Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1, January

A Soldier's Flaw, in Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play
In A Soldier's Play (NY, Hill and Wang, 1982), by Charles Fuller, a black drillmaster, Sergeant Vernon C. Waters, has been murdered on an army base in Louisiana during World War II, and a black lawyer, Captain Richard Davenport--the first black commissioned...
Audre Lorde's "Afterimages": History, Scripture, Myth, and Nightmare
Audre Lorde's "Afterimages" (The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde [NY: W.W. Norton and Company, 2000]: 339) is a complex, multi-layered poem that voices the continuing trauma of one of the most brutal events in the Civil Rights struggle--the murder of...
The Sense of Horror: Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber"
In "The Bloody Chamber" Angela Carter creates horror not by appealing to the reader's intellect but rather by stimulating bodily sensations in terms of colour, temperature and haptic (sense of touch) conditions. The first configurations of colour,...
William Jay Smith's "The World below the Window"
William Jay Smith's "The World below the Window" The geraniums I left last night on the windowsill, To the best of my knowledge now, are out there still, And will be there as long as I think they will. And will be there as long as I think...
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