Special Issue in Memory of Robert K. Martin  (CRAS 45.1 2015)

Special Issue in Memory of Robert K. Martin (CRAS 45.1 2015)

ISSN: 0007-7720
E-ISSN: 1710-114X
This Journal is online at: CRAS Online and Project MUSE
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Special Issue in Memory of Robert K. Martin / numéro spécial à la mémoire de Robert K. Martin (Spring 2015)
Editor/Rédacteur : Leland S. Person

The five essays in this special issue honour Robert’s legacy. Christopher Looby’s “Of Billy’s Time” is certainly written with an awareness of historical contingencies that recalls many of Robert’s critical readings of texts. A very smart reading of Billy Budd, it proceeds, in fact, from what Looby calls the “general claim” that “Billy Budd is itself an exploration of and a meditation on the profound historicity of sexuality.” In “Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Anxieties of the Archive,” Eric Savoy pays tribute to Robert’s “Hester Prynne, C’est Moi,” in the process of offering a brilliant reading of “The Custom-House” preface to The Scarlet Letter. Using Derrida’s concept of the archive—“that is, the quotidian, ritualistic, and performative ways in which subjects are constituted precisely as subjects in conformity with the regulatory ideals of nation, religious tradition, and gender”—he analyzes the complex “psychodrama” through which Hawthorne constitutes himself as an author. Priscilla Walton’s “Down the Rabbit Hole” uses Robert’s “Picturesque Misperception in The Bostonians” to launch her study of connections between Alice James’s long-term relationship with Katherine Loring and James’s representation of the “Boston marriage” between Verena Tarrant and Olive Chancellor.

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