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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, Spring

Elegiac Sonnets: Charlotte Smith's Formal Paradoxy
In 1802, the year in which Wordsworth began his tuition of sonnet writing under Milton, the Critical Review noted that "the sonnet has been revived by Charlotte Smith: her sonnets are assuredly the most popular in the language, and deservedly so" (393)....
Modernity's "Mr. Rambler": Tobias Wolff's Exploration of Vanity and Self-Deception in the Night in Question
If it be reasonable to estimate the difficulty of any enterprise by frequent miscarriages, it may justly be concluded that it is not easy for a man to know himself; for wheresoever we turn our view, we shall find almost all with whom we converse so...
Paulina's Paint and the Dialectic of Masculine Desire in the Metamorphoses, Pandosto, and the Winter's Tale
Midway through the tragic action of The Winter's Tale, just after the jealous king Leontes has arrested his queen, Hermione, on apparently baseless charges of adultery and treason, the counselors of the realm try to bring their king to his senses....
Shakespeare's Venetian Paradigm: Stereotyping and Sadism in the Merchant of Venice and Othello
English Renaissance literary commonplaces about Venice find scant confirmation in Shakespeare's Venetian plays: The Merchant of Venice and Othello. For the Earls of Southampton and Essex and for many literate English Protestants, Venice was the model...
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