Fall 2010, Volume 43, Number 2
Beginning from different points along a speculative wheel but converging
in the central theme of migration, the essays, taken together, endeavor
to unsettle and resettle the postcolonial, posthumanist territories of the
In Search of James Smithson’s Tabasheer: A Multi-cultural Network of Philosophical Transactions
Beyazit H. Akman
This short treatise on the footprints of Smithson’s tabasheer, a mere
fraction of the huge amount of data available, suggests that much work
remains to be done, not only to reach healthier conclusions but also to
foreground this alternative mode of interpretation.
Othello: Turks as ‘the Other’ in the Early Modern Period
Othello, written in 1603, as a play, reflects and strengthens the prevalent
and pejorative notions regarding Turks in the late sixteenth- and early
seventeenth-century cultural discourse in England. The image of Turks as
“deceitful liars” and “lustful heathens,” exemplified by Othello’s sexual
indulgences, are once more reinforced in the Western context.
Scratching the Surface: Frank O’Hara’s and Larry Rivers’s Integrated Collaboration on Stones
Magdelyn Hammond Helwig
By insisting that the journey is communal, O’Hara and Rivers thumbed
their noses at propriety, and by making the process of collaboration
inseparable from the material product of collaboration, they broke new
Reconstruction on the Imperial Road: John Russell Young’s Around the World with General Grant
Utilizing the written and spoken word, Grant and Young reshape Grant’s
memories of the late war to rise to the imperial occasion, while those
recollections themselves are under revision by the different material and
print cultures at hand. Once again at home, the tensions of empire begin
The Father, Son, and the Holy Clone: Re-vision of Biblical Genesis in The House of the Scorpion
From Eden to Opium, from Hebrew to science fiction, if we are to survive
as a human race with shifting boundaries, we must find ways to uproot
our deepest-held ideologies and shift those along with us.
Of Anarchy and Amateurism: Zine Publication and Print Dissent
Too quick are we, in Duguid’s opinion, to embrace what is new at the
effective expense of what came before it, often failing to realize that these
technologies, like the vinyl record and the compact disc, fulfill distinct
needs despite advertising united functions.
“To Become a Nomad”: Exploring Minor Literature through Hospitality and the Uncanny in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Constantly in motion, the nomad exists outside the conditional rules of
hospitality, because every space is both home and elsewhere, a home that
is transient yet constant.
Bug-Jargal and Victor Hugo’s Linguistic Commentary on Haitian Creole
As this is one of the very few Hugo works that remains somewhat outside
of the canon, if the amount of analysis is increased to the level accorded
to his more famous works, perhaps some other incredible linguistic discoveries
will be made.
Approaches to Teaching Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway Edited by Eileen Barrett and Ruth O. Saxton (Christopher DeVault)
Though the bibliographic materials in this text may have particular value
to the non-Woolfian instructor, the variety of instructional suggestions
and classroom settings described demonstrates that the collection has
value to all teachers of Mrs. Dalloway.
The Cambridge Introduction to Robert Frost By Robert Faggen (Richard A. Iadonisi)
Despite its few shortcomings, The Cambridge Introduction to Robert
Frost is a valued addition to the body of Frost scholarship. Its concision
allows readers to get “up to speed” quickly while its richness provides
readers with a solid understanding of various important aspects of Frost’s
life and work.
Composition and Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-Making, and Fair Use Edited and with an Introduction by Stephen Westbrook (Bridget O’Rourke)
Since 1994, the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College
Composition and Communication (CCCC-IP) has warned teachers
and scholars of the potentially chilling effects of contemporary copyright
law on the production and distribution of knowledge in composition studies.
In Composition & Copyright, members of the CCCC-IP take readers
“beyond the wake-up call,” as contributor Lisa Dush puts it, to help readers
understand and engage with intellectual property (IP) debates in our
work as teachers and text-makers.
Hamlin Garland, Prairie Radical: Writings from the 1890s By Hamlin Garland. Edited and Intro. by Donald Pizer (Jeffrey Swenson)
Prairie Radical is a useful collection of hard-to-find writing from Hamlin
Garland’s early career, but what makes this volume particularly admirable
is the care and skill which Pizer has used in assembling and contextualizing
the writing, especially in his concise introduction to Garland’s life