Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 3, Summer

Boroughs and Neighbors: Traumatic Solidarity in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, was released to overwhelming expectation, anticipating both its failure and its success. The novel follows nine-year-old Oskar Schell on a quest to discover the meaning behind...
Eric Ambler's Revisionist Thrillers: Epitaph for a Spy, A Coffin for Dimitrios, and the Intercom Conspiracy
Below a grainy photograph of the author, then eighty years old, the back dust jacket of Mysterious Press's 1990 revised hardcover edition of Eric Ambler's The Dark Frontier (1936), the first of his eighteen novels, proclaims that he "virtually created...
"Perverse Fantasies"? Rehabilitating Malvolio's Reading
It is now a commonplace notion that Malvolio's reading of Maria's letter in 2.5 of Twelfth Night satirizes the Puritans' approach to interpreting the Bible. (1) The play's first audiences seem to have appreciated the joke: in his diary of a Candlemas...
Sexuality in Hamlin Garland's Rose of Dutcher's Coolly
The history of the creation of Rose of Dutcher's Coolly is one of older ideas reshaped in response to fresh circumstances. (1) Garland had made notes in 1890 for a story about a Wisconsin farm girl whose intellectual development renders her dissatisfied...
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