Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, January

Disrupting Racial Performances in Amiri Baraka's Police
Amiri Baraka's neglected one-act play Police (1968) exemplifies the rhetoric and the rage of black revolutionary drama of the 1960's (A Sourcebook of African American Performances. Ed. Annemarie Bean [NY: Routledge, 1999]). The play focuses on the...
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In the End Is the Beginning: The Conclusion of Awake and Sing!
Though the ending of Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing! (1935) has been much criticized for its "contrived optimism," I would like to re-examine at least one aspect of it: the (re)union of Moe Axelrod and Hennie Berger. (See this negative judgment of...
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Signs of Authority: Yeatsian Influence and Muldoon's "At the Sign of the Black Horse, September 1999"
It would be difficult to read Paul Muldoon's long poem "At the Sign of the Black Horse, September 1999" without noticing its indebtedness to W.B. Yeats's"A Prayer for My Daughter." Muldoon takes Yeats's poem as a model for his own, but rather than...
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Two Influences on L. P. Hartley's the Go-Between
The few critics who have written about L. P. Hartley agree that the principal influences on his work in general are Emily Bronte, Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne. More particularly, Giorgio Melchiori has established beyond doubt that passages in...
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Willa Cather's "Paul's Case" and Salinger's the Catcher in the Rye
In the fifty plus years since the publication of The Catcher in the Rye, critics have found numerous sources, influences, and parallels for J. D. Salinger's novel. While many commentators have made a case for Huckleberry Finn, others have suggested...
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