Intertexts

Scholarly journal covering comparative literature.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring

A Boring Story: Chekhov and Germany
"When someone has been sick for a long time, everybody in his household, deep inside, wishes him to be dead," Anton Chekhov recorded in one of his last notebooks (Polnoe, Sochineniia 17.38). Chekhov's short life span (1860-1904) coincided with what...
Aristophanes and the Carnival of Genres
In an article published in 1993, Charles Platter threw down the gauntlet: "I think Bakhtin seriously underrates the complexity of Aristophanes" (209-10). In Aristophanes and the Carnival of Genres, Platter backs up his claim by showing the rewards...
Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien
Dickerson, Matthew, and Jonathan Evans. Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2006. xxvi + 316 pp. In the introduction to the second edition of The Lord of the Kings, J. R. R. Tolkien...
Life after Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen
Gcvirtz Karen Bloom Life After Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2005. 218 pp. Midway through the famous soliloquy that constitutes the final, "Penelope" chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses, Molly Bloom...
Paper-Doll Queen
As the child of a monarch, Elizabeth had a childhood that was in most regards particular. Taken from her mother's care at a most tender age, Elizabeth was sent to her own household in Hatfield where her humanist education began under the care of Catherine...
Rhiza Aimatoessa: On Antigone
All this is very different from the usual presentation of the play as a Hegelian or post- or pseudo-Hegelian clash of ideas: family vs. state, religion vs. secularism, and the like. Ideas do clash in the play, but they are as near or far from the center...
Who Gives a Fig (Tree a Name)?: Chronotopic Conflicts in Plutarch's Romulus
In the third book of his epic science fiction series that began with the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams addresses some of the more peculiar consequences of time travel. (1) In his narrative, time travel technology has altered the fabric...
Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History
Wang, David Der-Wei, and Carlos Rojas., eds. Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2007. x + 412 pp. In Critical Terms for Literary Study, Lee Patterson points out the often-unrecognized ambiguity of the term "literary history."...