Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 5, November

Coming Together: Michel Houellebecq's: The Possibility of an Island
Unexpectedly denied the Prix Goncourt in 2005, Michel Houellebecq's The Possibility of an Island reprises themes from earlier books: the unsurpassable exquisiteness of sexual pleasure; the dismal teleology of age and decay, sagging flesh borne down...
Loss, Recovery, and Renewal in Ann Patchett's State of Wonder
Like the main character in the opera she attends one night in Manaus, Brazil--Orfeo ed Euridice--Marina Singh believes she "had been sent to hell" to bring someone back (State of Wonder. NY: Harper Perennial, 2012.124). She has been assigned to retrieve...
"The City Knows You": Spatial Consciousness in Colson Whitehead's the Colossus of New York (2003)
Colson Whitehead's non-fictional reflections on urban scenography in The Colossus of New York: A City in Thirteen Parts (2003. N Y: Anchor Books, 2004) is an attempt to understand space as personal and as a site of narrative performance, where the...
The Theatricalization of Belief in Tennessee Williams's "Thank You, Kind Spirit"
Tennessee Williams's one-act play "Thank You, Kind Spirit," written in October 1941, went unpublished and unproduced until almost twenty years after his death. Discovering this play, Nicholas Moschovakis and David Roesell included it in Mister Paradise...