Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, Spring

Defusing the Discharged Soldier: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Homosexual Panic
The Bakhtinian "lyrical dialogue" which Paul Magnuson traces through Wordsworth's and Coleridge's texts is challenged almost from the start by words worth's desire to escape dialogics, win a poets' battle with Coleridge, and "describe himself as a...
Female Captivity and the Deployment of Race in Three Early American Texts
In any discussion of early American literature, the captivity narrative stands out as one of the most interesting, and often troubling, forms of Puritan writing. While these tales of Indian attack and entrapment were often embedded in the rhetoric...
'Garbage': A.R. Ammons's Tape for the Turn of the Century
Time and again a poem of such magnitude and power is written that it achieves what Whitman called a "tallying." T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land was such a poem for the Victorian era turned Modern, but it is A.R. Ammons's Garbage that tallies up for us...
Society and Nature in the 'Cook's Tale.' (Chaucer)
With a few notable exceptions,(1) critical attention to the Cook's Tale has been brief, focusing principally on whether Chaucer chose to end it where he did. Given the limited evidence, we can not answer that question with certainty. We can, however,...