birth of Close Reading”
  • Scott Selisker, “The Bechdel Test and the Social Form of Character Networks”
  • W. Scott Blanchard, “Forms of Power, Forms of Life: Agamben’s Franciscan Turn”
  • Alexander Freer, “Rhythm as Coping”

46, 2 (2015)

Feminist Investigations and Other Essays

  • “Introduction”
  • Toril Moi, “Thinking Through Examples: What Ordinary Language Philosophy Can Do for Feminist Theory”
  • Sandra Laugier, “The Ethics of Care as a Politics of the Ordinary”
  • Sarah Beckwith, “Are There any Women in Shakespeare’s Plays? Fiction, Representation, and Reality in Feminist Criticism”
  • Linda M. G. Zerilli, “The Turn to Affect and the Problem of Judgment”
  • Alice Crary, “Feminist Thought and Rational Authority: Getting Things in Perspective”
  • Jonas Grethlein, “Aesthetic Experiences, Ancient and Modern”
  • Robert J. Meyer-Lee, “Toward a Theory and Practice of Literary Valuing”

46, 1 (2015)

Winter 2015

Narrative as Remedy
  • Adriana Cavarero, “Narrative against Destruction”
  • Laura Bieger, “No Place Like Home; or Dwelling in Narrative”
  • Bruno Latour, “Charles Péguy: Time, Space, and le Monde Moderne
  • Andrew Piper, “Novel Devotions: Conversional Reading, Computation Modeling, and the Modern Novel”
  • Richard Kearney, “What is Carnal Hermeneutics?”
  • James Ramsey Wallen, “What Is an Unfinished Work?”
  • Jeremy Rosen, “An Insatiable Market for Minor Characters: Genre in the Contemporary Literary Marketplace”
  • Brent Dawson, “Making Sense of the World: Allegory, Globalization, and The Faerie Queene

45, 4 (2014)

Political Theory

  • Davide Panagia, “A Theory of Aspects: Media Participation and Political Theory”
  • George Shulman, “A Flight from the Real? American Literature and Political Theory”
  • Georgia Warnke, “Hermeneutics and Social Identity”
  • Sandra M. Gustafson, “Equality as Singularity: Rethinking Literature and Democracy”
  • Peter Uwe Hohendahl, “The Specter of Power: Literature and the Political Revisited”
  • Julia Reinhard Lupton, “Judging Forgiveness: Hannah Arendt, W. H. Auden, and The Winter’s Tale
  • Paul Jaussen, “Speaking and Making: Arendt, Stevens, and the Poetics of Public Discourse”
  • Steve Light, “Pedagogical and Philosophico-Political Abdication: Agamben and Žižek”
  • Jill Jarvis, “Remnants of Muslims: Reading Agamben’s Silence”

45, 3 (2014)

Summer 2014

  • Pheng Cheah, “World against Globe: Toward a Normative Conception of World Literature”
  • Ian Hunter, “Hayden White’s Philosophical History”
  • Andrew Goldstone and Ted Underwood, “The Quiet Transformations of Literary Studies: What Thirteen Thousand Scholars Could Tell Us”
  • Astrid Erll, “Generation in Literary History: Three Constellations of Generationality, Genealogy, and Memory”
  • Steven Goldsmith, “Almost Gone: Rembrandt and the Ends of Materialism”
  • Linda Martín Alcoff, “Sexual Violations and the Question of Experience”
  • Evan Horowitz, “Literary Invisibility”
  • Barry Sheils, “Poetry in the Modern State: The Example of W.B. Yeats’s ‘Late Style’ and ‘New Fanaticism’”
  • Rossen Ventzislavov, “Singing Nonsense”

45, 2 (2014)

