Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, Summer

Colonial Discourse and William Makepeace Thackeray's 'Irish Sketch Book.'
INTRODUCTION: DISCURSIVE ECONOMIES "Some hundred years hence," Thackeray writes in The Irish Sketch Book of 1842, when students want to inform themselves of the history of the present day, and refer to files of Times and Chronicle for the...
Dryden's 'Defence of the Epilogue': A Reinterpretation
I Dryden published the two parts of The Conquest of Granada in 1672. The original production, which had taken place the previous year, was an enormous success. But the Epilogue to the second part, in which he appeared to insult his Elizabethan...
'Let Them Sleepe': Donne's Personal Allusion in 'Holy Sonnet IV.' (John Donne)
Editors and commentators have remarked on the biblical authority for the curious, "vivid" composition of place which opens John Donne's fourth Holy Sonnet (fourth in the 1633 first printed edition and in the early Westmoreland manuscript).(1) The poetic...
Lucius's Parents, Theseus and Salvia, in 'The Golden Ass.'
Early on in Apuleius's The Golden Ass before Lucius, the non-hero of the first ten books, has changed into an ass, the reader learns from two ignoble citizens of the witching city of Thessalian Hypata that Lucius's parents' names are Theseus and Salvia....
Mikhail Bakhtin and the Social Poetics of Dialect
I. SOCIAL INTENTIONALITY OF DIALECT POETRY What would happen if we brought dialect writing out of relegation? If we wanted to think past dialect as archaic or local in the sense of pious nostalgia? My account of the way language helps to form...
Rochefort's 'History': The Poetics of Collusion in a Colonizing Narrative
A select compilation of bibliographical literature for the West Indies during the period 1650-1795 yields some twenty-six titles of works styling themselves variously as histories, travel accounts, and miscellaneous memoirs from abroad, all purporting...

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