Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, May

Auden on Macao
In 1937 W. H. Auden (1907-1973) and Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) were commissioned by Faber and Faber in London and Random House in New York to write a book about the Far East. "The choice of itinerary was left to our own discretion," the young...
Castelao and Sempre En Galiza: Emigration and Social Clash
Alfonso Rodriguez Castelao (Rianxo 1886-Buenos Aires 1950) was the most important Galician writer and politician (Galicia is the northwest region of Spain with Celtic connections). Born in 1886, he was the first to use Galician language and topics...
Dragged into the Past: A Major Motif in Munro's "Walker Brothers Cowboy"
Alice Munro's "Walker Brothers Cowboy" (The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Ed. Sarah Lawall. NY: Norton, 2002) is bracketed by similar images that establish the futility of trying to stop time. At the beginning of story, in order to explain...
The Pleasures and Dangers of Storytelling in Margaret Atwood's the Robber Bride
In an undated note, found in the Atwood collection at the University of Toronto, Margaret Atwood queries the source of the following quotation or song lyric: "Ask a woman where she's going and she'll tell you who she's been" (Margaret Atwood Collection,...
White, Straight Lady Savannah of John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
In Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (NY: Vintage Books, 1994), character Joe Odom scolds author John Berendt for filling his book about Savannah with "drag queens and murderers and corpses and bottles of poison and ... voodoo" (255). While...

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