The Midwest Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, Autumn

Brooklyn in the Making: Reading the Existential Utopian Vision in Paul Auster's Smoke through the Wizard of Oz
So Oz finally became home [in L. Frank Baum's sixth book of the series]; the imagined world became the actual world, as it does for us all, because the truth is that once we have left our childhood places and started out to make up our lives, armed only...
Filmic Space and Real Time in "Rope"
"Brandon, how did you feel?" "When?" "During it?" Philip Morgan to Brandon Shaw LIKE ROBERT BRESSON'S L'Argent (1983) and Vittorio DeSica's Bicycle Thief (1949), Rope is possibly one of the most disconcerting films ever made. As Thomas A....
The Mournful Cry of the Urutau: The News from Paraguay, by Lily Tuck
THE NOMINEES FOR the 2004 National Book Award, announced in November of that year, created a small uproar in the hermetic world of book publishing because two established and critically acclaimed writers--Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth--had been passed over...
The Politics of Fantasy: The Hobbit and Fascism
FASCIST HOBBITS? A patently absurd notion, so absurd indeed that it could only be believed, as George Orwell once observed in connection with another absurdity, by intellectuals. Hobbits are shy, amiable, chubby little creatures who prefer to be left...
Witness to a Measure of Pain
THE SUPINE HUMAN frame, like a tree felled unexpectedly from a storm, already lifeless in a figurative sense in spite of the sap-filled branches and green-dripping leaves, the motionless body as it has been for months, tangled in a puzzle of tubes and...
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