Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, Winter

Becoming Gay in E.M. Forster's 'Maurice.'
The term "homosexuality" appears only twice in Maurice, both times in pronouncements by the psychiatrist Dr. Lasker Jones. Otherwise when the narrative requires that Maurice's sexual orientation be designated in some way, terminology from another,...
Interpreting Foucault
When Michel Foucault was once asked whether he considered himself a postmodern thinker, he responded by saying that he did not know what the term "postmodern" meant. Foucault was simply indicating that he was not interested in the issue of postmodernism;...
"So Easy to Be Lost": Poet and Self in Pope's 'The Temple of Fame.' (Alexander Pope)
When Pope sent Martha Blount a copy of The Temple of Fame, the accompanying letter contained these remarks about fame: "Whatever some may think, Fame is a thing I am much less covetous of, than your Friendship; for that I hope will last all my life,...
The Lust of the Eye: Michael Herr, Gloria Emerson and the Art of Observation
"The newspapers seldom get anything right because they are not creative.... The newspapers make a good story, but there is a better one. The truth." Michael Herr's Dispatches and Gloria Emerson's Winners and Losers, two exemplary texts to emerge...
Three New Robert Frost Letters, an Inscription, and an Unrecorded Emendation
Among the books and literary manuscripts in the Koopman Collection at Brown University - a collection put together by Philip D. Sherman of Oberlin College - are three letters from Robert Frost to Sherman, along with an inscribed copy of Frost's third...
Turning Wine into Water: Water as Privileged Signifier in 'The Grapes of Wrath.'
The Old Testament describes wilderness as "a thirsty ground where there was no water." When the Lord wished to punish, He threatened to "turn the rivers into islands and dry up the pools and . . . command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it."...