Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, May

Jack Maggs and Mister Pip-The Empire Strokes Back: Commonwealth Bibliophilia in Australasian Responses to Great Expectations
It is by now something of an old chestnut to point out that postcolonial reworkings of English classics tend to be politically counter-discursive, even in cases where the writers are the descendants of colonizers. By contrast, the two recent novels...
LaBute's the Break of Noon and Claudel's Break of Noon
Although Neil LaBute is one of America's premiere playwrights, The Break of Noon played to mixed reviews in the 2010 season. Yet when compared with another play of identical title, it gains in stature. Ironically in the same season, New York had a...
Literary Allusions in Saul Bellow's Letters
Saul Bellow was the most coruscating stylist, the most brilliant intellect, the most compassionate and great-souled writer in modern American literature. He belonged with the incisive, self-revealing letter writers: Byron, Keats, Woolf, Lawrence, Beckett...
Polish Language and History in A Streetcar Named Desire
Stanley Kowalski's Polish ancestry in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire (NY: New Directions, 2004) has perplexed and prejudiced critics. Given the Creole demographics of New Orleans in the 1940s, Stanley's Polish identity seems out of place...
Politics of Race in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace
J.M. Coetzee is one of the leading literary figures of post-apartheid South Africa. In his fiction, he explores black-white relationship; he is especially interested in the role the whites can play in bringing about the much needed reconciliation between...