Volume 04, Number 2, January 1994

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Table of Contents


Editor’s Introduction

John Unsworth


DeLillo Cluster
Guest editors: Glen Scott Allen and Stephen Bernstein


Raids on the Conscious: Pynchon’s Legacy of Paranoia and the Terrorism of Uncertainty in Don DeLillo’s Ratner’s Star

Glen Scott Allen


The Terrorist as Interpreter: Mao II in Postmodern Context

Peter Baker


Libra and the Historical Sublime

Stephen Bernstein


The Fable of the Ants: Myopic Interactions in DeLillo’s Libra

Bill Millard


Poetry Cluster
Guest editor: Tan Lin


“Two Poems”

Judith Goldman and Lisa Jarnot


“One or Two Ghosts for One or Two Lines”

Tan Lin


Three Poems: “Hauntings”, “Temples and Follies”, “A Reading”.

Virginia Hooper


“Buffalo and Marshmallows”

John Yau


Two Poems: “The Geographics: Step Five” and “The Geographics: Step Six”

Albert Mobilio


Four Poems: “Ode To Woody Strode”,  “Removing The Obelisk”,  “Parental Guidance”, and “The Permanence Of Whim To Providence”

Michael Gizzi


Popular Culture Column


“To He, I am For Evva True”: Krazy Kat’s Indeterminate Gender (Hypermedia)

Elisabeth Crocker


PMC Talk-Thread


Silber, Strauss, and Post-Democratic Politics in the Academy


Review Essays


“Anna Deveare Smith’s Voices at Twilight.” Review of The Mark Taper Forum Production of “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” a work-in-progress that is part of the “On the Road: A Search for American Character” series conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Emily Mann. Set design by Robert Brill. Costume design by Candice Donnelly. Lighting by Allen Lee Hughes. Original music by Lucia Hwong.

Gayle Wald


“Queer Bodies of Knowledge: Constructing Lesbian and Gay Studies.” Review of Abelove, Henry, Michele Anna Barale, and David M. Halperin, eds. The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 1993, and Gever, Martha, John Greyson, and Pratibha Parmar, eds. Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video. New York: Routledge, 1993.

Lynda Goldstein


“A Postmodern Foundation for Political Practice?” Review of McGowan, John. Postmodernism and Its Critics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991.

Linda Ray Pratt


“Virtual Light.” Review of Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam, 1993.

Lance Olsen


“Exaggerated History.” Review of Susan Howe, The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1993, and Susan Howe, The Nonconformist’s Memorial. New York: New Directions, 1993.

Susan Schultz


“Grown-Ups and Fanboys.” Review of Sabin, Roger. Adult Comics: An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 1993.

Kevin Harley


“Malice: The New American Hero.” Review of Malice, Directed by Harold Becker. Screenplay by Aaron Sorking and Scott Frank. Castlerock, 1993. — Review Editor: Jim English.

M. Daphne Kutzer