Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, March

A Confederacy of Sons and Lovers: Similarities between A Confederacy of Dunces and Sons and Lovers
Today, we find it unbelievable that Robert Gottlieb (of Simon and Schuster) terminated his lengthy correspondence with John Kennedy Toole, regarding the publication of A Confederacy of Dunces, by saying, "It isn't about anything." Andrei Codrescu,...
Are There Echoes of Bloch and Fitzgerald in Ellis's American Psycho?
It is apparent to me that American Psycho (1991) is Ellis's attempt, even if subconsciously, to make his masterpiece the contemporary equivalent of Robert Bloch's Psycho (1959). Superficially we note the recurring title, the names of the main characters--Norman...
Immigration and Labor Patterns in Toni Morrison's Sula
Toni Morrison's Sula (London: Vintage, 1973) which meditates on female companionship and the nature and meaning of good and evil through its vivid portrayal of the two black girls, Nel Wright and Sula Peace, also ably documents "the complexities of...
"The Nameless Worm": Representations of the Critic in Anglophone Poetry
Relations between poets and the practitioners of criticism have always been rather tense; and even if quite a number of experimental writers such as the Language Poets have responded positively to the methods and fields of investigation of current...
The South in Richard Wright's Haiku
Richard Wright, a Mississippi-born, world-famous African-American novelist for Native Son, composed some four thousand haiku in the last and half years of his life in Paris. In his haiku, Wright uses his pen as a brush to paint his tender feelings...

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