The Midwest Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 1, Autumn

Ceia Lume: The Romanian Way of Death
This isn't the New World but another. Love, death and life may be the same. But the way you see them is different.--Daniela Crasnaru, Western People, Eastern Cultures IN 1995 I WAS WORKING in the press section of the American embassy in Bucharest...
E Pluribus Unum: The Assimilation Paradigm Revisited
Assimilation theory has not lost its utility for the study of immigration to the United States.--Richard Alba IS THERE UNITY in diversity? Will the central core of civil culture hold? Or does the road to multiculturalism lead to exaggerated pluralism,...
Hell 101
I'M A PSYCHOLOGIST who teaches in an English Department at an institution known locally as The College. The College is in a suburban county whose chief executive recently announced, "We can and we will create our own identity." My profile at The College...
The Beginning, End, and in between of Adolescence
MUCH OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT is devoted to distracting ourselves from ourselves, keeping ourselves, in other words, away from what is genuinely our own. As children mature, the culture tends to push them farther and farther away from their inner voice,...
"The Confidence of His Country": James Monroe on Impeachment
IN THE AFTERMATH of the impeachment crisis of 1998 and 1999 revolving around President Bill Clinton's sexual indiscretions, we are reminded that the "Founders," those who publicly advocated the Constitution in the Great Convention's debates in the...
Torturing Women and Mocking Men: Hitchcock's Rear Window
ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S REPUTATION as a misogynist is probably indelible and, it has to be admitted, he earned that reputation through scenes of violence against women in films like Psycho and Frenzy and through his often coarse comments about women in...