Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 5, November

Celtic Influences on Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men and the Road
True to Cormac McCarthy's roots, his latest book The Road (and to some degree, his previous novel No Country for Old Men) is replete with Celtic influences and allusions to one of Ireland's favorite poets, W. B. Yeats. The title of No Country, of course,...
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Condemning the Neutrals in Oppressively Dull Worlds: Look Back in Anger, a Clockwork Orange, and Equus
Feelings of personal malaise, national diminishment, and general torpor were by no means entirely lifted even when rationing of food and consumer products finally came to a total end in Britain in the early 1950s. Most creative writers, in various...
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Homosexuality in J.R. Ackerley's My Father and Myself
J.R. (Joe) Ackerley's posthumously published autobiography, My Father and Myself (1968), attempts to connect two generations of secret sexuality and explores his father's life as a way of understanding his own. He implicitly asks: Where did I come...
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Power vs. Authority in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Much of the plot of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [NY: Scholastic Inc., 2003] is built around the conflict of power versus authority. Power is usually a negative concept imposed from the top down, whereas authority is a positive undertaking...
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The Book That Devoured Its Reader: David Maine's Monster 1959
Part apocalyptic fable, part cultural history, part political satire, David Maine's Monster 1959 (NY: Saint Martin's Press, 2008) offers a miscellany of ill-assorted pieces resembling its lumbering title character. Drawing on the tradition of 1950's...
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