Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, Summer

Hawthorne's "Material Ghosts": Photographic Realism and Liminal Selfhood in the House of the Seven Gables
The daguerreotype was not just an invention, it was an intervention into ways of seeing and being.--Cathy N. Davidson Ultimately, what I am seeking in the photograph taken of me (the "intention" according to which I look at it) is Death: Death is...
Oxymoron in the Great Gatsby
There are significant paradoxes throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald's (life and) work frequently represented by oxymorons, of which Wolfsheim's eating with "ferocious delicacy" (75) is only one of the most apparent and, as such, very possibly a clue to...
Quantum Flux and Narrative Flow: Don DeLillo's Entanglements with Quantum Theory
The quasi-stellar object, the quantum event, these were the sources of our speculation and wonder.--James Axton in The Names [He] wondered what we'd learn by going deeper into structures beneath the standard model, down under the quantum, a million...
Queens Rule
Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England. Ed. Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2009. 362 pages. Paperback $35.00. This collection of essays originated in a 2006 conference on Queens and Power at the University...
Rank, Insults, and Weaponry in Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy
Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy enacts a shift in the conventions of single combat that is tied to both changing English notions of honor and the evolving technology of weaponry in the period between the late-fourteenth and late-sixteenth centuries....
Revising "Ficticism": Alexa Alfer and Amy J. Edwards De Campos's Delineation of A.S. Byatt's "Critical Storytelling"
Alfer, Alexa and Amy J. Edwards de Campos. A.S. Byatt: Critical Storytelling. Contemporary British Novelists. Ed. Daniel Lea. New York: Manchester UP, 2010. 240 pages. $90.00. Any overview of A.S. Byatt that offers a lucid interpretation that is...