Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, Winter

A Worm's Eye View of History: Julian Barnes's A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters
The title of Julian Barnes's 1989 novel, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters is at once playful and provocative. Its first half only differs from Sir Walter Raleigh's The History of the World in its substitution of an indefinite for a definite...
In Desire's Grip: Gender, Politics, and Intertextual Games in Updike's Gertrude and Claudius
"For men, love is part of their ruthless quest for beauty; for us, it is more gently a matter of self-knowledge. It discovers us from within" (Updike, Gertrude and Claudius 186) Updike's Gertrude and Claudius (2000) testifies to what has become...
Performance Anxieties: On Failing to Read Finnegans Wake
And I shall be misunderstord if understood (F W 163.22) As difficult as it is to configure authorial forms of or for Joyce--to answer "who in hallhagal wrote the durn thing anyhow" (FW 107.36-108.01)--or even to produce a workable text of Ulysses,...
Sorrow and the Redemptive Role of Fate: Kipling's "On Greenhow Hill"
In the complicated mosaic of Rudyard Kipling's belief system, sorrow and fate are prominent motifs. At times he appeared to be almost obsessed with the subject of grief, which he considered to be one of the exquisite torments that make human existence...
The "Enviable Detachment" of the Anthropologist: Barbara Pym's Anthropological Aesthetic
After graduating from Oxford, and fresh from a stint as a Wren (the British equivalent of a Wave) during the Second World War, British novelist Barbara Pym embarked on a career at the International African Institute as Assistant Editor both for scholarly...
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