Connotations : a Journal for Critical Debate

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, 2012

A Daughter Abandons Her Literary Mother: A. S. Byatt's the Children's Book and Iris Murdoch's the Good Apprentice. A Response to June Sturrock*
Although there is a growing body of work on contemporary fiction, it can still take a considerable time for scholarly essays on new novels to appear. For this amongst other reasons, June Sturrock' s " Artists as Parents in A. S. Byatt' s The Children's...
Against an Ethics of Absolute Otherness, for Cross-Cultural Critique: A Response to Tammy Amiel-Houser*
In "The Ethics of Otherness in Ian McEwan's Saturday/' Tammy Amiel-Houser proposes a Levinasian reading of McEwan's 2005 novel which argues that most approaches to Saturday have so far misread its core ethical thrust. While reviewers and critics (including...
Artists as Mothers: A Response to June Sturrock*
Published in 2009, A. S. Byatt' s The Children's Book traces the relationships between the children and parents of various interconnected artistic families at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. In their study A. S. Byatt:...
Authorities of Representation: Speaking to and Speaking for. A Response to Barbara Korte*
Barbara Korte' s article focuses on representations of poverty in literary studies within the conceptual framework of post colonialism. It highlights the division between the global North and South in terms of how poverty is positioned; through an investigation...
Generic Differences: A Response to Burkhard Niederhoff*
Burkhard Niederhof fs very knowledgeable and scholarly essay discusses the motif of the unlived life in two outstanding English works of the 1980s and 1990s. Niederhoff analyzes first the different representations of this motif in the two texts and then...
If and It and the Human Condition: Considerations Arising from a Reading of the Merchant of Venice1*
In the Myth of Er at the end of Plato's Republic we are told how the spindle of necessity, turned in the womb of eternity, produces the turning of the spheres2; the cosmic implications make it quite clear that in this case "necessity" does not mean compulsion...
John Lyly's Poetic Economy*
John Lyly's Euphues- an inventive, imaginative, provocative, allusive, and learned literary investment first published in 1578 - is, for Leah Scragg, "a literary phenomenon" (1) that went through an unprecendented 17 editions by 1638. No other work of...
Poe's Economies and "The Fall of the House of Usher"*
I. Introduction: Edgar Allen Poe and the Idea of Poetic EconomyThe notion of poetic economy has a considerable pedigree. According to the OED (2nd ed.), the earliest instance of the use of economy in a literary context is found in Milton's preface to...
Poetics and Politics in Robert Lowell's "The March 1" and "The March 2"*
Typographical ellipsis, diverse forms of repetition, an array of rhetorical devices, sonnet configuration, and prosodie maneuvers are salient features of Lowell's poetics that deserve close attention in any consideration of the political workings of...
Ruinous Fathers, Lethal Mothers: A Response to June Sturrock*
In her thoughtful essay "Artists as Parents in A. S. Byatt' s The Children's Book and Iris Murdoch's The Good Apprentice" June Sturrock explores how Byatt draws on Murdoch's narrative, "intensifying and darkening it so as to forward her own literary...
The Economy of Literary Interpretation*
The Logic of Economical InterpretationThe economy of literary interpretation can be described as the ratio between textual details from various phonetic, syntactic and semantic levels, and explicit or implicit assumptions that we use in order to explain...
The Two Bertie Woosters: A Response to Lawrence Dugan*
In a lively and jargon-free analysis of well-chosen examples Lawrence Dugan pursues his study of P. G. Wodehouse in "Worcestershirewards: Wodehouse and the Baroque/' Bringing in a definition from Jorge Luis Borges, Dugan summarizes his subject: Bertie...
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