Interpretation and Its Rivals

  • David Scott, “The Temporality of Generations: Dialogue, Tradition, Criticism”
  • Steven Connor, “Spelling Things Out”
  • N. Katherine Hayles, “Cognition Everywhere: The Rise of the Cognitive Nonconscious and the Costs of Consciousness”
  • T. J. Clark, “Poussin’s Sacrament of Marriage: An Interpretation”
  • Susan Stewart, “On ED’s 754/764”
  • Antoine Compagnon, “The Resistance to Interpretation”
  • Zhang Longxi, “‘The Pale Cast of Thought’: On the Dilemma of Thinking and Action”

45, 1 (2014)

Winter 2014

Ecology, Agency, Entanglement
  • Bruno Latour, “Agency at the Time of the Anthropocene”
  • Ian Hodder, “The Entanglements of Humans and Things: A Long-Term View”
  • Graham Harman, “Entanglement and Relation: A Response to Bruno Latour and Ian Hodder”
  • Dora Zhang, “Naming the Indescribable: Woolf, Russell, James, and the Limits of the Description”
  • Günter Leypoldt, “Singularity and the Literary Market”
  • Hanna Meretoja, “Narrative and Human Existence: Ontology, Epistemology, and Ethics”
  • Joshua Gass, “Moll Flanders and the Bastard Birth of Realist Character”
  • Ben Parker, “Recognition or Reification?: Capitalist Crisis and Subjectivity in Little Dorrit

44, 4 (2013)


  • Rita Felski, Introduction
  • Michael S. Roth, “Pragmatic Liberal Education”
  • Helen Small, “Fully Accountable”
  • Terry Eagleton, “Bodies, Artworks, and Use Values”
  • Brian Boyd, “Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Uses”
  • Elizabeth Fowler, “Art and Orientation”
  • R. M. Berry, “Wittgenstein’s Use”
  • Jim Collins, “The Use Values of Narrativity in Digital Cultures”
  • Nancy Easterlin, “The Functions of Literature and the Evolution of Extended Mind”

44, 3 (2013)

Summer 2013

Styles of Criticism
  • Michael Chaouli, “Criticism and Style”
  • Andrew H. Miller, “Implicative Criticism, or The Display of Thinking”
  • Timothy Yu, “Wittgenstein, Pedagogy, and Literary Criticism”
  • Pascale Casanova, “What is Dominant Language? Giacomo Leopardi: Theoretician of Linguistic Inequality”
  • Jerome McGann, “American Memory in Black Elk Speaks
  • J. E. Elliott, “The Social Structure of English in the Text of Theory”
  • Thomas H. Ford, “Poetry’s Media”
  • Cynthia Turner Camp, “Spatial Memory, Historiographic Fantasy, and the Touch of the Past in St. Erkenwald
  • Jesper Gulddal, “Narratives of Resentment: Notes towards a Literary History of European Anti-Americanism”

44, 2 (2013)

The French Issue: New Perspectives on Reading from France

  • Philippe Roger, “Introduction: Five French Critics”
  • Marielle Macé, “Ways of Reading, Modes of Being”
  • Pierre Bayard, “Anticipatory Plagiarism”
  • François Cusset, “Unthinkable Readers: The Political Blindspot of French Literature”
  • Jean-Marie Schaeffer, “Literary Studies and Literary Experience”
  • Yves Citton, “Reading Literature and the Political Ecology of Gestures in the Age of Semiocapitalism”
  • Toril Moi, “Afterword: How the French Read”

44, 1 (2013)

Winter 2013

  • Nikolas Kompridis, “Recognition and Receptivity: Forms of Normative Response in the Lives of the Animals We Are
  • James Simpson, “Cognition is Recognition: Literary Knowledge and Textual ‘Face’”
  • Winfried Fluck, “Reading for Recognition”
  • Aleida Assmann, “Civilizing Societies:Recognition and Respect in a Global World”
  • Jeffrey Knapp, “Mass Entertainment Before Mass Entertainment”
  • Patrick Fessenbecker, “In Defense of Paraphrase”
  • Joseph North, “What’s ‘New Critical’ about ‘Close Reading’? I. A. Richards and His New Critical Reception”
  • Kuei-fen Chiu, “Cosmopolitanism and Indigenism: The Uses of Cultural Authenticity in an Age of Flows”
  • James Lee, “Ethopoiesis: Foucault’s Late Ethics and the Sublime Body”

43, 4 (2012)

A New Europe?

