Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer

Edward Rochester and the Margins of Masculinity in 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wide Sargasso Sea.'
Though Edward Rochester is neither the central figure of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre nor of Jean Rhys's complement text Wide Sargasso Sea, he nevertheless occupies a crucial position in each text - in Jane Eyre, he is the desired object of Jane's...
Jane Austen's Rejection of Rousseau: A Novelistic and Feminist Initiation
The question of Jane Austen's feminist credentials has long been a puzzling one for critics.(1) The six novels - those "little bits of Ivory" on which she worked "with so fine a Brush" - hardly seem the canvas for revolutionary expression. However,...
Style and Truth: Reflections on the Language of Science
Possibly the world of external facts is much more fertile and plastic than we have ventured to suppose; it may be that all these cosmologies and many more analyses and classifications are genuine ways of arranging what nature offers to our understanding,...
The Pursuit of Justice: Graham Greene's Refiguring of the Detective Story in 'It's a Battlefield.'
Graham Greene remarked towards the end of his life that "in the twenties and thirties I was much interested in the detective story" ("Last Word" viii). These decades are routinely referred to as the golden age of the detective story by the genre's...