The Midwest Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 3, Spring

Foundations of the New Traditionalism
MOST WORKING CRITICS acknowledge the contribution that critical theory and cultural studies have made to the discipline of literary scholarship. A careful study of articles and books that precede the 1970s reveals that some scholars tended to conduct...
On Not Being Nice: Sentimentality and the Creative Writing Class
THE JAUNDICED OUTLOOK and bottom-line ethics of the current generation of college undergraduates are news to no one anymore. What may amaze those skeptical of or threatened by today's students is that they are by and large a tender lot. I am not basing...
Raymond Carver and the Poem as Transitional Object
RAYMOND CARVER WAS a well-known and highly successful fiction writer. His stories appeared in prominent journals such as Esquire and The New Yorker, and he was (and still is) widely hailed as the Chekov of our time and the preeminent storyteller in...
Silent Justice in a Different Key: Glaspell's "Trifles"
SUSAN GLASPELL'S "TRIFLES" is a deceptive play: deceptive because, like its title, it seems simple, almost inconsequential. Yet the play represents a profound conflict between two models of perception and behavior. An exploration of the play reveals...
Working for Judith Shakespeare: A Study in Feminism
BETWEEN CLASSES, we had been informally talking about books by women writers. Women writers were not necessarily on our agenda for the semester: Aimee was a second-year student in business, making decisions about how to coordinate her school life and...
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