  • Rita Felski, “Introduction”
  • Karl Heinz Bohrer, “‘Europe’ as Utopia: Causes of Its Decline”
  • Ann Rigney, “Transforming Memory and the European Project”
  • Chantal Mouffe, “An Agonistic Approach to the Future of Europe”
  • Ulrich Beck, “The European Crisis in the Context of Cosmopolitization”
  • Nilüfer Göle, “Decentering Europe, Recentering Islam”
  • Michel Wieviorka, “A Critique of Europe”
  • Thomas Elsaesser, “European Cinema and the Postheroic Narrative: Jean-Luc Nancy, Claire Denis and Beau Travail
  • Anca Parvulescu, “Old Europe, New Europe, Eastern Europe: Reflections on a Minor Character in Fassbinder’s Ali, Fear Eats the Soul

43, 3 (2012)

In the Mood

  • Rita Felski and Susan Fraiman, “Introduction”
  • René Rosfort and Giovanni Stanghellini, “In the Mood for Thought: Feeling and Thinking in Philosophy”
  • Lars Svendsen, “Moods and the Meaning of Philosophy”
  • Richard Shusterman, “Thought in the Strenuous Mood: Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Feeling”
  • Carl Plantinga, “Art Moods and Human Moods in Narrative Cinema”
  • John Rhym, “Towards a Phenomenology of Cinematic Mood: Boredom and the Affect of Time in Antonioni’s L’eclisse
  • Jonathan Flatley, “How A Revolutionary Counter-Mood Is Made”
  • Clare Hemmings, “In The Mood For Revolution: Emma Goldman’s Passion”
  • Ellis Hanson, “The Languorous Critic”
  • Jane Gallop, “Precocious Jouissance: Roland Barthes, Amatory Maladjustment, and Emotion”

43, 2 (2012)

Spring 2012

Object-Oriented Literary Criticism
  • Graham Harman, “The Well Wrought Broken Hammer: Object Oriented Literary Criticism”
  • Timothy Morton, “An Object-Oriented Defense of Poetry”
  • Jane Bennett, “Systems and Things: A Response to Graham Harman and Timothy Morton”
  • Nicholas Hengen Fox, “A Habermasian Literary Criticism”
  • Diego Rossello, “Hobbes and the Wolf-Man: Melancholy and Animality in Modern Sovereignty”
  • Sara Landreth, “Breaking the Laws of Motion: Pneumatology and Belles Lettres in Eighteenth-Century Britain”
The State of Postcolonial Studies Continued
  • Bill Bell, “Signs Taken for Wonders: An Anecdote Taken from History”
Responses to Dipesh Chakrabarty and Robert JC Young
  • Simon During, “Empire’s Present”
  • Benita Parry, “What is Left in Postcolonial Studies?”
  • Ato Quayson, “The Sighs of History: Postcolonial Debris and the Question of (Literary) History”
  • Robert Stam and Ella Shohat, “Whence and Whither Postcolonial Theory?”

43, 1 (2012)

Winter 2012

The State of Postcolonial Studies
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty, “Postcolonial Studies and the Challenge of Climate Change”
  • Robert JC Young, “Postcolonial Remains”
  • Henry Staten, “The Origin of the Work of Art in Material Practice”
  • Charles Altieri, “What Theory can Learn from New Directions in Contemporary American Poetry”
  • Shoshana Benjamin, “On the Distinctiveness of Poetic Language”
  • Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan, “The Common Reader and the Archival Classroom: Disciplinary History for the Twenty-First Century”
  • Sinéad Garrigan Mattar, “Yeats, Fairies, and the New Animism”
  • Hannah Freed-Thall, “‘Prestige of a Momentary Diamond’: Economies of Distinction in Proust”

