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Myth, folk tale and ritual in Anna Lee Walters’s “The Warriors.”

Myth, folk tale and ritual in Anna Lee Walters’s “The Warriors.” Marc Steinberg In her short story “The Warriors,” Anna Lee Walters alludes to two Pawnee myths: the warrior tale of Pahukatawa and the creation myth concerning the mating of Morning Star and Evening Star. These two myths well represent the vacillating spiritual condition of […]

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A Companion To Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. – Review

A Companion To Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. – Review – book review Kathleen Forni A COMPANION TO CHAUCER’S THE CANTERBURY TALES by Margaret Hallissy. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1995. xiv + 333 pages. $49.95. Aimed primarily at undergraduates and general readers seeking a “do-it-yourself course” on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, this study guide is “intended for […]

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Monkey business: Darwin, displacement, and literary form in Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss”

Monkey business: Darwin, displacement, and literary form in Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss” – Critical Essay Thomas Dilworth For such a popular and much-anthologized work, Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss” has generated sparse criticism. The aspect of the story that chiefly makes it so popular has also diminished its critical reputation: its element of contrast and surprise. With climactic […]

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Rudyard Kipling: A Study of the Short Fiction.

Rudyard Kipling: A Study of the Short Fiction. – book reviews Minnie Singh Rudyard Kipling: A Study of the Short Fiction by Helen Pike Bauer. Twayne’s Studies in Short Fiction. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994. xix + 162 pages. $23.95. Criticism of Rudyard Kipling has long been notoriously polarized. Only two choices seem readily available […]

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20th century AD

20th century AD Miriam Marty Clark Entangled on one side with the tribe, on another with the marketplace, the short story inhabits postmodernity differently from the novel. It moves differently, and in ways still unarticulated, on the force field of contemporary culture, participating in what Fredric Jameson has called a “revival of storytelling knowledge” in […]

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Firesticks: A Collection of Stories.

Firesticks: A Collection of Stories. – book reviews Kathy J. Whitson With Firesticks, Diane Glancy joins a host of contemporary Native American writers articulating the concerns of mixed bloods who must negotiate the difficult middle grounds implicit in their condition. One of her characters says that an Indian is “A leftover walking in two worlds,” […]

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Blind streets and seeing houses: Araby’s dim glass revisited

Blind streets and seeing houses: Araby’s dim glass revisited – Special “Dubliners” Number Margot Norris Joyce’s “Araby” not only draws attention to its conspicuous poetic language: it performatively offers the beauty of its art as compensation to the thematized frustrations of the story. The little boy whose heart is broken by a city “hostile to […]

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Silence in Raymond Carver’s “Feathers”

“What’s to Say”: Silence in Raymond Carver’s “Feathers” Laurie Champion Raymond Carver is well known for his sparse, pared-down style, a style that invites readers to contribute their own interpretations through connections that are not overtly communicated textually. Frequently, critics note that Carver’s narrators leave questions pertaining to plots and characters unanswered, often leading to […]

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Donald Barthelme’s dance of life

Apollo and Dionysus: Donald Barthelme’s dance of life Robert Waxman “We all doubt our authority. We’re not sure we understand it.” –Donald Barthelme(1) 1 In “A Picture History of the War” we meet a son, young Kellerman, who cannot live up to his father’s expectations, and a father, the general, who has nothing coherent to […]

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The Critical Response to Jack London.

The Critical Response to Jack London. – book reviews Roscoe L. Buckland THE CRITICAL RESPONSE TO JACK LONDON, edited by Susan M. Nuernberg. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1995. xxxvi + 291 pages. $59.95. Year after year, Jack London continues to be reprinted and re-analyzed, and remains America’s most popular author abroad. The Critical Response to […]