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

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer

Book Reviews -- American Culture between the Wars: Revisionary Modernism and Postmodern Critique by Walter Kalaidjian
Walter Kalaidjian. American Culture Between the Wars: Revisionary Modernism and Postmodern Critique. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993. xvi + 316 pp. $55.00 cloth; $18.50 paper.The avant-garde, popular, and working-class texts that Walter Kalaidjian...
Book Reviews -- the Architext: An Introduction by Gerard Genette and Translated by Jane E. Lewin
Gerard Genette. The Architext: An Introduction. Trans. Jane E. Lewin. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992. xi + 91 pp. $24.95 cloth; $13.00 paper.Among Anglo-American theorists of criticism, Gerard Genette is no doubt chiefly known as a narratologist:...
Book Reviews -- the Pragmatics of Insignificance: Chekhov, Zoshchenko, Gogol by Cathy Popkin
Cathy Popkin, The Pragmatics of Insignificance: Chekhov, Zoshchenko, Gogol, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993. xiv + 290 pp. $39.50 cloth.In The Pragmatics of Insignificance, Cathy Popkin explores the fiction of Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Zoshchenko,...
Direct Addresses, Narrative Authority, and Gender in Rebecca Harding Davis's "Life in the Iron Mills"
When Rebecca Harding Davis died in 1920, eulogies recounted how her most famous work, "Life in the Iron Mills," published in the Atlantic Monthly nearly fifty years earlier, defied nineteenth-century assumptions about women's writing. According to the...
Fanny's Fantasies: Class, Gender, and the Unreliable Narrator in Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure
John Cleland's chosen narrative voice in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, that of Fanny Hill, obviously invites the charge that he is constructing a female subjectivity which suits a male agenda.(1) Although this reading of the work is possible, there...
The Mutt and Jute Dialogue in Joyce's Finnegans Wake": Some Gricean Perspectives
1, PERSPECTIVES ON GRICEIt has been nearly twenty years since Mary Louise Pratt, in Toward a Speech Act Theory of Literary Discourse, extended to literary discourse ideas about language and communication developed by the philosopher H. P. Grice. Even...
Zappers of Category and the Mother of Invention -- the Fictive and the Imaginary by Wolfgang Iser / Constructing Postmodernism by Brian McHale / Gaps in Nature by Ellen Spolsky
Wolfang Iser. The Fictive and the Imaginary: Charting Literary Anthropology. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. $15.95 paper.Brian McHale. Constructing Postmodernism. London and New York: Routledge, 1992. $15.95 paper.Ellen Sposky....