Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, March

Bigamy in Miller's the Ride Down Mt. Morgan
In Plato's Symposium Aristophanes explains Love by supposing that "the primeval man was round, his back and sides forming a circle; and he had four hands and four feet, one head with two faces"--and was subsequently cleaved in two by the jealous gods...
Goethe, Brahms, and William Styron's Darkness Visible
In Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (NY: Random, 1990), William Styron relates his descent into depression and eventual recovery from despair. The turning point in his condition takes place "late one bitterly cold night," when, on the verge of...
Japanese American Internment, National Pathology, and Intra-Racial Strife in Hisaye Yamamoto's "The Legend of Miss Sasagawara"
The effects individually and nationally of the persecution and detainment of over 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II are the unsettling backdrop to Hisaye Yamamoto's short story "The Legend of Miss Sasagawara." Protagonist Mari Sasagawara...
Poe and Bloch in Stephen King's Secret Window, Secret Garden
It is important to cite the literary influences of Secret Window, Secret Garden (from Four Past Midnight, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1990) as they are sadly lost in the process of David Koepp's cinematic adaptation of the novella. King's homage...
Reimagining Hermes in Len Jenkin's Five of Us
With a cast of five; a set of two adjoining apartments and a space for ancillary scenes in the street, hallway, and bar; and a botched burglary, the spectator might think Len Jenkin's Five of Us naturalistic and the opening speaker the "idiot person"...
Transnationalism in Anne Tyler's Digging to America
Anne Tyler's Digging to America (London: Vintage, 2007) offers an insightful critique into the phenomenon of transnationalism. The present paper focuses on the liberating and constricting aspects of the transnational experience on two generations of...