Papers on Language & Literature

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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, Winter

Love's Labor's Regained: The Making of Companionate Marriages in Frank Norris's the Pit
Our marriages are only saved from disaster--when they are saved at all--by a readjustment from the fictive romantic basis on to something more stable, but change is usually painful, troublesome, and imperfect, generally leaving the feeling...
Mediterranean Travel Writing: From Etruscan Places to under the Tuscan Sun
To compare Francis Mayes with D. H Lawrence seems pretty unfair, and I would not inflict the comparison except that I think it reveals something about the way in which western culture has changed for the worse since Lawrence's time, for Mayes's writing...
Reinventing the World and Reinventing the Self in Huck Finn
When Huck Finn reaches the "freedom" of Jackson's Island he believes he has fulfilled his American destiny by imposing his will upon the world. Indeed, Huck evaluates his situation when he arrives on the island as follows: "But the next day I was exploring...
Stevie Smith: Girl, Interrupted
Among the edgy, innovative, and fashionable young poets drawing crowds at popular 1960s poetry festivals was a unique attraction: Stevie Smith, over sixty years old, atonally singing her poetry while wearing clothing suggestive of a schoolgirl's uniform,...
The Princess, Persona, and Subjective Desire: A Reading of Oscar Wilde's Salome
Oscar Wilde began to write Salome still enjoying, but being frustrated by, the critical attention given to his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. The summer of 1890 had been exhausting for Wilde: Dorian Gray had been published in shorter form, and Wilde...
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