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“ELOQUENT OMISSIONS” AND THE VIOLENCE OF TEXT: LOCATING AND RECONSTRUCTING THE PRE-AESTHETIC NEGRO SPIRITUAL

The thirtieth of May 1867 marked the beginning of the end for the Negro spiritual. On that date, there appeared in the New York Nation a notice of “the first attempt to collect and understand” that species of hymns often … Continue reading

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Globalization and its Discontents

Originally posted on NONOCERE:
The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for—someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond…

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“NIGHTMARE OF CIVILIZATION”: EROSION OF THE NONPOLITICAL IN AKSYONOV’S GENERATIONS

Through its deliberate promotion of a “prophylactic” orthodoxy, its targeting and purging of non-Soviet identity, and its prerogative of bio-power, the Soviet party-state apparat, under the authority of Stalin, sought to erase the very boundaries between private and public life, between the personal and the political Continue reading

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SOVIET COMMUNION: THE QUEUE AS CONSUMER RITUAL

As fulfillment of Lenin’s covenant eroded, the procession – the ordered line, the queue – had become a regular ritual of profound, if not transcendent, import. Continue reading

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AGAINST GIULIANI

Among the figures in the running to be President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of State is former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani and, if one were to believe recent media reports, it appears he is in the lead for the job. Though … Continue reading

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BEYOND THIS HALF OF THE SKY: WOMEN, GENDER, AND NATIONALISM IN MAY FOURTH ERA CHINA

It was the New Culture’s modernizing impulse that necessarily encouraged the development of a male-driven nationalist discourse with a female-oriented ethic. Continue reading

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“DAYDREAMING IDLY IN THE STUDY”: SHIFTING CAPITAL AND CONFUCIAN DISCONTENTS IN SUB-URBAN SHANXI, 1890-1942

A series of economic, political, and sociocultural shifts taking hold of late Qing China forced the lives of gentleman-scholars to an inflection point. Continue reading

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