Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 4, Fall

Controversial Aspects of Pater's "Style"
In his late essay "Style" (1888), reprinted a year later in Appreciations, Walter Pater set out to explore the possibilities of prose as the special art of the modern world and to justify his own literary practice. Considering how rarely he theorized...
"I Shall Most Likely Be out on the Links": Golf as Metaphor in the Ghost Stories of M. R. James
Celebrated author, medievalist, wit, raconteur, Provost of both Cambridge University and Eton College, Montague Rhodes James is described by E. F. Bleiler in his introduction to the Dover edition of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary as "in many ways the...
"Nobody Knows the Story": Amy Clampitt's Poems of Childhood
AMY CLAMPITT (1920-1994) IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AMERICAN POETS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY'S FINAL 15 YEARS, ALL THE MORE INTERESTING BECAUSE HER MAJOR PUBLICATIONS, THE ONES ON WHICH HER REPUTATION IS BASED, CAME OUT AFTER SHE WAS 63. IT WOULD...
Vision and Vacancy: "Schalken the Painter" and le Fanu's Art of Darkness
And it's old and old it's sad and old it's sad and weary I go back to you my cold father, my cold mad father, my cold mad feary father ... --Finnegans Wake Underlying the melodrama and moralism, the orthodoxy and mysticism of Uncle Silas...

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