42, 4 (2011)


Edited by Rita Felski and Herbert F. Tucker

  • Herbert F. Tucker, “Introduction”
  • Martin Jay, “Historical Explanation and the Event: Reflections on the Limits of
  • Rita Felski, “‘Context Stinks!’”
  • Bruce Holsinger, “‘Historical Context’ in Historical Context: Surface, Depth, and the Making of the Text”
  • Jonathan Gil Harris, “Four Exoskeletons and No Funeral”
  • Michael Bristol, “Macbeth the Philosopher: Rethinking Context”
  • Michael Levenson, “Novelty, Modernity, Adjacency”
  • Derek Attridge, “Context, Idioculture, Invention”
  • Claire Colebrook, “The Context of Humanism”
  • David Greetham, “Context and the ‘Impossibility’ Trope”
  • Eric Hayot, “Against Periodization; or, On Institutional Time”

42, 3 (2011)

Summer 2011

The State of American Studies
  • Winfried Fluck, “A New Beginning? Transnationalisms”
  • Robyn Wiegman, “The Ends of New Americanism”
  • John Michael, “Transnational American Studies or, Tainted Love”
  • Ingo Berensmeyer, “Cultural Ecology and Chinese Hamlets
  • Tzachi Zamir, “Talking Trees”
  • Kendall Walton, “Thoughtwriting—in Poetry and Music”
  • Zachary Sayre Schiffman, “Historicizing History/Contextualizing Context”
  • Sean Gaston, “Derrida and the End of the World”
  • Bernadette Guthrie, “Invoking Derrida: Authorship, Readership, and the Specter of Presence in Film and Print”
  • Dries Vrijders “History, Poetry, and the Footnote: Cleanth Brooks and Kenneth Burke on Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’”

42, 2 (2011)


Edited by Rita Felski

  • Rita Felski, “Introduction”
  • Amanda Anderson, “Character and Ideology: The Case of Cold War Liberalism”
  • Sara Ahmed, “Willful Parts: Problem Characters or the Problem of Character”
  • Julian Murphet, “The Mole and the Multiple: A Chiasmus of Character”
  • Murray Smith, “On the Twofoldness of Character”
  • Suzanne Keen, “Readers’ Temperaments and Fictional Character”
  • Catherine Gallagher, “What Would Napoleon Do? Historical, Fictional, and Counterfactual Characters”
  • Paisley Livingstone and Andrea Sauchelli, “Philosophical Perspectives on Fictional Characters”

42, 1 (2011)

Winter 2011

  • Alan Liu, “Friending the Past: The Sense of History and Social Computing”
  • Peter Uwe Hohendahl, “A Precarious Balance: Adorno and German Classicism”
Doing Without Art
  • Steven Connor, “Doing Without Art”
  • Ellen Dissanayake, “Doing Without the Ideology of Art”
  • Charles Altieri, “Where Can Aesthetics Go?”
Cluster on Reading
  • Paul B. Armstrong, “In Defense of Reading: Or, Why Reading Still Matters in a Contextualist Age”
  • Peter Schwenger, “The Obbligato Effect”
  • John Lurz, “Sleeping with Proust: Reading, Sensation and the Books of the Recherche
  • Hsuan L. Hsu, “Fatal Contiguities: Metonymy and Environmental Justice”
  • Elizabeth Susan Anker, “Elizabeth Costello, Embodiment, and the Limits of Rights”
  • Nicholas Robinette, “The World Laid Waste: Herder, Language-Labor, Empire”

 41, 4 (2010)

What Is an Avant-Garde?

