Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, March

Alienation and Seclusion in Carlos Casares' "Monologo"
Carlos Casares' life (1941-2002) was marked by a defense of Galicia (the northwest region of Spain) and its culture. This was achieved through his position as a high school and college professor, congressman in the Galician Parliament from 1981 to...
Hemingway's Christian Name
Born in 1899, at the very end of the Victorian era, Hemingway was named after his maternal grandfather and always hated his Christian name (there is no St. Ernest). He considered it bourgeois, expressionless and unimaginative, and associated it with...
Literature Quickens Television's Dead; Amelie Nothcomb's Sulphuric Acid
Monstre sacre of the contemporary French literary scene, Belgian-born novelist Amelie Nothcomb is known for trafficking in shock in her public life and fiction. As Beth Gale writes in an unpublished essay, Nothcomb has earned notoriety for a galaxy...
Vampirism and Posthumanism in Octavia Butler's Fledgling
Octavia Butler's Fledgling (NY: Grand Central, 2005), according to one critic, shows how vampiric and human agency can induce change (Ali Brox, "'Every Age has the Vampire it Needs': Octavia Butler's Vampiric Vision in Fledgling", Utopian Studies 19.3...