Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, Spring

Allegory in the Rambler
The entry in Johnson's Dictionary for "allegory" reads, "A figurative discourse, in which something other is intended, than is contained in the words literally taken; as, wealth is the daughter of diligence, and the parent of authority." This definition...
"Customary Rhythms": Seamus Heaney and the Rite of Poetry
Ceremony's a name for the rich horn And custom for the spreading laurel tree. --W. B. Yeats, "A Prayer for My Daughter" Near the conclusion of his Nobel Prize address, Crediting Poetry, Seamus Heaney speaks of two kinds of "adequacy" ascribable...
Heinrich Von Kleist's Amphitryon: Romanticism, Rape, and Comic Irresolution
Central to at least two works by Heinrich von Kleist-- Amphitryon (1807) and "The Marquise of O..." (1808)--are acts of sexual violation. In conformity with traditional Kleist scholarship, the introduction to a popular English edition of the stories...
"I Am My Own Riddle"- A. S. Byatt's Christabel LaMotte: Emily Dickinson and Melusina
In her novel Possession: A Romance, published in 1990, A. S. Byatt invents the nineteenth-century poets Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte as well as their poetry. Most readers recognize Robert Browning as the model for Ash but are not certain...
The Greying of Lady Audley's Secret
"If the test of genius were success, we should rank Miss Braddon very high in the list of our great novelists," W.F. Rae allowed in the North British Review in 1865, recalling that "Almost as soon as Lady Audley's Secret appeared, it was lauded by...
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