Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring

Elizabethan "Modernism," Jacobean "Postmodernism": Schematizing Stir in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
Certain features of modernism and postmodernism illuminate a difference between the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods that has thus far resisted satisfactory explanation. Proving that remote decades were protomodern and protopostmodern is...
Sir Israel Gollancz and the Editorial History of the Pearl Manuscript
This paper will survey the relationship between one of the most important codices of Middle English poetry, the Pearl Manuscript (BL MS Cotton Nero A.x., Art. 3), and one of this manuscript's most eminent editors and scholars, Sir Israel Gollancz. The...
Snapshots of Contradiction in Mary Robinson's 'Poetical Works.'
Throughout the twentieth century, scholars engaged with British Romanticism generally have been eager to contain the period within the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and, in the process, maintain the revered status accorded the traditional...
"What's in a Word?" Possessing A.S. Byatt's Meronymic Novel
A meronym, such as gray, is an "image of parts," one which can encompass seeming opposites and can be applied to any balance or blend of its components--all of which are coterminous. Thus gray must always be a balance of black and white, although that...
Wordsworth and the Interpretation of Dreams
The dream featured towards the outset of Book V of The Prelude is, from a Freudian perspective, an extraordinary piece of work. Its Freudian qualities may nevertheless not be at all evident from its immediate context. Wordsworth, that is, sets the dream...