Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 3, May

Hegemony and Resistance in Harold Pinter's Mountain Language
With One for the Road (1984) and Mountain Language (Faber, 1988) Harold Pinter experiments with a kind of political drama that confronts the audience with the oppressive and authoritarian operation of state power and the political and cultural dimensions...
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James Tyrone's Packard in Long Day's Journey into Night
On July 28, 1935, there appeared in the Hartford Courant a short article which included a brief reference to the death of "James P. Sullivan, 62, president of the Buick Sales & Service of new London." This piece ended with some interesting details:...
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Plath's "Lady Lazarus"
Plath's title obviously refers to the passage in John 11:43-44: Jesus "cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto...
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T. S. Eliot and Thomas Hardy
The well beloved Thomas Hardy, who had been awarded the prestigious Order of Merit, died in 1928 and was buried with full ceremonial honors in Westminster Abbey. T. S. Eliot's misguided and unconvincing After Strange Gods (1934) was notorious for its...
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Vertical Bearings: Dashiell Hammett's the Maltese Falcon and Colson Whitehead's the Intuitionist
Colson Whitehead's novel The Intuitionist (1999; NY: Anchor Books, 2000) appropriates the elevator as a central metaphor for racial progress and socio-economic mobility in mid-century American culture. Set within a community of "detective-philosophers...
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