Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1, January

Hemingway's "Cat in the Rain": A Reproof of the Self
Ernest Hemingway's "Cat in the Rain" is not simply "a sympathetic portrayal of the woman's point of view" (Susan F. Beegal, Hemingway's Neglected Short Fiction [Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989]: 155). In its symphonic undertones, Expressionistic...
Homoerotic Bonding in the Fiction of Paul Bowles and Yukio Mishma
When two men have sex with one woman at the same time, the real bond is homoerotic, not heterosexual. The men connect with each other through the woman and use her to secure their own pleasure. In the fall of 1920 Edmund Wilson tried out this kinky...
Trauma in Junot Diaz's Drown
In his collection Drown Junot Diaz writes about the experiences of immigrants from the Dominican Republic-especially as observed by Yunior, the narrator of several of the book's stories. The majority of the text focuses on life in New York City and...
Words from the Basement: Markus Zusak's the Book Thief
In his classic study The Poetics of Space, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard claims that the cellar is "first and foremost the dark entity of the house, the one that partakes of subterranean forces" (The Poetics of Space. 1958. Trans. Maria Jolas...