Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring

Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Gene Stratton-Porter's "Freckles."(early 20th-Century Best-seller)(Critical Essay)
It has become fashionable to hold that "cultural work of [a] fundamental kind was often done by exactly those popular forms that . . . have seemed the weakest of 19th-century [American] cultural life" (Fisher 5). This "redefinition of literature and...
Dickens's Literary Architecture: Patterns of Ideas and Imagery in Hard Times
Until the middle of this century the predominant critical view of Dickens was of a writer who, whatever his positive attributes, had only a rudimentary sense of form and structure. George Orwell in 1939 described the novels as "all fragments, all details-rotten...
Editor's Note
This January saw the retirement of Jean Vassier, who had served as PLL's business manager for many years. During 37 years at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, she had held a number of positions, but she devoted herself to PLL, undertaking...
Ernest Hemingway and World War I: Combatting Recent Psychobiographical Reassessments, Restoring the War
"Napoleon taught Stendahl how to write." -Ernest Hemingway To ask whether or not the First World War had a profound effect upon Ernest Hemingway would, not so long ago, have been considered a rhetorical question. It can no longer be considered so,...
"Lawfull Charms" and "Wars of Truth": Voice and Power in Writings by John Milton and George Wither
David Loewenstein and James Grantham Turner have called attention to the relationship between poetics and politics in Milton's prose and poetry and to the implications of this relationship for various discursive fields in the seventeenth century (2)....
Overmyer's Amphitryon: Adapting Kleist for a Contemporary Audience
In the published text of his Amphitryon, Eric Overmyer expresses his gratitude to Brian Kulick and David Esbjornson for asking him to adapt Kleist's Amphitryon for New York's Classic Stage Company. Esbjornson is the company's artistic director, and...