Papers on Language & Literature

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Eliza Haywood's Letter Technique in Three Early Novels (1721-27)
In the early eighteenth century, prose fiction evolved into what we now call the novel. This evolution occurred because of a series of professional prose writers who experimented with various fictional forms, from the travelogue to the memoir. One...
Reconnecting with the Past: Personal Hauntings in Margaret Atwood's the Robber Bride
In her 1987 review of Beloved, Margaret Atwood notes that Toni Morrison blends into her novel a particular folkloric tradition about the dead returning from the grave when they are summoned. To further illuminate this tradition, Atwood explains that...
Responsible Viewing: Charles Simic's Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell
"Every art is about the longing of One for the Other. Orphans that we are, we make our sibling kin out of anything we can find." --Charles Simic, Dime-Store Alchemy (62) Since the Eighteenth Century, writers and artists have tried to combine...
The Chatterley/Bolton Affair: The Freudian Path of Regression in Lady Chatterley's Lover
Over the past thirty years, the sequence of orgasmic encounters between Connie Chatterley and Oliver Mellors, the game-keeper, in Lady Chatterley's Lover has been the object of intense fascination and scrutiny. It all started in 1962 with Frank Kermode's...
Trilling's James: Liberalism and Selfhood in "The Princess Casamassima"
In 1968, Christopher Lasch noted that in their self-understanding as inferior to men of actions, intellectuals in the twentieth century have often become unwitting agents of the workings of power. "The revelation that the man of action, revolutionist...