Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, Fall

Avoiding the Perils of the Muse: Hannah More, Didactic Literature, and Eighteenth-Century Criticism
In 1761 a pious teenager named Hannah More sat down to write a play. As a teacher at her sisters' school, More had noticed that few plays available in English were appropriate for performance by schoolgirls. If she could write such a drama herself,...
Invisible Buildings: Maggie's Architectural Adventures in the Golden Bowl
"Experience," wrote Henry James in 1884, is "an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. It is the very atmosphere of...
Neither Northanger Abbey: The Reader Presupposes
We knew better but it was wrong to use a language that named ghosts, nothing you could touch. And this is why we came to love the double negative --Vern Rutsula, "Words" The prevalence of negative constructions in Jane Austen's notoriously problematic...
"Oh, Phooey to Death!": Boethian Consolation in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia
The audience of dramatic performance is often provided with more information, a larger perspective of events, than the characters on the stage. Typically, viewers gain this knowledge through one character's asides or soliloquies of which other characters...
Walter Scott, Literary History, and the "Expressive" Tenets of Waverley Criticism
"In joyous picturesqueness and fellow-feeling, freedom of eye and heart, or to say it in a word, in general healthiness of mind, these Novels prove Scott to have been amongst the foremost writers." Thomas Carlyle, "The Amoral Scott" There was...
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