Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 2, Spring

Hiding the Harm: Revisionism and Marvel in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
A scandalous, but rarely discussed, element of the Christmas "gomen" the Green Knight proposes at Camelot is its openness with regard to the kind of blow that initially can be inflicted and even the implement that can be employed to inflict this blow....
Learning to Read: Interpersonal Literacy in Adam Bede
"Book Second" of George Eliot's Adam Bede opens with the novel's seventeenth chapter, in which the authorial voice interrupts the story to justify her creation, commanding that artists not exclude from their works the "common, coarse people" who populate...
Sympathy for the Devil: The Problem of Montherlant and the Medieval
It is difficult to untangle the puzzle of Henry de Montherlant. He has borne conflicting political and personal labels over the years, from rake to misogynist, from radically patriotic veteran to despicable traitor. His writings have known the same...
The Realization of Solov'ev's Philosophical Treatise the Meaning of Love in Pasternak's Zhivago Poem "Winter Night"
A connection with philosopher Vladimir Solov'ev's Smysl liubvi (The Meaning of Love) emerges early in Boris Pasternak's Doktor Zhivago (Doctor Zhivago) in a passage describing the intellectual pursuits of young Yurii, Tonia, and Misha: "The three of...