Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, September

Colonial Naming and Renaming in A Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee
A Gesture Life (NY: Riverhead, 1999) by Chang-rae Lee addresses the plight of Korean comfort women during the Japanese colonial occupations of World War II. The slices of the novel that focus on this issue revolve around the tragic romance between...
Family and Parenting in Toni Morrison's Love
Toni Morrison's Love (NY: Alfred Knopf, 2003) like her earlier The Bluest Eye (1970) and Song of Solomon (1976) pays a glowing tribute to the African American family in celebrating it as a vital force that helps create socially sensitive and morally...
Ingres and Lampedusa's the Leopard
The name of the heroine in Giuseppe di Lampedusa's The Leopard (1958) comes from the Italian epic poem Orlando Furioso (1532): "Angelica, sumptuous as that name from Ariosto" (Lampedusa, The Leopard, trans. Archibald Colquhoun, NY: Signet, 1961, p....
John Stone's Twice-Told Secrets of a Heart: "Cadaver" and "An Infected Heart"
The poet-cardiologist John Stone often draws upon on his medical experiences. Cases in point are "Cadaver," a poem, and "An Infected Heart," a prose sketch. Each can be considered a retelling of the other. One need not choose between Stone's two...
Lawson Fusao Inada, Charles Mingus, and "The Great Bassist"
In 1971, Japanese-American poet Lawson Fusao Inada published his first full-length book, Before the War: Poems as They Happened, a revised version of his M.F.A. thesis, "The Great Bassist," which he completed at the University of Oregon in 1966. Although...