Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, September

Dragon Goes to Bed with Princess: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Influence on Sylvia Plath
No doubt Sylvia Plath is the last person who'd wish her restrained, thesaurus-driven early poetry placed under scrutiny by today's critics. After all, these juvenilia can't hold a candle to Plath's legendary poems from her posthumous collection Ariel....
Ethics in John Fowles's the Collector
Good solution: I must not be fey In a 2001 interview with Fowles, Lidia Vianu asks the author to state his greatest wish. Part of his answer is "to sell the ethical aspect of my work" (http://lidiavianu.scriptmania. com/john_fowles). Many critics...
"Forever Fearful of a Crash": Family Vis-a-Vis Materialism in Jonathan Franzen's the Corrections
Jonathan Franzen's National Book Award winning novel, The Corrections (London: Fourth Estate, 2001) meditates on his characteristic concern, namely, an America devastated by the commercialization of human bonds and familial ties. In James Annesley's...
Guare's "The Talking Dog": An Adaptation That Only Partially Adapts
In 1985 John Guare and six other playwrights were commissioned to adapt Chekhov short stories for the stage. Guare chose "A Joke" in a translation by Marian Fell, a first-person narrative in which the narrator, a young man, persuades a young woman...
Having the Last Word: Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby
A reflection on the acoustics of paranoia, Chuck Palahniuk's 2002 novel Lullaby examines the use of sound to suppress sound, sweet music crooned to quiet a fussy baby, strident fictions whose noisy message competes to drown out other messages. A linguistic...

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