Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, Summer

'Don Juan,' "A Problem, like All Things." (Lord George Gordon Byron)
From its first printing in 1819 till now--nearly two centuries later--readers have disputed the big ideas and real values of Don Juan. Its problematical genius appears to resist all ideological interpretations and themes. Scanning its ottava rimas, we...
Goldsmith on Burke and Gray
In recent years the fate of poetry in the decades after the deaths of Swift and Pope has received much attention. Rather than follow earlier scholarship in reading mid-eighteenth-century poetry in literary-historical terms, reading it, in other words,...
Tennessee Williams's Tom Wingfield and Georg Kaiser's Cashier: A Contextual Comparison
Tom Wingfield in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, a defining work of "plastic theatre," written and first produced in 1944, has a distant relative, namely, the Cashier in Georg Kaiser's Von morgens bis mitternachts, a defining work of German...
'Wieland,' 'Othello,' 'Genesis,' and the Floating City: The Sources of Charles Brockden Brown's 'Wieland.' (William Shakespeare, Charles Bockden Brown)
According to Harold Kittel, "Wieland criticism during the past generation has generally taken a psychological or philosophical tack--either bringing Freudian insights to bear on characters' behavior (particularly Clara's) or examining the ways in which...