Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, Summer

Christians and Adversaries in the Evolving Norton Anthology of English Literature: Some Cases of Annotative Adaptation
Across nine editions and fifty turbulent years of literary studies, The Norton Anthology of English Literature has maintained a consistent if mildly contradictory philosophy of annotation. On the one hand, writes founding editor M.H. Abrams, editorial...
Erotic Dream to Nightmare: Ominous Problems and Subliminal Suggestion in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
By means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence! Or, shall we say, it is itself a thought,...
Scanners, Darkly
Hall, Jason David, ed. Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century. Athens, Ohio UP, 2011. 300 pages. Hardcover $59.95. Meter Matters, edited by Jason David Hall, aims to reground the literary history of nineteenth-century poetry...
The Shadows of Time: Chronotopic Diversity and Ethical Unreadability in Flannery O'Connor's Tales
The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location. --Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners I myself am afflicted with time[*] --Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of...
The Ties That Bind: A Portrait of the Irish Immigrant as a Young Woman in Colm Toibin's Brooklyn
"Why did I ever come over here?"--Toibin, Brooklyn 180 "Ordinary affects are the varied, surging capacities to affect and be affected that give everyday life the quality of a continual motion of relations, scenes, contingencies, emergences"--Stewart...