an interdisciplinary critical journal
Mosaic takes as its mandate the publication of interdisciplinary essays that open new research avenues. Noteworthy in this respect, the present issue brings the journal’s 2016 publication year to a fitting close. I am taken, for example, with the immediate relevance of “critical refugee studies,” a theme that is broached by this issue’s opening essay. While Alaina Kaus takes as the context for this opening essay the Vietnam War and Vietnamese diaspora in American remembrance, her study might well serve as an incentive for the interdisciplinary analysis of other wars, perhaps especially recent ones, that have been cast in American rhetoric as conflicts between good and evil. For but one other example, consider the essay by Joseph DeFalco Lamperez, another graduate student. In my reading, this is a remarkable and sophisticated exercise in interdisciplinarity, and one that no doubt invites more studies to come.
Issue 49.4, 10 essays, 206 pages, $21.95 CAD
This issue of Mosaic includes ten essays that engage a diverse range of works by John Dos Passos, Lawrence Durrell, Jean-Luc Godard, Flannery O’Connor, Michael Ondaatje, Aimee Phan, and Olivia Rosenthal, among others. From non-linear storytelling techniques to animal narratives and the persistence of the robot figure in popular culture, this issue covers a broad range of literary and cultural texts.
Issue 49.3, 10 essays, 192 pages, $21.95 CAD
Since its first publication, Mosaic has had two subtitles: from issue 1.1 (1967) to 12.4 (1979), a journal for the comparative study of literature and ideas; and from 13.1 1979) to 49.1 (2016), a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature. With this issue, Mosaic introduces its third subtitle: an interdisciplinary critical journal. The subtitle reflects the interdisciplinary breadth the journal represents and will carry Mosaic forward into and beyond its 50th anniversary.
Issue 49.2, 10 essays, 192 pages, $21.95 CAD
This issue broaches the conflation of “animal” and “woman” in traditional discourses on sexuality and sexual difference in several unexpected, instructive, and interdisciplinary ways: approaching Woolf’s Flush as a source text for feminist and animal studies; reading the Victorian novel as blurring the genres of pornography and animal-autobiography; and engaging Derrida’s work on “the animal” together with works of fiction. Philosophical dualism is contested in these pages, in one instance through the theorizing of contagion. And, as only one more example of many, the issue raises a question with which all interdisciplinary research must content: how do writers and readers construct interpretive and (inter)disciplinary frames?
Issue 49.1, 10 essays, 192 pages, $21.95 CAD
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