Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, Spring

Embodiments of History and Delayed Confessions: Graham Swift's Waterland as Trauma Fiction
"Reality's already imposed itself in the form of a sodden corpse. And it's going to get more pressing, more palpable still ..."--Graham Swift, Waterland Daniel Lea has recently remarked that [Graham] Swift is a problematic figure amongst post-modernist...
Telling Positions: Country, Countryside, and Narration in the Remains of the Day
There is, in retrospect, a certain inevitability about the 1993 Merchant/Ivory cinematic adaptation of The Remains of the Day. The novel itself seemed made to order for the team's literary sensibilities: an opulent period piece centered on the gradual...
The Diegetic Achievement of Patrick O'Brian
To date, criticism of Patrick O'Brian's fiction, never extending beyond the "Aubrey-Maturin" novels that form the bulk of his oeuvre, has emphasized the first part of their classification as "historical function," the mimetic accuracy of his depictions...