Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring

The Kentucky Model: Economics, Individualism and Domesticity in Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin to change society. This most influential of American novels struck a nerve with her audience, judging by the voluminous and continuous sales. Any twentieth-century reader of the novel, however, has a somewhat...
Touring Decay: Nineteenth-Century American Travel Writers in Europe
If Ralph Waldo Emerson provided one of the strongest declarations of intellectual independence from Europe in the "American Scholar" (1837), many American writers followed by exploiting the most pervasive and effective popular-culture weapon for the...