Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, Spring

Alienated, Betrayed, and Powerless: A Possible Connection between Charlotte Temple and the Legend of Inkle and Yarico
In the penultimate chapter of Charlotte Temple, the semi-reformed seducer Montraville, "tortured almost to madness" by news brought to him that the abandoned Charlotte is wandering about on a cold winter evening despite suffering from "illness,...
"Biheste Is Dette": Marriage Promises in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
biheste = promise dette = obligation "Biheste is dette," said Chaucer's Man of Law when it was his turn to tell his Tale. A promise is an obligation, and the Man of Law, like his fellow pilgrims on the way to Canterbury, had agreed to contribute...
"The Only Really Objective Novel Ever Written"? Arnold Bennett's Riceyman Steps
The opening lines of Arnold Bennett's 1923 novel Riceyman Steps seem to herald an aesthetically and stylistically retarded exercise in late nineteenth-century realism--a self-consciously detached, rationalistic, and materialistic study of a selected...
"'Tis Pity That When Laws Are Faulty They Should Not Be Mended or Abolisht": Authority, Legitimation, and Honor in Aphra Behn's the Widdow Ranter
Aphra Behn's tragicomedy The Widdow Ranter, or, The History of Bacon in Virginia was staged posthumously in November 1689, but it was most probably written in 1688.[1] Although by the summer of 1683 the Whigs had suffered total defeat, the ideological...