Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3, Summer

At the Crossroads: Gendered Desire, Political Occasion, and Dryden and Lee's Oedipus
Let me begin with three common observations about the 1678 Oedipus of Dryden and Lee. First, more than their predecessor versions by Sophocles, Seneca, and Corneille, the Restoration playwrights emphasize the erotic nature of the incestuous relationship...
Mimesis and Metaphor: Food Imagery in International Twentieth-Century Women's Writing
Canadian author Margaret Atwood introduces The Canlit Foodbook of extracts from national writings on food with her discovery that the "authors could be divided into two groups: those that mention food, indeed revel in it, and those that never give...
Robert Walton as Reanimator
Since the publication of Frankenstein in 1818, scholars and lay readers alike have drawn numerous parallels between Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein--the two young, brilliant, and keenly ambitious explorers of the unknown who narrate the bulk...
Swift and Kafka
Kafka recognized many of his own perverse ideas in Gulliver's Travels, which he first read in 1921 (three years before his death), before writing his late animal tales. (1) He identified with Gulliver and found in Swift not an influence but a literary...
The Language of Drug Use in Whitman's "Calamus" Poems
Many studies of Walt Whitman's "Calamus" poems have explored the meaning of the calamus root. In "'Calamus': The Leaf and the Root," one of the most systematic investigations of this subject, James E. Miller argues that the root represents the corpse...
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