Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, January

Allusions to Wilfred Owen's "An Anthem for Doomed Youth" in Malcolm Lowry's under the Volcano
In the seventh chapter of Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano (NY: Perennial Classics, 2000. 1947), Lowry makes two explicit but subtle allusions to the World War One poet Wilfred Owen's "An Anthem for Doomed Youth." Through Geoffrey Firmin's musing...
Ernest Thompson Seton, the Pathetic Fallacy, and Paul L. Errington's of Preelection and Life
One of the most influential biologists of his day, Paul L. Errington (1902-1962) has since become known as a visionary environmental writer who counted Aldo Leopold as a steady correspondent and mutual influence. It is, however, another literary environmentalist,...
Flannery O'Connor's Validation of the Unreasonable in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
Flannery O'Connor's insistent claim that it is "The Misfit", and no other, who is the nearly unfathomable "Good Man" in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" has caused much consternation among critics who find no plausible argument for such an unwavering proclamation....
The Artists' Loop: Autocatalysis in Don DeLillo's Underworld
Nearly two decades ago Tom LeClair's groundbreaking book on Don DeLillo, In the Loop (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1988), invited further studies of the Bronx writer's works in the context of systems theory, which brings together a number...
Turgenev's the Torrents of Spring and Eliot's the Waste Land
Ivan Turgenev (1818-83), with his exotic subject matter, graceful prose and acute perception, was the first Russian writer to attract European readers and establish an international reputation. The charming giant of a man, the most westernized, accessible...
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