The Midwest Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, Winter

Nature Morte
The French shop windows are deeply appealing. Dark chocolate glazed cakes and cream-filled pastries, recklessly bright colored candies, garnet wines and glistening olives beckon the shoppers. The charcuterie artfully displays an assortment of plucked...
Ralph Ellison and Improvised History
After first being 'for' society and then 'against' it, I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of infinite possibilities.... Until some...
Social Protest through Architecture: Ruskin's "The Nature of Gothic" as an Embodiment of His Artistic and Social Views
John Ruskin, a prominent Victorian writer and social critic, exerted a tremendous influence on his contemporary artists and sociologists. His ideas regarding aesthetics, architecture, social responsibility, humanity, spirituality, and laborer's rights...
The Moment of History and the History of the Moment: Ian McEwan's on Chesil Beach
Accustomed to historians directing our attention to the long-ranging consequences of choices, we understand Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs not only may have rescued the United States from total economic collapse but also preserved capitalism...
The Work of Redburn: Melville's Critique of Capitalism
While Herman Melville claims that he wrote Redburn simply for money, very little attention has been paid to the novel's treatment of socioeconomic issues. Melville notoriously told his father-in-law Lemuel Shaw that the texts of both Redburn and White...
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