Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 4, Fall

"Light and Baffling": Uncanny Punning in Melville's Benito Cereno
Benito Cereno is an uncanny novella, its ghosts less supernatural than linguistic and ideological, but even the uncanny's classic motifs--a confusion between animate and inanimate, between life and death; the fragmentation of bodies, particularly dismembered...
Theory, Empiricism, and "Providential Hermeneutics": Reading and Misreading Sheridan le Fanu's Carmilla and "Schalken the Painter"
By frequently rewriting his short stories and novels, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-73) created challenges for his bibliographers, editors, and interpreters. W. J. McCormack and Robert Tracy have traced some of the features and phases of Le Fanu's...
The Rake's Regress: Evelyn Waugh's Return to Satire in Basil Seal Rides Again
"Basil Seal Rides Again" was English novelist Evelyn Waugh's last published work of fiction. The subtitle of this 1963 short story, "The Rake's Regress," indicates not only return but also re-entry into a place of origin, a regression to the satirical...
The Violent Deaths of Oliver Twist
Well before the terrifying murder of Nancy, Oliver Twist's story is accompanied by a haunting repertoire of dead people and images of death. His first encounter with a dead body occurs during his apprenticeship with the undertaker, Mr. Sowerberry,...
Two Orders of Myth in Death in Venice
Chapter 4 of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice opens with this sentence: "The god with fiery cheeks now, naked, directed his horses, four-abreast, fire breathing, day by day through the chambers of heaven, and his yellow curls fluttered along with the...

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