Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, Summer

All the Rage: Wordsworth's Attack on Byron in Lines Addressed to a Noble Lord
Let me only say one word upon Lord B. The man is insane. --Wordsworth to John Scott [Byron] looks on all things with an evil eye. --Wordsworth to Henry Crabb Robinson Pray keep clear of Lord Byron. --Wordsworth to an unknown correspondent...
Elizabeth Bishop: Nova Scotia in Brazil
Elizabeth Bishop lived in Brazil more or less continuously from 1951 to 1966 and then intermittently to 1971. The country functioned as a necessary escape from the deprived and anxious world of her early childhood in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts....
Figures of Orality: The Master, the Mistress, the Slave Mother in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself
On the title page of Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl we find two important quotations. The first indicts Northerners for their ignorance of "the depth of degradation involved in that word, SLAVERY," while the second constructs...
The Other Side of Carnival: Romola and Bakhtin
Mikhail Bakhtin popularized the idea of carnival as a signifier of joyful relativism--a "temporary liberation from the prevailing truth and from the established order" (Rabelais 10). Carnivalemphasizes ambivalence, or the unfinalizability of life....
The Postcolonial Subject Divided between East and West: Kureishi's the Black Album as an Intertext of Rushdie's the Satanic Verses
Hanif Kureishi has disavowed being influenced by Salman Rushdie as a novelist: "His writing is not like my writing in any way. We're quite different" (qtd. in Ashraf). Nevertheless, Kureishi's second novel, The Black Album, reveals several traces of...
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