  • Jonathan P. Eburne and Rita Felski, “Introduction”
  • Peter Bürger, “Avant-Garde and Neo-Avant-Garde: An Attempt to Answer Certain Critics of Theory of the Avant-garde
  • John Roberts, “Revolutionary Pathos, Negation, and the Suspensive Avant-Garde”
  • Elizabeth Harney, “Postcolonial Agitations: Avant-Gardism in Dakar and London”
  • Mike Sell, “Resisting the Question, ‘What Is an Avant-Garde?’”
  • Benjamin Lee, “Avant-Garde Poetry as Subcultural Practice: Mailer and Di Prima’s Hipsters”
  • Griselda Pollock, “Moments and Temporalities of the Avant-Garde ‘in, of, and from the feminine’”
  • Amy J. Elias, “Psychogeography, Détournement, Cyberspace”
  • Philippe Sers, “The Radical Avant-Garde and the Contemporary Avant-Garde”
  • Walter L. Adamson, “How Avant-Gardes End—and Begin: Italian Futurism in Historical Perspective”
  • Bob Perelman, “My Avant-Garde Card”
  • Richard Schechner, “The Conservative Avant-Garde”
  • Martin Puchner, “It’s Not Over (’Til It’s Over)”

 41, 3 (2010)

Summer 2010

Edited by Rita Felski

  • Bruno Latour, “An Attempt at a ‘Compositionist Manifesto’”
  • Ian Hunter, “Scenes from the History of Poststructuralism: Davos, Freiburg, Baltimore, Leipzig”
  • Robert Pippin, “Philosophical Film: Trapped by Oneself in Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past
  • Krishan Kumar, “The Ends of Utopia”
  • Shira Wolosky, “Relational Aesthetics and Feminist Poetics”
  • Rupert Read, “Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations as a War Book”
  • James Phillips, “Wordsworth and the Fraternity of Joy”
  • Nergis Erturk, “Those Outside the Scene: Snow in the World Republic of Letters”
  • Angus Fletcher and Michael Benveniste, “Defending Pluralism: The Chicago School and the Case of Tom Jones
  • Patrick Redding, “Whitman Unbound: Democracy and Poetic Form, 1912-1931”

41, 2 (2010)

New Sociologies of Literature

Edited by James English and Rita Felski

  • James F. English, “Everywhere and Nowhere: The Sociology of Literature After ‘the Sociology of Literature’”
  • John Frow, “On Midlevel Concepts”
  • Tony Bennett, “Sociology, Aesthetics, Expertise”
  • Timothy Brennan, “Running and Dodging: The Rhetoric of Doubleness in Contemporary Theory”
  • David J. Alworth, “Supermarket Sociology”
  • Mark McGurl, “Ordinary Doom: Literary Studies in the Waste Land of the Present”
  • Shai M. Dromi and Eva Illouz, “Recovering Morality: Pragmatic Sociology and Literary Studies”
  • Heather Love, “Close but not Deep: Literary Ethics and the Descriptive Turn”
  • Elaine Freedgood, “Fictional Settlements: Footnotes, Metalepsis, the Colonial Effect”
  • Ato Quayson, “Kòbòlò Poetics: Urban Transcripts and their Reading Publics in Africa”
  • Michèle Richman, “Bernard Lahire and ‘The Double Life of Writers’”
  • Bernard Lahire, “The Double Life of Writers”

41, 1 (2010)

Winter 2010

Edited by Rita Felski

  • Rita Felski, Editorial Statement
  • Bonnie Honig, “Antigone’s Two Laws: Greek Tragedy and the Politics of Humanism”
  • Karl Heinz Bohrer “The Tragic: A Question of Art, not Philosophy of History”
  • Joseph Carroll, “Three Scenarios for Literary Darwinism”
  • Richard Shusterman, “Pragmatism and Cultural Politics: From Rortian Textualism to Somaesthetics”
  • Kristin Ross, “Parisian Noir”
  • Evan Horowitz, “London: Capital of the Nineteenth Century”
  • Tzachi Zamir, “The Theatricalization of Love”
  • Christopher Peterson, “The Aping Apes of Poe and Wright: Race, Animality, and Mimicry in ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ and Native Son
  • T. Austin Graham, “The Slaveries of Sex, Race, and Mind: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Lady Byron Vindicated
  • Elizabeth Freudenthal, “Anti-Interiority: Compulsivness, Objectification, and Identity in Infinite Jest
  • Teckyoung Kwon, “The Materiality of Remembering: Freud’s Wolf Man and the Biological Dimensions of Memory

