West Virginia University Philological Papers

Articles from Fall

A Challenging Nostalgia in Search of Reunion: Desire in Calvino's "The Distance from the Moon"
Naturalmente omini boni desiderano sapere * In 1959 at a well-known conference in Cambridge, Charles Snow proclaimed that between the worlds of science and literature a profound gap had formed, reaching according to him the point of reciprocal...
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A Dangerous Woman and a Man's Brain: Mina Harker, Clarice Starling and the Empowerment of the Gothic Heroine in Novel and Film
"Ah, that wonderful Madam Mina! She has a man's brain--a brain that a man should have were he much gifted--and a woman's heart." Dr. Van Helsing Brain Stoker's Dracula "Really excellent," Starling said. "I've never had caper berries before."...
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A Reconsideration of Celine's Semmelweis
One of the most neglected works of Louis-Ferdinand Celine is his first published one, La Vie et 1 'aeuvre de Philippe-Ignace Semmelweis, which first appeared in 1924 at a time when Celine was still Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, eight years before...
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Biological Metaphor in 'A la Recherche Du Temps perdu.'(Critical Essay)
Many of the great critical works on Proust's chef d'oeuvre focus on the primary themes of time, memory, and the spiritual preservation and renewal made possible by the work of art. (1) These studies examine the narrator's personal and highly reflective...
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Friedrich Nietzsche as Bridge from Nineteenth-Century Atomistic Science to Process Philosophy in Twentieth-Century Physics, Literature, and Ethics
It is notoriously difficult to demonstrate causal relationships between the achievements of culture and the driving force of events in history, between the acquisitions of the mind and the commissions of material efforts, between developments of...
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Genre and Closure in the Seven Versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Finney ('54, '55, '78), Siegel ('56, '56), Kaufman ('78), and Ferrara ('93)
Broadly approached, the concept of genre--especially for film and most especially for Hollywood movies--raises questions located in the pull between repetition and variation, and it functions primarily for the containment of difference. Whether...
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In the Hands of the Geeks: The Impact of Technologies on Social Aspects of Millenium Life
A symbiosis exists. Technology impacts on social aspects and social aspects impact on technology. Imagination came first. Imagination is intellectual technology. Imagination manned the cosmos and scientific developments followed. Technology depends...
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La Novela De Los Tres: An Early Freudian Experiment
It is well-known that the early decades of the twentieth-century were years of daring literary experimentation. In Colombia, the period between 1925 and 1935 was pivotal in the modernization of its society and the formation of its vanguard novel....
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Milosz and Einstein; Milton and Galileo: The Cosmologic Poet and the Physicist
Oskar Milosz, France's contribution to cosmologic poetry, conceived his universe in the 1920s in the "poems" Ars Magna and Les Arcanes. (1) His predecessor in the genre, Englishman John Milton. formulated his system two hundred and fifty years earlier...
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Scientific Reproduction and the Terrain of Terror: Metaphysical Prisons from Giambattista Piranesi to Franz Kafka
For readers with broader cultural interests, it was not too difficult to spot a trend in the latter part of the 1990s: the renewed vigorous interest in the person and the works of Giambattista Piranesi. In 1997, Piranesi's works were featured with...
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Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence: Millennial Mother and Son
When Steven Spielberg's AI was released in 2001, it was billed as the last of Stanley Kubrick's works. Spielberg had completed a project, which Kubrick had started years before his death. The time frame of this production is relevant to its outcome...
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The Instantaneous Worldwide Release: Coming Soon to Everyone, Everywhere
The film industry has been characterized by challenge and change throughout its history. From the patent trust as the industry was first developing through the advent of sound, the challenge of television, and the emergence of home video, the industry...
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The Son Figure in Marina Tsvetaeva's Writings in the Light of Heinz Kohut's Self-Psychology
Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) is considered one of the major Russian poets of the twentieth century. The scholarship on Tsvetaeva usually investigates her works in close conjunction with her tragic life. (1) While Russian scholars concentrate on...
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The Synergy of Location and Narrative Performance
Bemoaning the demise of storytelling has become almost cliche in critiques of contemporary culture. (1) Ironically, with the current variety and widespread use of narrative media, elegies for the art of storytelling are premature. Indeed, storytelling...
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Volpi's Klingsor: Science, Mann, Magic, and the Middle Ages
One of the last blockbuster novels to come out of Latin America as the twentieth century drew to a close was Jorge Volpi's En busca de Klingsor (1999). It took Spain by storm as well, winning the prestigious Seix Barral Prize. It has been, or is...
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