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A journal focusing on literature and literary topics for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall

Erich Auerbach's Mimesis- 'Tis Fifty Years Since: A Reassessment
Recent conferences at Stanford and at Groningen commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Erich Auerbach's Mimesis (1946).1 'Tis fifty years since-now more than fifty-when appeared the first German edition of a scholarly volume that was recognized immediately...
Frank Lentricchia's Critical Confession, or, the Traumas of Teaching Theory
Ours is a confessional age, as the popularity of Oprah Winfrey's and other television talk-shows testifies to. Recently, the confessional mode has made its way into what-for at least the first half of this century-aspired to be a relatively impartial,...
Narrative, Reflexivity, and Ideology
Jeffrey J. Williams. Theory and the Novel: Narrative Reflexivity in the British Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. xv + 204. $49.95 cloth. In this intelligent, well-researched, and engagingly polemical study, Jeffrey Williams explores...
Paul Valery: Literature as Such
We read in Paul Valery's Tel Quel: "Literature is thronged with people who don't really know what to say but feel a compelling urge to write" ("Odds and Ends" 130). A sentence stating a rather harsh, but not exclusively negative, truth, since the "urge...
Quare Joyce
Joseph Valente, ed. Quare Joyce. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998. 297 pp. $44.50 cloth. The genesis of Joseph Valente's collection of essays Quare Joyce was the special issue of the James Joyce Quarterly he edited in 1994. Of the collection's...
The New Bellertrism
"Publicize Your Privates" This past fall, alongside their stolid fleet of anthologies, Norton released a postcard-sized, surprisingly whimsical book called Life's Little Deconstruction Book: Self Help for the Post-Hip (Boyd). Playing off the 1991 bestseller,...