Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, Spring

"Dr. Eliot's Five-Foot Shelf of Books": Toward a Centennial of the Harvard Classics
On a damp October afternoon UPS recently deposited two heavy boxes at my front door. A glance at the postmark assured me that fifty volumes of my father's Harvard Classics had now come to live with me after my brother's death. In my childhood I remember...
From Wonderland to Wasteland: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Great Gatsby, and the New American Fairy Tale
THE FAIRY TALE IN AMERICA In 1919, The New York Timesran an editorial lamenting the end of an era: "L. Frank Baum is dead, [...] and the children have suffered a loss they do not know" ("Fairy Tales" 140). While this article is ostensibly an obituary,...
Sweet Odors and Interpretative Authority in the Exeter Book Physiologus and Phoenix
A recurring question in Anglo-Saxon studies is why certain texts were selected for inclusion in specific manuscripts, and the Exeter Book (Exeter, Cathedral Library, MS 3501, s. [x.sup.2]), a tenth-century miscellany that corresponds with the first...
The French Revolution as a Romance: Mary Robinson's Hubert De Sevrac
When Mary Robinson wrote Hubert de Sevrac A Romance, of the Eighteenth Century (published November 1796), public opinion in England had turned against the French Revolution, and freedom of speech was under attack. Charlotte Smith's pro-revolutionary...