Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 3, Summer

Arnold's Coleridgean Conversation Poem: "Dover Beach" and "The Eolian Harp"
Poetry is made out of other poems.--Northrop Frye Let us give up the failed enterprise of seeking to "understand" any single poem as an entity in itself.--Harold Bloom The more complete and concrete our knowledge of an artist's generic contracts,...
Beyond the Romantic Gypsy: Narrative Disruptions and Ironies in Austen's Emma
I was stolen by the gypsies. My parents stole me right back. Then the gypsies stole me again. This went on for a long time. --Charles Simic, "I Was Stolen by the Gypsies" As this epigraph from Simic suggests, stories about gypsies have a...
"Like a Lady of a Far Countree": Coleridge's "Christabel" and Fear of Invasion
The danger, either real or apparent, may suddenly burst upon an unprotected part of this island. --Havilland Le Mesurier, Thoughts on a French Invasion (1798) "ONCE A JACOBIN, AND ALWAYS A JACOBIN" is a recurring phrase in a brief Morning Post...
Reading Becomes Electric: The Amazon Kindle
The Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device. Amazon.com. $399. When I bought my first cell phone, it flipped open just like a communicator on the original Star Trek. I admit to feeling a bit like Captain Kirk the first few times I answered a call...
Text as Image in Kipling's Just So Stories
"How the First Letter was Written" and "How the Alphabet was Made" seem like anomalies in Kipling's Just So Stories. The quintessential Just So Story, it is easy to think, concerns the acquisition of a distinctive physical trait by some distinctive...