Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 5, November

Deciphering the Code in Richard Powers's the Gold Bug Variations
RLS CMW DJP RFP J?O CEP JJN PRG ZTS MCJ JEH BLM CRR PLC JCM MEP JNH JDM RBS J?H BJP PJP SCB TLC KES REP RCP DTH I?H CRB JSB SDG As a preface to The Gold Bug Variations, this codon-like string of letters not only mirrors the genetic sequencing found...
Notes on Construing the Avatars of a Text: The Evolution of Narrative in Desvignes' la Seconde Visite
Contacts with a living author can be especially rewarding for the literary critic, provided that author is willing to respond to questions honestly and to explain at length the narrative elements of his or her writing that might otherwise be left obscure...
Notes on Lolita
Alfred Appel, Jr., assisted by Nabokov himself, has clarified most of the diabolically devious (if not deviant) allusions in The Annotated Lolita (1955; NY: McGraw-Hill, 1970). But some important, and often sexually suggestive, references escaped his...
Whistling the Blues and Washing the Language in Lewis Nordan's Wolf Whistle
In Lewis Nordan's Wolf Whistle (NY: Algonquin, 1993), the characters' verbal communications are so broken and incoherent that they are, for the most part, incapable of having meaningful conversations about their experiences; nor can they utter unbiased...
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