Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring

Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night": Through "Lapis Lazuli" to 'King Lear.' (William Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats)
Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle into that good night" has been noted to bear the influence of and even echo W. B. Yeats, especially "Lapis Luzuli," and, secondarily via this poem, Shakespeare's King Lear. One scholar notes its "Yeatsian overtones" (Fraser...
Grace Abounding: Justification in Passau 16 of 'Piers Plowman.' (William, Langland)
Love, personified in Piers Plowman, presents the reader with a contradiction. On the one hand, love never appears as a beggar (B.15: 227), never pretends, for example, to be disabled, when he might actually go to work (B.7: 90-93).(1) On the other, such...
The Aesthetics of Intimacy: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Her Readers
I [Lady Holdernesse] is tenderly attach'd to the polite Mr. Mildmay, and sunk in all the Joys of happy Love notwithstanding she wants the use of her 2 hands by a Rheumatism, and he has an arm that he can't move. I wish I could send you the particulars...
"This Idol Thou Ador'st": The Iconography of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.' (John Ford)
What if it were not "in religion sin / To make our love a god, and worship it"? John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore poses an interesting test-case for what happens when an individual is allowed to make precisely such moral judgments. The play, while...
Unveiling "The Dialectic of Culture and Barbarism" in British Pageantry: Virginia Woolf's 'Between the Acts.'
In what he calls the "dialectic of culture and barbarism," Russell Berman suggests that an anti-fascist stance, artistic or political, which rejects fascism as the crime of an absolute other behaves according to the same logic as fascism (xii). Fascism...