Papers on Language & Literature

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Articles from Vol. 48, No. 1, Winter

Poe and the Apocalyptic Sublime: "The Fall of the House of Usher"
Among the many interpretations of the idea of the "sublime" during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the concept of an "apocalyptic sublime" was not formally recognized; indeed, it had to wait until the late twentieth century to emerge...
"The Dear-Bought Lessons of Experience": Mary Hays's the Victim of Prejudice and the Empiricist Revision of Burke's Reflections
The opposition mistook the moral character of the revolution; the ministers mistook its force: and both parties, from pique, resentment, pride, habit, and obstinacy, persisted in acting on these mistakes after they were disabused by experience. ...
Trauma and Storytelling in Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men and the Road
VIOLENCE AND THE FORTHCOMING APOCALYPSE Scholars have paid increasing attention to McCarthy's extensive use of allegory, myth, and existentialism in his fiction. From the early recognition of his pastoral vision, to Cant's analysis of his conceited...
"Why Gost Thu in White?": A Non-Question Reconsidered as a Genuine Request for Information
Margery Kempe was often asked why she traveled dressed in white, but this seems never to have been a genuine request for information. Reading her late fourteenth-century story of pilgrimage from a perspective introduced by J.L. Austin in a 1953 series...
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