Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, Winter

Alien Voices, Ancient Echoes: Bakhtin, Dialogism, and Pope's 'Essay on Criticism.' (Mikhail Bakhtin, Alexander Pope)
Ajexander Pope's Essay on Criticism, first published in 1711, constituted a young poet's bold first foray into an often-acrimonious critical environment, a "learned world," Pope later wrote, that threatened authors with such a "dangerous fate" that...
Fred Vincy and the Unravelling of 'Middlemarch.' (by George Eliot)
The issue of moral judgment is a preoccupation with George Eliot. She wants to be fair to the persons in her fiction, to do right by them in keeping with an attitude often described by readers as sympathy or fellow-feeling. This is why in Chapter 29...
Medium of Exchange: The Blue Coupe Dialogue in 'The Great Gatsby.' (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
A week after I left Santa Barbara Tom ran into a wagon on the Ventura road one night and ripped a front wheel off his car. (61) Upstairs in the solemn echoing drive she [Myrtle] let four taxi cabs drive away before she selected a new...
The Dream Screen in 'The Moviegoer.' (by Walker Percy)
It is not often noted, but, the narrative proper of Walker Percy's The Moviegoer (1961), while it offers a very seductive "virtual present," is actually a representing of selected events from an eight-day period that occurred at some point over a year...