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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring

Coleridge's Swinging Moods and the Revision of "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison"
Michael Simpson Goldsmiths' College, University of London But, if hereafter thou shalt write, not feare To send it to be judg'd by Metius care, And to your fathers, and to mine; though't be Nine yeares kept by: your papers in, y'are...
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Literary Allusion and the Poetry of Seamus Heaney
1 Over the past two decades, theoretical interest in intertextuality, presupposition, and influence has generated a good deal of interesting discussion of the device of literary allusion. This has led to a better understanding of what the device...
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The Caliban beneath the Skin: Abstract Drama in Auden's Favorite Poem
Too many ideas in their heads! To them I'm an idea, you're an idea, everything's an idea. That's why we're here. Funny thing, Ticker, that we should both be in the same play. They can't do without us. W. H. Auden, The Dog Beneath the Skin, or Where...
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The Spirit of Classical Hymn in Shelley's "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty"
Richard Cronin has observed that in Shelley's poetry, as in his life and thought, "there is an ever-present drive towards a rejection of conventional controls" countered by the recognition that "controls, systems, conventions, are humanly necessary"...
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The Talking Being Listening: Gertrude Stein's "Patriarchal Poetry" and the Sound of Reading
No matter how complicated anything is, if it is not mixed up with remembering there is no confusion, but and that is the trouble with a great many so called intelligent people they mix up remembering with talking and listening, and as a result they...
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The Tropical Landscapes of Proverbia: A Crossdisciplinary Travelogue
1. What are proverbs? "Where there's a will, there's a way." When you hear or read the words just cited, you will readily recognize that you have encountered a proverb. You should also find it quite easy to recall additional instances of this literary...
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"Where the Maps Stopped": The Aesthetics of Borders in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and Tracks
The language of margins and borders marks a position of paradox: both inside and outside. - Linda Hutcheon (Poetics 66) In her novels Love Medicine and Tracks, Louise Erdrich engages the paradox of employing and glorifying the oral tradition...
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William James's Narrative of Habit
Amidst a wracking melancholia that revealed to him "that pit of insecurity beneath the surface of life," a young William James found rescue from his own "ontological wonder-sickness" in a definition of free will posited by the French philosopher Charles...
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