40, 4 (2009)

Tribute to Ralph Cohen

Edited by Rita Felski and Herbert F. Tucker

  • Rita Felski and Herbert F. Tucker, Introduction
  • John T. Casteen III, Ralph Cohen and New Literary History
  • Jeffrey L. Williams, The Rise of the Theory Journal
  • Jonathan Arac, Reckoning with New Literary History
  • David Bleich, New Academic History
  • Clifford Siskin, Re-mediating Ralph
  • Gordon Hutner, The Lessons of the Editor
  • Wang Ning, Ralph Cohen, New Literary History, and Literary Studies in China
  • Hélène Cixous, Tribute to Ralph Cohen
  • Alastair Fowler, The Title Justified
  • Martha Nussbaum, Ralph Cohen and the Dialogue between Philosophy and Literature
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, New Literary History: Pages from a Memoir
  • Brian Stock, Reflections on Ancient Narrative and Ethics
  • Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, From a Close Distance: Ralph Cohen’s Presence
  • Mary Poovey, Memories of Ralph Cohen, Generic and Otherwise
  • Toril Moi, “They practice their trades in different worlds”: Concepts in Poststructuralism and Ordinary Language Philosophy
  • Jerome McGann, Literary History and Editorial Method: Poe and Antebellum America
  • Gary Saul Morson, Return to Process: The Unfolding of The Idiot
  • Hayden White, Reflections on “Gendre” in the Discourses of History
  • Jonathan Culler, Lyric, History, and Genre
  • Frances Ferguson, Ralph Cohen: Analyst of the Literary Field
  • John L. Rowlett, A Guide to Receiving Ralph Cohen
  • Jeffrey L. Williams, History and Change: An Interview with Ralph Cohen

40, 3 (2009)


  • Rita Felski and Susan Stanford Friedman, Introduction
  • R. Radhakrishnan, Why Compare?
  • Robert Stam and Ella Shohat, Transnationalizing Comparison: The Uses and Abuses of Cross-
    Cultural Analogy
  • Ania Loomba, Race and the Possibilities of Comparative Critique
  • Pheng Cheah, The Material World of Comparison
  • Bruce Robbins, Chomsky’s Golden Rule: Comparison and Cosmopolitanism
  • Rebecca L. Walkowitz, Comparison Literature
  • Mary N. Layoun, Endings and Beginnings: Reimagining the Tasks and Spaces of Comparison
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Rethinking Comparativism
  • Richard Handler, The Uses of Incommensurability in Anthropology
  • Caroline B. Brettell, Anthropology, Migration, and Comparative Consciousness

40, 2 (2009)

India and the West

Edited by Ralph Cohen and R. S. Khare

  • R. S. Khare, Changing India-West Cultural Dialectics
  • Jonardon Ganeri, Intellectual India: Reason, Identity, Dissent
  • Sanjay Krishnan, The Place of India in Postcolonial Studies: Chatterjee, Chakrabarty, Spivak
  • Vinay Lal, Gandhi’s West, the West’s Gandhi
  • Sudesh Mishra, News from the Crypt: India, Modernity, and the West
  • Arun P. Mukherjee, B. R. Ambedkar, John Dewey, and the Meaning of Democracy
  • Vyjayanthi Rao, Embracing Urbanism: The City as Archive
  • Vijay Mishra, Rushdie-Wushdie: Salman Rushdie’s Hobson-Jobson
  • Faisal Devji, The Mutiny to Come
  • Martha Nussbaum, Commentary