Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring

Bermuda Disaster
Note: This story is inspired by the ideas presented in a group scriptwriting workshop in the 8am, Spring 2012, English 1101: Composition I class, at the Middle Georgia College, where Dr. Faktorovich teaches.A haze of heat shimmered above the runway under...
Circulus Vitiosus Diabolus: On Temporality and Nihilism in Sátántangó
"A non-religious repetition, neither mournful nor nostalgic, a return not desired. Wouldn't the disaster be, then, the repetition - the affirmation - of the singularity of the extreme? The disaster or the unverifiable, the improper."- Blanchot, The Writing...
Exploring the Architecture of Narrative in House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski's 2000 novel House of Leaves presents an interpretive challenge for even the most intrepid reader. In the strange world of this book, photojournalist Will Navidson, his partner Karen Green, and their children Chad and Daisy move into...
From "The Abdication"
ADVENTWhen the message burned into the façade of the Church of St. Peter in Antakya was discovered, the priests were horrorstruck, but more so because after extinguishing the flames and dousing the façade with holy water, as the fire smoldered and petered...
Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society
Suárez-Orozco, Carola, Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, and Irina Todorova. Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. Print.Carola Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, and Irina Todorova's...
LOOK AT THE WALL: Reading the Unsayable in Duras and Carson
The irony of using language to chisel into what is apparently absent is the first quiver of discomfort. When language fails, form is important. And in poetry, language is always failing. Merleau-Ponty comes to the conclusion that "all language is indirect...
LOVER OF A COLD CLIMATE: After Mary Wollstonecraft, Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden
The north announces the deep burden of your heartSummer, autumn, someday you will descend eternalDown the mouth of an ocean and swept up into tideBanished off to islands that know not the setting sunLists, requiems and an epistolary dove who hoveredBefore...
NONPRESCRIPTIVE NARRATIVES: Disruptions in Discourse, Wellspring of Words
How Big Is Political?For some writers literature is history. For some it is norms. For others it is just about everything else. Or, so it seems:Once upon a time, humanity realized that many individuals were increasingly withdrawing from the streets......
OH, THE WIND: After George Sand, Winter in Mallorca
They were cruel to you like never beforeIn love with bleeding saints that pray from empty eyesNot like you live with glowing iridescent skinA mouth of unsorted and burning daggers to buryThe cruelest damp in all your life, lacking nuts or boltsNot a...
Song: The Eagle and the Seventh
I am one, and I soar in sharp, cold air that sings like knives in flight.My path is undivided through the high white cirrus, an unbroken circleThat spans the angled crags and the horizon of the dun dusk seaAnd back again. I exult over the prairies and...
"Technique" Informing "Craft" in Seamus Heaney's Early Sonnets
A close reading of a selection from Seamus Heaney's early and mid-career sonnets, from Door into the Dark, North, Field Work, and The Haw Lantern, reveals his use of both form and language in order to emphasize his lyricism. The sonnet is one of those...
THE DISTRIBUTION OF ARGUMENT: New Formalism Of/on the Contemporary
Formalism had to come back in literary criticism. The question was only how. Many no doubt thought a revived formalism would be reactionary, neo-conservative. After all, was not being formalist in Anglophone criticism associated with the Right, with...
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