Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter

Adjusting the Borders of Self: Sir Walter Scott's the Two Drovers
Border theory, though mainly concerned with postcolonial and avant-garde literature, can invigorate the reading of older canonical texts written by the staunchest Tories of English Literature. As an emerging socio-political approach to art and literature,...
"A World of Their Own": Subversion of Gender Expectations in Conrad's Plays
Bessie Carvil [is] absolutely the first conscious woman-creation in the whole body of my work. -Joseph Conrad, Letter to J. B. Pinker Joseph Conrad does not have a reputation as either a playwright or a writer primarily concerned with women or...
Foucault in the House of Usher: Some Historical Permutations in Poe's Gothic
"[I]n the nineteenth century," writes Reginald Horsman, "the Americans were to share in the discovery that the secret of Saxon success lay not in the institutions but in the blood" (24). This "discovery" was of monumental and devastating importance,...
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, and the Rhetoric of Agency
De Profundis occupies a precarious place in Oscar Wilde's canon and for several reasons is often skirted by wary interpreters: it does not fit neatly into any single genre; it does not resemble any of the other works that made Wilde famous; it is full...
The Artist as Moralist: Edith Wharton's Revisions to the Last Chapter of the Custom of the Country
Most knowledgeable readers of Edith Wharton's work will not be surprised by the conclusion reached in a recent book that she believed strongly in the need for important fiction to have a "moral dimension" (Singley 6). Abundant evidence to support this...