Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, Spring

Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River": Nick's Psychology of Mental Control
At this point in Hemingway studies, it is well understood that in "Big Two-Hearted River" Nick Adams seeks a return to simplicity after his harrowing experience in World War I and that Hemingway's prose replicates the veteran's internal quest for manageable...
Nihilism Negated Narratively: The Agency of Art in the Sot-Weed Factor
And this was the first time he was positively certain of being a true and no imaginary knight errant, since he found himself treated just as he had read these knights were treated in past ages. --Cervantes, Don Quixote (667; pt. 2 ch. 31) Book...
The Phallic Construction of Social Reality and Relationships in A. L. Kennedy's Short Stories
Exploring the possibilities of feminist postmodernist criticism from political sciences perspectives in the late 1980s, Jane Flax argued that Feminist theorists are faced with a fourfold task. We need to (1) articulate feminist viewpoints of/within...
The Promise and the Apology: Speech-Acts, Ethics, and Reading in Mavis Gallant's "The Pegnitz Junction"
The novella "The Pegnitz Junction," a favorite among Mavis Gallant's critics, is also considered her most complex and challenging piece of writing (Schaub 27; Wilkshire 891). Set in post-Second World War Germany, the text is produced from Gallant's...