Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 1, Winter

A Tribute
For many years Brian Abel Ragen entertained dining companions with stories about D.C. Collier Junior High. It was evidently not the sort of institution that one might have expected a man who seemed happiest in a blazer and spoke in Johnsonian periods...
Coleridge's Dilemma and the Method of "Sacred Sympathy": Atonement as Problem and Solution in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Extremes meet. When shall I exhaust the exemplification of this my favorite Proverb? (Notebooks 5: 6777) However irregular and desultory his talk, there is method in the fragments. (Friend 1: 449) Anyone considering the critical reception history...
"He's a Psychopathic Killer, but So What?": Folklore and Morality in Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men
Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men (2005) tells the story of a sheriff struggling along in the bloody wake of a psychopathic murderer. This novel is narrated primarily in the omniscient third-person style that typifies McCarthy's darkest novels...
Katherine Anne Porter's Ship of Fools: An Interrogation of Eugenics
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) published numerous short stories, reviews, and other articles over the course of her long life, but she produced only one full-length novel, Ship of Fools, published in 1962 and adapted for a film released in 1965....
Thomson's Winter, the Ur-Text, and the Revision of the Seasons
THOMSON'S SEASONS is as eminently a religious, as it is a descriptive poem. Thoroughly impressed with sentiments of veneration for the author of that assemblage of order and beauty which it was his province to paint, he takes every proper occasion...