Papers on Language & Literature

Literary history, theory, and interpretation.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 3, Summer

Affect and Cognition in Two Theories of the Origin of Language
Obstacles to interactive discourse between science and the humanities litter the dividing strip that separates the often parallel roads they follow. The primary tool of the scientist, rigorous attention to empirical evidence, is often seen by the humanist...
Creating a Feminist-Communitarian Romanticism in Beloved: Toni Morrison's New Uses for Blake, Keats, and Wordsworth
Despite the large secondary literature on Beloved, critics have still not done full justice to the variety of sources Toni Morrison re-envisions as she reconstitutes her manifold cultural heritage. In particular, she devises fascinating strategies,...
Rossetti's "Jenny": Aestheticizing the Whore
I The most famous aestheticized object of Victorian culture is Robert Browning's Duchess, a woman whose utility as a wife has been elided with the result that all who come upon her transformed condition must disinterestedly regard her as an artifact.[1]...
Unsolved Mysteries: Agents of Historical Change in John Fowles's A Maggot
In the prologue to A Maggot (1984), John Fowles specifically defines the aims of the story he is about to tell: "What follows may seem like a historical novel; but it is not. It is a maggot." Locating the origin of the tale in his recurring dream of...

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